A new hobby has spiked the interest of many students at RPS, spikeball. Spikeball is a sport in which a hula-hoop shaped spikeball net is placed between players. One of the players then starts by serving the ball down on the net so it ricochets at their opponent. Usually the game is played between four people, with teams of two.
Simply from walking from the quad to the dining commons to elf farm, one can see several students playing the game, thus giving the school an even stronger sense of community.
The club was founded in the fall of this year by Ikbal Ahluwalia’18. Ikbal obtained the idea to start the club after he played the game at a summer program. Through playing the game at his summer program, he made some great friends and wanted to bring that atmosphere to our community at Prep. His goal was “to have many people sharing one fun activity”. It is fair to say that his goal has been achieved.
Throughout the club’s lifetime so far, only one con to the club seems to have risen. Since all students, besides freshmen, are allowed to sign out of study hall, students can play spikeball during class periods.
While it is good that the students are getting fresh air during the school day, sometimes players can get very loud with their enthusiasm and shouts about the spikeball game can be heard from inside the classrooms of the upper school.
This may cause a disruption for ongoing classes, but teachers usually shout out of their respective windows for the students playing to quiet down, after which the players are very respectful of ongoing classes (for the most part).
The club has grown very fast, and is going very well. The entire club started as a simple demonstration during club fair and is now very often played among members in the upper school in all grades. There are several sets of spikeball nets available under the table in the Junior lounge and people seem to really enjoy it. Spike a ball if you get the chance!