Polearmball the Difference:
Polearmball introduces new skills which are unheard of and unpracticed in present day mainstream sports. Polearmball also introduces new equipment not typically seen in team sports.
Polearmball uses two objects with which to score points. In Basketball, or baseball, or soccer, only one object is actually used to score points. In Polearmball both the ball and the polearm in their own right may be used to score points. Whether a team possesses the polearmball or the polearm, points may be scored by either team during the same round.
The polearmball (ball) is also a new device in that it is a unique ball with a unique shape and feel. The polearmball represents a sack in the role playing aspect of the game and is shaped so as to simulate a sack filled with food and supplies. In the role playing aspect of the game inside the sack are the virtual goods that the warrior will try to supply his village with.
In Polearmball a Runner may run to either side of the field to score a delivery and thereby score points. He/she may change direction on the field at will before deciding which delivery line he/she will cross. Other mainstream team sports delegate one side of the field as the scoring end. Not so in Polearmball.
The polearm called a Javel is a new sports device. The skill sets needed in Polearmball to handle the polearm as a team are new. Points may be scored by using the polearm to hit a moving human target. Points may also be scored by using the polearm to hit a moving innate target which under certain circumstances during the game is the polearmball when it is airborne or during a Toss-Up. Points may also be scored by using the polearm to hit another innate object which would be the targets at either end of the playing field.
However, in Polearmball when an opponent hits a target after a Runner makes a Delivery then points that would have been scored for a Delivery by the Runner are cut in half. In the role playing aspect of the game the Runner who fails to protect his/her village (the Target) from assault after a successful Delivery and allows the polearm to hit the Target has also allowed the Delivery and village to be damaged by the enemy. It is the Runner's job to attempt to block an incoming polearm from hitting the Target after scoring a Delivery.
Polearmball is a sport which allows teams to score points during both defense and offense and points may also be mitigated or reduced such as when the Target is hit after a Delivery.
Due to the nature of hitting moving human targets it follows that the smaller the target the harder and more challenging it becomes to hit that target. Hence, Polearmball is conducive to short athletes. This is a first. Short athletes may now garner status and notoriety by way of their stature. Instead of being a handicap it is a stand out trait. In real life both in war and in the hunt for food, short stature has been an advantage in many circumstances. Polearmball showcases this point and views short stature as an advantage. The result is that in order to even-out the odds of winning, teams will need to balance the members of their team with an equal quantity of tall players (who are easier to hit) with the quantity of short players. If a team has ten members, five ought to be tall and five ought to be short. The taller players will have an advantage over polearm skills and short players will have an advantage over running skills.