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Kronum is a new game for the modern era of athletics, media and entertainment. Did you know it has been over a century since the majority of well-known team sports were invented? Games such as soccer, rugby, football baseball, basketball, hockey and lacrosse were all conceived long ago, for athletes and fans very different than the athletes and fans of today. Radio did not exist, nor did television. The internet was unimaginable. Since then, athletes have evolved, fans expect more and the internet is where we all connect globally. In light of this, Kronum was conceived and developed with a new type of athlete and an improved fan experience in mind. It is a new game for the new era.
The game is designed for the practice and display of the full range of human athleticism. Kronum is fast-moving, free-flowing, non-stop action, involving incredible shots, saves, scores, passes, and ball handling. The game offers a wide array of strategies and tactics to employ to win. Kronum offers a new measure of great well-rounded athleticism.
About the Game
The game of Kronum is played between two teams of ten players on a circular playing surface with one ball and four goal structures. The match is divided into three phases of 20 minutes. The surface is divided into several zones which govern the style of player, the manner of handling the ball, and the number of points awarded for scoring shots into various areas of the Kronum goal. When someone scores a goal, the number of points awarded are dependent upon the place where the shot was taken on the field. Kronum goals are split into two separate constructs. The bottom of the goal (“Chamber”) is structured like a soccer or handball net. Extending from the top of the chamber is the “Crown”, which consists of five congruent rings that the ball can be thrown, kicked, or dunked through. When a player scores through one of those rings (“Ring Shot”), points are worth twice what they would be scoring into the chamber.
The objectives of each match are to compete fairly, demonstrate good sportsmanship and score more points than your opponent. The team scoring the greater number of points during the match is the winner of the match.
The field consists of three concentric circles. On the outer circle are the four Kronum goals which are shared by the two teams. In front of every goal is a round Goal Zone and a rectilinear Wedge Zone. Bordering the Wedge Zone is the Flex Zone. The only difference between the two zones is that the use of hands in the Wedge Zone is restricted. Then is the Cross Zone, having the shape of a cross. In the middle of the field there is a smaller ring called the Second Ring, and inside that, the Prime Ring.
The points are counted depending from where the shot was taken:
• Goal Zone = 1 point (Chamber), 2 points (Rings)
• Wedge Zone = 2 points (Chamber), 4 points (Rings)
• Flex Zone = 2 points (Chamber), 4 points (Rings)
• Cross Zone / Second Ring = 4 points (Chamber), 8 points “Kronum” (Rings)
• Penalty Shot = 3 points (Chamber), 6 points (Rings)
Those points are doubled if the player makes a Ring Shot instead of simply kicking or throwing the ball into the chamber (the goal under the rings). If the player makes a Ring Shot from the Second Ring (for example), he scores 8 points for his team, called a “Kronum.” A Kronum is an extremely difficult shot to make, since it must be made from at least 25 feet from the goal.
There are two main pieces of equipment used in Kronum: the ball and the four goals. Many players also wear minor protective gear such as shin guards and cleats, but they are not mandated by the rules. The Kronum ball is a unique ball specially designed the sport. Its size is comparable to a soccer or volleyball, but is more bouncy, allowing to be dribbled with the hands more easily. This design allows it to be handled effectively with both the hands and feet. The Kronum goal is designed for a wide range of scoring opportunities. The main opening of the goal, called the chamber (16’ x 8″ or 4.8768 m x 2.59 m). Above the chamber is the Crown, which has five (20” or 50 cm) openings called the Crown Rings.
Each Kronum team on the field consists of 10 players, who play three distinct positions: Rangers, Crossers and Wedgebacks.
• Ranger: Rangers are the players on a team who will cover the most ground in a game, ranging from the middle of the Cross to deep in the Wedge or Goal Zones in order to attack or defend. All Rangers have a specialization in one of three main disciplines: throwing, kicking, or defending. Higher-caliber Rangers do two of those well. The very best Rangers do it all and are the most well-rounded athletes on the Kronum Round. Key attributes for these players depend on their primary discipline, but strength, speed, and field vision are a must. Team formations usually include four Rangers.
• Crosser: Crossers are the players on a team who play principally within the large Cross Zone at the center of the Kronum Round. The primary offensive responsibilities of a Crosser are to clear the ball into the 2nd Ring and direct scoring attacks. Therefore, field vision, ball handling, speed and agility are at a premium for players in these roles. Defensively, Crossers will selectively pressure and follow the ball as it moves around the field, providing defensive support from the backside of the attack. Team formations usually include two Crossers.
• Wedgeback: Wedgebacks are the players on a team who normally play within a given Quadrant, or Wedge, of the Kronum Round. The primary responsibility of a Wedgeback is defense of a Kronum Goal. The critical skill is shot-blocking, so quick reflexes, acrobatic agility, strength, and courage are at a premium to play this position. The best Wedgebacks are versatile offensive players as well, providing front-line scoring options. Team formations usually include four Wedgebacks.
The game is fast-paced because possessions can change quickly, and players must be able to adapt to defensive or offensive positions at any given time during game play.
Currently there are 7 teams in the Kronum League. Each team has a certain set of characteristics that make up the team’s identity or “personality.” These personalities have been established to match the personalities of its players, in addition to the different personalities of the diverse fan base of Kronum. They are all based in U.S.A. and took part in the American Championship: