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Trashball: The Game of Champions

15 Jul 2008

written by Kyle James

Trashball: The Game of Champions

trashball logo square 150 Trashball: The Game of ChampionsThe following is a guest post by Craig Sudduth, Senior Student Web Content Editor and Student Writer.  Summer is a time when college web professionals are able and have time to focus on projects while a good portion of campus is off on summer vacation.  Despite this productive streak we still need a little entertainment from time to time to keep sane.  Also a little fun fosters creativity.  This is the first post in the “keeping sanity series” during the summer months.

The Real History of Trashball

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Trashball Bracket and Official Bin

Offices all over campus have nice little blue recycling bins. By participating in Trashball™ throwing away paper has never been so much fun!  Instead of merely throwing away paper, Trashball™ offers quite an enjoyable distraction by forcing participants to “shoot” the balled up paper ball into the recycle bin.  Even with a miss the fun continues because you have to get up and try again.

Over time this simple pastime has gained a life of its own as we now compete to see who can shoot the most trashballs into the recycle bins. Missing and hitting the trashcan is unacceptable and results in negative karma points.

At some point, July 7th around 3:30PM if you want to get really exact, the idea was thrown out to turn Trashball™ into a daily match of chivalry.  Smack talk ensued, brackets were drawn up, and organized competition began to flourish, capturing more attention among office goers than even the recent Tiger Woods/Rocco Mediate sudden death matchup at the U.S. Open or the Federer/Nadal matchup at Wimbledon. July 2008 will certainly go down in history as the month that saw the First Annual Wofford.edu Trashball Championship Series™. With the competition already a week underway, we have seen office viewership skyrocket to unprecedented levels. Based on current data, there is talk in certain circles that viewership for the final round may pass 2007’s Advance Splat Book™ as the most watched event in the history of OCM.

Official Rules of Trashball

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Official Trashball Bin

Trashball is a fierce shooting competition between enemy combatants.  Participants are forbidden from crossing an established line of death. Each time the line is crossed one point is deducted from that participant’s score. Each shooter rotates taking a shot for the recycle bin. For our purposes each shooter is given 14 regulation trashballs made of the official brown recycle paper. On the first day of any tournament the two combatants play a grueling game of rock, paper, scissors to determine home and away status. As is often the case, the victor chooses to be home or away. After this first game the loser of the previous game goes first. In the event of a tie, participants go to sudden death. In sudden death each participant is given three randomly selected trashballs. The recycle bin is emptied and the combatants begin the three shot overtime. Overtime continues until winner emerges. The recycle bin is emptied after every round of overtime. A series is made up of five games, one for each day of the week DUH. The first participant to achieve three victories advances.

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Official Trashballs in Commemorative Box

Unlike most sports, unsportsmanlike conduct is encouraged and Smack talking is required. However, all rules are strictly enforced and any participant caught tampering or interfering with an opponent’s shooting or trashballs forfeits that day’s match and is forced to stand in the corner as other members of the office pelt the offender with objects of their choosing.

Starting Your Own Trashball™ League

Starting your own Trashball™ league is simple and offers a chance for you and your office mates to cling to those last shards of sanity that are often hanging by a thread by the time 3 p.m. rolls around. To begin your own Trashball™ league, you must first seek permission from the creators to use the trademarked name Trashball™. Once permission is granted you gather particpants who are willing to devote the enormous amount of energy and mental concentration necessary to become a Trashball Master™ (the title bestowed on the winner of the tournament).  All tournaments will be known as “The Wofford.edu Trashball Championship Series™ of  _______________ (insert the name of your school, club, or company)”. Good luck with your Trashball™ dreams.

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Craig Shooting – Ball Underlined in Red

Note: Trashball™, Trashball Master™, and The Wofford.edu Trashball Championship Series™ are registered trademarks of Kyle, Craig, Brian, and James and may not be used without express permission of one of the four creators of Trashball™.

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About the author

Kyle James

Kyle is the CEO & Co-Founder at nuCloud and formerly the webmaster at Wofford College. He also spent almost 4 years at HubSpot doing a range of jobs including inbound marketing consulting, sales, management, and product management.  Kyle is an active contributor in the social media spectrum. Although his background is technical, he claims to know a thing or two about marketing, but mostly that revolves around SEO, analytics, blogging, and social media. He has spoken at multiple national conferences and done countless webinars on topics ranging from e-mail marketing to social media and Web analytics. He's definitely a fairly nice guy.

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  • http://utodd.com Todd

    Sweet, thanks for the explanation.

    Unfortunately my campus doesn’t have any Official Trashball Bins — we use cardboard boxes (much like the Commemorative Box shown above) for our recycling needs. Can we still start a Trashball™ league?

  • http://squaredpeg.com Bradjward

    Is it true that a shot bounced off the Spiderman inflatable is worth triple points?

  • http://doteduguru.com Kyle James

    @Todd – I think that would be ok as long as you wrote wofford.edu on the outside of the box. We have to hold onto our branding rights.

    @Brad – that is very observant on your end. Spidey will be the feature of a later post in the keeping sanity series. :)

  • http://www.associatedegreeonline.com Ron Denny

    I think you guys should pursue the NCAA for funding this as an official college sport… Something for the off season to keep people occupied. As it happens, I’ve been getting a lot of practice in a similar sport I invented, so y’all better watch yourselves!! :P

  • http://www.omnivore.us/blog Ron Bronson

    I love it!

  • http://doteduguru.com/ Kyle James

    @Ron – There are already three other chapters besides Wofford and the social network with T-Shirts is over the horizon. ;)

  • Javier Durante

    hi there, we also play trashball in Argentina, you can visit our Facebook page 
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/TrashBall/301955503150932
    Also, there is a Trashball game for cell phone coming out in July. Take a look if you can.
    PS: Our trash can s different than your :)

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