Wolvetch crawls on all fours
November 13, 2009
by Marissa Fenley
What is Wolvetch? Some may have seen Elias Brockman (’13), creator of this unique sport, demonstrating the game at Pio Fair; others may have seen the sport in action on their way to class. Mud-splattered students running on hands and feet may look puzzling, but Brockman is here to explain the true significance behind their wolf-like motion.
The sport was originally designed as entertainment for young children during Brockman’s experience as a camp counselor, though he soon realized that Wolvetch was also a difficult sport. “It is a full body aerobic exercise,” he said. “You run for 20 seconds and need a break. You need to pace yourself.”
Brockman summarized the objective of the sport as “full contact soccer on all fours.” He said that most sports are “really the same game with a twist.” More specifically, there are two goals on either end of the field. You can hit the ball with any part of your body—although hands are most effective—and your knees can’t touch the ground. The sport may sound chaotic, but neither punching, kicking, nor biting are allowed.
Brockman emphasized that while many are drawn to the sport because of its element of contact, it is by no means selective when it comes to athleticism or gender—anyone can play Wolvetch. Nicole Scherm (’13), a dedicated Wolvetch player, feels at home playing Wolvetch. She is drawn to the sport because it is “different” and provides a “relaxed environment.”
Brockman himself admits he has not perfected the sport, saying that the game is different every time depending on who shows up, and the dynamics will change depending on the ratio of boys to girls.
The story behind Brockman’s inspiration for Wolvetch begins during the night when a group of camp counselors were hanging out on a field under the light of the full moon. Brockman began running on all fours and tackled his fellow counselor, who was thoroughly surprised, “and that is how it all began.”
Brockman believes the sport has the potential for a growing influence on campus. “As players cultivate strength, skill and endurance, the game will naturally become even more fast-paced and exciting. I imagine that other kinds of athletes will see Wolvetch as an effective off-season conditioning exercise, particularly soccer players, football players and wrestlers,” he said.
Brockman hopes to eventually take Wolvetch off campus as well, making it more official in the world of sports.