10 minutes or more
To develop eye-hand coordination and teamwork
Before You Start
- Review standard rules of 4-square as well as any variations used at your school
- Two students are in each “square” (either half of a standard court or the entire square if playing with two courts)
- Decide which team will serve
Set up a standard 4-square area (see 4-Square page); or the game also works well with two 4-square courts spaced about five feet apart (draw with chalk if needed).
How to Play
- Standard rules of 4-square apply, along with all of the ways play can be stopped:
- If the ball bounces twice in a team’s square
- If a student hits the ball out of bounds or into their own square
- If a student does not allow the ball to bounce before returning it
- The variation for Team 2-Square is that teams must take turns hitting the ball, alternating back and forth between each student. If one student serves the ball and it is returned, the other student on their team must hit it back. If one student hits the ball twice in a row, their team must go to the end of the line.
- If playing with two full courts, the space between the courts will be considered out.
- Add more courts/squares to play team 3-square or team 4-square
- Add more players to each team