While walking around campus this fall semester, one might encounter students playing a game with a hula hoop sized net and a hand-sized inflatable ball. For those who might be wondering what they are playing, it’s spikeball—a new intramural sport on campus that combines elements of volleyball and foursquare.
The first intramural spikeball event on campus was on Aug. 31, where nine teams competed in a single-elimination tournament. There was quite a bit of interest in the tournament and it was a good starting point for the new sport, according to Intramural Coordinator Daniel Fragel.
Spikeball is played with four players, two teams of two. Once a player serves the ball, the opposing team has up to three alternating touches to get the ball back to the net. After the serve, the playfield has no boundaries and the players can move freely around the net. A point is given to the opposite team if the ball hits either the ground or the rim, or bounces more than once on the net.
Spikeball has rapidly spread to college campuses across the nation in the past few years.
“It’s a team game that is full of strategy and movement, and it can be played almost anywhere,” senior Keri Johnson said. “It is also a game that anyone can play and get good at.”
Fragel has high hopes for the sport.
“We want to make spikeball into more of a permanent sport on campus,” Fragel said. “There are plans to build up the game in future years with more tournaments and possibly work up to an entire spikeball league.”