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American Angleball Championship 2015

Angleball is the premier brand for North America's oldest sport, anejodi,[1] which was revived during World War 2 at Brown University by collegiate Hall of Fame football and basketball coach Charles "Rip" Engle (March 26, 1906 – March 7, 1983), to keep service men and women, students and athletes fit.[2] Angleball equipment is played for conditioning in the NFL, LFL and by active groups worldwide - even inspiring a game-type in the world's best selling video game, Call of Duty, called Uplink. Angleball equipment is manufactured in the USA by Angleball USA & Worldwide which also organizes Angleball competition events.[3] International Angleball is in infancy and can be contacted through Angleball Worldwide for membership inquires and general questions - 8 countries are currently members.[4] Angleball is played by 500,000+ people in the United States as estimated by the group sizes of verifiable Angleball set users. The name "angleball" was chosen because it shares the first two letters as anejodi, honors the memory of Rip Engle, and the ball can be played all angles to the target.


Two large target-balls are placed on standards at opposite sides of a field[5][6] The objective of Angleball is to knock down the opposing team's target-ball using the Angleball. The Angleball can be run or passed. A goal is worth one point. Angleball can be played with varying levels of contact: no-contact, touch-contact, and full-contact; this is similar to flag, touch and tackle football.[7] The means of stopping the offense depends on the level of contact that the group has decided on: in non-contact Angleball, the ball-carrier is only allowed 3 steps with the ball; in touch Angleball the ball-carrier must pass within 3 seconds of being tagged; in full-contact Angleball it is a turnover if the ball-carrier is taken down. It is also often played that a pass cannot touch the ground, and that a circle key surrounds each standard that the offense cannot step inside; club variations are welcome within the angleball community. Complete competition rules can be found on the Angleball association website [2]. Angleball can be played with as few as 1 v 1 all the way up to 100 v 100 with a standard at both ends of a park or camp - it has been done.[8]

The Angleball Championship is full contact. In 2017 it will be mixed gender, requiring 3 male and 3 female fielded players at all times; contact can only be made with the same gender. Angleball is one of the first sports to adopt full-contact, mixed gender rules[9] (the first sport to do this was Quidditch).

History Notes[edit]

The first high school game played was in the late 1960s at Pioneer Ranch in Tidioute, Pennsylvania, when the Corry High School Beavers football team hosted the Titusville Rockets team. Corry's athletic director and head football coach, Lou Hanna, and Titusville's athletic director, Roy Van Horn, had been teammates on the 1939 Slippery Rock State Teachers College undefeated championship football team.[10] The game was won by Corry.

Van Horn was the owner of Pioneer Ranch, a boys camp on the Allegheny River near Tidioute, Pennsylvania. With Hanna, he founded the Northwestern Pennsylvania Football Camp at Pioneer Ranch in 1961, the nation's first summertime football camp for high school gridders, and hired Penn State's coaches to staff it.[11] It was here a relationship with Rip Engle was formed, and they were first introduced to anejodi.

In the mid-1990s the game was also introduced to students at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana by Philosophy Professor, Dr. James Spiegel.[citation needed] On October 4, 2009 Angleball was introduced to a group of about 20 people in Tucson, Arizona.[citation needed] It remains a favorite in Gym classes at Bellefonte Area High School in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Penns Valley Area High School in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, as well as Park Forest and Mount Nittany Middle Schools in State College, Pennsylvania.[citation needed] Angleball sets are manufactured by the American association and are being used in the NFL and by Colleges, camps, schools, and all age groups throughout the United States and Canada. In 2011 at the 100th year celebration of the Dept. of Kinesiology at Penn State, an Angleball association set was featured in "The Ball Games of the World Exhibit" presented by Dr. Ken Swalgin, Associate Professor of Kinesiology. The exhibit includes over 80 balls, equipment, and posters depicting ball sports from around the world. Ball sports are categorized as follows: handball games, bowls and bowling, ball and bat games, racket and paddle games, football games, ball and raised goal games, invasion goal games, and other ball games.(Swalgin, K.L. 2011).

In 2012, an Angleball set was adopted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles for preseason conditioning.

In September 2013, American Angleball sponsored the first angleball match in Africa (Masaka, Uganda) with the help of Sporting Is The Answer.


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  4. ^ "American Angleball". American Angleball. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  5. ^ "Lebanon Daily News from Lebanon, Pennsylvania on August 9, 1966 · Page 12". Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  6. ^ "The Pocono Record from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania on May 25, 1966 · Page 15". Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  7. ^ Vickey, Ted (2008). 101 Fitness Games for Kids at Camp. Coaches Choice Books. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-58518-070-7. 
  8. ^ "Lake Ann Camp on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  9. ^ "American Angleball". American Angleball. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  10. ^ [1], Roy Van Horn, Slippery Rock Hall of Fame.
  11. ^ Dohrmann, George (2001-06-25). "Sweat Shopping: Though rife with NCAA violations, college-run football camps have become bull markets for recruiters". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-03-20. [permanent dead link]

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