It is the finals of the Wall Ball school league. We are the only ones who use the aggressive strategy only, which makes us vulnerable to fast balls and teams that are focused on one hole. But I don't think that the other team can realistically beat us. Ka'an and me are just too good of a back line.
RulesWall ball is played with a ball sometimes made off rock and moss, sometimes made off metal. The goal of the game is to get the most points until the end of a 40 minutes period. The ball, when on one side of the field, may only be touched twice, and only very briefly. It is also not allowed to push the ball with a heat wave when not having played it. These two times can be by the same players, but usually are not. The field is separated by a wall in the middle, which has five holes. Getting the ball through these holes is a necessary requirement to achieve points - or to not gift any points to the enemy team. Points are achieved in three ways:
ScoringWhen a team gets the ball all the way through enemy lines onto hitting the opposite wall, they get 3 points. This only counts under one special condition: Say the ball arrived through the upper left hole into the orange side. While it is allowed to shoot the ball right back through the same hole, this would eliminate the chance to get any points by this means (while this tactic is indeed sometimes used to get 2 points by making the enemy team drop the ball to the ground).
CeilingWhen played in a gym, hitting the ceiling with a ball that you play, no matter the side you are hitting it on, means 1 point for the enemy team. The same is true when hitting the middle wall.
Dropping the BallWhen one team drops the ball to the ground, or needs more than two touches on their side to get it over, that is 2 points for the enemy team.
StrategiesThe main strategies are the offensive and the defensive one, with many mix forms between them.
OffensiveThe offensive strategy has one player on each hole, trying to get approaching balls instantly back onto the enemy field. The 2nd and 4th position (on the higher holes) usually have very strong legs to jump high. The back line only consists of 2 magmer in this strategy, asking these two players to have an insane reaction speed to catch balls that their offensive team mates miss. No need to say, this strategy is very hard to execute, but it is also very hard to play against when played properly, since it might happen that a player on one of the lower holes gets no time to breathe with all the balls coming his way in a very short time.
DefensiveThe defensive strategy features five back line players, hindering the enemy team from hitting the wall. The two players that are on the offense usually get passes from their back line in this strategy. While this strategy is much easier to execute on an individual level, it needs a big amount of team synergy. It is also easier to counter since the enemy team usually sees the ball coming early.
Micro-TacticsSome magmer, when playing in a gym, hit their hands into the ceiling and hang on there, moving the ball with either their head or their feet.
Some magmer send a heat wave behind the ball to increase its speed, although hitting an enemy with a heat wave is considered a foul.
Some magmer use small earthquakes to communicate with their team mates, especially when playing the defensive strategy.
TournamentsWall Ball tournaments usually feature 3-6 teams that each play each other, getting one point for every win. After every team played each other once, the two teams with the most points play in a final game. The most popular tournaments are the Kot school tournament as well as the Kot professional tournament, where the players actually get fed through by the viewers. A tournament can be played within one day (in the case of most private tournaments), within one month (in the case of pro tournaments) or within one year (in the case of the school tournament).
PlacesIn Kot, there are 3 places to play wall ball. There are two gyms, one of which in the school and the other one under a medical laboratory, which occasionally tests the impact of certain drugs on the physical capacities of a sports man.
The third place is an open doors field, where only the center wall is built up. Here, shooting a ball over the height of the wall counts as a ceiling-shot. This field is only really applicable for hobby players.