Gutter Ball is a game
that is played in a swimming pool. Each player tries to
score on the other player by throwing a splash ball (or
sponge ball) into the opposing player's gutter. The first
person to get to 15 wins.
my local pool, the goals are determined by "No Diving" signs
and depth markers. No matter what you use to define your
goals, make sure they are clearly defined. The goals should
be about two feet wider than your wingspan (distance from
the tip of one hand to the tip of the other).
Also, it is best to play Gutter Ball
at a pool which has a gutter system that allows the ball to
hit the gutter wall and fall into the gutter. See the
And then, here are
If you get the
ball into the gutter, you get 1 point
The first person
to get 15 points wins
The ball counts as
a point if it enters the goal between the goal lines,
even if it rolls out of the goal. But, if the ball rolls
into the goal, it does not count. The ball must enter
the goal between the goal lines.
You can stop the
ball from entering the goal by catching it, hitting it,
stopping it with the body, or even kicking it with the
feet. You cannot pull the ball out of the gutter or
catch the ball while it is falling into the gutter.
If you throw the
ball into your own gutter, it counts as 1 point for the
You cannot be
farther than 3 feet away from your wall.
You cannot throw
the ball while out of the water.
For every 5 times
you throw the ball past the other player's goal (outside
the pool) you will give the other player one of your
If you want, you can
also play in teams of two. If this is the case, try and make
the goals about 3 feet wider than both wingspans added
together. Also, you should play to 20 points for the win.
Another things about doubles play is that one of the team
members can play in front of the other and try to stop the
ball. They cannot cross the half way mark nor can they throw
the ball from that far out, but the other team may have a
harder time making points.