Learn all about Spikeball: Rules, How to Play, Videos and Scoring

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How to Play Spikeball

If you like to read

The sport of roundnet, aka “that yellow trampoline game” aka “if volleyball and foursquare had a baby” aka “enough with the wit I’d like to read the rules,” is played 2 vs 2.

 

A player starts a point by serving the ball down onto the Spikeball net so it ricochets up at his opponents. The returning team has up to 3 hits between them (think bump, set, spike) to return the ball back onto the net. The rally continues until a team can’t return the ball onto the net within their three touches.

If you like pretty pictures

2v2 Illustration

2v2

Team 1 serves to Team 2 to start a point

3 Touches Illustration

3 Touches

Players have up to three alternating touches to return the ball to the net


360º Play Illustration

360º Play

After the serve, players can move or hit in any direction around the net


Scoring Illustration

Scoring

Score when the opposing team hits the rim, the ground, or bounces the ball more than once on the net


If you like videos

If you REALLY like to read

BASICS

BEFORE PLAY

The ball should be inflated to 12 in circumerence.
The tension of the net should be consistent throughout. A ball dropped from 3 feet above the net should bounce up approximately 12-18 in.

DURING PLAY

  • All players except the receiver must begin the point at least 6 feet from the net.
    • The receiver may stand at any desired distance
  • Once the server strikes the ball, players may go any where they choose.
  • Possession changes when the ball contacts the net.
  • Each team has up to 3 touches per possession.
  • Determine a serving order which alternates players from the two teams (e.g. Player 3 follows Player 1, etc.).
  • To equalize sun and wind effects, rotate starting positions 90 degrees counter-clockwise every 5 points if desired.

SERVING

SCORING

RALLIES

HINDERS

Wanna see the full rule book?

Check out the Official Spikeball Rules below

 

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]