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 was ran by the JMRC and it is currently run by the JMA. So far, there have been 6 Marble Leagues and a one-off Marble League Winter Special. All competitors are 16 mm in diameter.
- 1 History
- 2 Seasons Overview
- 3 Teams Overview
- 4 Marble League 2016
- 5 Marble League 2017
- 6 Marble League 2018
- 7 Marble League 2019
- 8 Marble League 2020
- 9 Marble League 2021
- 10 Rules
- 11 Events
- 12 References
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.
|Year||Champions||Runners up||Third place||Beginning||End||Hosts|
|2016||Savage Speeders||Mellow Yellow||Thunderbolts||August 5, 2016||September 9, 2016||N/A|
|2017||O'rangers||Savage Speeders||Mellow Yellow||July 1, 2017||August 19, 2017|
|2018||Midnight Wisps||Savage Speeders||Oceanics||February 9, 2018||April 28, 2018||Snowballs|
|2019||Raspberry Racers||Green Ducks||Hazers||April 19, 2019||June 11, 2019||Oceanics|
|2020||Savage Speeders||O'rangers||Minty Maniacs||June 21, 2020||August 16, 2020||Team Galactic|
|2021||Mellow Yellow||Raspberry Racers||Gliding Glaciers||July 16, 2021||September 10, 2021||Crazy Cat's Eyes|
- Main article: Marble League Teams
As of 2021, there have been 35 teams, of which 28 are still active. The table below displays only the teams who have reached glory in the form of an overall podium finish in one or more Marble League(s) and their classification by number of championships won, then overall silver finishes and then overall bronze finishes
|Team||Champions||Runners up||Third placers||Total honors|
Marble League 2016
- 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.
|8th||Balls of Chaos||0||1||1||2||21|
Marble League 2017
- Main article: Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
- 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.
|5th||Balls of Chaos||2||1||1||4||116|
|10th||Crazy Cat's Eyes||1||0||1||2||96|
Marble League 2019
- 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 Showdown
- 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.
|9th||Balls of Chaos||1||1||0||2||131|
|11th||Crazy Cat's Eyes||1||0||3||4||125|
Marble League 2020
- Main article: Marble League 2020
The fifth annual Marble League began in June 2020. It was 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.
Marble League Showdown
- Main article: Marble League Showdown 2020
|5th||Crazy Cat's Eyes||1||1||2||4||160|
|15th||Balls of Chaos||0||1||0||1||92|
Marble League 2021
- Main article: Marble League 2021
The sixth annual Marble League began in July 2021. It was hosted by the Crazy Cat's Eyes. Because of Hornets and Jawbreakers retiring, there was a major change in relegation system, the bottom 4 teams in Marble League Showdown 2020 (Turtle Sliders, Snowballs, Turtle Sliders), two new teams (Gliding Glaciers coming back from retirement and Hornets) were able to participate in Marble League 2021 Qualifiers.
The Gliding Glaciers who returned after retirement this year, qualified for their first Marble League.
Marble League Showdown
- Main article: Marble League Showdown 2021
This was the first Marble League Showdown with 8 events and a different scoring system. The Kobalts won the Showdown again, followed by Pinkies and Team Primary. Furthermore, the bottom four teams were not disqualified from the 2022 qualifiers as there are four new marble teams being added in the future.
|5th||Crazy Cat's Eyes||2||1||0||3||149|
- Main article: List of Marble League points scoring systems
Below is the current official scoring system, introduced in 2017.
- Main article: List of Disqualifications
|Marble Rally||4 (Sand)||12 (Sand)||7 (Snow)||11 (Dirt)
|Sprint||8 (10 m)||4 (5 m)||5 (5 m)||10 (5 m)||3 (5 m)|
|Long Jump||5||2||2 (Ski Jump)||5|
|Sand Mogul Race||12||9||11|
|Black Hole Funnel||11|
|Tournaments||2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 · 2020 · 2021 · 2022|
|Qualification||2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 · 2020 · 2021 · 2022|
|Friendly Rounds||2018 · 2019 · 2020 · 2021 · 2022|
|Marble League Showdown||2019 · 2020 · 2021 · 2022|
|Stadiums||Bakker Bowl · Arctic Circle · Seven Seas Stadium · Andromedome · Felynia Coliseum|
|Miscellaneous||Marble League Records · Teams · Individual Performances · Appearances · Points Systems · Jelle's Marble Runs Committee · Jelle's Marble Association|