Saturday saw Vienna host another successful Tag des Sport.
With the weather also “playing ball”, it was a great event, allowing thousands of people to test out sports that they might have only seen on TV, or heard about. It also gave unknown (at least to One Player Down) sports find new fans by showing how fun and easy they are to access.
The typical sports were attracting the most people, but it was sports such as Bassalo, Faustball, Mini Squash and Prellball that caught our eye.
Bassalo is a very simple game that involves throwing a ball using a cup across a net to the other player, the scoring was not clear but the guess is the one who drops it loses. It was not just the simplicity of the concept, it was the diversity of ages that tried them that we loved seeing.
Faustball, not so unknown here it seems but not exactly up there with football in its popularity was demonstrated by people trying to punch a ball through a hole. From a look through YouTube, it looks like a similar game to volleyball but the ball is allowed to bounce on the ground
Mini Squash is really self explanatary, squash but mini. Here it was plazed with a foam ball, closer to a tennis ball in size and with bigger raquets.
Prellball, is again similar to Volleyball in set up and thus very similar to Faustball, as the ball is allowed to bounce but it is played on a court the size of an indoor volleyball court.
All very interesting and there were a lot more sports on show as well.
Looking forward to next year where hopefully One Player Down will have a booth and you will get to meet the whole team.