Bubble, Bubble, Toil and SOCCER!

"You look funny," exclaimed my son when I finished crawling into the blue plastic bubble and managed to stand up. I may look that way I said to myself, but that's exactly why I am here: to have a fun game! I waved good-bye to my son turning the big bubble I was wrapped inside to its side and ran to intercept a soccer ball. Let the fun begin!

It all started on a sunny, yet chilly, mid-winter Saturday morning on a green field at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. It was Jan.10, the free Bubble Soccer Introductory Play Day on the McLeod Seacoast Meadow. A dozen red and blue plastic shiny bubbles were neatly aligned on the side of the field, next to a tent hosting the referees and the sign-up and liability waiver sheet table.

A few youngsters were already wrapped up inside the bubbles, chasing a soccer ball, having fun rolling over and bumping into each other. I looked at my wife and my son and they both smiled at me, nodding their heads: Go ahead, try it. I signed the waiver, listened to a few tips on how to hold the bubble as a backpack and off I went to join my team.

The new game: Bubble Soccer
The new game: Bubble Soccer

Two young entrepreneurs, Henry and Jessica Mora, husband and wife, founded Myrtle Beach Bubble Soccer after watching a video on YouTube. They saw how the popular British game, which involves participants playing soccer while wrapped in a huge bubble, has been rapidly growing in popularity in the United States. They quickly decided it was the opportunity for a great business: more fun than soccer, safer than football, cheaper than hockey, and bouncier than basketball.

Henry and Jessica Mora
North Myrtle Beach is the first to offer a Bubble Soccer league in South Carolina. I had a chance to talk to Henry and Jessica Mora before the kick-off of the event. Their enthusiasm and excitement is truly contagious. With a huge smile on their faces, they shared that bubble soccer is one of the most action-packed, entertaining, delightful sports to watch, and a safer version of soccer. Take one-part soccer, one-part pillow fight, one-part Vaudeville slapstick comedy, mix well, and what you get looks a little bit like this:


Henry and Jessica take reservations for birthdays, fundraisers, church/corporate events, and even just friendly backyard games. You can contact them on their website: www.myrtlebeachbubblesoccer.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/myrtlebeachbubblesoccer.  For a list of active bubble soccer leagues throughout the nation, check out www.nationalbubblesoccer.com.

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