THIS IS THE NBL
WarBall is MMA and Football:
Next year for the 2022 Fourth, it will be USA vs Britain for real. However, we have some of our first practices on these pages. Note our new uniforms protection for Kidney strikes/kicks, heavy elbow pads for elbow strikes, decent arm and shin protection.
The Nations BangBall League -NBL- is a non profit football League formed in 2020 to coordinate League play and promote the sport of WarBall. Its primary task is to develop teams (currently we have Team USA and Team Mexico) for International play against other Nations.
The NBL believes its format of Martial Arts mixed with Football that also includes women warriors (as archers/safeties), canines (as muzzled pursuit dogs) and horse mounted archers (with safe arrows and also female warriors) will be a galvanizing force for bringing people together.
Our sister non-profit company , warrior themed clothing line called budshido84.org promotes worker’s rights by giving back to factory workers organizations worldwide all its net profits.
We anticipate as the NBL grows its cross marketing to the 84 brand will be a force in improving and publicizing worker’s conditions worldwide and also promoting peace and internal harmony. www.budshido84.org for more info.
What is a BangBall? The Chinese word for stick is “Bang” We have a javelin type spear (stick) embedded into a football for throwing, catching, kicking and to use as a weapon against other stick or safe sword opponents.
Our League is also our foundation, vying country against country, schools, or clubs. It is non-profit 501 (c) (3) and donations are tax deductible.
A Game for the Ages
Note: We were at the inception stage of introducing our sport, after more than one year of prototyping. See our “Action Home Page” or “Technology Page” for device video examples and animations
NBL’s WarBall is American style football combined with Martial Arts, safe weapons and patented devices to harmlessly impair legs, arms and vision during combat.
.s a non-profit, the League seeks to advance the sport into communities for the betterment of its people. Our global reach will bring people of different cultures together, creating a better understandings and tolerance. You may make a tax deductible donation by clicking here
Speaking of people, we have historically themed uniforms, from the modern as seen here, to Old History, celebrating the cultures of the past in the form of Samurai, Spartans, Vikings, etc.
Furthermore, anyone, including women, can play as proficiency with the weapons is more important than size or strength in most positions.
Our youth here in the States have been forgoing football (almost 10% decline 2008-2018) to such an extent many programs have been abolished. A safer and more edgy form such as WarBall will rekindle the interests. Finally, we have equestrians and canines, too!
In summing all, together with BangBall football’s highly entertaining visuals, we believe with some start up capital and sufficient financing we can become a global phenomena.
As football fans, we are committed to expanding football internationally, not to mention saving it locally, and our version is literally the only chance for this to happen.
A Brave New Sport
The revolutionary NBL’s WarBall itself is more active and artful than conventional football, since it is weapons and martial arts based.
It is also safer than tackle football as explained in the Fighter’s page. But briefly, WarBall rules to advance the ball (4 downs to get 10 yards, etc.) formations, pass interference, safety rules (such as clipping) and many others are the same as football. There is no extra point or field goal kicking game, but 2 and 3 point conversions are an option. Punting is normal but kickoff will be replaced by an Atlatl launched or black powder (yes) rocket assisted BangBall football. See below X and O chart for more football information.
Can you envision a javelin with a football embedded in the middle? It has a rubberized end so it is safe. It flies beautifully, and is patented (see our “Technology” page) . We also have a patented ball with telescoping rods embedded in football. Once in the QB, RB or receiver’s hands, they squeeze an area on the ball and the rods spring out. See video on our “Technology” page
It bears repeating Warball uses its patented football -called a BangBall – as a tool to defend the ball carrier and progress downfield. In Warball, defenders must:
1) engage a weapon first before a conventional tackle or,
2) martial arts strike or
3) Trigger a impairment device (play blown dead)
4) These rules do not apply when knocking the ball carrier out of bounds, the defense is allowed to shoulder the ball carrier out of bounds without any engagement rules.In contrast, the the ball carrier is free to shoulder or Martial Art strike his way down field
The rule for the defender to engage with weapons or to strike a disablement device prevents heavy body to body impacts as the defender must pull up in order to use his weapons. This makes WarBall fighters less prone to injury than conventional football
FIRST RECORDED BANGBALL CATCH
Try to imagine this play: A simple pitch to the running back, around the end…once he has the Bangball, he can certainly dodge and juke as normal, but because his ball is also a weapon, he will use it too as he tries to gain yardage.
The QB holding the BangBall football also can fight off fighters trying to sack him, then throw or run, an interesting visual. The passing game is virtually the same as conventional football, the ball is caught (you have to adjust for the rod by stepping slightly to the right of left of it) and the receiver will use it as a blocking weapon against armed defenders. He literally can leap into the air, catch the ball and be fighting a defender with it before he hits the ground! It’s quite a sight.
Meanwhile, 21 other armed warriors will be engaged in combat, it has more action and is more artful to the eye than conventional football.
.(see our “Action or Technology” page for video examples )
Our horse mounted archers will patrol the sidelines, with safe arrows (see our “Technology” page) , which, if contact a runner, the play is whistled as over. Our muzzled pursuit (not “attack”) dogs are trained to contact the bangball, and in doing so, or by incidental contact with the ball carrier, either of which is a “tackle” and the play is called. We anticipate our animals will be the biggest stars on the field.
It will be exciting to see a running sword battle, so to speak. By rule, defenders in most cases must first try and impede his progress with their fighting sticks, not strike him. Once slowed they can strike sensors on legs, chest, face to disable the runner. Shoulders or a two handed push from the stick are allowed to knock him down, or out of bounds, but no tackling unless stick to stick or stick to trigger an impairment device happens first. You may then tackle or use a authorized MMA move to down the runner.
Blocking is by stick to stick only, no blows to opponent’s body. With some exceptions (such as shouldering a ball carrier out of bounds) you must attempt a stick move before any other strike by hands or feet can be attempted.
Only specific martial arts techniques are allowed: judo type throws and grappling, leg sweeps, front kicks to abdomen (its padded), elbow strikes to the chest, hand strikes or kicks to helmet’s “smash mouth” button or to the non transparent visor (see pictures) are allowed, but only hard enough to trigger lights (pointed at the eyes) or drop the visor. The fighting staff will often be used to strike the upright visor downward, impairing vision.
There is no extra point or field goal kicking game, 2 and 3 point conversions will be allowed. Punting is normal, but kick offs are black powder rocket assisted or Atlatl launched Bangball football which can go over 70 yards in flight.
Without body blocks, hard tackling (you must first execute a move with the fighting stick before tackling or blocking someone) or helmet to helmet accidents, it is much safer than conventional football.
Non Profit Community Based
The NBL is a non-profit (501) (c) (3) IRS designate entity to advance the sport into communities for the betterment of its people. It is structured much like the NFL was up until they changed to a profit based in 2015. Y
This is our patented BangBall football, which becomes a weapon once thrown and caught, enabling the carrier to gain yardage against others who possess a fighting stick or safe sword. It composed of carbon fiber.
This is offensive and defensive line simulation, modern versus old history. We have better animations and videos with real people coming soon as California opens 6/15 from covid restrictions.
By rule, once vision is impaired, play is stopped by whistle, but in a separate scenario, a fighter can continue as “wounded” as other body areas are disabled until he is taken to the ground. It is humorous to watch as one leg or arm is stiffened and the fighter playing on, evoking much laughter. See our Rules page for more information
NOTE: Our airbag technology is still in development, as we have moved it from a cumbersome tank in a backpack to hip mounted air solenoids with small air cartridges. They will look like pistols in a holster for a nice visual effect. Should be ready late summer, but the we wait also for nano locking smart garments (we have a patent on this) as the real future way to simulate injury to the appendages. In the meantime, the game will allow more grappling to tackle a fighter than we would like, but the game will still be weapons based to safely do this as well (click our “fighters page” for how this will happen).
Yes, we have horse mounted archers (female) with safe arrows, and pursuit dogs who are trained to contact the ball carried by a fighter. By rule, Fighters may not overtly move the ball at last second , so canines will have a chance to contact it or the fighter.
Upon impact by arrow or dog, play is halted by whistle. For safety purposes, horses patrol outside of the field of play, on the sidelines from the 30 yard line to and behind goal line, but still within arrow shot . Under certain circumstance they can enter the field of play.