One Game of Bubble Soccer for Up to 8 or 12 from Stratus Sports Club (Up to 53% Off)

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In a Nutshell

Outdoor games of bubble soccer see players dribbling toward the goal while encased in an inflated bubble that encourages safe collisions

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to weather. Subject to availability. Reservation required. Game time is approx. 45 minutes, extra warm up and play time permitted upon availability and discretion of staff. Athletic clothes and shoes are required; no sharp jewelry. Must sign waiver. This event is a private reservation and is not endorsed or sponsored by the City of Los Angeles. Good for ages 12+. Blackout dates may occur, please check our website. Valid on Saturdays at Jim Gilliam Park on South La Brea Ave from 10am-1pm. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $99 for one game of bubble soccer for up to 8 ($210 value)
  • $149 for one game of bubble soccer for up to 12 ($300 value)

Bending the Ball: A New Spin on Soccer Shots

Whenever a soccer ball curves, seemingly changing its orbit in midair, NASA scientists may rush to classify it as a planet. But in fact, the movement is due to yet another physics concept pioneered by Isaac Newton: the Magnus effect, a phenomenon first described in regard to tennis. Newton noted that topspin made the ball dip, whereas backspin made for a straighter trajectory. In other words, the way a ball spins affects its path in the air.

Usually, a ball curves in the same direction in which it’s spinning; air moves with the ball on the side that spins forward, pushing it in the other direction. A ball spinning counter-clockwise, for example, tends to bend to the left. But a ball’s movement may not always be so easy to predict. Its trajectory is also affected by the smoothness of the ball’s surface. In fact, a perfectly smooth (or laminar) ball would likely curve in the opposite direction of a rough-surfaced (or turbulent) ball when kicked in exactly the same manner.

Of course, nobody plays soccer with a perfectly smooth ball, despite the substantial benefit it would have on blooper-reel ratings. Even so, different stitching patterns do alter the roughness of a ball’s surface. This is why there seems to be a controversy every four years over a new ball design—even the coolest new look can have a drastic effect on a ball’s in-flight physics.

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    Jim Gilliam Park

    4000 South La Brea Avenue

    Los Angeles, CA 90008

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