These are the official rules from Spikeball. Note that they  might vary slightly by league/tournament. 

How Do I Play? 


Two teams of Two (four total). Each team starts on opposite sides of the net. 


Team One serves by hitting the ball off of the net towards Team Two. Team Two has up to 3 hits between them before returning the ball to the net. (Note, it is NOT required to use all 3 of yout hits.) This continues as a volley until one team cannot return the ball. Side-out scoring is used (you can only score when serving) 

To determine who serves first, the teams should volley. Once the game has begun, each team alternates serves between players. 

Important: 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. The first team to 11 points usually has the most trash talking at this point. 

Serving Etiquette 

There are two schools of thought on serving The "GET IT IN PLAY" serve means the serve should be easy enough that the opposing team can return it with little effort. This style encourages longer, more competitive rallies. 

The second option "BRING THE HURT" serve means anything goes, hit as hard or as soft as you like. This method gives the serving team the advantage and makes the game more competitive. 

There is no right or wrong way in these two methods. Choose one that works for you and your crowd and get playing. 


1st team to 21 wins (must win by two). Use side-out scoring. If your team served and the other team cannot return your shot, you've won a point. Note: You can only score when serving. 

What About... 

  • If your shot hits the rim its known as a "Rimmer" and is a side-out. 
  • if your shot hits a "pocket" (kind of on the net and kind of on the rim) you do the point over. Sorry we don't have a clever name for this type of shot, call it a "Pocket"
  • If the ball does not bounce off of the net the point is a side out. 
  • In order for the ball to be in play, after hitting the net, it must clear the rim. If it doesn't it is side-out. 
  • Body shots are legal... for the most part. You can not use your legs but if needed you can use your forearms and chest. This rule has caused quite a bit of controversy on the Spikeball circuit. Proceed at your own risk.