Enter to win a Droneball! - The Droneball Contest by Graupner!

Now, this cool new quad has a cool new contest. Find out how to enter!


Post Your Droneball Sweeper Game Ideas for a Chance to Win!

I recently reviewed the Droneball quadcopter drone from Graupner. Jason and I didn't know what to expect when we built them. Our trip to the field turned in to a "ball" of fun. We were rolling this quad off the roof and bouncing it across the runway. I would fly it and bounce it between my legs. Then we got our FPV gates out for some Droneball soccer. Check out the review here.

Graupner USA - Droneball! The drone made for fun! (15 min 53 sec)

I ran into our friend Mannie from Graupner at Toledo and he was telling me how sales were taking off with schools and families. Since the whole quadcopter is surrounded by plastic it safe and hard to destroy. It really has turned into a drone for beginners and FPV racers alike (imagine slamming into a gate with zero damage).

Mannie said we should have a contest and give some Droneball Sweeper quads away as prizes so here we are!!

The Droneball Contest

  • The concept is simple, make a post with your idea for a game that can be played with the Droneball.
  • If you have multiple ideas make multiple posts.
  • Explain how the rules work so that it can be easily implemented by the readers.
  • The top 3 ideas will be picked and the winners will receive their very own Droneball Sweeper!
  • Enter your posts in this thread.

  • The contest will start 4/11/19 and end 5/11/19.
  • Winners will be chosen by RCG and Graupner staff.
  • Have fun!

*Winners must be in the Continental US (lipo shipping restrictions)

Graupner USA - Droneball! The drone made for fun! (15 min 53 sec)

Droneball is now an official competing category under the Soccer Ball FAI F9C Class!

The Droneball is expanding the hobby. Here is an excerpt about the new F9C class: Drone soccer is a mix between drone flying and soccer done. A drone soccer match opposed two teams with a defined number of players flying each a drone ball over the flying zone. The match is subdivided in three periods of time, each of them being considered as a set. The team is composed of a "striker" who is the only one who may score with its drone ball going through the opponents' goal ring. The other team's players may act as guide or defender.

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Apr 15, 2019, 01:28 PM
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For those of you who still look for creative ways to utilize our droneball sweeper attached the new game rules by the FAI and DAeC for the F9C Soccer Ball class.

We would love to see similar proposals for basketball, track and obstacle races, weight lifting, drone combat and anything else your imagination can come up with.

Remember, anyone can fly the droneball and as some of you already noticed they are very hard to brake.

Show us what you got!
Apr 15, 2019, 02:24 PM
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Just so cool! I can't wait to see ya'll come up with. Jim and I may even try some of your ideas out!!
Apr 16, 2019, 10:08 AM
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Drone water polo
Apr 16, 2019, 10:42 AM
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Droneball Streamer Race - Rules

Droneball Streamer Race:

Set up a zig-zag race course with 3 or 5 gates. At each gate you set up, on a rack a few inches above the ground, a couple of streamers with plastic hooks. The streamers can be made of any light material - paper, crepe paper, thin plastic, etc. But they should be wide enough to not easily fit into the droneball cage (we don't want them tangling in the blades).

There should be fewer streamers than racers, so not everyone can get one at every gate.

The racers will fly through the gates and pick up however many streamers thay can get, but only one per gate (use a different color or marker for each gate's streamers). The one to cross the finish line with the most streamers wins - with fastest time breaking ties. i.e. a tied number of streamers goes to the first one past the finish line, but more streamers always beats a faster time. Two or more streamers from the same gate count as zero for that racer.

This will require some testing to find the best style of hooks to use - you want droneballs to be able to pick them up fairly easily but not have them so big that they interfere with the blades or too heavy to fly with 3 or 4 on them.
Apr 16, 2019, 10:46 AM
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Drone Ball Combat.

For 2 to 4 players.
Each player has their own drone ball.
Outline a playing area, your choice of size, but at least 20 yards by 20 yards.
The goal of the game is to push the other players outside the boundaries.
Once a player has been pushed outside of the boundaries, he or she is out of the game.
The last player in bounds wins the game.
Apr 16, 2019, 10:49 AM
Build, fly, crash. Repeat.
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How come nobody suggested the name "quidditch"?

I feel like this would be perfect as a drone sport... Make two on each team the "beaters"with sticky tape on the outside of their ball, then one on each team that can score points through a gate, and one neutral player flying a much smaller version of a balled drone (like a 100mm class) sneaks around the field. Whichever team manages to knock it out of the air wind a bonus in points.

Just a wild idea, but that would be a game to get me back into drone flying
Apr 16, 2019, 10:51 AM
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Droneball Dodgeball. 5 droneballs pilots (4 throwers, 1 target)

Area size requirements - basket ball half court

Throwers start out the "throw" from a hover

At the "Go" signal, throwers must accelerate droneball forward

Foul Line is marked. Once across the foul line, the "throwers cannot reverse back across the foul line for a re-throw

Pilots can only "throw" at 3/4 to full throttle - but can rotate, climb, dive or bounce off the floor at the target. But, the thrower's droneball must always maintain forward flight (not hovering) toward the rear of the playing area

Thrower cannot reverse direction(i.e. fly back toward the pilot or target).

The "target" can dodge in any direction to include forward toward but not allowed to cross the foul line

If the thrower is able to hit the target - 1 point awarded
Bouncing off the floor to achieve a "hit" - 2 points awarded

If the thrower misses the target - 0 points

First thrower to get 10 pts wins the match
Apr 16, 2019, 10:56 AM
Do a Barrel Roll!
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Drone Freestyle Skeet.

3-Players, 2 players with nerf guns, and one pilot. The drone flys no higher than 10ft, and first player to make a hit wins.
Apr 16, 2019, 10:56 AM
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Droneball HORSE (or DRONE, UAV, whatever word/acronym you want).

2 to N players
Each player can use the same Droneball or their own
Basketball hoop or equivalent

First player defines the shot/flight path (think McDonald's Jordan/Bird commercial). e.g., In under 8 seconds, take-off, bounce off the ground at X, then fly into tree trunk Y, and climb out to the hoop and power off for the shot into the hoop.
If they make it, then each person after should do the same.
If everyone makes it, then the first player comes up with a new "shot".
If someone misses, they get a letter and the next person up creates the next "shot".

End Game:
You're out when you've spelled out the word. Last person that hasn't spelled it all out wins.
Apr 16, 2019, 11:08 AM
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Droneball Putt-Putt

1 to N players
Each player uses their own Droneball or you can use one but it'll require waiting after each hole
A few larger hoops/trash cans and some obstacles set up in a field for the "holes" in your field.

Just like putt-putt except you'll have to set up each hole with obstacles to keep from getting a straight shot into the "hole". Players will need to determine what Par is for each hole.
Define a "cut-off" line for the first shot and the player/pilot flies the Droneball to that line and then cuts throttle to roll to the hole.
Subsequent shots have the cut-off line at where the Droneball stopped on the previous shot.

End Game:
Add up the strokes/shots until you're finished and lowest score wins.
Apr 16, 2019, 11:14 AM
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Droneball Freeze Tag (or Tag)

1 to N players (the more the better)
Each player has to have their own Droneball
Can be indoors (could be a ton of fun) or outdoors (forest would be great!)
Can set a timer if play multiple games on a single charge.

Just like freeze tag. One person is "it" and they try to chase everyone to freeze them. If someone is tagged by "it", they sit on the ground (you could hover if it's a quick game and small area) and wait to get tagged by someone else.

End Game:
The "it" person wins if everyone get frozen.
The "it" person loses if they run out of battery before everyone is frozen.

Tag is basically the same but the "it" person changes whenever they tag someone. Time limit is set so don't be caught being "it" at the end!
Apr 16, 2019, 11:26 AM
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Drone Ball

Play shot put with the drone ball. Turn it on full power and toss it like a shot ball!
Apr 16, 2019, 11:43 AM
Registered User
Sumo Droneball - two droneballs face off - you win by forcing your opponent to the ground or out of the ring. The ring can be made of two large hoola hoops, one mounted on the other with 3 or 4 large sticks. Or two racing gates could be stacked on their sides, one on top the other supported with sticks.
Apr 16, 2019, 11:50 AM
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Droneball Quidditch

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