Kin-Ball: The Game Designed for Building Teamwork

Have you ever heard of Kin-ball? Kin-ball is a modern sport that offers lots of fun. Learn more in our post!
Kin-Ball: The Game Designed for Building Teamwork

Last update: 09 May, 2019

Kin-ball is an awesome game that’s designed to build strong relationships and high levels of self-esteem and confidence as well. We’ll explain everything about Kin-ball in our post today!

In many sports, we see natural divides between team members that result from their differences. However, these divides rarely form in Kin-ball. In fact, it’s a sport that’s meant to exercise teamwork. Have you ever heard of it before?

Origins of Kin-ball

Kin-ball first began in 1986 thanks to a Canadian gym teacher who wanted to eliminate individualism and promote unity. The sport has spread to many countries including Spain, France, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Malaysia, China, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

The International Kin-Ball Federation boasts a network of around 3.8 million players. The Federation analyzes, debates and adjusts the rules and details of the game.

So, what’s it all about?

The game is simple, allowing anyone and everyone to play with no problem. It’s also dynamic, fun and easy-to-understand.

Kin-ball is played in an indoor court and requires a referee. In professional matches, there is a main and an assistant referee. The Kin-ball itself measures 1.22 meters in diameter and, because it’s so large, is the most characteristic element of this sport.

The ground rules for Kin-ball are the following:

  • For matches, there are three four-player, maximum eight-player, teams. A total of twelve players (four per team) play at a time and substitutes are allowed during matches.
  • Both men and women can participate; the teams can be co-ed as well. Only four players are allowed on the bench during the entire match.
  • Players must use a specific color jersey to represent their team. Colors usually are black, blue, gray or pink.
  • Games require a score-keeper, timer and time announcer.
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Image: The International Kin-Ball Sport Federation


The game boils down to successfully managing offensive and defensive positions. One team starts off against the other two teams. The offensive team aims to hit the ball anywhere in the court to one of the other teams; the receiving team, on defense, has to keep the ball from touching the floor.

If the receiving team can’t control the ball, the other two teams each receive a point. However, if they can successfully control the ball, the roles change and they become the offensive team. They then decide which of the other two teams has to receive the ball.

Periods last between seven to fifteen minutes and teams have to announce the receiving team. The team that has the most points at the end wins.

 Kin-ball rules

Every sport has rules and Kin-ball is no exception. Check out some Kin-ball rules below:

  • Only the team captains can address the referee. If any other player tries to address the referee, it’s a foul and can result in the entire team’s expulsion.
  • All team members have to have contact with the ball in order for it to be considered a successful control. Three of the four members often form a tripod formation while the fourth member follows it and keeps it mid-air.
  • The offensive team must yell, “omnikin” and then the receiving team’s color when delivering the ball.
  • Once the receiving team has the ball, they have approximately ten seconds to control it and deliver it to another team. If not, the referee will penalize them one point for each team member in the opposing groups.
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Image: The International Kin-Ball Sport Federation

Unity and Teamwork

Kin-ball is an incredible sport for strengthening interpersonal relationships and teamwork. What makes it so effective are the offensive and defensive roles that alternate throughout the match. It forces teams to be solid and their members to be in-sync to score the most amount of points.

If you like team sports and want to improve your social skills, you should definitely think about trying Kin-ball. You won’t regret it!

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