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Net and wall games are
court A court is any person or institution, often as a government institution, with the authority to Adjudication, adjudicate legal disputes between Party (law), parties and carry out the administration of justice in Civil law (common law), civil, C ...
games where either a net separates the opponents or a
wall A wall is a structure and a surface that defines an area; carries a load; provides security Security is protection from, or resilience against, potential harm (or other unwanted Coercion, coercive change) caused by others, by restraining th ...
serves to reflect the ball to the opponent. The object of these games is to hit the ball or
bird Birds are a group of warm-blooded vertebrates constituting the class (biology), class Aves (), characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the Oviparity, laying of Eggshell, hard-shelled eggs, a high Metabolism, metabolic rate, a fou ...
over the net or against the wall back to the opponent. Play typically begins with one side ''serving'' the ball/bird by initially tossing or releasing it and then hitting it over the net. This then starts a ''rally'', in which the sides alternate hitting the ball/bird over the net. Players then score points whenever the opponent fails to return the ball/bird back over the net. The criteria on what is considered a valid return varies between each sport (such as the number of times the ball may be touched or bounced on a player's side before it must go back over the net). Net and wall games usually include: * racquet sports such as
tennis Tennis is a List of racket sports, racket sport that is played either individually against a single opponent (singles (tennis), singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles (tennis), doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket th ...
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badminton Badminton is a racquet sport played using racket (sports equipment), racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net (device), net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" (with one player per s ...
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pickleball Pickleball is an indoor or outdoor list of racket sports, racket/paddle sport where two players (singles), or four players (doubles), hit a perforated hollow polymer ball over a net using solid-faced paddles. Opponents on either side of the net ...
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table tennis Table tennis, also known as ping-pong and whiff-whaff, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball, also known as the ping-pong ball, back and forth across a table using small solid rackets. It takes place on a hard table div ...
, squash, racquetball. *
volleyball Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summe ...
, footvolley, Jokgu, headis, roundnet or sepak takraw, where players must hit the ball with body. Although
basketball Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball (approximately in diameter) through the defender' ...
, hockey,
water polo Water polo is a competitive sport, competitive team sport played in water between two teams of seven players each. The game consists of four quarters in which the teams attempt to score goals by throwing the water polo ball, ball into the oppo ...
,
Football Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, Kick (football), kicking a Football (ball), ball to score a Goal (sport), goal. Unqualified, Football (word), the word ''football'' normally means the form of football tha ...
and other sports have netting around the
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area designed to more clearly indicate when goals are scored, they are not usually considered "net games", since the net is not used to separate the teams involved, Similarly,
lacrosse stick A lacrosse stick or crosse is used to play the sport of lacrosse. Players use the lacrosse stick to handle the lacrosse ball, ball and to strike or "check" opposing players' sticks, causing them to drop the ball. The head of a lacrosse stick is rou ...
s have a loose netting that is used to catch and fling the ball, but again
lacrosse Lacrosse is a team sport played with a lacrosse stick and a lacrosse ball. It is the oldest organized Sports in North America, sport in North America, with its origins with the Indigenous_peoples_of_the_Americas#North_America, indigenous peop ...
is not usually considered a "net game". The Los Angeles Daily Times reports: "Net sports are unique in that the equipment is light, portable and affordable, and partners and opponents are easy to find. The sports are easy to learn, and the social aspect of the game appeals to those who find the health club to be an isolationist palace of mirrors." The three most popular net and wall games (tennis, badminton, and volleyball) usually involve arching of the
back The human back, also called the dorsum, is the large Posterior (anatomy), posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck. It is the surface anatomy, surface of the body opposite from the chest and t ...
when serving or spiking/ smashing the ball or bird.


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