Wallball is a wall-based sport similar to that of squash in which a hi-bounce rubber ball has to be hit with the hand onto the wall after a single bounce. The sport originated in schools of San Francisco and New York, which later gained popularity and turned into a worldwide sport.
Though wallball can be played in singles and doubles format, the most popular form in which it is played is the elimination format.
In the elimination format, a group of players line up and each take one turn to strike the ball and move back to the end of the line. The player who is unable to hit the ball back onto the wall in a single bounce is considered out. The objective is to eliminate all other players and be the last one standing. There are four types of game play, regular, teams, line-up, and random. The random format is the most exciting in which all players are spread around the court, and the balls will be randomly returned by any player. Players are eliminated based on who misses a shot.
Wall Ball International is the governing body of the sport which conducts several international tournaments and works on promoting the sport.
- American Handball — players use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall.
- Fives — an English sport in which a ball is propelled against the walls in a specially designed court by using a bare or gloved hand.
- Chinese Handball — a form of American handball which is popular in the streets of NY, similar to Wallball.
- Gaelic Handball — a wall-based sport, played in Ireland, similar to squash though the ball is hit with the hand.
- Australian Handball — players use their hands to hit a ball against one or two walls. It's similar to squash, though played without a racquet.
- Squash — a racquet sport played by two or four players in a four-walled court with a small hollow rubber ball.