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The second episode in the series of our team building tips articles – Team Building Recipes – is Teqball. Moreover, the article gives you recommendations regarding this team building activity, plus lists the skills it can improve. Besides, you can get familiar with some KPIs, based on which you can monitor the success of this team building exercise in your organisation.


Type of activity: both indoor and outdoor

Team/individual: both

Required time to play: it depends, appr. 10-25 min.

Requires sports equipment investment? Yes

Best for: moving your whole body, quick energy boost

Popularity: medium



  • Teqball table
  • soccer ball



Get up from your desk, find a buddy (or more), grab a soccer ball and go to your company’s Teqball table. In addition, you need that one specific table for this game to be enjoyable.

play teqball


This game can be described as a mixture of table tennis and football. The rules can be created by the players, but there are some official ones for a fair match.


Get to know the basics before you start playing

First, the players stand by the opposite sides of the table. The player/team, who starts the set on one side of the table, will play the next set on the other side. Before you start playing, you need to know that the ball can be touched with all body parts except for the hands and arms, but cannot be touched by the same body part two times in a row.



Now you are ready to play, but who should serve and how? Here comes the answer:

  • The server must start the serve from behind the serving line. Thus, serving must be carried out with one touch, with any part of the body except for the hands and arms. Moreover, the server must not jump at the moment of delivering the serve.
  • The served ball must bounce beyond the opponent’s serve line on the Teqball table. If the served ball bounces at the edge of the table and after on the ground (edge ball), then the serve has to be repeated. A second edge ball in succession is considered one fault. Moreover, if the ball touches the net during a serve, it is a fault.
  • After a failed attempt of a serve the server may try once more. Consequently, two failed serve attempts in succession mean a double fault, and a point is awarded to the opponent.
  • Order of serve: after each 4 points the receiving player switches to serving and this continues until the end of the set.


Receiving a serve

Okay, you know how to serve now. But what is the official way to receive a serving? Let’s see:

  • After each serve, the receiving player has to touch the ball first. Afterwards, during the rally, anybody can touch the ball first.
  • The ball must be returned to the opponent’s side onto the table by touching it a maximum of three times, while the other player and the table cannot be touched. However, at the moment of touching the ball to return it, the body part being used for the return cannot cross the extended virtual line of the net. The ball must be sent from the player’s side.
  • The return of the ball is considered valid only if it bounces at least once on the opponent’s playing surface, not touching anything (except for the net).



Each match is played until 2, 3, or 4 sets won by a player/team. Each set is played until 12 points. The final decisive set must be won by at least a two-point margin, but all other sets can be won by the player who scores 12 points first. Players must switch sides after each set.


A player is awarded a point if:

  • the opponent touches the ball incorrectly
  • the serve of the opponent is missed twice in a row
  • the opponent fails to make a correct return
  • the other player does not return the ball to the player’s playing surface
  • the opponent touches the table, the net or the other player
  • the opponent player touches the ball in an incorrect order in a 2 vs. 2 after the service
  • the other player touches the ball more than three times
  • the opponent touches the ball with his/her hand/arm
  • the ball bounces more than once on the opponent’s playing surface
  • the other player’s body part that returns the ball overlaps the imaginary extended line of the net at the moment of returning the ball
  • the opponent touches the ball twice with the same body part
  • the opponent returns the ball while it touches the side of the table
  • the other player touches the ball above the table before it lands on it
  • the player tosses the ball to the opponent’s playing surface, but it comes back to the player’s side without being touched by the opponent
  • if the ball touches anything else except for the players (clothes, table, net etc.), the player who touched the ball the last time before the incident, loses the point
  • an opponent player blocks the flight of the ball towards his/her side of the table and prevents it from bouncing on that side of the table


Types and variations

There are three different variations to this game, depending on the number of players:

  • Singles: two players play against each other
  • Doubles: two-player teams play against each other
  • Team championship: match series in which singles and doubles are played in rotation to achieve an overall match result

Some of the above mentioned rules change according to the match type. Let’s see what else you need to note in case you want to play with more than one of your colleagues.

teqball singles doubles

Skills improved

It’s advised to know what skills of your teammates need improvement to find a proper team building exercise. Besides, it is always good to know in advance what skills are affected by certain team building activities.

In the case of Teqball, improved skills are the following:

  • focus
  • agility
  • reflexes
  • teamwork



In this section we show which KPIs we recommend you to use. With these KPIs you’ll be able to measure the success of your specific team building exercises. The KPIs have a 10-scale system – the best is to ask your employees to evaluate the company based on these metrics before and after a team building. Thus, you can collect and convert qualitative data into quantitative.


Check out the clarification of the KPIs in our previous article of the TBR-series!


Let’s see which KPIs can Teqball improve the most, and how much (in our opinion); the bolded ones are the most relevant KPIs:

  • connection: 8/10
  • engagement: 5/10
  • culture: 5/10
  • health and wellness: 7/10
  • happiness/satisfaction: 7/10
  • ambassadorship: 5/10


Bon appetite!

Teqball might seem a bit complicated first, but it is very easy to get the hang of it. You just need to start playing and enjoy the flow of the game. In the morning before sitting down to your desk, during the lunch break or after working hours, Teqball is an active and fun way of leaving work issues behind. It is a highly effective way of getting energized, and is definitely worth a 30 min. break for a higher level of productivity.


To check the even more detailed rules of the game, visit Teqball’s website:


Feel like you need some time on your own and you need some exercise? There is also an upgraded version of the table for individual players:


Here you can also purchase a table for your company. Your team will be grateful for this, and believe us, you won’t regret that for sure:


Do you find this twist to the traditional game interesting? Would you stick to the good old soccer or spice the game up a little with Teqball? 

Don’t hesitate – leave your opinion and thoughts in the comment section below!

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