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The History of Four Square 2

Posted on May 14, 2021 by Martin Banks

Are you looking for a pastime that challenges your speed, motor skills and coordination? With summer here, do you want something that won’t get you too sweaty? 

Why not play four square? Learn more about the history of this fascinating game and why you should add it to your playground repertoire today. 

What Is Four Square? 

Four square combines elements of tennis, volleyball and handball to test your coordination and reaction speed. You don’t need to invest in a racquet or a net, though. If you have a bouncy ball and a roll of tape or piece of chalk, you can play. 

You’ll need a group — but the beauty part of this game is that there are no winners or losers. When a player gets “out,” they merely go to the end of the line, but they get a second chance. Play continues until everyone decides they have had enough.

Credit: squarefour.org

Setting Up a Court at Home

This game is ideal for parents with little ones at home — you can set up a court right in your garage. You need as little as 10 feet per side, giving you plenty of room, even if you have a 1-car setup. If you lower the door, you won’t have to worry about the balls — or a wayward child — darting into the street.

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