Rainy days at cottages are the mothers of invention. This week’s Backyard Badge goes to Rob Shirkey for introducing me to the awesome game of Tri-Pong. A couple years ago, while visiting his cottage near Minden, Ontario, Rob taught us how to play this simple, yet exhausting version of ping pong.
A big difference from your average ping pong game is that the players are working together, not against each other. Another big difference is that the game is played with 3 players (as the name suggests), not 2 or 4.
Here’s how it works:
- To begin, two players stand on one end of the table, with the third player on the opposite end.
- One of the players on the side with two people serves as you would in a normal game of ping pong.
- The server then runs around to the other side of the table as the player receiving the serve hits it back and then runs to the other side, where the third player hits the ball back and runs around, and so on and so forth.
- What you’ll have is the players constantly running around the table in a circle as the ping pong is hit back and forth over the net.
In short, every time you hit the ping pong, you have to run to the other side of the table in time to return the next volley.
It makes for a wicked and dizzying workout (especially after a few beers). The goal is to see how many volleys your team of three can make before someone fails to return one. And then try to beat your personal best or challenge another team of three to beat your record.
A great twist on an old school game. Love it.
What unique variations of games have you invented or played?
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