Take a classic sport like volleyball and add a childhood favorite like foursquare and out comes Spikeball.
Sonoma State University has just added a new sports club to its campus, brought to you by sophomore Gage Stout. This combination of activities combines volleyball as well as a circular net in which the ball is bounced off during the game.
The rules are simple. Four people play at one time; two teams of pairs. Team members stand next to each other so that they are across from an opponent.
Just like volleyball, each team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball and the object of the game is to hit the ball off the net so the opposing team cannot return it. Either team on each serve accumulates points.
“Once you really start picking up the game there’s a ton of creativity to it,” said Stout. “It’s really competitive and it’s all about outplaying and outthinking the other team.”
The sophomore native from Encinitas, has played Spikeball for just over a year. He was introduced by one of his friends and loved playing since he first started.
“My good friend and I loved playing it back home at the beach in San Diego,” said Stout. “We thought it would be a great idea for a club.”
And that’s what they did. While Spikeball is a new sport to some, there are over 125,000 people in the United States that consider themselves Spikeballers. This sports club is just starting out at SSU, but Stout and his friends are looking to expand it; showing people how to play and just having fun all around.
“We are hoping to host future tournaments that allow anyone to participate,” said Stout, “but other schools around the country also play. Chico is actually the best at it and my hopes are that we can get to play them in the near future.”
The club currently meets every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Commons. Everybody is welcome to stop by, play or just see what all the fuss is about. Meeting times may eventually change depending on what’s most convenient for the members.
More information on the sport of Spikeball as well as the club on campus can be found by visiting the Facebook page or the Facebook group, Sonoma State Spikeball Club or SSU Spikeball respectively. In addition, reach Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org.