How Does Scoring Work In Spikeball?


Spikeball is a game that has grown in popularity throughout the world, and it is common for people of all ages to play the sport with friends or family members. Regardless of skill level, spikeball is a popular game for younger children, teenagers, and college students to play in a non-competitive setting. It is also commonly played in more competitive settings in a tournament style where each team is competing to win a championship. Regardless of the environment, spikeball has a set of rules that dictate scoring, and there are multiple ways for teams to score a point. These rules also dictate when a game ends and a certain team has won, depending on the number of points they have scored.

How to Earn Points

how to earn points in spikeball

In spikeball, there are multiple ways to earn points, and the objective is to keep the ball off the ground as long as possible. The first way a team earns a point in spikeball is if the opposing team is unable to keep the ball off the ground or is unable to return the ball to the other team in three or fewer taps. Each team has two players, and the players on each team are allowed to move around the center net freely once the ball is served, but the ball must hit the center net within three taps. Players must alternate their taps so that one player cannot tap the ball twice before another player gets a turn. Furthermore, when a player touches the ball, that player must tap it. It is illegal to catch, lift, or throw the ball once it has been touched, and it is illegal to play the ball off the ground. If any of these occur, the opposing team earns a point and serves the ball for the next rally.

The second way for a team to earn a point is if the opposing team spikes the ball directly into the rim of the net. This is true in every case except for the first serve attempt by the serving team. If the serving team hits the rim on their first serve attempt, it is considered a fault, and they have one more opportunity to give a clean serve before the other team gains a point. Oftentimes, the ball will lose momentum if it hits the rim of the net, which gives the receiving team an unfair chance to volley the ball back. Each team must ensure that the ball is landing square on the net each time it is batted in that direction, or they will lose points.

The final way to score a point is if the ball double bounces or rolls off the center net. Once again, the returning team does not have a fair shot at a return if the ball bounces multiple times or rolls across the net because of the ball’s lack of momentum. There needs to be enough momentum for the opposing team to return a volley with their own volley, or there is not an equal opportunity for a point to be earned.

Fouls and Violations

There are several fouls and violations that exist, and if these infractions occur, the opposing team gains a point. Most of these infractions deal with serving. The server must serve the ball at least six feet from the set, allow the ball to travel four inches before striking, and maintain their pivot foot while in the serve. These rules exist so that a server can not serve the ball with too much or too little velocity for the opposing team to return the serve. If a server were allowed to jump off the ground, they could generate enough velocity to make a return difficult for the opposing team. Conversely, if the server were allowed to stand as close as possible to the net, they could spike the ball softly enough to make a return unlikely for the opposing team.

According to the rules, the first team to serve is determined by a coin toss or a game of rock, paper, scissors. The team that wins each point then serves to start the next rally, and teams are allowed to serve as long as they can until they do not earn a point. Similar to tennis, the server has two attempts at a successful serve. If the first serve is a fault because it does not cleanly hit the net or hits the ground, the server gets one more opportunity before the opposing team earns a point. The receiving team can call a fault if they feel that a serve has bounced too high to be played cleanly. For instance, if the server serves a ball that bounces too high, someone on the receiving team must yell, “Let” before anyone touches it. The rules also state that only the defensive player opposite of the server is allowed to receive the serve.

When The Game Ends

There is no clock in spikeball, so the end of the game is determined by the number of points the winning team has earned. Typically, the first team to 21 points wins, although some tournaments have the game end when the winning team has earned 11 or 15 points. In this setup, a team can only earn one point at a time, and there is no possibility of earning multiple points during a rally. Also, the official rules state that the winning team must win by two or more points in order for the game to end. For example, if a game is tied at 20, the next team to score a point does not automatically win even though they have reached the 21-point mark. If the same team gets the next point after that, they win the game 22-20 since they have reached the 21-point mark and won by two points or more. Games can go as long as needed until a clear winner is decided.


How do you score a point in spikeball?

There are several different ways to score points in spikeball, but the main objective is to keep the ball away from the other team within the boundaries of the rules. The three ways that points are earned include if the ball hits the ground or is tapped more than three times by one team, bounces on the rim of the net, or bounces multiple times on the net.

How many points do you need to win?

In most spikeball games, the game ends when the winning team has 21 points, although there are also leagues and tournaments that play first to 11 points or first to 15 points. In each case, the winning team must win by two or more points, and the game continues if one team reaches the targeted point count but is only winning by one point.

How many faults does a server get before his team loses points?

Similar to tennis and volleyball, the server is allowed one fault before their team loses a point. Faults can occur in many different ways, but the most common fault is that a server hits the outer rim of the net on his serve. Receivers can also call fault if they believe that the serve is unplayable because it bounced too high to be cleanly played by the receiving team.