The Rules of Flickerball – THE WORST SPORT EVER INVENTED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Flickerball.
The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team.
The game is played on a field that’s …. Erm … it can be any size field?
That can be of any size, and is played between two teams of … and there can be any number
of players? A minimum of two players per team. The ball
used in Flickerball can be an American Football, a soccer ball, a rugby ball, a dodgeball … basically
any ball will do. The game starts with a jump ball. The team
that receives the ball must only pass backwards or laterally initially. There are two ways
to move the ball towards the goal. You may move only three steps forward with
the ball, or be in possession of the ball whilst moving backwards or sideways for a
maximum of 5 seconds. After 5 seconds, you must either pass to a teammate or shoot the
ball towards the goal. To score points you must throw the ball into
the goal. These goals are situated at opposite ends of the field, and are 6ft above the ground.
They’re basically a piece of plywood with a hole cut out of the middle. I shit you not.
If you cannot afford a piece of plywood, using a stolen tire from your nearest ghetto is
acceptable. If you successfully shoot the ball into the
hole, this is a goal and is worth 2 points. And, if you miss the hole, but hit the plywood
surround – this is worth 1 point. The game is played in either one 40 minute
period, or two 20 minute halves. Highest score at the end of time, wins.
That’s not so bad? Well, sadly the rules get more complicated.
Any attempt at shooting at the goal results in the ball being awarded to the other team.
Whilst you are allowed to pass the ball to a teammate, if a pass is incomplete and not
caught, the ball is awarded to the other team. If a pass is deflected by a member of the
opposing team, it’s a free ball and anyone can take possession of it.
You cannot pass or shoot the ball in the free throw lane, which is apparently this area
here. If the ball leaves the area of play, the ball
is awarded to the team who did not touch it last.
Flickerball is designed to complicated. Flickerball is designed so that rules are
more important than the actual game itself. Flickerball is designed to be no fun whatsoever.
Flickerball is designed to suck. Designed. To Suck.
So why on earth would you play this game? The US Air force uses flickerball as a military
training exercise. They use it to evaluate cadets in stressful, confusing and high pressure
situations. All of which are present in this game due to its complicated rules, odd structure
of play, and the lack of consistency in both the rules and the format. Every move you make
on the field, is being evaluated by your superiors and should you suck at the sport that sucks,
this will reflect badly in your evaluations. No pressure then.
There’s just a few other things you’ll need to know before playing or watching Flickerball.
For example. Fouls.
Flickerball is a no contact sport, and these are considered as fouls.
Should you break one of the rules, a free throw is awarded to the other team at the
spot of the foul. Even swearing and protesting calls are considered
as fouls. Fuck. Heckling.
Members of the team who aren’t on the field (and any spectators watching) are allowed
to hurl abuse towards the players. This results in harsh American insults such as …
The players are not allowed to retaliate, doing so will result in a foul and the ball
is awarded to the other team. Variations.
Flickerball is not consistently played by the same rules across America. Each region
of the United States has its own variation of the rules. Some play with a three point
line, some play where they can only pass backwards or sideways and
…. Okay this is crazy. I’m not doing anymore. I should have renamed this video. Ninh can’t
explain: the Rules of Flickerball. Actually, yes I can – I just did. Ninh won’t explain
the Rules of Flickerball … because this sport is just shit stupid.
If you do like this kind of video where I’m ripping the crap out of stuff, let me know
in the comments section below. Special shout out to my guy Spencer Kassimir
for introducing me to this hilariously awful sport. Follow the guy on Twitter and if you
have actually enjoyed this video – please be sure to like share and subscribe. It really
does take me ages to make one of these things and good karma is very much appreciated.
Follow me on Twitter also and share this video on Reddit, but in the meantime …. Enjoy
Flickerball? Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

100 thoughts on “The Rules of Flickerball – THE WORST SPORT EVER INVENTED!

  • September 4, 2018 at 1:26 am
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    Me me like

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  • September 5, 2018 at 2:44 am
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    This is a skit right?

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  • September 5, 2018 at 7:49 am
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    Seriously Ninh, since you've already explained Rugby Union, that Flickerball as a mix of Touch Rugby and Basketball shouldn't be so hard to understand or practise…

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  • September 6, 2018 at 4:37 am
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    Oh come on mate!!! Easy on the good old us of a!! You're welcome for wwii and this is the thanks we get?!! Kidding. All good buddy, keep up thegood work.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 5:08 pm
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    Live in USA, love to play sports….NEVER heard of this crap.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 8:47 pm
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    So it's Practically like Big Ball in the cartoon network show Chowder, where the rules matter more than the game itself

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  • September 8, 2018 at 8:54 pm
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    You can tell Ninh gave up before the video started 😂😂😂😂😂😂

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  • September 8, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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    This is like my dream sport

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  • September 9, 2018 at 11:29 am
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    I don't get this video, I don't find the rules to be confusing and this is a game I would like to play. Am I the only one?

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  • September 12, 2018 at 5:48 am
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    I do like these kind of videos. Please do more (trying to) explaining the rules of ridiculous sports like this and Botaoshi!

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  • September 16, 2018 at 6:21 am
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    First time I have ever heard frustration and disgust in your voice. It is rather funny and entertaining.

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  • September 19, 2018 at 4:27 am
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    doesnt look too bad.

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  • September 19, 2018 at 6:19 am
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    Ninh what is this and how do I make sure I never play it

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  • September 22, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    Flickerball, coming soon to Sky Sports Mix. Hey, if they think that the Netball Superleague is important to them, they'll love this.

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  • September 23, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    better than cricket

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  • September 29, 2018 at 1:19 am
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    I’ve been inspired to make a sport that also pushes its players to the edge. As of now it’s just called Endurance. It takes place on a polo field and has 4 periods of 30 minutes. The center circle is a trampoline embedded in the ground. It is played with a rugby ball but hey, if you don’t have one of those you can always use a hockey puck. Basically the goal is to get the ball through the goal posts. Doing that is probably about 4 points or something. If anybody has some suggestions I’d like to hear them. This is meant to be a semi-serious sport.

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  • October 1, 2018 at 12:21 am
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    Heckling is a foul in my school's variation of this game.

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  • October 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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    lol me and my friends invented flickerball before knowing about it we had almost the same rules made up in 5 minutes cuz our football was not inflated

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  • October 4, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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    XD

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  • October 11, 2018 at 2:49 am
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    And here I thought Chess Boxing was stupid… how wrong I was.

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  • October 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm
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    I loved the video and entertaining presentation. Thank you!!! Unfortunately, I cannot show it to my students due to the language. 🙁 But we are going to give Flickerball a chance to emerge as a favorite "worst sport ever"!

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  • October 18, 2018 at 4:17 am
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    Flickerball more like throw a ball

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  • October 24, 2018 at 2:47 am
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    Real-Life Calvinball

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  • October 24, 2018 at 4:45 pm
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    uh know what this was invented by a hilarious person😂😂

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  • October 24, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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    This style is awesome. I would love to see more videos like this.

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  • October 29, 2018 at 5:31 am
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    Lol this was funny

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  • November 10, 2018 at 3:56 am
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    Honestly I played flickerball in p.e. And I kind of liked it

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  • November 18, 2018 at 3:27 am
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    Do more ripping things apart please

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  • November 21, 2018 at 4:47 am
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    wtf…

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  • November 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm
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    I think this is a sport made by a gym teacher to make it as "fair" as possible

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  • December 2, 2018 at 7:16 am
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    and now i know the rules to a sport i'll never consider playing.

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  • December 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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    Good series 🙂
    But it would be useful if you could include an example of a common scoring; is it like basketball(85-91) or scores like in football(3-2), to get a general feel.

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  • December 12, 2018 at 11:04 am
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    What?  I love playing it!  There are two main versions and they do have specific field dimensions, field markings, goal dimensions, number of player, number of referees, etc. The one designed to teach/evaluate cadets (United States Air Force Academy) or students (at some schools and universities) and the one with greatly reduced/simplified set of rules played for fun… yes, fun.  Matches among friends can be played on a field of any size with whatever number of players, that can be said of any non-official match of any sport.  I think that your evaluation is from a misinformed stand point.

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  • December 13, 2018 at 9:24 am
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    Next I want to see the rules of Stoolball

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  • December 28, 2018 at 4:27 am
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    Hey, I love this game

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  • January 4, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    I played this in Middles School PE class.

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  • January 7, 2019 at 6:22 am
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    So it's a psychological experiment with some teamwork and physical components. Yep, sounds like the military to me.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    Flickerball is just a dumb PE game. It's not that complicated and honestly can be fun.

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  • January 27, 2019 at 11:34 am
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    T H E M A G I C S O C K S

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  • January 27, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    This looks more fun than american football

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  • February 2, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    We play a variation called ultimate ball. It's basically football, just no tackling, and the person throwing it can't move. Other than that, fair game. Includes contact

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  • February 3, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    How many times he said ball

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  • February 3, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    Flickerball more like shiterball

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  • February 9, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    At first this game sounds kinda fun but the more the rules were explained the more it sounds like it sucks

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  • February 11, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    Oh man. I was thinking about going air force till I saw this.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 8:01 am
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    Loved this type of video

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  • February 26, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    yoo i remember doing this shit bak in middle school

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  • March 3, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    You should do a video on angleball.

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  • March 6, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    why does it count a point if you don't score ?!

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  • March 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    Dude you were right that sport is pretty DU-MB

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  • March 21, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    Wait, I'm genuinely confused. It just seems like a mix of basketball and ultimate frisbee. What's so bad about the rules proper? I get that getting heckled isn't great, but what about the rules are complicated?

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  • April 5, 2019 at 11:47 am
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    I played this game in football practice it rly isn’t that hard to understand and play

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  • April 18, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Besides the Air force Academy why are people playing the game in a park

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  • April 19, 2019 at 1:07 am
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    This was great more vids like this 👍🏻

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  • April 19, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    magic socks

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  • April 19, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    Not that complicated

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  • April 19, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    Someone should make a perfected/Unified rule set for this game, it's perfect for Gym Classes

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  • April 20, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Who the hell invented this crap?

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  • April 21, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    This actually doesn't sound too much different from Ultimate Frisbee, a game I have played before. I don't know if there are any set regulations about the number of players or the size of the field for that sport either.

    If I were to accurately sum up this sport in one sentence, I'd call it a cross between basketball and Ultimate Frisbee.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    So this game is basically Calvinball IRL

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  • April 22, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    We play this at my High School for PE.
    We use the Backboards of Basketball rims and make it that the glass is the only part where you can score, the outside edge does not count at all.
    You can also air dribble, but it has to go over your head every dribble
    And the best of all, the ball can be rebounded by any team, even if the ball is scored, so you can just go up, score, rebound, score again, and so on.
    Needless to say, the worst of people come out in this game and its glorious.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    Get rid of some of those confusing rules and it might be pretty fun

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  • April 25, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Here's an idea (But it'll have to wait for next year, giving plenty of setup time)
    For an April Fools video, come up with a sport and its rules, have some people play it somewhere so you can get some video footage and pictures of it, then explain the rules of it. Since its a made up sport nobody's ever heard of, come up with some fake history behind it like it was invented by Eskimos in Greenland of something like that.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    Our football coaches in middle school had us play a variation of this game. Coach Alford called it “Army Football” and it was fairly similar, except there was no hoops, we just used the end zones of our practice field for “touchdowns.” We always used a football, when your team had possession, you could throw it in any direction you wanted, and when caught you could run as much as you wanted until you were tagged. Brings back memories 😪

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  • May 1, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    I like it.

    Oh yea yea

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  • May 3, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    Sounds like someone lost a game of flickerball before recording

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  • May 3, 2019 at 9:01 am
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    IGECKO
    69

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  • May 3, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    Wait, Ninh is ripped!?

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  • May 7, 2019 at 11:10 pm
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    😂😂

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  • May 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    DO KINBALL NEXT!

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  • May 8, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    Where is the explanation of baseketball

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  • May 8, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    0:00 4:25 4:30 4:31

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  • May 9, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    Rules of disc golf. It's getting very popular

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  • May 9, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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    Hahahahahahahahaha, that's the most head scrunching, mind blending game that I've ever (and in the 44 year of life, that's saying alot) came across.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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    But they are passing forward all the time

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  • May 11, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    No the worst sport invented is baseball/softball

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  • May 19, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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    Do the rules of wall ball.!!
    You know what, nevermind i just looked it up and i guess we played more of a "Ghetto" wallball when we were younger… It involved any hand size ball, tennis or racket balls and you have to catch with one hand. If you failed catching it or it bounces off you in anyway you had to run and touch the wall before anyone else grabbed the ball and threw it and hit you. If you made it to the wall in time, all good game keeps going but if you were hit then you have one of two choices. You can sit out or stand facing the wall and get pegged twice by person that got you out.. If you threw the ball out of play area you were pegged and if you wanna leave early you had to be pegged out… Either then that it boiled down to tricking other players into messing up the catch.. Was really no teams or time limit with us, no score either just play till you get like getting pegged OUT..

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  • May 20, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    1930: I bet we will have flying cars in the future!

    2019: Ninh explains the rules of FLiCkeRbALl

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  • June 2, 2019 at 8:54 am
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    This is so shitt

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  • June 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    I’m a proud God fearing American, the best kind of American, a Texan, and I can tell you I’ve never seen or heard about this waste of time “sport.” So please, people of Earth, some Americans are dumb but no one over here plays this game. We’re not that dumb….at least not in Texas.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    holy shit, the US military evaluates cadets by having them play calvinball!

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  • June 30, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    Would love to see you do a video on the "sport" of fowling (long "O", as it's bowling with an American football). Starting to become a popular drinking/bar game in the US Midwest.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm
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    I would play this as a school yard fuck around sport if I have literally nothing else to do with my life. Fairly simple. Especially when you just get rid of all the rules. Rugby, ultimate frisby, and handball mixed into one. As a pro sport, hell nah. As just fucking around, I'd do it.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Don't ever play Flickerball!

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  • July 24, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    I like these kind of Vids!!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    Kinda like handball

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  • July 31, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    This looks like one of those games they substituted in PE for dodgeball when parents complained about the constant black eyes and welts.

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  • August 1, 2019 at 1:44 am
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    Use the magic socks.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    I'm confused, the rules don't actually seem that complicated (except with the regional variations noted but not really elaborated upon), but one of the main basic rules you did cover seemed to be that passes must be backwards or lateral — what explains all the forward passes that seem to be in the footage? I played rugby through college and after, so I know how a ball can advance by running onto a lateral pass, even with just a few forward steps per touch, but some of the included footage just seems to have straight-up forward passes…? Enjoying this series of sports explained!

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  • August 18, 2019 at 5:40 am
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    Please rip on more sports Ninh. That was lovely.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    Ninh: Ninh Won’t Explain The Rules Of Flickerball. Mainly because the sport, is shit stupid

    Wow Ninh, Is this actually the worst sport?

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  • September 3, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    if you think that's wierd. you shoud look up tchoukbal. It's a sport we were had to play in highschool (I did sports study's).

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    Glad I never play flickerball when I was in high school we never play it and the time I reach in college still not playing flickerball because it does sucks.

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    It’s the best game ever

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  • October 29, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    Looks fun

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  • November 1, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    We used to play this in schools for gym class

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  • November 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Looks like a pretty decent sport, and much better than many, many weird things already covered in the channel. Gotta love the heckling part of it.

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  • November 2, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    Actually loved the roast. Keep it up!

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  • November 9, 2019 at 2:17 am
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    Don’t you dare call flickerball a bad sport

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