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Since its launch, Rock-It-Ball has spread rapidly through schools in the UK and has also started to be adopted by colleges, universities, community projects, youth organisations, the military, Primary Care Trusts, leisure centres and prisons and features on four of the Youth Sport Trust’s programmes. It has gained a foothold in 17 countries  and has seen the establishment of an international federation and eleven national governing bodies, and has been spoken of in the media and academia as potentially a future Olympic sport.
As a sport, Rock-It-Ball is one of the few areas where male and female players compete on an equal basis.
Not a derivative of any particular sport, Rock-It-Ball has elements of several sports, including dodgeball, lacrosse, pelota and hockey, and is played by players of all abilities.
Rock-It-Ball is played by two teams of five players on a court measuring approximately 90 feet by 50 feet (basically a sports hall with four badminton courts). Each player uses a Rock-It, which consists of a control bar and a thrower/catcher at each end. Players can move anywhere on court but must dribble by rock-ing the ball between the two ends. Points are scored by hitting an opponent with the ball between shoulders and feet (scores 1 point) or by catching an opponent’s thrown ball (scores 2 points). Five balls are in play and when a player is hit, he or she must stand still and raise a hand and the referee records the point and allows the player to play on. The referee is assisted by two umpires whose role is to see infringements, all of which incur a three-point penalty. Infringements include:
- Failing to acknowledge a strike
- Travelling (a player with the ball cannot take more than two steps without either transferring the ball into the other scoop (air/standard dribbling), or bouncing the ball off the floor and back into their scoop (ground/alternate dribbling)
- Striking (either the ball or an opponent) with the Rock-It.
- Illegal bodily contact
- Knocking the ball out of an opponent’s Rock-It
- Fishing (picking up a ball while waiting to play on after a hit)
A formal tournament match consists of four quarters each of which lasts four minutes.
Imps - up to age 7
Cadet - ages 8–10
Junior - ages 11–13
Youth - ages 14–18
Senior - aged 18+
Masters - aged 40+
Current v2 World Rankings (senior)
- Tom Hildreth (England)
- Scott MacMichael (Scotland)
- Carl Alsop (England)
- Aiden Campbell Hodge (England)
- Scott Snowdon (England)
- Matti Chasan Bergstein (Denmark)
- John Baird (Scotland)
- Tony Nield (Scotland)
- Steve Plummer (Scotland)
- Matty Carr (England)
v2 World Rankings (Youth)
- Meghan Plummer (Scotland)
- Aaron Perry (England)
- Dan Raper (England)
- Matty Horsfield (England)
- Jack Brown (England)
- Chris Bodman (Scotland)
- James Foster (England)
- Stephen Laws (England)
- Josh Darragh (Germany)
- Jake Baird (Scotland)
The International Rock-It-Ball Federation was established in December 2006. The role of the Federation is to administer the sport on a global basis. The Federation runs the annual rules committee and assists and advises on the establishment of National Governing Bodies.
The IRIBF also issues annual 'Executive' awards to recognise the work of volunteers in the sport. One outstanding volunteer is also awarded the 'Person of the Year' Award. The Executive Awards and the Person of the Year are announced on December 31.
2010: Person of the Year: Conrad Broughton
2011: Person of the Year: Matti Chasan Bergstein
- York Rock-It-Ball Club: Teams - Phoenix, Raiders
- Easi-Rock-Its: Teams - Hellcats, HellFighters, HellDivers
- Scunthorpe Hawks
- Northallerton Stallions
- Falkirk Cannons
- Coatbridge Enigma
- Leggott (Scunthorpe)
- Kirkbymoorside Bulls
- Tees Valley Spartans
- Cedars, Leighton Buzzard
Centres of Excellence and Academies
Centres of Excellence and Coaching Academies are in the process of being esstablished.
- English National Centre of Excellence: Ripon Grammar School, Ripon, North Yorks
- Regional Coaching Academy: Cedars Coaching Academy, Leighton Buzzard.
- Danish National Centre of Excellence: Gerlev PE & Sports Academy, Slagelse, Denmark
- 2005 Inaugural Championships: Team Chaos, Northallerton College
- 2007 World Cup: Scotland. Runners-up: England. Third: Pakistan
- 2007 Carnegie British Open: Loughborough University
- 2008 English National Rock-It-Ball League, National Champions: Easi-RockIts HellCats
- 2008 Tees Valley Pairs Tournament: Callum Watt/Chris Durrant
- 2008 Youth World Cup: England
- 2009 v3 English Open: Emily Wilson (Tees Valley)
- 2009 Central and East Yorks ATC Rock-It-Ball championship: 2487 (Easingwold) Typhoons
- 2009 English National Rock-It-Ball League, National Champions: Easi-RockIts HellCats
- 2009 National Junior Pairs: Ben Pulleyn/Callum Forsyth (York)
- 2009 v3 European Open: Adam Rawcliffe (Easi-RockIts)
- 2010 v3 English Open: Carl Alsop (Raptors)
- 2010 English National Rock-It-Ball League, National Champions: Raptors.
- 2010 English National Rock-It-Ball League, National Finals Player of the Tournament: Marcus Exelby (HellCats).
- 2010 v2 World Champion: Carl Alsop.
- 2011 v2 Youth World Champion: Dan Raper.
- 2011 Scottish National Rock-It-Ball League, National Champions: Falkirk Cannons.
- 2011 English National Rock-It-Ball League, National Champions: Raptors. Runners-up: Easi-RockIts HellCats
- 2011 English National Rock-It-Ball League, National Finals Player of the Tournament: Callum Watt (HellCats).
- 2011 v2 World Champion: Scott MacMichael (Scotland).
- 2011 World Cup: Scotland. Runners-up: England, 3rd: Denmark. Fair Play Award: Denmark
- 2011 World Cup, Player of the Tournament: Matti Chasan Bergstein (Denmark).
- 2011 UK Club Champions: Falkirk Cannons.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rock-It-Ball.|
- Government Business (2010): Rock-It-Ball - the Fastest Growing Sport in the World. Government Business. Volume 17, Number 8. pp. 62–63
- Nieć P. (2011): Rock-It-Ball - Gra Zespołowa z Elementami Edukacji Olimpijskiej. Unpublished Dissertation, Poznan University, 2011
- Cadet Review (2010): Cadets Do Themselves Proud Again At Rock-It-Ball. Issue Summer 2010. pp34-35
There is an increasing amount of information available on various websites around this sport:
- - The International Rock-it-Ball Federation
- England Rock-It-Ball Association
- Danish Rock-It-Ball Association
- Scotland Rock-It-Ball Association
- Easi-RockIts Rock-It-Ball Club
- Scunthorpe Rock-It-Ball Club
- Youth Sport Trust
- Loughborough University
- The Kirkbymoorside Bullz
- Nicholas B. (2006,March 31): "Rock-it-ing around the classroom clock." Times Educational Supplement p29
- "Rock-It-Ball" (May 2007) Aquila Magazine Vol XIII pp16-17
- "The Latest Thing" (Spring 2006) PE and Sport Today p41
- "Rock-It-Ball" (October 2006) School Sport Magazine
- "Rock-It-Ball" 'All Comers National Championships' (December 2006) School Sport Magazine
- "Rocking 'em at Leeds" (April/May 7) School Sport Magazine
- "A Whole New Ball Game for a Ryedale Company" (Jan 2007). UK Trade and Industry Magazine p4
- "I'm a Teacher and a ... Rock-It-Ball Player"(September 2007). Primary Teachers No.52 p39[dead link]