An active sports game for junior youth and small groups

Also known as: Four Square, 4 Square

How To Play Handball

Materials Needed

four square court or chalk to mark one out
tennis ball

Setting Up

A standard foursquare area is one large square (3m x 3m) divided into four smaller squares (1.5m x 1.5m).
One player stands in each square. If there are more players, they can form a ordered line nearby, ready to step in for their turn.

Each square needs to be labelled in an order. These could be 1, 2, 3, 4 or A, B, C, D or King, Queen, Joker, Peasant.

Playing the Game

The game begins with the server hitting the ball, using any part of their hand, to bounce in their own square once and then another square. Once the ball lands in another square, the player in that square must "return the ball" by hitting it (using their hand) into another player's square. This continues until a player makes an error.

An error could be:
- allowing the ball to bounce in your square twice or more before you hit it back
- hitting the ball out of the court or on a line
- hitting the ball with any other part of your body except your hand
- catching or holding the ball

When a player makes an error, they are out and must return to the back of the line (or to the lowest square). Everyone else moves up a square and the player who is first in line (if applicable) can enter into the game in the lowest square.

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on 12 June 2020

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