How to Play

 

HOW TO PLAY SHAKABALL

The Basics: ShakaBall is played with four (4) players opposing one another, each player stands in a different slice on the Shaka Court. A player starts a point by serving the ball to an opponent who must protect their slice and avoid getting a BURN, which is a point against a player, while trying to “BURN” their opponent. When a player reaches seven (7) BURNS they are eliminated from the game, leaving the remaining players to continue. The last player standing is the WINNER!

The BURNS:

  • If a player hits the ball and it lands in the Shaka Circle, that player receives two (2) BURNS!
  • If the ball lands in a player’s slice, that player receives one (1) BURN.
  • If a player hits a ball and it lands outside the boundary of the court, that player receives one (1) BURN.
  • If a player hits the ball and it lands on a red or black strap, that player receives one (1) BURN.
  • If a player hits the ball downward (without an obvious upward trajectory), that player receives one (1) BURN. *
  • If a player double hits or taps the ball with their paddle more than once, that receives one (1) BURN.
  • If the ball hits a player’s body and drops to the ground, in or out of your slice, you receive one (1) BURN. If the ball hits your body you are still allowed to hit the ball with your paddle to play the ball fairly, as long as the paddle is the last thing to hit the ball.

If there is uncertainty about whether or not a ball was hit with an upward trajectory or was out of bounds, other players and/or observers may cast the deciding vote or the point can be replayed.

Serving & Playing

  • Serves must be above chest height.
  • After the serve, the ball can be hit at any height, as long as it is hit with an obvious upward trajectory. Drop shots, trick shots, and spin shots are encouraged, as long as they have an upward trajectory off the paddle.
  • After each point, the player who got BURNED/lost the previous point serves the ball.
  • After each point is played, the players shift clockwise to the next slice, so that players are rotating through every slice throughout the game.
  • Each player keeps track of their “BURNS” by calling out the number of BURNS they have before each point is started.
  • When a player reaches seven (7) BURNS, they are eliminated from the game.
  • When a player is eliminated the remaining players continue playing the game with the empty slice considered out of bounds.
  • When the last two (2) players remain, they play on opposite slices (facing each other with all other slices considered out of bounds) until the winner eliminates his opponent by at least two (2) points (i.e. the looser has at least two (2) more BURNS than the winner). In this case, if the game is close, players might exceed 7 BURNS.
  • The last player standing is the WINNER.
  • Most importantly, HAVE FUN & SHARE THE SHAKA LOVE!