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The objective of the game is to score points by getting their ball in the other team's ball opening, either throwing the ball (referred to as a "sphere") into the opening or "dunking" it in at close proximity. Triad is played in a triangular court. Some contact is permitted between the players within the rules.
The game begins with having all the players hold hands to create a circle that the players (alternating between Red Team player and Blue Team player) rotate counterclockwise until the ball ejects from the goal post (where the ball was last thrown into), with the apparent intent of inducing a momentary loss of equilibrium into each of the players.
Once the ball is ejected, the players break the circle and try to obtain the ball. Once this is done, using a combination of team work, the players try to stop the other team from throwing the ball into the goal opening. Each player is responsible for making sure they stick to their opposite number, either attempting to block them from obtaining the ball or stealing the ball from their opposite.
During the game, players may block or impede the progress of their opposite numbers using non-deadly physical force or rough tactics. Such tactics, known as "blocking", include shoving or tackling their opposites aside.
The person in command of the ball can do one of two things:
There are moving violations within the game: once the ball holder stops moving, they cannot continue to move and must relinquish the ball by bouncing it off a wall or floor, or passing it off to their teammate. Both venues open up the opportunity for the other team to intercept the ball.
Such tactics are given terms, including:
Rules and Penalties
There are a few known rules to the game, as well as penalties for the following behaviors:
Fighting within the game results in the automatic ejection of the offending players. Multiple penalties made by an offending player may also cause the ejection of said player, as was the case between Ortega and Starbuck before Ortega's termination by Karibdis (Murder on the Rising Star).