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 JMRC. So far, there have been 5 Marble Leagues. All competitors are 16 mm in diameter.[1]

History

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]

Overview

Year Hosts Champions Beginning End
2016 - Savage Speeders August 5, 2016 September 9, 2016
2017 - O'rangers July 1, 2017 August 19, 2017
2018 Snowballs Midnight Wisps February 9, 2018 April 28, 2018
2019 Oceanics Raspberry Racers April 19, 2019 June 11, 2019
2020 Team Galactic Savage Speeders June 21, 2020 August 16, 2020

Teams

Main article: Marble League Teams

As of 2020, there have been 34 teams of which 28 are still active.


Marble League 2016

Main article: Marble League 2016

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 Standings

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

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 Standings

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 2018

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 Standings

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 2019

Main article: Marble League 2019

The new Marble League logo that was introduced in 2019.

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 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.

Final Standings

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

Main article: Marble League 2020

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.

Final Standings

Rank Team G S B Tot. Pts:
1st Savage Speeders 3 1 3 7 202
2nd O'rangers 3 2 2 7 195
3rd Minty Maniacs 4 0 3 7 194
4th Midnight Wisps 2 2 1 5 187
5th Crazy Cat's Eyes 1 1 2 4 160
6th Hazers 1 1 1 3 147
7th Team Galactic 0 1 0 1 147
8th Team Momo 0 2 0 2 135
9th Raspberry Racers 1 1 1 3 133
10th Oceanics 1 1 1 3 133
11th Bumblebees 0 1 0 1 106
12th Green Ducks 0 0 0 0 101
13th Thunderbolts 0 1 0 1 99
14th Mellow Yellow 0 1 2 3 94
15th Balls of Chaos 0 1 0 1 92
16th Hornets 0 0 0 0 86

Marble League 2021

Main article: Marble League 2021

The sixth annual Marble League will begin sometime in 2021. It will be hosted by the Crazy Cat's Eyes.

Rules

Points System

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

Disqualifications

Main article: List of Disqualifications

Events

Event 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Balancing 1 3 1
Relay Race 2 6 6 12
Collision 3 3 15 15
Sand Rally 4 12 16
Long Jump 5 3 5
Water Race 6
High Jump 7 8 13
10 Meter Sprint 8
Team Pursuit 9 6
Precision Slalom 10
Quartet Diving 11
Hurdles 12 5 9 6
Funnel Spinning 1 2 3
5 Meter Sprint 4 5 10
Block Pushing 7 7 7
Steeplechase 9
Archery 10
Underwater Race 11 1
5 Meter Ice Dash 1
Ski Jump 2
Halfpipe 3 2
Bobsled 4
Speed Skating 5
Snow Rally 7
Snowboard Cross 8
Curling 9
Gravitrax Biathlon 10
Ice Hockey 11
Sand Mogul Race 12 9
Gravitrax Slalom 4
Summer Biathlon 8
Hubelino Maze 10
Dirt Race 11
Rafting 12
Elimination Race 13
Surfing 14
Newton's Cradle 4
Triathlon 8
Black Hole Funnel 11
Team Aquathlon 14
Marble Marathon 16

References

  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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