The requirements for playing Johnball are:


“As long as you use any foam or plastic bat, you’ll be fine. (Obviously, you’ll want to steer clear of all metallic and wooden bats.) These can be picked up at a variety of stores, but it’s highly suggested that you first check out whatever thrift stores you have around, as they often seem to have Johnball bats in stock for super duper cheap.”


The sport of Johnball uses  large, rubber balls. These are the kind that can be found in a variety of stores, usually caged in the toy section. Historically, Target, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart have all carried johnballs. Unfortunately, most stores are only seasonal with their stock (However, it’s worth noting that K-Mart seems to carry them year-round.)

Which, when properly combined in the Johnball manner, lead to:


Also known as “dodgeball with bats,” Johnball embodies the kind of sport that I have spent my career teaching and sharing whenever with whomever wherever: easy to learn, accessible to the myriads, deeply playworthy, significantly playful.

Vast and many are the ways to play Johnball.

According to leading experts, there are at least 17 billion different ways to play Johnball. While you’ll always be using a bat to hit balls at your opponents, there’s limitless and undying variety in the game’s setup– both for individual and team play. These varying setups are called Gametypes. Everyone has their favorite gametype, and it’s a lot of fun to try them all out.

The great thing about these gametypes is that no rule nor guideline is set in stone; you and your buds can change things up however you’d like.

And then there’s floofing:
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  1. Ced on April 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Johnball, eh? Never heard of it. Watched some videos on YouTube though and it looks like a lively romp!

    Thanks for the post!

    • Andrew Petz on October 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I’m glad you think it looks neat, cause it really is! If you’re ever in an area where Johnball is played (think the Twin Cities, Midwest Wisconsin, etc.) let us know and we’ll be more than happy to have you!

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