Action-packed and bouncing around, this team sport brings out the friendly-competition in some and the laughter in all. Some have heard of Zorbing, others have heard of Bubble Soccer…well, this is Knockerball, and it can be found right here in our backyard!
Meet Steven Sierra and Carola Martinez. The two are a couple from Puerto Rico who decided to move to Lake Nona and service the Central Florida area after Hurricane Maria. They have been working with kids, teens and adults in activities and sports for more than eight years. Together, the couple wanted to provide a premium entertainment option to people who want to do something different. Knockerball is just that. Sierra is basically the mind of the company and goes to all events, according to Martinez, who manages all the rentals and performs the customer service and administrative work.
Nonahood News spoke with Sierra and Martinez to learn more about this up-and-coming phenomenon.
NHN: What was the inspiration behind Knockerball?
“We started doing a little research, and we found Knockerball. We loved the concept, and nobody had it in Lake Nona. We saw an opportunity and moved our business from Puerto Rico to here. We are an independent, local company. Knockerball USA is the trademark name of the ball we employ in our business,” stated Sierra.
The Knockerball business began in 2014 and was brought to Lake Nona in February 2018.
NHN: Why Lake Nona?
“Lake Nona is the new place to be. It’s full of family and growth opportunity. It’s an awesome community, so why not Lake Nona?” said Sierra. Martinez agreed.
For those of you who might be totally lost about what on earth Knockerball is, the couple explains that, depending on who you ask, you’ll receive different answers.
“It’s wacky but incredibly fun, aggressive but safe, and one of the most engaging new sports to hit America in years. Knockerball or Bubble Soccer offers play value unmatched by other organized games. Whether playing indoors or outdoors, Knockerball affords those of any size or gender to play together, laugh together, and engage in untethered team and morale building. Players are not restricted to ‘soccer play’ as we have seen multiple new games form this year in utilization of the Knockerball. Play value is definitely increased with controlled field or size,” described Sierra.
But beware, the couple warns that two or more Knockerballs in action will “make you laugh till you’re sore.”
NHN: What’s your favorite part of Knockerball?
“Our favorite part is seeing people laugh. It’s not only the players, but everyone who’s outside watching the games will be laughing, too. We love creating unforgettable memories [for] everyone who plays. We love being part of all type of events and be responsible for people who want to have fun,” exclaimed Sierra.
Sierra and Martinez explained that Bubble Soccer was originally conceptualized in Europe, and Knockerball was just created as a way to create a brand within the generic term of bubble soccer. Knockerball separates itself from similar companies because the actual bubble is engineered with safety features and high-quality materials in the design and construction. The couple clarified the process by saying each Knockerball goes through a thorough 48-hour quality test before being shipped.
“The Knockerball itself is an improved version of past ‘bubble balls,’ as the company has put both the design and materials to the test. The Knockerball will weigh anywhere from 17 to 21 pounds, is made from virgin material PVC or TPU, and the construction process utilizes bolstered padding on shoulder straps, removable shoulder straps for easy cleaning, improved glue joints, and each unit is individually tested by an independent testing facility before it leaves,” clarified Sierra.
All event coordinators are background-certified and must attend and monitor events for safety. The coordinators are fully insured, and each Knockerball has added safety features of soft handles, no-slip buckles and padded shoulder straps with extra head clearance.
What does Knockerball hope to bring to the Nonahood? Unforgettable moments.
“Knockerball Lake Nona offers the most fun you will ever have! If you enjoy sports and playing games with your friends, then Knockerball is for you,” said Sierra.
The mobile sport allows the couple to bring the fun to you and travel all over the Nonahood. Whether you are looking for corporate team building, wedding parties, school fairs/carnivals or birthday parties, Knockerball can guarantee great memories and lots of laughs.