How to Play Line

Not only is this game amazingly fun, it is excellent fitness training, providing exercise in the areas of power, speed, coordination and reaction time. It started from a combination of tennis, volleyball and soccer, but quickly took on a life of its own.


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    Get a medium-sized ball that isn't too heavy and bounces fairly well. The best ball for this is a well inflated soccer ball.
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    Find a large, open area to play in. It should be somewhere with lots of flat ground that allows the ball to bounce well.
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    Find or draw a line stretching from one side of the playing area to the other.
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    Have one (or two) player(s) stand on each side of the line.
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    The team that is facing the sun always serves first. You can serve by throwing or kicking (or bowling- see tips) the ball to the other side.
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    The ball must either go in the general direction of your opponent, or high enough that they can get to it before the second bounce.
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    When you return a serve, you are allowed one bounce to get the ball to the other side. You can touch it as many times as you want, but you can't use the same body part more than once. For example, you can tap it up with your hands, hit it with your head and then kick it across, but you cannot hit it with your hands twice.
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    The ball is hit back and forth until someone messes up, either by letting it bounce more than once or by not getting it over the line. When this happens, the opposing player gets a point and it is now their serve. If it bounces on the line, is hit to low for the opponent to get to, or if an object is in the way, you play it and no point is scored.
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    Games are usually played to 15 points, 30 points or 50 points, but can vary depending on player preference.


  • If a serve is a bowl, this means that you roll it on the ground like you were bowling. The returner must kick it like in kickball. If it doesn't go high enough in the air, it is a point for the server.
  • Other rules:
  • A ball can be kicked off of the ground on the second bounce, but it can't be kicked after two whole bounces.
  • If a ball that would otherwise be considered low is returned and the other player messes up, it counts as two points instead of one.
  • When playing doubles, badminton serving rules are used. The first team to serve only serves once. After they mess up, the other team gets two serves (and chances to mess up,) one for each player. To understand this further, look up badminton serving rules.
  • Holding is not allowed, but you can stall, or balance the ball on your foot, shoulder or back.
  • Body parts that you can use include hands, elbows, shoulders, back, chest, knees/thighs, feet, and head. Wrists, calves and other body parts are considered as being the same as arms, legs etc.


  • There is no out of bounds in this game. Playing using boundary lines ruins the spirit of the game.

Things You'll Need

  • A soccer ball
  • A street, cul-de-sac or other dry playing area.
  • Two to four players.

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