Last year has brought a lot of changes in our lives, and it’s sure to be remembered by the turbulence it caused around the globe. However, now as we near the end of it, it’s time we started reminiscing to the few good things that happened or were invented and spikeball being one of those.
So, if you came here to see how to play spikeball and what spikeball is, sit back and relax as I’m about to tell you all about your next favorite sport.
Spikeball is also known as roundnet, and it came about approximately a decade ago, but it wasn’t until the last couple of years that it really caught on with people, and we can now see leagues popping up all over the U.S and abroad.
Check out the whole history of Spikeball and how it came about in this article here
The reason why it is becoming such a popular game is that it is fun and competitive, and the rules are straightforward to learn no matter the age or skills of the people playing. Learning spikeball will enable you to fill your picnics and Sunday barbeques with a lot of fun for the whole family.
Roundnet or spikeball? What’s all the confusion about? Before I go onto the rules, I wanted to clear a misconception related to the name of this game and how it all happened. You see, while these two terms are often used interchangeably, roundnet is the name of the game, while spikeball is the name of the most popular brand that sells the equipment for this game.
This is how all the confusion came about, but we are here to set it straight. At this point, you can go and check out the slammo vs. spikeball post here to clear some additional misconceptions up.
With that said, here I’ll be using the name spikeball for the sake of consistency and to avoid further confusion.
The spikeball equipment includes a ball and a net. Some say this game is inspired by volleyball, but when you see the equipment, you see the difference between these two. The ball used in spikeball is much smaller than the one in volleyball, and it is made of plastic, and the net is smaller too.
Namely, in the original rules of the game, the ball has to have 12 inches in circumference and if you want to spice things up and make the game more challenging, inflate the ball entirely. This adds an extra bounce to it, making it much more difficult to control.
However, in the beginning, go with a slightly deflated ball, semi-soft even, so that you can learn to control it much more easily and then inflate as your skills progress.
When it comes to the net, it has nothing to do with the volleyball net. The spikeball net is laid out horizontally, and it reminds me of a trampoline to be honest. It is 8 inches high of the ground and about 36 inches in diameter for 2-on-2 games.
If you want to have 6 players at once instead of 4, for a 3-on-3 game, then you can get the XL net, which is 45 inches in diameter.
Just like how much your ball is inflated affects the quality of play, the same happens with the tension of the net. You should adjust it to have a consistent tension throughout the surface for a good and fair game.
You will notice after some time of playing that the net may go looser, and you can tighten it up manually in those areas. But how do you know if the net is tight enough?
To test it, drop the ball from 3 feet above the net and measure how much it bounces off. If it bounces more than 12 inches, then the net is too tight, and if it bounces less than 12 inches, you should tighten it a bit.
Being inspired by volleyball refers more so to the rules of the game rather than the equipment as I’ve talked about before, so in the basic spikeball rules, you will see many similarities to volleyball.
Also, the number of players obviously differs from volleyball since, in Spikeball, you have 4 to 6 players, with an even number on each opposing team.
For the sake of consistency once again, in the text, I’ll talk about a four-player game, but they go the same if you play it in 6.
The two teams stand across from each other, and, like in volleyball, their main goal should be passing the ball and making it harder for the opposing team to return it.
It is more challenging than it seems because the 3 basic rules of spikeball are:
The game starts with one team serving the ball by bouncing it off the net. The player who serves should stand no closer than 6 feet from the net while the receiver on the opposing team can stand anywhere they see fit for them.
Once the ball is served, the players are free to move and stand at any distance as close or as far away from the net.
As soon as the ball touches the net, it belongs to the other team, and the team that served cannot do anything to it until the opposing team passes it through the net.
Once a team receives the ball, they have the right to 3 hits before they return the ball to the other team. The final hit has to be through the net, to make the ball hit the net, before bouncing off to the opposing players.
If the team that currently possesses the ball cannot pass the ball in 3 hits, the other team scores a point.
The players continue with the game until:
Just like the game itself, the scoring rules in spikeball are also easy to understand.
The game is played until one of the teams gains 21 points. However, it is up to the players to decide prior to the start of the game if they want to play until 11 or 15 points instead, as those options exist too.
However, when a tournament is played, the winning score limit is decided by the tournament director.
Another official rule is that in order for one team to win, reaching the score limit isn’t enough. They have to lead by two points to win by the end of the game. However, this can be decided upon by the players or tournament officials as it pleases the teams.
At every serve, one team gets a point based on the following rules:
According to the spikeball rules, and just like in any other sport, some moves are forbidden to make.
If you do, then these moves are marked as “faults,” and it will result in the opposing team scoring points on your behalf.
If you want to learn spikeball properly, then you have to learn all about faulting, so you know what to avoid or to recognize in other players to ensure all of you are playing a fair game.
With that said, here are the main faulting rules or moves in spikeball:
All in all, spikeball is a fantastic game to pass the time on the weekends and get some activity in. When I first tried it, I realized how easy all the rules are and how fun it is with the net placed horizontally, so I absolutely understand where all the hype around spikeball comes from.
Just, I would say there are some possible misunderstandings when it comes to the faults, so playing it more than once will enable you to understand it fully and reap the most fun out of it.
To learn more about spikeball, check out the history of spikeball here, and learn more about the differences between slammo vs. spikeball.
As always, I genuinely hope this was helpful, and if you have any questions about spikeball rules or equipment, do not hesitate to reach out.
Also, if you want to know more about spikeball, check out the FAQ section I have created with some basic and not so basic info you cannot really find anywhere else online.
In the meantime, I’d love to connect with you on my Facebook and Instagram account for more cool tips and recommendations on paddle boards and kayaks.
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