Faceball Rules, History, Tips & Equipment

A history of Faceball, how to play, tips for improvement & necessary equipment

Faceball Overview

At the most basic level Faceball is a game where two people throw a beach ball at each others faces. According to the founders at a deeper level Faceball is "a vehicle for the release of personal animosity, and shaming of the weak."

Faceball History

Faceball was first made popular in March 2007 by John Allspaw and Dunstan Orchard while they were working at the San Francisco, California offices of Flickr.

Faceball Rules

Faceball is a two-player game generally played in the office setting. Two players sit ten feet apart and take turns throwing a beach ball at their opponents face. Each hit to the face earns the player who threw the ball a point and a chance to throw again. When a player misses, it is his opponents turn to shoot. The player with the most points after five rounds wins. Games that are tied after five rounds are decided by a shoot out. In the event of a shootout each player has one chance to throw and hit their opponents face. If both players hit each other they shoot again. If both players miss they also shoot again. The game is over when one player hits and the other misses. The player who hits is declared the winner.

Only clean hits to the face count as a score. Glancing blows and hair whiffs do not count.

Faceball Tips

Players should not use heavy or hard balls that could injure themselves or others. Players should not play near anything breakable. All players should remove glasses and hats before playing. There is no dodging or ducking. Players must keep their heads as still as possible. When throwing, a player cannot lean forward, and must keep his bottom near the back of the chair.

Faceball players are encouraged to post pictures of their games on Flickr. Players should tag them "faceball" and submit them to the Faceball Group for maximum exposure.

Faceball Equipment

To play faceball you need two chairs, at least one beach ball, a pen and paper for scoring, and an instrument to measure the allotted ten feet that makes up the field.

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