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If you think that existing sports like professional football and ultimate fighting are rough, you’re in for a real shock. The extreme sports world is making room for a new, especially electrifying kind of competition: Ultimate Tazer Ball, where each player wields a stun gun.
The sport was is the brainchild of Leif Kellenberger, Eric Prum and Erik Wunsch, who work in the world of professional paintball. They were brainstorming ideas for new extreme sports and thought of adding some real energy with the use of tasers. As the concept developed, they dropped real tasers, which can cause cardiac arrest and death, for stun guns that cause pain but are not dangerous. “It’s relatively safe as any contact sport would be” Prum says.
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Then they turned to creating a sport that would be more than a gimmick. It includes elements of rugby, soccer and hockey. Teams of four vie to carry or throw a 24″ ball into the opponents’ goal. Tackling is allowed; punching isn’t. Defenders can only taze a player in possession of the ball who is within a designated space around the goals. (Tazing of the shoulders and groin is always illegal.)
As for the future of the sport, Prum is optimistic. “We do see long term sustainability,” he told me. Now that the rules are established, four teams have been formed, mainly of players from the paintball circuit. They have matches scheduled in Bangkok, Thailand next month and are expecting several thousand spectators. (Prum notes they chose Thailand because they have good contacts through paintball there, not because of legal questions.) Events in Huntington Beach, California and Mexico City are also in the works.