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Knock your friends around this Saturday. (PHOTO: Knockerball USA Facebook)

Get some aggression out and go play Knockerball by the lake this Saturday

This Saturday's forecast calls for sunshine and mid-80s temperatures, perfect for a day at the lake – bashing full-on into your friends while wearing a giant bubble around your body, playing a weird-but-fun, sort-of-soccer sport called Knockerball.

On June 10, at the "Gun Club" rugby field north of Bradford Beach and just south of the Linnwood Water Treatment Plant off North Lincoln Memorial Drive, Knockerball Milwaukee is inviting adventurous physical contact-lovers to try their game from 1 to 3 p.m. along the lakefront. It costs $10 for 20 minutes of action, and it's worth watching this admittedly melodramatic but still cool-looking YouTube video of the sport to understand what Knockerball is all about.

So, if you've ever wanted to play a game where you emulate, on a somewhat smaller scale, the atomic particles in CERN's Large Hadron Collider but on a nice day outside while also kicking a ball around, this is for you. Seriously, though, I've played Bubble Soccer before, had the youth team I coached try it and watched it at Milwaukee Wave games – Bubble Soccer is a different company and name, but the same idea – and it is indeed great fun and quite safe.

You're enclosed in a large inflatable see-through bubble, inside a protective safe chamber with handles and a shoulder strap that allows you to maintain and maneuver the ball, and then you play soccer – though you're encouraged to, as the Knockerball website says, "boink, bonk, roll and knock" your opponent around.

It's a game that doesn't require much real skill and can be played both indoors and outdoors, provided you have enough space, which won't be a problem Saturday on the lakefront. Knockerball Milwaukee, which brings all necessary equipment to the events and also hosts its own, serves the greater metro area. Contact them and learn more here.


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