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A Playing wallbal.
Playing wallball.
A Modern Spaldeen.
Modern Spaldeen.

Wallball is a type of school yard game similar to butts up, aces-kings-queens, American handball and Chinese handball. The sport was played by a few schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, then began gaining much popularity, resulting in a popular world wide sport. Wallball is now played globally with the international federation, Wall Ball International, promoting the game.[1] The game requires the ball to be hit to the floor before hitting the wall, but in other respects is similar to squash. It can be played as a singles, doubles or elimination game.

Wallball is derived from many New York City street games played by young people, often involving the Spalding hi-bounce balls created in 1949.

How to play[edit]

Players gather around a wall, and a player serves the ball. The server is the person who found the ball, or the winner of the previous wallball game. The ball must hit the wall. It can be returned by any other player that is not the person that previously hit it either before it bounces, or after no more than one bounce. If the ball bounces two times or more, the nearest player (excluding its previous shot player) is out. If a player hits the ball and it bounces two or more times before hitting the wall, the player is out.[2] The Player can only hit the ball once. If playing with a soccer/Football they have to hit it wherever it lies if against a fence rock or even round the wall, the player whose turn it is has to bounce it off an object but if another person hits it after someone hits the ball their opponent wins.


The objective of wallball is to eliminate all other players in order to be the last player standing, or to be the starter of the game continuously (if the game is endless).

Alternative rules[edit]

Players stand a few feet away from the wall. They may only get three outs (no outs if you want the game to be endless). A player servers the ball by throwing directly at the wall. The ball then should return to another player. It is not an out if you get the ball again but is considered unfair if you intended to get the ball back. If the ball bounces first, it is an out. If you drop the ball or the ball hits you, you will have to get to the wall before someone else throws the ball and hits the wall or you will get an out. If you get the ball that is out-of-bounds, players are permitted to shout "challenge!" During challenges, you have to throw the ball from the same place where you picked up the ball. You may only take tiny steps then throw or move backwards. If you move anywhere else, you will get an out.

Wallball language[edit]

  • Baby – a small, hard to get shot
  • Bad Serve – an incorrect serve
  • Black Magic – placing one's hands in front of the ball, but not hitting it, when opponent's turn
  • Crossy – a shot played across the wall to make the opposition run for the ball
  • Double Bounce – ball bounces more than once before hitting the wall (this is out)
  • Drop Shot – hitting the ball with an angle that makes the ball skim the wall
  • High Wire – a big hit
  • Holdy – when someone holds on to the ball rather than slapping/hitting it (holds is out)
  • (Hyper) Skimmer – a low, fast-moving ball, a hyper, or super, skimmer goes exceedingly fast and low, and can only be performed by talented players (may be known as something else, like slicey or snake)
  • Interference – when the ball hits an outside object or hits a player directly after being hit by another player (before hitting the wall)
  • On the full – hits the wall on the full (this is out)
  • Rainbow – Player can call "Rainbow" and must go under the ball without touching the ball successfully.
  • Shotgun – a hard hit that directly hits the wall, rather than bouncing once; typically followed by the elimination of the player who shot that ball (may be known as something else, such as bullet)
  • Skid – The ball returns in a faster pace due to wet contact.
  • Time Out – stopping the game right in the middle of it (Player must call Time in to play again)
  • Traps – where the ball hits directly on the join between the wall and ground (this can be played on or replayed) (also known as "Pops", "Gutter" or "Poppy's")
  • Trap bounce – where the ball traps after bouncing once (this is out)
  • Type Writer – hitting the ball at the wall, then continually hitting the ball without it touching the floor until the hitter sees fit to let the ball rotate to the next player by hitting the ball against the wall one last time with force. Type Writer should not exceed 5 seconds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wall Ball International Webpage". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Official Rule Book of Wall Ball International". Wall Ball International. Retrieved 1 October 2013.