A Space Sport

Sci Fi Space Sport Octagla player.

Octagla is a rough, fast-paced zero g sport, played in a transparent eight sided court. The players are amongst the highest paid athletes in the galaxy.

The aim of the game is to score by shooting a ball into a goal protected by a goalkeeper. The rules are designed to keep the play going at a fast pace, and to maximize the shots on goal. All eight court surfaces enclosing the zero gravity court are active play zones, as is all of the court space. The players bounce off the walls as freely as the ball, or if it suits them, run on the walls or roof with adhesive shoes. They wear compressed air jet packs for maneuvering in the open court space.

In free space players maneuver using a combination of momentum and skillfully directed jets. It requires exceptional spatial coordination to not get disoriented when the other players are just as likely to be upside down or sideways coming at you.

Players have to be trained for years to be able to instinctively work out the bounces a ball takes off the walls set at 120 degree angles to each other. Initially this made Octagla a rich man’s sport, but scholarships now exist. Stick handling skills for making passes or shots on goal are a real art compared to similar planet-side games. Catching a pass in zero gravity then smoothly converting the resulting angular momentum into what you want is much more difficult than in a game where your feet are rooted to the ground.