The current available official Spikeball (spikeball.com) rules will govern play with intramural modifications. Spikeball is a team sport played by two teams of two players. Opposing teams line up across from each other with the Spikeball net in the center. The ball is put in play by the server from behind the service boundary into the net to an opposing player. Once the ball is served players can move anywhere they want. The object of the game is to hit the ball into the net so that the opposing team cannot return it. A team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball. The rally continues until the ball is not returned properly.
A taut Hula Hoop sized net is placed at ankle level between a pair of two player teams (from Spikeball.com).The net and a small inflatable ball are provided by Intramural Recreation Department.
Two teams of two (four total). Each team starts on opposite sides of the net.
- Team 'A' serves by hitting the ball off the net toward Team 'B'
- Teams must use the "GET IT IN PLAY" serve. This means the serve should be easy enough that the opposing team can return it with little effort.
Team ‘B’ has up to three hits between them before returning the ball to the net.
It is NOT required that you use all three of your hits.
To determine who serves first, the teams should volley.
Once the game has begun, each team alternates serves between players.
Once the ball is in play there are no longer “sides”. Each team member can run anywhere at any time. Teams switch serving sides once the first team has reached 11 points.
- 1st team to 21 wins (must win by two).
- Side out scoring only, i.e., a team can only score when the serve belongs to that team.
- The opposing team must always put forth an honest effort to get out of the way of the “hitting” team. If a solution is unclear, the point becomes a do-over.
- If a shot hits the rim it is known as a “Rimmer” and is side-out.
- If a shot hits a “pocket” (kind of on the net and kind of on the rim) then the point is replayed.
- If the ball does not bounce off the net, the point is side-out.
In order for the ball to be in play, after hitting the net, it must clear the rim.