How To Play Spikeball [Rules & Instructions]



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How To Play Spikeball?

To play Spikeball, first set up the game according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The game can be played with either four players or two players playing on the opposite sides of the spikeball net.

To be designated Team 1 and be the first to serve the ball; flip a coin or draw straws. Team 1 serves the ball by spiking the ball toward the net and further toward Team 2’s side. Team 2 has up to 3 hits of the ball, just like in Volleyball, before they have to spike the ball toward the net and return the ball back to their opponent Team 1.

Once the ball is served you can use any and all sides of the net to continue play. Each team now has up to 3 hits each to return the ball back to the net. Volley continues until a team can no longer return the ball back to the net. The object is to spike the ball to where the opposing team can’t return the ball. Back and forth volleys continue until the first team reaches 21 points. You must win by two points.

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Spikeball Introduction

Do you love playing outdoor sports games?

Spikeball is a great sport to play with friends, family, and co-workers. It’s easy to take with you and it’s easy to set up. You can play it just about anywhere. On the beach, backyard, or street; it’s great fun!

The best part of this game is the competitive nature of the game. It’s always exciting to see who will win each point. And there are so many different ways you can score points that the games are always unpredictable.

This sport is growing in popularity, and for good reason! It is a lot of fun.

In this article, we will discuss the basics of how to play spikeball. We will cover game equipment, game setup, and how to score points. Plus, we will give you some tips on how to play better and win more games!

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Game Rules [Rules & Instructions]

Game Equipment

In order to play spikeball, you will need a few basic items. You will need a Spikeball set including a Spikeball ball, and two paddles. The game can be played on any surface, but Spikeball recommends playing on a hard surface for the best bounce.

Game Setup

To set up the game, you will need to find an open space that is about 20×20 feet. The net should be placed in the center of the space and the ball should be placed at the center of the net. Each player will then take a paddle and stand on opposite sides of the net, with the net dividing them.

How To Play Spikeball

Now that you have set up the game, it is time to learn how to play!

The basic objective of the game is to hit the ball off the net and back to your opponent. You can only hit the ball once before it must be played back to your opponent. If you miss the ball or let it bounce twice, then your opponent will get a point. The first player to 21 points (or 11 points in a best of three-game) wins!

The ball may only be touched by one hand and it cannot be carried around.

The aim of the serve is to hit the ball into the opponent’s court so that they are unable to return it. If the server cannot return the serve, the serving team receives a point.

Each team is allowed up to 3 touches in order to return the ball into the net. It is not required that you hit the ball all 3 times.

Spikeball uses rally scoring, so points can be won by either team regardless of who is serving. Each time the ball hits the net possession switches to the other team. The rally or volley continues until one team cannot return the ball into the net.

What is a roll-up or a pocket in Spikeball? A Roll-Up is when the ball makes contact with the net and then rolls up into the rim. If this happens during a serve, it’s a fault and the server may re-serve. If the rally is interrupted during normal play by a roll-up or a pocket, the game continues.

What is a rim shot in Spikeball? When a ball is hit into the rim rather than the net, it is considered to be a Rim. When the ball hits the rim, play stops, and the opposing team scores.

What is a near-net serve? When the ball is hit into the server’s side of the net and has very little bounce, it is said to be in a near-net serve. This is a legal serve as long as it doesn’t go over the net.

Scoring System

The first team to get 21 points win! Games are typically played to 21 points, but shorter games can be played to 11 or 15 if you want. Regardless of what score you are playing to you must win by 2 points. Points are awarded on every serve regardless of what team serves the ball.

Points are awarded in Spikeball when:

  • The ball hits the ground
  • The ball is hit directly into the rim.
  • The ball rolls across the net instead of bouncing
  • The same player hits the ball more than 1 time in a row
  • A player catches or throws the ball instead of hitting it cleanly
  • The ball bounces back and hits the net
  • If the server faults twice in a row.

If you served…the opposing team gets +1 point if the ball you served or spike did not bounce the net and hits the ground.

If you served…the opposing team gets +1 point if your spikeball hits the edge of the rim or the pipe. It’s called a ‘pocket’.

If your opponent served…your team gets 0 points if you missed the ball. Then serve goes to the opposing team.

Game Strategy

To win more games, here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Pay attention to your opponent’s shots. If you can anticipate their next move, you will be able to prepare for it and block it easier.
  • Use your speed and agility to your advantage. Spikeball is a fast-paced game, so use your quickness to get to the ball before your opponent.
  • Stay focused and in the moment. The game of spikeball can be unpredictable, so you need to stay alert at all times.
  • Have fun! Remember, it is just a game!