Four square is one of those kids games that everyone has probably played at least once.  If nothing else, most people who had gym as a kid were likely required to play it from time to time.

Four square is one of those games that is more of a basic concept for a game than it is a game with a solid rule set. The basic premise of the game is that you have a square subdivided into four smaller squares. Four people play the game, one in each square. You hit the ball into other people’s squares in an attempt to get them out. Generally being out is by the ball double-bouncing in your square, or if you hit the ball out-of-bounds; however, the “complete” rule set has many more ways to be called out though which of them are used varies from game to game.

These extended rule-sets determines what a foul is, and how many fouls a person can get before they’re called out. Such rules as what constitutes a “long-hit” (where you strike the ball and direct it with prolonged contact; considered a foul in most games), if you can kick the ball, which players are acceptable targets, and what a person with fouls can do to redeem the fouls. Beyond this, there are open-ended almost Mao-style rules that can make the game more interesting.  In this version, the person who won the previous round can introduce a new rule of play for the coming round.

Like dodgeball, four square has recently made an attempt to become a professional sport, but to less success due to the lack of a movie the promotes it as such.  Even so, every year a four square tournament is held in Maine to raise money for environmental work pertaining to Maine’s lakes.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?