February 29, 2012
Are you sick of soccer? Fed up with football? Bored with baseball? If so, the extreme sport of Ultimate Tak Ball might be right up your alley.
According to utblive.com, Ultimate Tak ball is a full contact, team sport played on a 200-by-85-foot rectangular playing field. The only protective gear worn by participants is goggles and a mouthpiece (and presumably a groin cup). There is a goal at each end of the field and each four man team attempts maneuver the 24-inch ball, reminiscent of a soccer ball on steroids, past their opponent's defense and into the goal.
Unlike soccer, in which only the goalie can use his hands, Ultimate Tak Ball players carry the over-sized ball en route to the goal. A game consists of three periods, each seven minutes long. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
What differentiates Ultimate Tak Ball from every other sport on the planet is the fact that each player is equipped with a shocking apparatus that can be used on the ball carrier in an eight-foot semicircular "shock zone" around each goal. As you can imagine, this adds an element of excitement to the game, as shocked ball carriers drop to the ground in pain.
According to The Daily Caller, Eric Prum, one of the founders of Ultimate Tak Ball, said, "It's not technically a police grade Taser. That being said, the first thing the (players) will tell you is that they hate getting tased. Those things really do hurt." Apparently, players aren't concerned about the danger associated with being shocked since the Tasers used in Ultimate Tak Ball only produce a 300,000-volt stun, which is significantly less than what would be required to kill. The shocking apparatus used in Ultimate Tak Ball do not fire probes like the Taser models popular with law enforcement and the self-defense community.
If this sounds like your kind of game, keep an eye out for the league to expand from its four initial teams: the L.A. Nightlight, the Philadelphia Killawatts, the San Diego Spartans and the Toronto Terror. Since the sport is illegal in Canada, the Toronto Terror won't be enjoying a home field advantage any time soon.
Hey, I'm all for extreme sports. If these guys want to shock the heck out of each other for the sake of sport, more power to them. As for me, I'll continue to carry my Taser for its intended purpose.
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