SHIFT Happens to host a new tournament Saturday

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship
SHIFT Happens members Emma Stroner, Adalie Peterson, Livia Taylor and Erin Bailey demonstrate the finer points of spikeball. The group will be hosting a spikeball tournament on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s kind of like volleyball and four square blended, but with a cornhole/bags scoring system.”

That’s spikeball, according to Tiffany Larson, Bee Inspired CAPP Program Coordinator who oversees SHIFT Happens. “It’s a trifecta of fun,” she said.

Community members will have a chance to try their hand at spikeball in an end of summer bash, hosted by SHIFT (Students Helping Impact Future Teens) Happens.

The event is set for this Saturday, Aug. 10 at Nokomis Park in the Middleton Sports Complext, 700 East St., Webster City. They’ll set up the games on the sand volleyball lot.

The game is played by two teams of two players each. The object is to hit the ball off of the net in such a way that the opposing team can’t successfully return it. The team has up to three touches with the ball to return it onto the net. The rally then continues until a team is unable to legally return the ball.

Organizers said they would have beginner-level rules and information on hand at the registration table.

Youths, 7th graders and older, and adults can enter teams. Teams can consist of all youths, a youth and an adult or two adults. Teams can be any combination of ages and genders, Larson said. All of the players will compete in the same bracket.

Signup for the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Aug. 10, with play expected to begin at 1:30 p.m. There is no entry fee and free will donations will be accepted. Funds collected through the free will donation bucket will go toward future programming, projects, events and activities sponsored by SHIFT Happens.

For more information, contact Larson at tlarson@co.wright.ia.us or (515)835-1836.