Jeu de Paume – “Game of the Palm”

Jeu de pause (game of the palm) originated out of France as early as the 17th century. This game has also been known as real tennis and is known as the earliest version of tennis that was played indoors. The ball was different then the traditional yellow tennis ball that is used today:

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Have Questions About the Balls used in Games and Sporting Events?

Balls.com discusses the rules that govern balls used in many sports around the world. We provide an index of sports that require balls in order to play. For each of these sports, we have researched the rules that govern the size, shape, color, weight, constructions, markings, pressure and other characteristics of the balls. Many of the sports have governing bodies that set these rules – sometimes for very specific levels of play. For example, the basketballs used at the high school level are different than the basketballs used in the NBA. We try to provide information for different levels of play. Other sports are more relaxed and do not have separate rules for different levels of play. From our research, you will learn of balls used in sports played indoors, balls used in sports played outdoors and balls used in sports that can be played in both. Some of the sports are better known as recreational games, while others are viewed as competitive. Over time, we hope to expand our categories to include interesting facts about balls.

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Bossaball Kicks It Up A Notch

Bossaball is a fairly new international game that is a fun and unique twist on volleyball. There are 3 to 5 players on each team and they play on an inflatable court. Each side of the court has a trampoline where one of the players stands inside to get extra bounce.  The players are also allowed to use any part i.e. hands, feet, or head.

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Four Square – Not Just for Kids

Four Square is a common playground game played mostly in grade school. Even though it is classically played in grade school,  this game has been picked up and played in tournaments that have spread world wide.

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Mini Golf – “Fore!”

Mini golf/put put is a common activity played by people of all ages, especially in the summer time. The common game is a variation of golf but with more obstacles and a shorter distance course.

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SPAGHETTIHOLE with Meatballs

Spaghettihole is a variation of cornhole. Like the traditional game of cornhole, this game can be played as singles or doubles. If playing singles, opponents stand by the side of one of the cornhole boards, facing the opposite cornhole board. Taking turns, each competitor tosses a bag until each has thrown all four. The game is played the same with doubles, except each team has one player at opposing boards.  Each player on one board takes turns tossing their bags at the opposing board until all bags have been tossed.  The same is done on the other side.

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Rugby is Going Underwater

mens water polo 6 men playing water polo with snorkeling gear regulated equipment for water polo

Underwater rugby rules and equipment are very different than regular rules for rugby. Safety is much more of a factor as well as how the ball would be able to stay underwater. The CMAS Under Water Rugby Rules were set in place to allow the ball to be played under the water.

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Taking Hockey To The Streets

Street hockey is a form of hockey that is traditionally played on the streets, or some form of asphalted surface (i.e. parking lot or tennis courts). There are organized leagues that play the sport, but you will most likely find this game played by children playing a game of pickup in your streets.

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Shinty

Shinty game with 3 men on blue team and 3 men on red team regulated equipment for shinty

A combination to field hockey, hurling, and bandy ball, this game is played mostly in Scotland. Shinty is known as a Scottish Gaelic team game that is played with sticks and a ball. The basic ball equipment for Shinty would be considered similar to an American baseball.

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