Tis the season for spiking balls. We really mean that.
Summer spike: Newcomer beach sport Spikeball is taking over the New England summer, both recreationally—on the sand, with friends—and at the competitive level.
Move over, quidditch. There’s a new, even weirder game in town. You see, volleyball and foursquare had too much tequila one night, and they created Spikeball. At least that’s how Spikeball CEO Chris Ruder sees things. It was he who revamped the game after playing it as a child. “After five to ten minutes you’ll be sweating your head off and getting a really good workout,” says Ruder. Who could resist that? Not David Portnoy of Barstool Sports, who posted pictures last summer during a game in Nantucket. The photos were so irresistible that the game became an instant hit in these parts. Ruder now calls Portnoy “the unofficial Nantucket god of Spikeball.” But onto the game. Two teams of two stand opposing each other around a circular, portable net. A point is scored when the server hits the yellow Spikeball off the net in a way that the opponent cannot return it. Interested? Check out the game this summer at Framingham State University on July 23 for the USA Spikeball Roundnet East Tour Series Grand Slam. “People are competing at this incredibly high level, but you’ll never hear anyone raise their voice,” Ruder says. “It’s a very communal, friendly atmosphere, and I’m very proud of it."