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Wall Ball Game Rules

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MULTIPLE VARIATIONS OF WALL BALL

 

When I think of Wall ball game rules, I think of THIS VIDEO, which is really Hand ball, not to be mistaken with Team Hand Ball.  We had one 1 v 1 hand ball tournament in my high school my senior year and I won it lol!  By far I wasn’t the best athlete in the grade, but I loved this game. 

 

 

I will teach you a variety  of variations of wall ball and finish with rules of a real 1 v 1 hand ball game.  THIS VIDEO is more typical for what kids are playing today on the play ground.

 

STYLE 1 WALL BALL (LARGE GROUP)

 

Equipment: 6-12″ Kick ball

 

Grades: 2nd & up

 

  • I recommend no more than 10 players.  I’ve seen kids at recess playing with more than 10, but it takes away participation.

 

  • Catching is allowed in this style, in fact is required.

 

  • The ball is thrown up against the wall, not struck.

 

  • No catching or throwing pattern in this style.  Another words, any player can catch or throw the ball at any time.

 

  • Must be a direct throw to the wall.

 

  • Players must throw the ball from where it’s caught or picked up.

 

WAYS TO GET OUT

 

  • If a player throws the ball and it hit’s ground or another player before reaching the wall, the thrower must touch the wall with their hand, before another player hits the wall with the ball.  

 

  • If a ball is caught on a fly off the wall without it hitting the ground, the thrower must touch the wall, before the new catcher hits the wall with the ball.

 

  • When a player attempts to catch a ball off the wall, but they drop it.  Once again this player must touch the wall, before another player hits it with the ball.

 

  • STYLE 1 VARIATION: Instead of getting out with one mistake, players can play a game of out, horse, or wall ball.  Meaning they receive a letter for each mistake until they spell the word.  Great idea for younger players.

 

  • STYLE 1 VARIATION: Allow a bounce before the ball hits the wall.

 

STYLE 2 WALL BALL 

 

Equipment: 6-12″ kick ball

 

Grades: 3rd-6th

 

  • All of the same rules apply from style 1 except the following.

 

  • No more than 2-6 players.

 

  • There is a pattern.

 

  • If you’re playing  2 v 2 teammates must alternate shots.

 

  • If you’re playing with 3-6 players without teams, the pattern is as follows. Player 1 strikes the ball first, than player 2, player 3 and so on.  It must stay in order.  Nothing random.

 

  • STYLE 2 VARIATION: No catching allowed, but the ball may bounce once before it hits the wall.

 

STYLE 3 WALL BALL (AKA HAND BALL)

 

Equipment: 1 hand ball, racquetball or pinky ball (tennis ball not preferred but it will work)

 

Grades: 5th-12th

  • Only the server may earn a point.

 

  • The ball must land past the short line (service line) on a serve only.

 

  • Receiving player must be inside of the long line (base line) on the serve.

 

  • When playing with multiple players you can use a hash mark on the side out of bounds line to separate teammates to avoid crowding.  Another words, back and front players.

 

  • Option to let the ball bounce before it’s struck.  At this level it will usually hit ground before another player can get to it.

 

  • The ball can only bounce once.

 

  • Line can be in or out, depending on what is decided prior to the start of the game.

 

  • If we’re getting real serious, you can call obstruction if it appears a player is doing nothing to get out of the way.

 

TOURNAMENT ADVICE

 

  • Any time you can run a tournament at your camp or in your phys. ed. class you should jump at the chance.

 

  • Kids love tournaments!!! 

 

 

 

 

  • CLICK ON THE TOURNAMENT ABOVE TO GET TIPS FOR THE GAME & HOW TO RUN A TOURNAMENT.

 

  • HAVING TOURNAMENTS AT MY CAMP IS THE HIGH LIGHT OF THE DAY!

 

  • Post results on a white board or bulletin board daily and watch the kids crowd the board every morning to see the updates.

 

  • Another fantastic reason for running tournaments is to separate skill level.  As you match players that are playing well, you can match up players that are having less success so they can enjoy playing someone at their skill level.

 

I hope you enjoyed all the different styles of wall ball.  I’d love to hear from you with another version!  Please feel free to leave a comment or question below.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Clancy

    Love this article. I wish I read it a couple years back! During school holidays I would run fun exercise games for kids and had numbers. Wall ball was a game I forgot to show them! I was more of a handball player myself.Well written article and keep the content coming.

    • Mr. L.

      Thanks so much!  You just don’t see too much wall ball anymore, especially in the suburbs.  It’s an awesome game that kids should experience.  Thanks for the praise 🙂

      I teach team hand ball and wall ball (individual handball)  Which did you play?

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