Take a bit of soccer and dab in a touch of ping pong, and you’ve got German sport, Headis, which is sure to become a standard bearer for college dorm parties as soon as the sport makes its way to the United States.
Using a variation of standard table tennis rules, the game is played to 11 points and up to 2 sets, with a rubber ball that gives headers a bit more oomph, while simultaneously lowering the risk of whiplash. Probably. Maybe.
What you won’t find in the rulebook, however, is the fact that you apparently need to come up with a ridiculous nickname to take part. Nosegrinder, Schmoffkopf, Headbrotchen, Sniper Schorsch, and Headi Potter are all leading figures in the sport, so if you want to take part, work on your German.
Check out the Top 10 highlights from a recent Headis event after the jump, and start loosening those neck muscles. We’ll have the table set up by the time you get here.