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Four square

Hit the ball to other squares and hold the first spot

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Needed: Ball

Type of game: Active (Outdoor)

Country of origin: Canada


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Other name(s): King

The setup

1) You need a four square drawn on the ground.

If you don’t have one, you can make your own: Find any hard surface outside and draw a 4 meters side square on the ground using a chalk, pebble or even tape. Then divide the square into four smaller and equal-size squares. Each of the four squares have a number from 1 to 4. The squares 1 and 4 are positioned diagonally across each others.

2) Four players stand into any of the four squares. If there is other players, they must wait on the side.

How to play

1) To start the game, the player in square 4 serves the ball by bouncing it in his square once and then hitting it towards square 1.

2) The player receiving the ball then hits it to any other player in one of the other squares. The ball must bounce in another player’s square, and they must hit it to another player before it bounces a second time.

If he wants, a player may hit the ball before it bounces.

3) A player is eliminated if:

  • He hits the ball and it misses another player’s square
  • He fails to hit the ball before the second bounce after it has landed in their square
  • He touches the one of the middle lines when making the ball bounces

When a player is out, the other players move up to take his place and that player moves to the last square, or to the end of the line if there are more than four players.

How to win

The goal of the game is to move up to square 4 and hold the position.

Game variations
  • The top player can decide to add more rules to the game for extra fun.
  • If you are only two people, you can play the game on the same ‘square’ with two people and have each person responsible for two squares.
  • If you have eight or more players, you can have two players for each square. Each time a player hits the ball to another square, he has to go out of the court and his partner has to come in. The two players have to keep switching each time the ball is hit towards their square.