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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.[1]

HistoryEdit

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.[2]

Marble League 2016 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2016
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The original Marble League logo used in 2016 and 2017.

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.

Final StandingsEdit

Rank Team G S B Tot. Pts:
1st Savage Speeders 4 0 0 4 44
2nd Mellow Yellow 2 2 1 5 41
3rd Thunderbolts 1 1 3 5 41
4th Team Momo 1 0 3 4 38
5th O'rangers 1 0 0 1 31
6th Rojo Rollers 2 1 0 3 30
7th Jawbreakers 0 2 0 2 21
8th Balls of Chaos 0 1 1 2 21
9th Kobalts 0 2 0 2 20
10th Oceanics 1 1 0 2 19
11th Team Galactic 0 0 1 1 18
12th Team Primary 0 1 1 2 17
13th Chocolatiers 0 1 0 1 16
14th Snowballs 0 0 1 1 14
15th Limers 0 0 1 1 12
16th Pinkies 0 0 1 1 12

Marble League 2017 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2017

The second annual Marble League was held in 2017 and was won by the O'rangers. The points system was changed for 2017, and a qualifying round was held for the first time.

Four new teams debuted in the 2017 season, including the Jungle Jumpers, Midnight Wisps, Shining Swarm, and Quicksilvers.

Final StandingsEdit

Rank Team G S B Tot. Pts:
1st O'rangers 1 3 1 5 156
2nd Savage Speeders 2 2 0 4 150
3rd Mellow Yellow 2 1 0 3 119
4th Midnight Wisps 1 1 1 3 118
5th Team Galactic 2 0 0 2 115
6th Pinkies 0 0 2 2 114
7th Shining Swarm 1 0 0 1 112
8th Chocolatiers 1 1 0 2 110
9th Team Momo 0 2 1 3 106
10th Limers 0 1 1 2 101
11th Oceanics 0 1 1 2 99
12th Thunderbolts 0 0 3 3 83
13th Jawbreakers 0 0 0 0 83
14th Team Primary 1 0 1 2 71
15th Jungle Jumpers 1 0 1 2 66
16th Quicksilvers 0 0 0 0 58

Marble League 2018Edit

Main article: Marble League 2018

In 2018, the first Winter Marble League was held instead of the regular Marble League. Additionally, it was the first edition to be held in a host stadium, in this case the Snowballs' Arctic Circle.

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.

After injuries sustained by Momomo and Momomomo of Team Momo, Team Momo and Team Primary, the latter of which did not qualify, temporarily merged to compete as Team Momary.

The championship was won by the Midnight Wisps, with the Savage Speeders and Oceanics in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Final StandingsEdit

Rank Team G S B Tot. Pts:
1st Midnight Wisps 2 0 3 5 139
2nd Savage Speeders 0 4 2 6 138
3rd Oceanics 2 0 1 3 130
4th O'rangers 0 1 0 1 121
5th Balls of Chaos 2 1 1 4 116
6th Hazers 1 2 0 3 111
7th Snowballs 1 0 1 2 110
8th Raspberry Racers 0 1 1 2 110
9th Thunderbolts 1 0 2 3 109
10th Crazy Cat's Eyes 1 0 1 2 96
11th Team Galactic 0 1 0 1 95
12th Team Momary 1 1 0 2 90
13th Minty Maniacs 0 1 0 1 77
14th Limers 1 0 0 1 76
15th Mellow Yellow 0 0 0 0 76
16th Pinkies 0 0 0 0 65

Marble League 2019Edit

Main article: Marble League 2019
Marblelympics Logo

The new Marble League logo that was introduced in 2019.

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The 2019 Marble League's logo.

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.

Two new teams debuted, the Indigo Stars and the Green Ducks.

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.

Final StandingsEdit

Rank Team G S B Tot. Pts:
1st Raspberry Racers 1 3 4 8 216
2nd Green Ducks 2 3 0 5 204
3rd Hazers 2 2 3 7 184
4th Mellow Yellow 1 0 2 3 149
5th Savage Speeders 2 0 1 3 146
6th O'rangers 1 1 0 2 139
7th Jungle Jumpers 2 0 1 3 138
8th Team Galactic 0 2 0 2 134
9th Balls of Chaos 1 1 0 2 131
10th Midnight Wisps 2 1 0 3 128
11th Crazy Cat's Eyes 1 0 3 4 125
12th Chocolatiers 0 1 1 2 121
13th Thunderbolts 0 1 0 1 119
14th Indigo Stars 0 0 1 1 112
15th Pinkies 1 1 0 2 97
16th Oceanics 0 0 0 0 70

Marble League 2020 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2020
ML2020Logo

Logo used in 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.

Current StandingsEdit

Stats up to date up to ML20 Event 3

Rank Team G S B Tot. Pts:
1st Minty Maniacs 2 0 1 3 65
2nd O'rangers 1 1 0 2 51
3rd Crazy Cat's Eyes 0 1 0 1 41
4th Raspberry Racers 0 1 0 1 34
5th Midnight Wisps 0 0 1 1 32
6th Balls of Chaos 0 0 0 0 26
7th Green Ducks 0 0 0 0 23
8th Hazers 0 0 0 0 23
8th Bumblebees 0 0 0 0 23
10th Team Momo 0 0 0 0 20
11th Savage Speeders 0 0 1 1 18
12th Hornets 0 0 0 0 17
13th Team Galactic 0 0 0 0 14
14th Thunderbolts 0 0 0 0 13
15th Oceanics 0 0 0 0 9
16th Mellow Yellow 0 0 0 0 6

RulesEdit

Points SystemEdit

Main article: List of Marble League points scoring systems

Below is the official scoring system, introduced in 2017.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th
25 20 15 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

DisqualificationsEdit

Main article: List of Disqualifications

ReferencesEdit

  1. @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!”
  2. Stynth (31st January 2020). RetRollSpective – Team Primary. Marble Sports.
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