Since Jeremiah Schwarz created the sport of TRI, it has caught on in several countries.
Besides China, the sport now has a following in several nations, including England, Australia and certain parts of the U.S. just to name a few. If all goes well Weston and the rest of the Northeast will soon have the opportunity to experience it firsthand.
Schwarz, a former Weston resident who now lives in Shanghai, is now working to promote the sport in town through the schools. Once they have the necessary equipment it will become a fast reality.
Although the sport is growing the next step is to get more people playing. According to Schwarz, the best was to do this is by mass producing TRI products and shipping them directly.
In order to manufacture balls and goals and ship the products by spring, project “We Got Big Balls,” and MAL Sporting Goods needs to successfully collect $37,000 to begin production, shipping, storage and delivery. It is working with factories, including Nike in Shanghai, to produce new balls and goals and ship them directly to peoples’ doorsteps.
“Currently, our primary objective is to get TRI equipment into as many school P.E. departments as possible,” said Schwarz. “TRIballs and goals, as well as the game are perfect items for teaching motor skills, eye-hand coordination, team appreciation, strategy and in general a new and exciting perception about what sports can be. Everyone who plays with a TRIball will enjoy the experience and learn something new.”
TRI (which is also the Latin word for “three”) combines elements of American football, rugby and Australian rules football and is quickly becoming an international sensation. Schwarz created the sport in 2006 while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. After graduating he found work as a product designer and settled in China, where the first game was played.
In TRI three teams compete at the same time on a circular field. There are three periods of 30 minutes each, and three territories on the field.
The goal is for five players from each team to use their bodies to control and move a ball across the field and score as many goals as possible. The TRI ball looks like an elongated football, and is exactly twice its size, at 23.5 inches long.
The game allows for the use of hands, and players can block, tackle and swat an attacking player’s ball. At the end of 90 minutes, the team whose points exceed both opponents, wins.
The ball was originally designed as an American football, Australian rules football and rugby training device. Schwarz then came up with the idea of creating a sport that could be played by people of all ages across the world.
“We feel TRI is the world’s training sport.” said Schwarz. “It’ll be a phenomenal physical activity.”
Shanghai now has a full recreational TRI league. Last March, the first TRI World Finals were held there. Several other major TRI events are also in the works, including a 27-U.S. state national tournament in Austin, Texas,
The sport now has its own governing body, the TRI Federation (www.trifederation.org), which includes a board of directors. Schwarz is the chief executive officer.
“We love what we do and now really need help to make this sport a reality for everyone so it is time for Weston and America to experiment with TRI’s actual potential,” said Schwarz. “Day and night, often without sleep, we have been ‘busting our balls’, marketing, designing, coaching, playing, refining and exploring new possibilities of TRI… because we love it.”
To help support the project and to find out more about TRI visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1754976253/we-got-big-balls-mal-sporting-goods?ref=live.