Spikeball was first introduced in 1989 by Jeff Knurek and his team. They partnered with the Japanese toy company Tomy, but the game didn't gain much traction and eventually went out of production .
In the early 2000s, Chris Ruder and his friends discovered the game while on a trip to Hawaii. They played spikeball and found it enjoyable, even with a beat-up set. This experience inspired Chris to bring the game back to life and turn it into a competitive sport .
Chris Ruder and his team revived spikeball and rebranded it as "round net" to avoid potential trademark issues and develop a unique name for the sport itself .
Spikeball gained popularity through word of mouth, especially among groups like PE teachers, ultimate players, Christian youth groups, and even the Amish and Mennonite communities .
Spikeball has grown significantly over the years, with tournaments and governing bodies established internationally, such as the International RoundNet Federation .
The game involves two teams of two players each, who try to hit the ball onto the net in a way that makes it difficult for the opposing team to return it. Points are scored when the opposing team fails to return the ball or commits a violation .
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