Like Early Years of Basketball New Sport Continues to Grow


FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The 3rd Annual Arizona State Sabakiball Tournament will take place on Saturday, February 2nd in Chandler, Arizona.

If you have still not heard of the American born sport of Sabakiball, it is definitely about time. In the four years since its creation, Sabakiball has grown to include schools, clubs, and leagues across 24 states and even parts of Canada and China. It is estimated that nearly 500,000 people have participated in games through physical education classes alone and the sport is already being played at a collegiate level through intramural programs at Stanford and Lewis University in Illinois. "Sabakiball has left a permanent mark on the students at Lewis University," said Adam Burkhart, Assistant Director of Student Recreation after an initial introduction to the sport. In fact, more than ninety students participated in the university's first full season of play in late 2012.

Invented and patented by Michael Cerpok of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Sabakiball is gearing up for a big push into the retail market in 2013. "Up until recently the only way to play Sabakiball was at a school or by joining a league that owned a set of commercially available equipment," says Cerpok. "As we watch the continued growth of Sabakiball leagues and after-school clubs, players are looking to be able to practice more often and I felt that it was time to introduce a quality, low cost home version of Official Sabakiball gear." As Sabakiball approaches the one million-person mark of individuals who have played the sport at least once, a mark that should be reached by next fall, the production of a home practice kit was inevitable.

But, plans run much higher than just seeing Sabakiball in schools and driveways. Just ask Major League Baseball's Scott Hairston who became a part owner of Sabakiball International last year. "I met Michael Cerpok at a convention in 2011 and was intrigued, to say the least, that someone had invented and patented a new sport." Hairston continues, "Now having had the opportunity to be around Sabakiball for a while I definitely see the opportunity for this to become a sport that people will want to go to the stadium to watch." What Hairston is alluding to is the non-stop action inherent to the sport as well as the extreme endurance needed to play at a high level. With growth comparable to the early years of Basketball it is easy to understand why Hairston sees professional Sabakiball in our future. However, while it may take being athletically gifted to play this sport at a professional level, the simplicity of the sport makes it fun and exciting for anyone to play.

The premise is simple; strike a "goal-pin" called the BakiPin with a specially designed ball, or BakiBall, causing the pin to fall over. This awards a team one point. Now add a goalie who will attempt to block your shot as well as a few other carefully thought out rules and strategies, and you have what some are calling the ultimate team sport.

Sabakiball International, LLC is located in Fountain Hills Arizona. For more information about Sabakiball or the Arizona State Tournament visit


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