What is Flingo?
Two or more people, each wearing a triangular cloth made of two-way stretch nylon around his or her neck, play Flingo, and using the tight cloth as a mini-trampoline, the players bounce the ball to one another with a scooping action similar to that used in beach volleyball.
We have to admit you'll look pretty funny, but in workout terms this one's a winner. You'll get super-fit, as all muscle groups bunch and stretch through the movements, and there's no stress on the joints. Flingo can be played on the beach, in a park, or even in your own back garden. The rules are easy and any age group can play.
The "bounce effect" is what makes Flingo such a thrilling and unique game experience. The elastic Flingo cloth stores the kinetic energy of the impacting ball in its deformation and gives it back to the ball through the spring force that has been created - similar to the way a trampoline largely returns the energy of the jump to the gymnast.
This is a surprise when playing Flingo, because the energy given to the ball is many times stronger than you would intuitively expect. The ball is given extra energy through the movement of the body and the arms, so that is can be played up to distance of 30 m!
Official rules of the game
Court size: 6.70 x 6.10 m (Badminton doubles court)
Net height: 1.55 m.
The game has two objectives. Each player (in doubles, each team) must prevent the ball touching the ground within the own side of the court. In addition, the ball should then be played to the opponent's side of the court in such a way that the opponent cannot prevent it touching the ground or plays it into the net or "out".
The game is played according to beach volleyball rules up to 21 points with at least a 2-point lead. Each point counts regardless of who serves. The ball may only be played with the cloth - without any contact with parts of the body. The player who wins the point has the right to make the next serve. The serve must be made from behind the baseline, in that the player throws the ball up himself and catapults it with the stretched cloth to the opponent's side of the court.
TIP: It is recommended to throw the ball up with both hands already in the loops.
Double variation: In doubles the ball may be played three times before it being returned over the net.
Exercises to try
2-man exercise basic movement I
Objective: develop a feeling for the elasticity of the cloth - trampoline effect
2 players face each other about 2m apart. One has his cloth stretched, the other holds the ball in his hand. The first player then throws the ball in an arc at about head height to the cloth of his partner. He moves the taught cloth gently towards the ball from below, so that it flies in a steep arc (about 1 m above head height) back to the thrower and falls from above into his open hand. When that has been done 5 times without a mistake: switch roles.
TIP: The movement, similar to digging in Volleyball - should come from the legs, the arms remain extended at all times. No pumping the arms.
2-man exercise basic movement II
Now the 2 players face each other - both with cloths - and play the ball to and fro at a short distance (approx. 3m). The first player throws the ball as before to the other player, but instead of catching the ball when it is returned, he plays it back gently with the cloth.
Important! The steeper the arc, the easier it is to play the ball back.
TIP: When throwing the ball up, the hand with which the ball is thrown should already find itself in position in the loop.
Junior Flingo Set Includes:
Two junior sized Flingo Cloths made of bi-elastic nylon Spandex fabric
Plastic Carrying Case