MULTIPLE WAYS TO PLAY 4 SQUARES! 2 SQUARES, 4 SQUARES AND 6 SQUARES. VARIOUS RULE OPTIONS AND TOURNAMENT PLAY.
BENEFIT OF A 2 SQUARE TOURNAMENT
- After a few rounds kids will begin to get matched up with other kids having the same success or lack there of.
- Kids get to play a variety of different players.
- Each game is only about 5 minutes, so if a player is doing poorly it won’t last for long. Before they know it, they’ll move on to a new game.
- Since kids will be matched up by the success they’re having, higher skilled players will get challenged.
Equipment: 1 kick ball or 4 square ball per court, your choice of floor tape, shoe polish or liquid lines.
Using floor tape to construct 12 two square courts for a tournament of 24 players is very time consuming. I’ve used shoe polish for years and now they make LIQUID LINES which is designed for hardwood floors.
- Players on the outside of the court don’t rotate.
- Players on the inside of the court, rotate and take the ball with them.
- The rotating player serves first.
- Most of my games are to music. When the music stops the kids rotate or a whistle.
- The kids only need to keep track of their losses. They’ll keep each other honest.
- After a few games, start matching up players with one loss and none. This will automatically match up kids with two or more losses.
- As the tournament progresses more and more players will obtain more losses which will allow you to have quarters, semi’s and eventually finals.
- Don’t lose track of the kids that are having less success. Make sure you’re still matching up players with 1,2,3 or more losses.
- Let kids that are technically out of the tournament play someone new or anyone they choose.
CLICK HERE to check out a short video on two squares. I don’t recommend using cones for your courts, but its a good demonstration.
- Dimensions can vary to your preference, but my courts are 4ft X 10 ft with each box 5ft in length.
- Serve must be underhand.
- Ball must bounce once before serving.
- Must let ball bounce when receiving the ball.
- Players may stand inside or outside of their square, but on the serve the player serving must stand on the outside of the square. The ball may bounce in the square.
- Lines can be in or out, whatever your preference.
- Variation: Allow 2 or 3 bounces before hitting.
- 1st & 2nd Grade Variation: Allow catching before striking the ball. I would wait until 3rd grade before you attempt a tournament, but they can still play the game.
4 SQUARES (Old School Rules)
Equipment: 4 square ball & a court
- Serve must be hit underhand to box 2.
- Lines are out.
- After the serve the ball may be hit overhand or sideways.
- No holding or carrying the ball. No spuds.
- Snake eyes are allowed (looking one way and hitting another).
- Short hits.
- Players are allowed to stay in or out of their box.
- If your hit with a ball, you lose the serve.
- Object is to become the server.
- Note: Children love to make up their own rules and i guess that’s fine for recess, but it usually creates a lot of arguing and talking instead of playing. In old school the game moves fast, so out players get back in quickly.
- Option: Lines are in.
Equipment: 4 square ball & a court
- This game is played exactly like 4 squares, but with of course 6.
- I recommend waiting until 3rd grade to introduce this game.
- The kids will love it and it gets more players on the court.
PARTNER 4 SQUARES
Equipment: 4 Square ball & court
- Two players per square.
- Partners are allowed to pass and/or set to to each other for strikes/spikes.
I hope you can use this physical education game with your class or camp. I haven’t heard of anyone playing 6 squares. If you have a video you would like to share or a tip, I’d love to hear it.