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How To Play Four Square

Four Square is a great game you can play almost anywhere. Popular during recess, Four Square has been enjoyed for generations.


  • Step 1: Call a fault if the server misses their intended box or delivers a serve that is not returnable. Both the server and receiver are allowed only one fault.
  • TIP: If the ball hits your square you are allowed to move anywhere in order to return it to another square. However, interference can be called if you get in the way of another player's return.
  • TIP: Score points for a player's duration in square four. Keep a score tally for each player with chalk.
  • Step 2: Customize the rules of the game to fit the preferences of the players. Part of the fun of four square is all the different kinds of hits and returns you can come up with and allow in game play, so be creative and have a good time.
  • FACT: Each winter the Four Square World Championship is held in Bridgton, Maine, and serves as a fundraiser for the work done on the lakes in the region.
  • Step 3: Move up to a higher square when a player in a higher square than you gets out. The player who gets out moves to square one or leaves the game, allowing a new player to take over square one, and the other players to move up one square.
  • TIP: The outside lines that form the large square are considered "in."
  • Step 4: Know the object of the game. The goal is to move from square one to square four by getting the players in higher squares out.
  • Step 5: Serve the ball from square four to square one. Do this by bouncing the ball in front of you, and then hitting it with one or both hands into square one.
  • TIP: Legal hits can be made anywhere on the arm, from the elbow to the fingertips, with an open or closed fist, but the ball must change its trajectory to count as a legal hit.
  • Step 6: Get a player out by causing the ball to bounce twice after landing in their square. Players are out if their ball hits an inside line or bounces outside the square.
  • Step 7: Find an open space on a hard surface to set up your court. The court is a 16-foot by 16-foot square, with four numbered 8-foot squares within; which you can make with chalk, paint, or tape.

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