WhirlyBall, whose facility is located in Bedford Heights, Ohio, near Cleveland, is not a new sport. In fact, WhirlyBall Cleveland is celebrating a major milestone this year: their 25th Anniversary. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of people in the Cleveland area and throughout Northeast Ohio who have yet to discover WhirlyBall, so it may just be a new sport for you!
It is not just the WhirlyBall facility that has been around for a while, either. The component pieces of the sport have been around far longer than twenty-five years. Bumper cars were developed in the 1920’s. People have been playing jai alai since the 1700’s, so that’s definitely not a new sport. And the sport of basketball was invented in approximately 1891, so it had nearly a century on Whirlyball. So, really, what is so new and exciting about it?
That’s simple: it is the unique combination of all of these components that make it a new sport. WhirlyBall is one of those things that prove, without a doubt, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Not convinced? Try it! It’s more challenging than it sounds, and more fun than you would ever guess. Steer your Whirlybug with one hand while manipulating your scoop with the other. Like many other sports, you also have to keep your eye on the ball, and keep it moving toward your goal. Oh, and did we mention that the goal is ten feet off the floor, and you have to remain seated? Challenging new sport? Yes. Impossible new sport? No.
If it were impossible, why would people keep coming back? And, they do. Companies bring their employees for teambuilding activities that revolve around strategic thinking, but in a fun, fast-paced environment. Businesspeople entertain clients at WhirlyBall to break the ice, and get to them outside of the stuffy office and business suit setting. It’s also perfect for family gatherings since WhirlyBall is for everyone ages nine and up!
The indoor setting is a plus, too. Northeast Ohio can be inhospitable due to cold and snow in the winter, and due to heat and humidity in the summer. Skip the frostbite, sunburn, bugs, and other hazards of the great outdoors, and head to WhirlyBall instead. There’s never a bad time of year to go! If you take your WhirlyBall very seriously, there even leagues available.
So, no, WhirlyBall Cleveland is not new, but even after twenty-five years, the shine has not worn off. If WhirlyBall Cleveland is a new sport to you, then head over to their website at www.WhirlyBallCleveland.com for more information about the sport, and to find out how to reserve your time on the court or call them at 216.591.0707. Cleveland is especially lucky because, just on the other side of the WhirlyBall courts, you can find Laser-sport. Once you’ve exhausted your time in your Whirlybug, just head on over to the other side of the building to the Laser-sport arena!