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CROSSNET Review – Beach Volleyball with an Addictive Twist

CROSSNET Review

(The Newest Beach Game On The Block)

In this review we’re going to be looking at one of the hottest new games for the beach – CROSSNET!

The game itself is very unique compared to the current choices for your sports related fun at the beach in a clever way. It’s catchy.

CROSSNET is the perfect way to have fun with a group of people on the beach. The sports junkie in you wants a little volleyball, but the adventurous side in you wants a little twist.

If you’ve been looking for a new game, but haven’t found the right one yet we have you covered with this one.

What is CROSSNET?

CROSSNET is a perfect combination of beach volleyball and four square.

Just like the concept of four square, but instead of playing on the ground you’re playing on an elevated height with a net as a requirement to get the ball over.

Unlike volleyball which is a team oriented sport (and requires a lot more people) – CROSSNET requires only 4 people, has a lot faster gameplay and is a lot more portable than a beach volleyball set.

A CROSSNET set takes up less room and draws a lot of attention to the gameplay compared to other beach games. You may find strangers walking up watching you and your friends playing CROSSNET and want to play. The best part is you can easily add as many people to the game as you want! It makes it more competitive and leaves the hassle of dividing teams into 2 equal parts like volleyball requires.

All they have to do is wait their turn behind the 1st square!

PROS
  • Competitive Gameplay & Easy Rules
  • Any Age Group Can Play
  • High Quality Equipment
  • Super Portable
  • Beach Friendly 🙂
CONS
  • Indoor Version Not Available (This Is In The Works Though)

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If you’ve played 4 square before you’ll pick up the rules of CROSSNET quickly.

If you haven’t – that isn’t a problem as four square has a simple yet addicting game play style.

Four square works by taping off a giant 16 foot square which is subdivided into 4 smaller squares.

Crossnet Four Square Beach Volleyball

Players bounce the ball into an opponent’s square (without the ball touching one of the inside boundaries, and without going outside of the giant outside boundary).

If the opponent is unable to return the ball to the person who hit the ball, or another opponent then they are out.

At that time the person goes to the back of the line (assuming there are more than 4 people), and the existing and new players fill in to fill all 4 squares.

If you only have 4 players then the person who is out goes square 1.

CROSSNET works in a similar fashion, but instead of bouncing a ball on the ground you are hitting a volleyball over a net.

If you haven’t tried already – it’s difficult to bounce a ball off of sand so this game helps that issue out 😊

The Objective of CROSSNET

The objective of CROSSNET is to get to the 4th square and score 11 points.

Points can ONLY be scored from the 4th square (Hot Seat, Hot Square, Last Square, King’s Square – all of these are good variations of what you can call the 4th square).

You can look at this game as ‘Let’s game up on _____ volleyball’.

One of the most drawing aspects to this style of gameplay is whoever you’re ganging up on for 1 round of gameplay can switch by the time the next point is scored.

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There’s 2 ways you can play this from our perspective depending on how competitive / what type of players are part of your game.

  • You only count consecutive points for each player from the 4th square. Meaning – if a player is in the 4th square and gets to 10 points, and gets knocked out they lose ALL of their points.
  • You count ALL points, regardless if they were consecutively scored or not. Meaning you can be in the 4th square and score 10 points, get knocked out, and still hold 10 points so the next time you get back to the 4th square you only have to score 1 point to win the entire match.

CROSSNET Game Play

The actual rules of four square can vary in many ways. You may notice that not all 4 square rules transfer over to CROSSNET depending on where you’ve played, who you have played with, if you have played by official rules etc.

The great part about CROSSNET is there is 1 defined set of rules because this is a patented game.

If you see another volleyball net with 4 squares that looks like CROSSNET it’s not the real deal.

Other products like Kanjam & Spikeball have many knockoff brands that are low quality products.

Sometimes it’s okay to go with off brand equipment, but we don’t recommend that with those.

You can check out our review of Spikeball here.

You can check out our review of Kanjam here.

Crossnet Gameplay

Start a CROSSNET Game by having the player in the 4th square serve the ball over the net to the player in square 2.

The player in square 2 can either return the ball to the 4th square player or they can hit the ball over to the players in either square 1 or 3.

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Because the objective of the game is to get to 11 points from the 4th square. The objective of your game play if you’re NOT in the 4th square should be to make ALL of your hits go to the 4th square. The more work you make the 4th square player do the more likely it is they get knocked off the hot seat.

One thing that’s important to mention. The 4th square player can get points from you not being able to return their hit, and also if another player is unable to return someone else’s hit (i.e. the 1st square player can’t return the 3rd square player’s hit – the points go to the 4th square player).

This is exactly why you should put all effort towards hitting it at the 4th square like we mentioned above.

There aren’t any rules as to technique. Use your face / head, hands, feet (although this may be a disadvantage), or even your butt (if you got a beach DONK).

You obviously can’t catch and throw the ball back over the net, and you can’t make contact with the ball on an opposing players side of the net.

Rules will vary on hitting the net based on who you’re playing with. If you’re playing with ex collegiate / professional volleyball players then the net is probably a ‘cannot touch whatsoever’ type of rule.

If you’re playing with your buddies and you’ve had a few beers you may not be as concerned with who touches the net and implement a “as long as you don’t drag your hand on the net bro” type of rule.

Whatever works.

Just remember to keep it fun & competitive because that’s the point.

Here’s some Do’s & Don’ts of CROSSNET below.

Do’s & Don’ts of Playing CROSSNET

DO
  • Serve from the 4th square to the 2nd square only.
  • Hit the ball once per player
  • Hit the ball in whatever means necessary to get the ball over the net
  • Keep the game flexible – allow walk ups to join the CROSSNET line behind square 1 🙂
DO NOT
  • Don’t reach over the net to contact the ball
  • Don’t get mad if you get knocked out. You can always work your way back to square 4. It’s an ongoing competition!

CROSSNET Equipment

Crossnet Equipment

It may seem like a lot of work when you look at the amount of pieces that you have to put together to actually to get to the point of actually playing the game, but it’s not.

Here’s a great video to get started:

INCLUDED IN A CROSSNET SET
  • 1 CROSSNET Net
  • 1 CROSSNET Volleyball
  • 12 Spring Fastener Poles
  • 4 Tension Strings
  • 12 Ground Pegs
  • 2 Inner Boundaries
  • 1 Outer Boundary
  • 1 CROSSNET Volleyball Pump

If you didn’t have time to sit through the video and reading is your thing. Here’s 5 really simple steps to get your CROSSNET game up and going!

1. Unpack All of the CROSSNET Equipment

It’s much easier to lay everything out and get a visual of what exactly you will be putting together – especially with the amount of equipment included in this game.

2. Put All the CROSSNET Poles Together

You’ll notice that you have 12 poles that you will be putting together. Out of the 12 poles there will be..

  • 4 of them that have a flat part that is meant to be on the ground (these are your bottom poles)
  • 4 of them that are just straight poles with metal push pins with NO silver rings (these are your middle poles)
  • 4 of them are poles WITH silver rings at the top (these are your top poles that connect to the CROSSNET net)

3. Slide the CROSSNET Net Over the Poles

Let’s start with 1 pole at a time. You’ll repeat this step for every pole.

Slide a CROSSNET net section (1/4 of the entire net that comes with the set) over the top part of the pole, and slide the silver ring through the slit in the net.

You want the silver ring exposed.

4. Stand Up the CROSSNET Poles & Stake the Tension Strings

Once you have the CROSSNET net slid over two of the poles you will want to stand them up!

Start by taking the net that is lengthier than the 2 shorter nets. It will look just like a regulation volleyball net.

Slide the ends over 1 pole each.

Once you’ve done that have someone hold the pole in the air while you attach the tension strings to the top part of the pole (to the silver ring), and from there put the stakes in the ground. You want to put each of the two stakes at 45 degrees from each pole.

And once you’ve staked down the lengthy net on both ends it’s time to move on to the 2nd and 3rd nets (which will make a total of 4 squares).

Zip one of the shorter nets to the center piece of the longer net and repeat the process of holding the pole while someone stakes the pole.

Repeat this process for the other short net to complete the net and stake part of the setup.

A Quick Tip On The CROSSNET Legs

One of the most important parts of setting up CROSSNET are the legs. You’ll notice that the end of the legs are flat and they are perfect for flat ground, but if you don’t have a completely flat surface then you’ll want to set it up on loosely packed dirt or sand.

This will not only make it easier on gameplay so you’re not jumping and landing on a hard surface every single jump, but this will also allow you to slightly bury the flat ends of the legs for extra stability and to keep them out of the way.

5. Setting Up the CROSSNET Boundaries

You’ll have 2 inner boundaries that come with the set, and 1 outer boundary.

Start with the inner boundaries.

Connect 1 of the inner boundaries down low where there is a ring, and then connect to the opposite pole.

Repeat this step for the other 2 poles.

For the outer boundary this was quite clever. Rather than having 4 separate boundaries that you connect it’s all connected with rings in the corners.

You’ve already used 8 ground stakes at this point, and you’ll notice that you have 4 left.

Use the remaining 4 for the corners of the outside boundary.

Make sure that the boundaries are taut and staked well to keep them low and off the playing surface.

CROSSNET Net

You can look back at the net to determine how good of a job you’ve done with setting up your new CROSSNET game. Does the net look straight, or does it slouch?

If the net is perfectly perpendicular with itself then the squares will most likely be close to if not perfectly square.

CROSSNET Carrying Bag

Crossnet Carrying Bag

One of the things we found helpful to do was to stake the carrying bag (through the carrying strap) in a corner somewhere. This way it won’t blow away in the wind or get misplaced once you breakdown the CROSSNET game.

CROSSNET Game Overall Summary

We were quite impressed with the quality of this new game.

All the equipment was sturdy and seems to be made with more than enough quality to not only last, but last many days in the sun as well.

The setup is pretty simple, and the game concept is a cool twist on a couple of classics that are fun for everyone.

This game is already taking off!

You can sign up here for CROSSNET tournaments in your area.

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