The Evolution of Bulletball
Bullet Ball was invented by Marc Griffin to provide an exciting and fast-paced table sport, designed for playing sitting or standing. This engaging sport demands speed, hand-eye coordination and accuracy from its players.
In 2006, Marc introduced his invention on American Inventor television show and demonstrated it live for audiences worldwide. Since then, it has inspired an active community of players and enthusiasts.
From Backyard Game to Competitive Sport
Over time, Bulletball has transformed from an informal backyard game into a competitive sport with leagues and tournaments. To score points in these matches, simply move the ball past an opponent’s paddle into their area; first player to reach predetermined number of points will win!
The game of wheelchair basketball is accessible, offering equal participation between people with physical disabilities and those without. It fosters teamwork while strengthening coordination. As players strategize and communicate to outwit their opponents, teamwork becomes paramount to victory. Furthermore, its fast-paced nature keeps spectators guessing and the crowd engaged.
Bulletball is wheelchair-friendly and is recommended by both physicians and professional athletes as an exciting, social way to strengthen muscles, increase cardiovascular endurance, improve balance, and even build socialization! Plus it doesn’t require much space!
In 2006, inventor Marc Griffin appeared on the television program American Inventor with his creation “Bulletball.” Convinced he had developed the next Olympic sport, he spent 26 years developing it – even quitting his job and selling all his possessions (including his wife’s wedding band) to dedicate himself fully to it. Although certain that it would succeed as an Olympic sport, judges rejected his concept nonetheless.
Even after this setback, he never gave up on his dream. Instead, he founded Inclusion Sports as a way of spreading Bulletball as an inclusive sport to people of different abilities. Additionally, Endless Dreams, his book on faith and determination in achieving ones’ goals was published.
Modern bullets are the result of centuries-long innovation and invention. Firearms have long been an essential component of military strategy, and ammunition’s development has played an essential role in their history.
Early in history, projectiles such as arrows were typically made out of natural materials like wood or bone. As civilizations progressed and metal became more available to gunsmiths, gunsmiths began experimenting with using it to craft more lethal projectiles. Alchemists in Tang dynasty discovered that adding saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal to gunpowder would produce explosive results; initially this discovery would mostly be used for fireworks but later be harnessed for use in more powerful firearms.
As weaponry advanced, the need for more accurate and lethal projectiles grew. Revolutionary rifled muskets such as the rifled musket and Minie ball (a hollow base that expands when fired) allowed soldiers to aim from distance at enemy troops, drastically decreasing battlefield casualties while rendering other infantry weapons like bayonets obsolete.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, inventors Louis-Etienne Delvigne and Claude-Etienne Minie invented conical bullets resembling spiral grooves inside rifle barrels to increase accuracy, range and velocity. This technology, known as rifling, improved accuracy, range, velocity as well as accuracy for rifle shots. Swiss engineer Eduard Rubin then took this further by encasing soft lead cores within copper alloy shells–creating what would eventually be known as full metal jacket bullets–for rifle bullets to shooters to use.
In 2006, Marc Griffin made headlines when he appeared on American Inventor with his creation of high-caliber table game BulletBall and its extreme counterpart BulletBall Extreme. Though judged harshly by them for his inventions, Griffin refused to listen to conventional wisdom and spent 26 years of his life working toward his dreams – even selling all of his possessions – to fund their development.
Bullet Ball is an exciting combination of skill and strategy played on a table with two side rails. To score points, shoot brightly colored foam ‘bullet balls’ into your opponent’s goal area by shooting colorful “bullet balls”. After scoring enough points during a certain number of rounds, the player with the most points wins! Inventor Marc Griffin committed 10 years to developing this high-caliber table game before eventually turning it into a competitive sport that is recognized as an inclusive sport.
Early projectiles consisted of simple lead balls or musket bullets without any design sophistication, relying solely on mass and velocity to cause damage. Even so, their primitive nature was still enough to incapacitate or kill their target; this provided motivation for designers of more advanced projectiles with greater terminal performance.
One of the first innovations was Delvigne’s elongated bullet, which featured greater sectional density and retained more energy as it traveled down range. Minie later produced his standard bullet with lubrication grooves and an impact cavity at its back; these advancements eventually gave way to jacketed bullets featuring lead cores that had been embedded within an outer coating made of harder metal (usually copper alloy).
Modern hunters prefer monolithic bullets, which feature a smoother nose than traditional hollow-points and are easier to stabilize in standard rifling twists. As technology has advanced, frangible and fragmenting bullets have also become available that break apart upon impact, helping reduce over-penetration risk. Furthermore, polymer-tipped designs have also emerged that combine expanding with ballistic designs.
Players need high-quality equipment in order to make the most out of this game, including a table, two sets of bullets and the necessary software. Step one in setting desired distance settings involves hitting bullet against hand until desired setting has been established within 2-minute Setup Mode; once two minutes have elapsed the system locks this setting in and makes changes difficult; alternatively you could re-hit bullet quickly against hand before restarting 2-minute Setup Mode to change settings quickly.
Bullets must be designed with several factors in mind when creating their shape: aerodynamics, internal ballistic needs and terminal ballistic requirements (the force a projectile imparts upon impact with its target). Their shape must also accommodate their interaction with gun bores where strong seals must prevent gas from seeping past them which reduces efficiency and accuracy.
Bullets must conform to both their overall shape and the spiral grooves inside of their barrel, known as “rifling,” so their cores must also expand to fit. Therefore, hard lead cores are usually enclosed in layers of softer metal like copper or cupronickel for increased performance at higher speeds. Full metal jacket (FMJ or “ball ammunition”) bullets offer higher speeds than their non-encased counterparts.
Before the advent of Minie balls, smoothbore muzzleloading rifles were difficult to load due to soft lead projectiles rattling around in their barrel and it being impossible to determine their orientation in relation to the rifling during firing. Now however, these expanding balls have proven both accurate and efficient; improving both accuracy and efficiency when firing smoothbore muzzleloading rifles.
Bullet Ball differs from other dodgeball-inspired games like air hockey and foosball in that there is no physical component, making it similar to table tennis or ping-pong requiring precision and skill, along with teamwork and strategic thinking skills for success. Players can experiment with various rules to create an interactive, unique gameplay experience.
Bullet Ball offers exciting variations to add extra tension and excitement. Players can compete in rounds with differing point totals for added tension. Another variation includes serving the ball from further away rather than directly onto an opponent’s side of the table; this makes playing even more challenging and rewarding for all types of players across ages and abilities.
As bullet design evolves, more specialized projectiles have emerged such as frangible and fragmenting bullets that disintegrate upon impact, improving accuracy while decreasing over-penetration risk. Other specialized bullets include polymer-tipped hollow point bullets with cavities in their tip that expand upon impact to increase wound channel size and power.
Bulletball offers an enjoyable team-building activity perfect for teams of all ages and abilities – its immersive experience engages teams quickly while its high-energy gameplay requires quick reflexes and strategic thinking to navigate obstacles while hitting targets for higher scores.