Spikeball Official Rules
Spikeball Official Rules
ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION:
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Any at least part-time student is eligible to participate
AU faculty, staff and their spouses/children are eligible to play
Players may be added to rosters during the first week of the season, but not after that.
All players must be recorded on the game sheet before they are allowed to participate.
Overview
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 with a serve—a hit 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.
Setup
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Ball – 12 inches in circumference
Spikeball set – net tension should be consistent throughout
Court Dimensions (see image above)
Winner of rock, paper, scissors gets to pick side or serve
Opposing players line up across from each other.
Before the ball is served any players not receiving the serve must be 6 feet from the net. The returner
can stand at whatever distance they choose.
Once the ball is served players can move anywhere they want.
Possession changes when the ball contacts the net.
Each team has up to 3 hits per possession, but they do not need to use all 3 hits.
When sunlight is a factor, teams should switch sides half way through the match.
When playing on grass, if one team is playing in cleats and the other team is barefoot,
paper/rock/scissors is played to determine if both teams need to be barefoot, or if the barefoot team
needs to wear shoes. If the barefoot team loses and wants to remain barefoot, they must do so at their
own risk.
Scoring
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Rally scoring (points can be won by the serving or receiving team)
Games are played to 21. You must win by two points. (unless otherwise specified by a tournament
director)
Switch sides after one team reaches 11 points.
Points are scored when:
The ball isn’t hit back into the net within 3 hits
The ball hits the ground
The ball hits the rim (including clips) (Even during a serve--rim shots don't count as a "let")
The ball does not bounce off the net in a single bounce. (It must clear the rim in order to be good)
There is an illegal serve or other infraction
Serving
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The receiving team sets their position first. Server stands directly across from the receiving player.
Only the designated receiver can field the serve.
The ball must be tossed up from the server’s hand before it is hit. It cannot be hit out of the server’s
hand. If the server does not like the toss, they need to let the ball drop to the ground. They will have
one more opportunity to toss and serve the ball.
Server's feet must be behind the service line (at least 6 feet away from the net) when the ball is hit.
They can lean over the service line, but their feet may not cross the service line until after the ball is
hit.
The server is allowed to take a pivot step or approach steps, but is not allowed to move laterally
beyond a pivot.
Serves can be as hard or as soft as the server likes, and drop shots are allowed.
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Serves must be below the receiver's raised hand. If the ball can be caught by the receiver, it has to be
played. If the ball is too high, the receiver must call “let” before their teammate touches the ball. The
serving team has one more try to serve. If the serving team cannot hit a legal serve on the second try,
they lose the point. If the receiver does not call “let”, continue play.
The ball must come cleanly off the net on a serve. If the ball takes an unpredictable bounce
(commonly known as "pocket"), the receiver must call “let” before their teammate touches the ball.
The serving team has one more try to give a clean serve. If the serving team cannot hit a legal serve
on the second try, they lose the point. If the receiver does not call “let”, continue play.
If the ball takes an unpredicted bounce, and lands back on the net or the rim, it's the other teams point
and a change of possession.
If the ball contacts the rim at any time, it is a point for the other team and a change of possession.
After a server wins the point, they change positions with their teammate so they are directly across
from the other member of the receiving team.
The four players serve in the same sequence throughout the match, changing the server each time a
rally is won by the receiving team.
Contacting the ball
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Hits must alternate between teammates.
The ball must be hit, not be caught, lifted, or thrown. You cannot hit the ball with two hands (this
includes putting both hands together while contacting the ball with your hands).
You can use any part of your body to hit the ball and it counts as your hit. (You cannot contact the
ball twice in a row regardless of what part of your body it touches)
If the ball hits any part of the ground or rim it is no good. There are only “lets” on the serve. After the
serve, if the ball does not hit the rim, play it regardless of how it bounces.
If teams cannot determine if the ball hit the rim, replay the point, no questions asked.
Once the ball hits the net, it must bounce off in a single bounce. It must clear the rim in order to be
good.
Infractions
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Defensive players must make an effort to get out of the offensive team’s way. If a member of the
defensive team is in the way of a play on the ball, the player being blocked must call “hinder” and
replay the point. The offensive team must have a legitimate play on the ball to call “hinder.”
If the defensive team gets hit with the ball, call “hinder” and replay the point. The offensive team
must have a legitimate play on the pass to call “hinder.”
If a defensive player attempts to play a ball when it is not their turn, they lose the point.
If a player hits a shot off the net then the ball hits their teammate, they lose the point. If a player hits
a shot off the net then the ball hits himself/herself, they lose the point.
If any player makes contact with the Spikeball set that moves the set or affects the trajectory of the
ball, they lose the point. If the contact with the Spikeball set does not move the set or affect the
trajectory of the ball, play on.
PLAYER MISCONDUCT:
1. Misconduct penalties will result in a player ejection.
2. Misconduct penalties include:
a. Any use of profanity
b. Extensive abuse of the facility and/or equipment
c. Slashing
d. Unnecessary rough play
e. Fighting
f. Deliberate roughing/checking
g. Verbal or physical abuse towards an official, opponent, or supervisor
h. Any unsportsmanlike conduct that, in the opinion of the official, warrants ejection
The officiating will be done by the referee and he/she is in absolute control of the game.
Teams are responsible for keeping their spectators under control. Misconduct of spectators,
players or coaches can result in assessment of an ejection or forfeiture of the game. Spectators
must also remain in the area designated by the officials. The officials shall have the power to
make decisions on any matters or questions not specifically covered in the rules. The Referee
has authority to rule promptly, and in the spirit of good sportsmanship, on any situation not
specifically covered in the rules. *There will not be an official for these games but an IM staff
member on site will provide governance over any rules, discrepancies, misconduct that should
arise and will be the final call in such matters.
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