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by Charlotte Jain (follow)
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Four square is a ball game played on a square court divided into a further four smaller squares, where players can bounce off against their friends!

What you need:

A ball (a tennis ball or a larger ball for an easier game)
4 or more players (or 2 players if each takes one half of the court)
Pavement chalk

The game:

On a square court divided into four quarters, stand one player in each quarter and number each of the quarters 1-4. Use a predrawn court in a playground, or draw your own using pavement chalk.


The player in square 1 starts with the ball and bounces it to another player and so on. Each time the ball must bounce only once in the player's own square before that player can bounce the ball to another player.



The aim of the game is to bounce a ball between players until a player misses the ball or lets it bounce too many times. That player is then out and leaves their square to move to the end (either the bottom ranked square or the end of the line of waiting players). The other players move up to fill the vacated square.


As an added bonus, the player in square 1 can choose additional rules to play, which can then be altered when another player takes square 1. Any player who strays from the assigned rules or is unable to fulfil the rules during their turn is out, and moves to the lowest ranked square or end of the line. Extra rules can be anything that players can think of, really, and an add an additional fun element to the game!


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