How do you play Gladiators?

ATTENTION UK UNICYCLISTS: I’m writing an article for Unicycling International,
about unicycle games. I’ve heard of Gladiators, and I know it’s a popular game
there. I need to know the rules, or at least the basics by which this game is
played. I will combine this information with the other forms of similar unicycle
games, and maybe make a little “unofficial” international rulebook for knocking
each other down.

You don’t have to be an expert on this game to help me. If you’ve ever played,
especially at a convention where you played with people from various groups and
areas, just tell me what you know of the rules that you used.

Gladiators is a good name. In the U.S. we also call it Demolition Derby,
Dogfighting or Sumo, depending on the specifics and number of people. There are
various rules and safety guidelines that my friends and I have developed over
the years, but I’ve never put them into print before because the game can be
violent and may lead to injury.

But it’s fun! As long as players realize the purpose of the game is to knock
each other down, and they follow some safety rules, the danger is very minor.

Please help me research this important article.

Thanks! John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone unicycle@aol.com

Re: How do you play Gladiators?

: A bit of a warning: I ran into a small person playing this at the York … the
: collision - he was still on the floor, so my wheel went into his head.

As was suggested first, Hopping Gladiators is much safer, but because of
confusion over whether the seat could be held, we ended up with riding
gladiators.

In the hopping version, you have to permanently bunny-hop the yike. You may hold
onto the seat if you wish (or have to in order to stay on!), but letting go
frees your hands for pushing other people off. The way I see it, there are
advantages both ways, so both should be allowed.

Stan

Re: How do you play Gladiators?

jjl101@york.ac.uk wrote:
>A bit of a warning: I ran into a small person playing this at the York
>Convention, nearly riding over his head. Luckily, no permanent damage(as far as
>I know!). What happened was that just as the kid fell off in front of me, I got
>pushed by ‘The Man with the Hat’ and couldn’t avoid the collision - he was
>still on the floor, so my wheel went into his head.
>
>I suppose the crowded space was a factor, but now I’m slightly cautious about
>playing this with people I don’t know unless they realise that there’s a small
>risk of getting squashed, pinched by spokes/people etc.

This is very good advice. To play a game of this nature, it’s very important
that all riders involved be aware of the risks, and of the general skill level
of the riders involved. In the situation described above, a high level of riding
skill would probably not be a factor in preventing the situation (other than not
to lay on the floor after being crashed).

Probably the best thing to say about the above incident is that riders of widely
different weight or age should not play in group games at the same time.

Thanks for the story, John. Still, nobody has come forth to describe to me the
game and how it is played . . . . so will somebody please go out on a limb and
describe it to the best of their knowledge?

Thanks, John Foss unicycle@aol.com

Re: How do you play Gladiators?

On Fri, 1 Mar 1996 Unicycle@aol.com wrote:

>
> ATTENTION UK UNICYCLISTS: I’m writing an article for Unicycling International,
> about unicycle games. I’ve heard of Gladiators, and I know it’s a popular game
> there. I need to
[…]
> Thanks! John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone unicycle@aol.com
A bit of a warning: I ran into a small person playing this at the York
Convention, nearly riding over his head. Luckily, no permanent damage(as far as
I know!). What happened was that just as the kid fell off in front of me, I got
pushed by ‘The Man with the Hat’ and couldn’t avoid the collision - he was still
on the floor, so my wheel went into his head.

I suppose the crowded space was a factor, but now I’m slightly cautious about
playing this with people I don’t know unless they realise that there’s a small
risk of getting squashed, pinched by spokes/people etc.

John

Re: How do you play Gladiators?

Unicycle@aol.com wrote:
> Thanks for the story, John. Still, nobody has come forth to describe to me the
> game and how it is played . . . . so will somebody please go out on a limb and
> describe it to the best of their knowledge?

I think the reason no one in the UK has described the rules of Gladiators is
that there aren’t any. On the few occasions that I’ve played, it’s been left
to “common sense” to decide what is acceptable behaviour. We British are a
gentle lot. :slight_smile:

When we play this game at our club, everyone knows how (in)experienced the other
riders are. There are a lot of youngsters who have only been riding since
Christmas so we don’t play rough.

> Thanks, John Foss unicycle@aol.com

Regards, Mark.


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Re: How do you play Gladiators?

Mark Wiggins (M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk) wrote: [snip]
: When we play this game at our club, everyone knows how (in)experienced the
: other riders are. There are a lot of youngsters who have only been riding
: since Christmas so we don’t play rough.

We share our practice space with the Bristol Freaks Uni-Hockey team… for our
own safety we elect to not even mention the idea of a game…!

PJ xx

playing with a hockey team with, on average, six months in the saddle each.
…and one of us has been riding for over three years…