The game is played with an air filled rubber ball like those used in kickball. The game is played to eleven points. It is not win by two.
As in soccer, you can not use your hands and arms during normal play. You may use any other part of your body.
To serve, stand anywhere behind the service line. You may have one foot in bounds. Announce the score then bounce the ball in bounds before you and kick the ball over the net to the other side. A serve is good if it lands in-bounds without hitting anything or is returned before landing. As in tennis, a “let” is rewarded if the net is struck but ball goes in.
As in tennis, play goes back and forth across the net until one side fails to return the ball fairly. The ball may bounce twice on the ground. On the third bounce the ball is dead. There is no limit to the number of times you may hit the ball.
Only the serving team scores points. If the recieving team wins the volley they are awarded the serve.
During play, if the ball hits any part of basketball goal (including the wood post that goes to the ground) the bounces are reset and may bounce two more times.
If you hit the ball into the basket… First time in a game- You win the volley and the other team goes back to zero in points. 2nd time- You win the volley and are awarded 3 points (or 5 points if you make it from out of bounds). 3rd time- You win!
If the second bounce lands out of bounds you may yell “Osky!” and catch the ball before the third bounce. You then have three seconds (measured by the other team chanting 1 Osky, 2 Osky, 3 Osky errrrg) to make it in the basket from there. If you make it, you win the volley. If you miss but hit any part of the basketball goal you again reset the bounces. So, an Osky hitting the backboard and going into the other sides court is a valid play. You may not take more than two steps after catching the ball.
Instead of making a basket on an Osky, you may also hit the punching bag with the ball.
The Pickle- The serving team may call “Pickle” before returning the ball. The ball must land in bounds and a member of the serving team attempts to reach the Base before either being hit by the ball or the other reaches the base with the ball. (Like in Kickball.) 3 points are awarded a successful Pickle and 3 points are taken away for an unsuccessful one.
Behind the serving team is a goal, we use our picnic table. If a shot from the recieving team goes through the goal the serving team loses a point, even if it wasn’t a point winning shot, i.e. the ball doesn’t land in bounds.