By Indykids Staff

Boxball is like a small version of tennis or ping-pong played on the sidewalk. All you need is a rubber ball and two sidewalk squares. Each player defends his square. The lines around the concrete define the court, and the seam between the two squares is the imaginary net.

The ball is slapped back and forth between boxes with an open palm. Smack the ball into your opponent’s box; he or she returns it back to yours after one bounce or on the fly. If you step into the playing court, fail to return a shot, or if your return shot’s first bounce lands out of your opponent’s box, you lose the volley. Depending on the neighborhood, the player who wins the volley serves, and the serve switches to the other player after every five points. In some games, only the server wins a point; others say that either player can win any point. Twenty-one is usually the winning score, but you have to win by two points.

Boxball is a quick, fun game made more exciting with spins, slams and shots in the corners of your opponent’s square. Try it on your sidewalk!

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