Taking the Field

“This is a massacre,” I said under my breath as I gripped my flang tighter in my hands.

“Oh don’t be such a downer, Little Debbie,” my ever confident teammate Marius replied, “we may get through this yet.”

“Have you seen the scoreboard recently?”

“Nah, never bother with it.”

Incredulously I stared back, “You’re the captain! Shouldn’t you be keeping tabs on things?”

“Will knowing the score effect where I need to throw the ip for any given play?”

“It will help you know which play to call.”

“Like the playmaker lets me make those decisions.”

“Marius, you need to take control. Claude is a grade A tosser who doesn’t really understand what we’re doing.”

“He lead his other team-”

“To 5 championships, yeah I know,” I cut him off getting mad. “We are not his other team. The dynamics are completely different. Throw his crap out and call one of our plays.”

“But-”

“No, no buts. We all chose you for team captain so you could look out for us. Look at what has happened so far in the first half!”

Marius looked around and saw the carnage. How he missed that three of our ten players were on the bench with slings secured around their necks while a fourth sat getting splints bound to either side of his legs was a mystery to me. His sad eyes met mine, a disheartening sight that I was sure would haunt me until I was old. I squared my shoulders and nodded to three of the four remaining members. Marius took a seat while we took the field. I checked both ends of the flang. The net was still in good order, despite the other team’s dirty attempt to slash it. The wooden shaft too was still intact while the wide beaver tail-esq paddle at the end of the shaft was certainly damaged. However mine was in much better shape then some of my other team members so I chose to ignore it. Making a quick assessment of what else was wrong with their flangi I collected my thoughts.

“Alright team, I know we’re down my twenty. But we know this game and we know the Racoon’s style better than we know our own plays,” my teammates lips tugged upward marginally. “Now, it’s not going to be easy, and we’ll more likely than not fail, but we’re not going to go down without a fight, got me? No more of Claude’s crap. Everyone disable your receivers in your helmets right now. If we do go down, we’ll go down our way not his. Now let’s give flangiprop the biggest comeback this sport has ever seen.”

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8 thoughts on “Taking the Field

    • Unfortunately, at this time, it is only a professional sport. Schools are looking to add it, but some teams play dirty and the injury rate is a bit of a liability.

      There aren’t cheerleaders, however exemplary fans are brought on as ‘Enthusiast Liaisons’ to rile the crowd (think of the cool kids in a student section who lead chants over the cheerleaders on the field).

      The game is a bit tricky to understand but basically it is played on a square field. In each corner there is a giant hoop with a rotating propeller (that has a hole at it’s center). From the corner there is a quarter circle which marks off the propeller goal area. At any given time only two members from the same team can be in that goal area. So if you follow there are four goal areas on a field with two teammates being allowed in a goal area at a time. There are ten players on the field at a time, five for each team.

      You hit the ball with the paddle (similar to field hockey) or you can can carry the ball in your net (similar to lacrosse). However you can’t carry the ball into or out of a goal zone. It must be passed or hit into the goal zone. To score the ball can be chipped or thrown past the propeller and into the hoop for points. If the ball goes through the outer hoop it is one point, if it goes through the center of the propeller it is four points. The center is quite small and four-point shots are quite rare.

      A key thing to understand is that either team can score in any goal zone. So even if one team has control of the ball going into a zone, if the opposite team gains control of the ball they can then turn around and score. The propeller acts as goal-keep. With six blades constantly rotating.

      If a penalty is committed the opposing team can choose to either have the team play down a player or they can have an extra player (imagine a power play in hockey). If a personal penalty is committed the player who committed it has no choice but to sit out (if the other team does choose to play with an extra player a different team member must sub-in for the penalized player). There are both general penalties and personal penalties and then mulcts. If a mulct is called control of the ball is turned over to the other team (like double dribbling in basketball).

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