The Marble League (formerly known as the MarbleLympics) is an annual event where marbles from different teams compete against each other in a number of different sports events. It is run by the Jelle's Marble Runs Committee. So far, there have been 4 Marble Leagues. All competitors are 16 mm in diameter.
The Marble League was started in 2016. It grew out of the Knikkegen Marble League, a marble sports competition started by Jelle and Dion Bakker. In 2013 the KML grew in popularity due to appearing in a viral TV featurette about the growing popularity of marble sports tournaments. The next year the KML received applications from around the world, most of which the Bakker brothers had to decline. The growing popularity of the KML attracted the attention of Greg Woods who ran the Fruit Circuit. In late 2014, Woods met the Bakker brothers and they began planning an expansion to the KML that would add an international league. In 2015 this plan was expanded further to the entire tournament, becoming the Marble League 2016.
Marble League 2016 Edit
- Main article: Marble League 2016
The first annual Marble League was held in 2016 and was won by the Savage Speeders. There were 16 teams and 12 events. This was the only Marble League where there were no qualifying rounds, as it was the first year.
The sixteen inaugural teams are as follows; Pinkies, O'rangers, Rojo Rollers, Snowballs, Kobalts, Savage Speeders, Limers, Oceanics, Thunderbolts, Team Primary, Chocolatiers, Balls of Chaos, Team Galactic, Jawbreakers, Mellow Yellow, and Team Momo.
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Marble League 2017 Edit
- Main article: Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018Edit
- Main article: Marble League 2018
24 teams entered the qualifying rounds, split into three groups of eight. The top four of each group would be qualified for Marble League 2018. Although eight new teams entered the qualifiers, only four qualified, those being the Hazers, Raspberry Racers, Minty Maniacs, and Crazy Cat's Eyes.
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Marble League 2019Edit
- Main article: Marble League 2019
The fourth annual Marble League was held in 2019 and was won by the Raspberry Racers. It was the first edition to have 16 events instead of 12 events. The 3-point penalty for disqualification was also dropped this year.
Marble League ShowdownEdit
- Main article: Marble League Showdown 2019
2019 contained the first edition of the Marble League Showdown, a tournament where the teams who failed to qualify for Marble League 2019 competed to qualify for the next year's qualifiers. Marble League Showdown 2019 was won by the Snowballs. Marble League Showdown 2019 was the first tournament to use the "Marble League" branding, replacing the "MarbleLympics" name.
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Marble League 2020 Edit
- Main article: Marble League 2020
The fifth annual Marble League began in June 2020. It is to be hosted by Team Galactic. This was the first year that no new teams debuted, although this is the first year the Hornets and Bumblebees have participated in the main Marble League after participating in the Showdown in 2019.
Stats up to date up to ML20 Event 3
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- Main article: List of Marble League points scoring systems
Below is the official scoring system, introduced in 2017.
- Main article: List of Disqualifications
- ↑ @Jelles_com. Twitter (11th January 2018). “The official size of marblelympic athletes is 16mm, but their friends from Sand Marble Racing are actually bigger with a diameter of 24mm!”
- ↑ Stynth (31st January 2020). RetRollSpective – Team Primary. Marble Sports.
|Tournaments||2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 · 2020 · 2021|
|Qualification||2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 · 2020|
|Friendly Rounds||2018 · 2019 · 2020|
|Marble League Showdown||2019 · 2020|
|Stadiums||Bakker Bowl · Arctic Circle · Seven Seas Stadium · Andromedome|
|Miscellaneous||Marble League Records · Teams · Individual Performances · Appearances · Jelle's Marble Runs Committee|