100 people indulge in bubble soccer madness

Garrett Hutchinson

David Aragon, mass comunication sophmore, gets hit by Taylor Kelley, business managment junior, and rolls over onto his head playing bubble soccer on the free play fields Oct. 25. Photo by Garrett Hutchinson
David Aragon, mass comunication sophmore, gets hit by Taylor Kelley, business managment junior, and rolls over onto his head playing bubble soccer on the free play fields Oct. 25. Photo by Garrett Hutchinson

Bubble soccer brought lots of chatter to campus this semester.

About 100 people participated in the bubble soccer event Oct. 25, which took place on the free play fields, by the University Programming Board from 12-6 p.m. 

Each year, UPB puts on activities for students to come out and have fun while promoting physical activity and student interaction.

Bubble soccer was first brought to this campus three years ago and has been a hit ever since.

“It usually happens on the quad but this year we wanted to have it on the turf fields because it doesn’t hurt as bad when you fall down,” Ruby Arriaga, assistant director of student development and orientation, said.

Bubble soccer takes traditional soccer to the next level.

Adding an inflatable bubble that surrounds the player offers protection from high speed collisions, and allows you to hit your opponent or bounce off the ground without risk of serious bodily injury.  

Two students engaged in acrobatic flips on the field to get away from their opponents; however, bubble soccer was not the only activity found on the turf fields yesterday.

In addition to bubble soccer, students could enjoy bongo ball or race your rival in zorb ball racing.

Zorb ball racing was a hit for many students as well. Zorb balls are oversized balls that you place your entire body into and use your arms and legs to move forward. The goal is to race down the track and back before your opponent to win the race.

“It was great,” Brandy Villasana, kinesiology junior, said, after racing her friend Taylor Robinson in the zorb balls.

“It was really fun,” Taylor Robinson, exercise physiology sophomore, said.

These activities are part of the homecoming budget and are available during Homecoming Week each year.

“We usually try to do this every year, but not every semester, because we don’t want it to get old,” Arriaga said.