If you haven’t had the chance to play Spikeball yet, you are missing out. The game is flat out amazing, portable, a good workout and can be played just about anywhere, take a look at the video below for some basic gameplay action.
I was personally introduced to this beautiful game at a pool party at the University of Arizona. Since then, I’ve been addicted. It can be played on grass, but I recommend the beach. Just like with volleyball, the sand is a very forgiving surface. This is a fast-paced, highly entertaining game that anyone can pick up and play. Below
It is, in some ways, a variation of volleyball, using a small, bouncy net instead of a the volleyball net.
Just like in beach volleyball, the game is played 2 on 2. Unlike volleyball, there are no sides in Spikeball. Each team will start on opposite sides of the net. However, once the ball is served into play, players are free to move around the entire net.
Another similarity to beach volleyball is that each team has three hits to return the ball. Just like in volleyball, you will want to set the ball up for your teammate to spike. While volleyball skills would certainly help in this sport, it is much easier to pick up and play than volleyball.
A team scores a point once the other team fails to return the ball. You can fail to return the ball by either missing the net completely, or hitting it off the rim of the net, call a rimmer. This results in you losing that point.
When putting the ball in play, it is important that the players do not cup the ball or hold onto it at all. Just like in volleyball, you are required to strike the ball. It will be up to you and your friends to decide how to enforce this, but if everyone agrees it was a palm, that team will lose that point. If it is highly contested, replay the point.
Similar to other sports that don’t have defined sides (racquetball), there are going to be instances where players get in each others way. Whether the interference is intentional or not, you are allowed to call a hinder. When there is a hinder, you will replay the point.
One big decision is to decide how the serve of the game will be handled. Because of the fairly straight forward nature of serving in Spikeball, players are able to hit an ace of a serve fairly easily. I have found eliminating aces creates the most enjoyable Spikeball game. This means that if a serve is not able to be returned at all, the point does not count. This ensures that you have some rally, and the rallies are truly the best part about Spikeball.
Scoring is played to 21, and you are required to win by 2. You could go to 11 or 17 if you want to have shorter games.
Now that you know the basics of Spikeball rules, this will be an easy game to start playing right away. If you’re like me, it will quickly become one of your favorites to play!