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Understanding the Rules of WhirlyBall

Last updated 5 years ago

Throughout the history of sports, there are some that stand out as being the most influential and most beloved. These include hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and of course, bumper cars! But what if you didn’t have to choose just one? Now you don’t have to, thanks to WhirlyBall. This exciting game combines elements of all of these popular sports without requiring the athletic prowess of an Olympian. Before you can get out on the court, you will need to know the rules:

Groups are split into teams of five. Each team member gets his or her own WhirlyBug to drive around the enclosed basketball court. This amazing vehicle looks small and adorable, but if you give it some juice, you will instantly feel the power…as you travel at approximately four miles per hour! Each player also gets a scoop to help him or her grab, pass, and shoot the whiffle ball.

Once the game starts, players steer themselves around the court in search of the elusive whiffle ball. Players can use their scoop to pick up the whiffle ball and must then try to make their way over to the basket to make the shot. Players can also pass the whiffle ball to another teammate if they are unable to make a shot themselves.

If one team scores, the whiffle ball is given to the opposing team and the scoring team then goes on defense. Teams get points from scoring, but that isn’t the only way to win—penalty points are also rewarded throughout the game. If one team breaks or bends any of the WhirlyBall rules, the other team may be eligible to receive extra points. Penalty points may be rewarded after collisions with excessive speed, using hands or feet to propel the WhirlyBug, touching the whiffle ball, and goal tending.

Are you ready to dive into the “whirld” of WhirlyBall? You can learn more about our packages for private gatherings, bachelor parties, corporate events, and reunions by calling (773) 486-7777!


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