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Ultimate Tak Ball has one feature not found in any other game. Opponents use an electric stun gun to stop the ball carrier. 

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A Philadelphia Killawatts’ player, left, prepares to tase an LA Nightlight opponent during Friday’s exhibition match at PAC Sports Centre in Bangkok. PORNPROM SATRABHAYA

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Electrifying sport comes to Bangkok

Bangkok got its first demonstration of “Ultimate Tak Ball” Friday night as four North American-based teams put on an exhibition at the PAC Sports Centre.

UTB players use what looks like an oversized football to play a game resembling hockey with a bit of rugby mixed in. If you look closely, however, you will see that UTB has one feature not found in any other game.

Attackers carrying the ball are stopped not with the hands, feet or body but by electric shocks from stun guns very similar to taser guns used by police to disable suspects resisting arrest.

The UTB stun guns put out three to five milliamperes of electricity, with participants getting shocked dozens of times per match.

UTB has one feature not found in any other game.

Eric Prumm, a co-founder of the four-team UTB league, said the stun guns hurt but are essentially harmless.

The game is only two months old and is still in finalising the rules which are similar to hockey. The ball can be bounced, thrown, carried or rolled but not kicked. Its size creates interesting strategic possibilities, as it can be used to block another player or buffer a stun gun charge. Only the ball carrier can be stunned.

The players, who have been recruited from the cream of the North American professional paintball circuit, have signed liability waivers resembling those in other contact sports.

Thomas Taylor, a 31-year-old player for the Philadelphia Killawatts, said the sport, besides its electric punch, requires more endurance than anything he has played.

‘‘I probably get shocked the most in a game,’’ he said, as he’s an attacking player who is often in possession of the ball. A professional paintballer, he said the pain inflicted by paint guns, though, is far worse than the stun guns.

‘‘After a game, I’ll have some marks on the skin, but they’re gone by morning. In paintball, they can last a week or more.’’
Adapted from a story in the Sunday Bangkok Post by Ezra Kyrill Erker

taser gun – a weapon that produces a strong electric current and that is used by police in some countries to stop people being violent or stop them from running away  ยี่ห้อปืนไฟฟ้ายี่ห้อหนึ่ง เป็นอาวุธที่ใช้เพื่อป้องกันตัว หรืออาวุธที่ตำรวจใช้เพื่อทำให้ผู้ร้ายล้มลง หรือหมดสติ
tase – to shoot someone with a taser gun, giving them an electric shock  ช็อตด้วยไฟฟ้า
opponent – someone who is competing against you ฝ่ายตรงข้าม
exhibition – a public show งานแสดง
demonstration – showing something so people can see how it works การสาธิต
ultimate – most extreme; best, worst, greatest, most important, etc  ที่สุด
based –where the main work of a business is done or controlled  ซึ่งเป็นศูนย์กลาง
resemble – to be like or look like someone or something else มีลักษณะคล้ายกับ
feature – something important, interesting or typical of a place or thing คุณสมบัติ
stun – to make a person or an animal unconscious or unable to move for a short time  ทำให้สลบ, ทำให้สิ้นสติ
stun gun – a weapon that makes a person or an animal unconscious or unable to move for a short time, usually by giving them a small electric shock (a taser gun is a type of stun gun)
disable – to injure or affect somebody so that, for example, they cannot walk or cannot use a part of their body  ทำให้ไร้ความสามารถ
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
resist – to oppose or fight against someone or something ต่อต้าน
resist arrest – to refuse to be taken away by the police ขัดขืนการจับกุม
participant – someone who takes part in something ผู้เข้าร่วม
dozens – large numbers; many
co-founder – a person who works with another to establish an institution, business or organisation
league – a group of sports teams who all play each other to earn points and find which team is best สมาคมนักกีฬา,กลุ่มนักกีฬา
essentially – for the most part เป็นหลัก
harmless – unable or unlikely to cause damage or harm ซึ่งไม่เป็นอันตราย
finalise – to complete the last part of a plan, trip, project, etc ทำให้เสร็จสมบูรณ์
bounce – to move quickly away from a surface that an object has just hit กระเด้ง, เด้ง
roll – to turn over and over and move in a particular direction; to make a round object do this ม้วน, กลิ้ง, หมุน
strategic – important for achieving a particular goal, especially in war, sports, business, or politics ทางยุทธศาสตร์
block – to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else  ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
buffer – to reduces a shock or protect somebody/something against difficulties รับน้ำหนักกระแทก
recruit – to persuade someone to join in something จัดหาคนใหม่
cream – the best people or things in a particular group ส่วนที่ดีที่สุด
paintball – a game in which people shoot balls of paint at each other
circuit – a series of games or matches in which the same players regularly take part, often under the authority of a group or organisation สมาคมกีฬา
liability – (legal) responsibility for something or someone ความรับผิดชอบ
waiver – a situation in which somebody gives up a legal right or claim; an official document stating this การสละสิทธิ์
contact – a situation in which people or things touch each other การสัมผัส
contact sport – a sport in which players have physical contact with each other, like rugby, hockey, football, boxing, etc.
endurance – the ability to continue doing something physically difficult or continue dealing with an unpleasant situation for a long time  ความอดกลั้น, ความอดทน
possession – control of the ball การครองบอล
inflict – to force someone to experience something very unpleasant สร้างความเจ็บปวด
mark – a small area of dirt, a spot or a cut on a surface that spoils its appearance รอย

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