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The Quad Team playing an inhouse match of Buce.

Buce is a fast-paced team sport involving an even amount of players (from 2 a team to 10 a team) in which a hackeysack is kicked around the field with the aim of landing in contact with, or inside, a bin. It involves lots of teamwork and co-ordination, and is generally respected as a difficult game to master and a captivating game to watch.



See Also: History of Buce
The May 2008 edition of TIME magazine.

The existence of the game Buce started in early 2007 when a small group of sportsmen decided to evolve their normal hackeysack routine to involve a competitive team game that would involve more players of all skill levels. They invented the background concepts of Buce and the game was tried out by the fabled Original 8. Since then the game has grown popularity quickly and is a regularly played sport at Merewether High School. The word Buce was originally a word that came from the mistyping of the compliment 'nice' on a computer, and was later adapted to the game instead of the working titles of whackeysack and sackeysock.

Buce has gone through three full yearly seasons, 2007-2009, the first ever Buce Competition League was played in 2008. After every Buce League, a Buce Awards Ceremony is held to honour all that played, and celebrate those players that impacted the league on the field.

Following soon after the 2008 League, the 2009 Buce League lasted 6 weeks and was host to 5 teams, 4 of which are represented from the past groups of the 2008 Buce League, the Front Team and the Quad Team. The 2009 Buce League started late 2008, continuing into early 2009, and explored the professionalisation of Buce further than ever before. The Grand Final was held at the Quad Team (2008 winners) home ground, the Rooftop, between the Hawks and the Avalanches, the latter winning 4-8.

After the conclusion of the 2009 Summer League, Buce underwent a brief hiatus, before returning in the form of the 2009 Winter Buce League. This season featured the institution of a new 4 team final system, with the Avalanches, Sunflowers, Toecutters and Scourge filling the top positions respectively. The Wooden Spoon was taken by Novice Strike Force, who only managed to score a few points for the entire competition, mostly own points. The eventual winners of this season were the Avalanches, defeating the Sunflowers 6-3 in the Grand Final. Continued Avalanche domination has seen their team being disbanded, and reallocation of players ahead of the 2010 Summer Buce League.

In late 2008, Buce became a popular subject for media projects. Of them, the now discontinued film Buce for Beginners and National Buce News have created the biggest reception from Buce players.

Nature of the Game

The scoring system for Buce, where the +2 pointer enters the bin and the others touch the bin under differing circumstances. The green line initially bounced outside the O.B square and therefore was not counted.

Traditionally the bins are put around 15 metres away from each other and in a freestyle fashion, players juggle and pass between each other to eventually get the hackeysack into the bin. If the hackeysack touches the ground, the team of the player who touched it last before it hit the ground forfeits the sack to the opposing team, who then serve from the point on the ground that the sack landed.

If a player manages to get the sack into the bin, it is called a 'buce'. It is worth 2 points. If it touches the outside of the bin and doesn't go in, it is worth one point. If a sack lands within the out of bounds area on the full and rolls into contact with the bin, it is worth 1 point.

To prevent scuffling and fighting in the goal area, and an influx of easy buces, there is an area of 2.9 metres squared that is out of bounds. The bin is placed in the middle of this square.

Traditionally Buce is considered non-contact.

Laws of the Game

See Also: Rules of Buce
A Typical Buce field diagram, where the black squares around the bins are the out-of-bounds lines, and the dark blue squares around them are the double-point lines.

Typically, these are the official rules of Buce. They often get modified to fit the game size or game seriousness.

  • No one is to enter the out-of-bounds square surrounding the bin. If a player does so and comes in contact with the playing of the sack, the other team may call for a penalty.
  • If a buce or 1 pointer is scored from outside the double-point line, the points that the player earned is doubled.
  • No deliberate contact is to be made. If a player uses a part of their body to inhibit the movement or control of another player, the other player may call for a penalty.
  • A player who is serving the sack can not serve the sack to himself or score off the serve; the sack has to come in contact with another player after the server has kicked it for the points to count.
  • No serve is to be kicked more than 6 metres in length from where the hackeysack lands. If this is breached, the other team will take it 6 metres back from where the original player served the hackeysack.
  • A penalty is exactly like a serve, except it can not be taken inside the double-point zone. The server can, however, score without the sack's contact from another player. Penalties do not have a limit to how far they can be kicked.
  • The sack may come in contact with any part of the body except the forearm and the hand.
  • If a player stalls the sack, they cannot move with it, only pivot or pass it off.

Buce Teams

See: List of Buce Teams

The list of Buce players has grown steadily since its creation in Newcastle two years ago. It has grown rapidly from a small group to several larger sporting groups, and eventually grown to involve a greater area, leading the way for the creation of the competition league. Generally, all the professional Buce players come from one of two pro teams, the Quad Team or the Front Team, but lately the introduction of freelance players has become popular.

After the conclusion of the 2008 Buce Season, Buce was introduced to many groups of people in and around Newcastle, and has quickly grown. After the 2009 Buce League, and throughout the 2009 Winter Buce League, 7 full teams have been confirmed. Following the Winter 2009 League, it was realized that some teams were far stronger than others. For this reason, the League Balance Strategy was enacted, in order to make the 2010 league somewhat more equal and enjoyable for all involved.

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There is a huge amount of media of Buce on the internet.

Outlets include:

As a result of the popularisation of Buce, a news broadcast has been created called National Buce News, and some documentaries about the sport.

National Buce News Latest Episode

For more episodes, see National Buce News.

Buce For Beginners: Trailer

The trailer for the highly anticipated Buce documentary and live tutorial.

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