The Spikeball tournament was held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the parking lots across from the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts.
Andrew Wilson, a sophomore studying business management, said the tournament had 11 teams participate. They were planning to do single elimination, but they changed the tournament to a round robin format after noticing all the teams that signed up to play.
The teams played the best of three games to 11 points and were ranked according to how well they did in the round robin.
After the round robin, the tournament went to a single elimination format.
Issac Smith, a senior studying math education, said he has been playing the sport for six months since Winter Semester 2015.
He said he participated in the tournament because Spikeball is an upbeat and interactive sport that allows him to play with his friends, be competitive and play against other players that are good at the sport.
Spikeball is played with a game ball that is 12 inches in circumference and a round net that the ball bounces off of, according to the official USA Spikeball rules.
The game is played to 21 points with the teams switching sides halfway through the match. The scoring is rally scoring, allowing either the offensive or defensive side to score, according to the USA official Spikeball rules.
Brandon Barnard, a freshman studying business management, said he was introduced to Spikeball through word of mouth in his hometown six to eight months ago and has been playing the sport ever since.
“A person cannot hit the ball with two hands,” Barnard said on the regulations of the game. “You’re only allowed to hit it when your team has possession, you’re only allowed three hits to hit it back onto the net. On serves, everyone but the returner must be 6 feet away from the net.”
He said Spikeball helps with cardio and hand-eye coordination because the ball is small and bounces around. As the ball bounces around, participants dive and run around attempting to hit the ball before it hits the ground.
Barnard said the players get into the game and get players moving around at a rapid pace. He said Spikeball does not have outlines or boundaries, and participants have to run and dive for the ball wherever it goes.
Derek Owen, a junior studying accounting, said he has played spikeball for a few weeks and learned to play from his friends in his hometown.
Owen said there are multiple ways to score in Spikeball. He said scoring occurs when a person hits the ball off the mat and it hits the ground or when the ball hits the rim, which gives the opposing team a point.
He plays Spikeball because it is a sport that forces players to move around and to communicate with each other.
He said communication is important because players need to communicate to keep the ball in play and to keep rallies going.
For more information on Spikeball, visit the official USA Spikeball website or the Activities Office across from the BYU-I Bookstore in the Manwaring Center.