If you have seen four guys jumping and diving around a tiny trampoline in the past couple of weeks, they are not crazy, they are practicing for the upcoming spikeball tournament. You might be asking yourself, “What is spikeball?” It is a game created by a couple of college guys from Chicago which has gaining enough popularity throughout the United States.
The game consists of two teams of two people, and the easiest way to explain it is that it is a cross between volleyball and four-square. One team serves by bouncing a ball off the net, with the goal being that that the ball hits the ground before the other team can bounce it back off the net. You and your partner have up to three hits before you have to bounce it off the net again, much like volleyball, and you can only gain a point if your team served. The game is finished when a team reaches 21 points.
A Spikeball tournament will take place at TFC on Saturday, October 26th, and will start at 1 p.m. on the intramural field. It is being headed up by Intramural Athletic Director Johnny Miller, who is very excited to implement this new sport into the intramural program. The tournament will be in a double elimination format, with matches being played best two out of three, so there will be plenty of games for everyone to play.
The tournament on Saturday offers prizes that will be awarded to tournament victors. Miller contacted one of the founders of Spikeball through their website, and when they found out TFC was hosting a tournament they gave the school three free Spikeball sets, a value of $150. The winning team will get two of the sets, one for each player, and the third set will be raffled off in a random drawing. The team who comes in second place will be receiving Chick-Fil-A coupons.
There are currently 14 teams signed up for the tournament on Saturday, and registration is going to be open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday. Anyone can sign up, as the event is going to be coed, and it is completely free of charge. You can register online through the schools intramural website, www.imleagues.com, or through the Facebook page, TFC Intramural Spikeball Tournament.
Whether you are a hardcore Spikeball player, enjoy hanging out with your friends, or simply do not have anything to do this weekend, go online and get registered, because the tournament is sure to be a great time!