Surely, you’ll agree with me when I say that the best outdoor games are those that take elements of existing ideas and put a unique spin on them, just to deliver tons of fun to people. That’s exactly what Spikeball does; it combines both the elements of Foursquare and Volleyball, providing its players with tons of physical and health benefits.
Spikeball is known to be a game of two teams with 2 players each – that’s 4 players in total. However, in the case where one of the players is unavailable because of a personal issue, such as an injury, 3 players can always play the game. Thrikeball is a type of Spikeball that involves 3 players playing 1v2.
How many players are needed to play the Spikeball game? Is it possible for you to play Spikeball with just 3 players? What exactly is the difference that exists between Spikeball and Thrikeball? These and more are the frequently asked questions that you’ll find answers to in the rest of this article. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.
How many players are needed to play Spikeball?
When it comes to getting familiar with Spikeball, one of the many questions that often cross people’s minds is; how many players are needed to play the game?
Standard Spikeball 2v2
According to the official rules of the game, the standard Spikeball is a type of sport that requires two teams with two players each. So, generally speaking, four players are required in a game of Spikeball.
Here’s how the 2v2 Spikeball game works; it starts with a point serve – this requires a player from team 1 to serve the ball. At this time, all other players except for the receiver will have to stay at least 6 feet away from the net. The receiver from team 2 can choose to stay anywhere relative to the roundnet.
After serving the ball, all the players are then allowed to stand at any place relative to the field. That’s not all; there are no boundaries in the game, meaning that players can always move 360 degrees around the net – as long as the movement doesn’t obstruct the opposing team from hitting the ball.
Bottom line: the 2v2 standard Spikeball requires 4 players in all to play the game.
One on One (1v1) Spikeball
As earlier stated, the spikeball game is originally designed to be played by two teams with two players each. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case at all times. Two players in all can also play the Spikeball game. Here’s where the name “1v1” comes into the scene.
Spikeball 1v1 is a type of roundnet game that requires two teams with one player each to play. In this kind of Spikeball, the two players will be expected to cover the entire areas of the playing court – this makes it a lot more challenging than the regular 2v2 Spikeball game. Furthermore, the “one on one” Spikeball game can be played in three different ways, including the standard 1v1, Pepper, and jail.
Bottom line: The spikeball game can also be played with only two players in all, one player is tagged as team 1 while the other one is called team 2.
Spikeball involving 3 players
Another type of Spikeball is one that involves only three players. There are two different ways to play this game; 1 vs. 1 vs. 1 Spikeball and 1 vs. 2 Spikeball. Furthermore, this type of game is usually called Thrikeball.
In case you don’t know, Thrikeball is a term used to represent any Spikeball game that involves only three players, especially those that are usually played with the 2-on-1 format.
Can you play Spikeball with 3 players?
You can always play the Spikeball game with only three players – it is called Thrikeball.
First, you need to understand that the best way to play Spikeball is using the 2v2 format. However, in the case where one of you is injured and the rest of you need to continue the play, you can go for Thrikeball, which involves two different formats; “1v1v1” and “1v2.”
The 1v1v1 format of Thrikeball is almost similar to how the regular 2v2 Spikeball game is played. The main difference, however, is that it requires three players instead of four.
Here’s how the 1vs.1vs.1 Thrikeball game is played; it all begins with you serving the ball across the net. At the time of making a point serve, the receiver and the third player will both be on a team. As usual, the players are only allowed to make, at most, three touches on the ball before hitting it down into the net.
Furthermore, as the receiver hits the ball off the net, you and the third player will be on the same team. At this time, both of you will have to work together, making sure to defend the initial hit and then touching the ball up to three times and hitting the net again. The game continues until you’re no longer able to defend the hit.
You can check the video here to understand how the 1v1v1 Thrikeball format can be played.
All Time Setter (1 vs. 2)
The second format of playing the Thrikeball game is called All Time Setter. It’s a 1v1 Spikeball game that requires the third player to be a team member for player 1 and player 2.
So, the third player is usually referred to as the all-time setter and defender. However, he/she isn’t allowed to hit the ball down into the Spikeball roundnet.
What’s the difference between Spikeball and Thrikeball?
First, you need to understand that Thrikeball is also a Spikeball game. One of the differences, however, is that it only involves three players while the regular one requires four players.
Another big difference between Spikeball and Thrikeball can be seen in the way the games are played. However, the difference comes from the fact that the game is played with 3 players and instead of 4.