How to: Spikeball

As summer approaches, athletes in our community are finding a fun, new way to be entertained on the beach and in their own backyard.

If volleyball and foursquare had a baby, it would be spikeball. The idea of spikeball first came to Jeff Krurek in 1989. After the unsuccessful selling of the game, he gave up on the idea. The game was later brought back up on the television show “Shark Tank” by Chris Ruder. Since then, the game has become one of the most popular sports to play anywhere.

The game of spikeball is really simple and easy to play. All you need is a spikeball set, which includes plastic stands and rims, a black net and three rubber balls.

How to play:

Step one:  A player serves the ball at the net by spiking the ball. Make sure they are three to four feet away from the trampoline net.

Step two: The other team gets three touches or less to spike the ball back at the trampoline net.  Teams go back and forth spiking the ball on the net until one of the teams cannot return the ball. The possession of the ball then goes to the team that scored the point.

There are no limitations to where a player can run after the serve, as long as they can spike the ball back on the trampoline net. In order for a team to get a point, the ball must hit the ground before the other team can spike the ball. A point can also be scored if the other team touches the ball more than three times. The first team to get to 21 points wins, and they have to win by at least two points.

Now that the winter season is coming to an end and spring is coming up, spikeball makes a great sport for the warm weather.

“I usually try to play at the beach with my friends,” junior Max Barton said.

Locations like the beach are great for spikeball because players can layout for the ball. After a match, you can take a dip in the water and cool off. A backyard or an open grassy area are also good spots to play spikeball because the game requires space to run.

Even though warm weather is ideal for spikeball, a little bit of snow should not stop players from having fun. Diving in the snow to hit the ball can be just as fun as diving in the sand or water.

Many people in the summer want to have that summer body to show off. Spikeball is a perfect game to get your cardio in because of the amount of running and other quick movement it requires in order to play. Another aspect of the game that gets players physically moving is the competitiveness.

“I really like the competitiveness that spikeball brings,” junior Nick Galante said. “I really like facing my friends.”

Since most people play with their friends or family, a competitive vibe comes with the sport. They want to be better than everyone and have the bragging rights about who is the best player. Spikeball is an addicting sport that brings the fun, simplicity and intensity of every great summer game. It is going to be the new popular game of the summer.