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Year of the Rabbit

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2011 by 4squareeastbay

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted and are often lucky in 4 Square. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. They spend much of their time standing in line, quietly talking trash about other players, but seldom follow through on their smack talk. They are clever at the business of making rules to suit them, but are very conscientious, never cheating or backing out of an agreement. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig and Dog.

Gong Hay Fat Choy! 4SEB met on Lunar New Year this week! We didn’t have any firecrackers, lion dancers, red envelopes, oranges or any of the traditional New Years accoutrement but we did get loud and have a great time. Players were Robert, Liz, Meira, Justin, Eric, Sam, Mitch, Sanjay, Phil, Jordan, Angela, Paul, Mike, Judi, Laura, Celeste, Vi, Rebbecca, Rachel, Julian and Adam. Thanks to those who brought the food and drink, it made us full and un-thirsty. Yum!

No 4 Square Challenges were won, but the challenge of the game and the prospect of a New Year was enough for those who were playing. Elimination made it’s way around and the final game between Sanjay and Laura resulted in a win for Sanjay. Whoot! See folks, if you hang around 4 Square enough, you’ll eventually win something …

Heads up to everyone out there, February is the month for the World Championships of 4 Square that are happening in Maine. Yeah we wanted to go, but it’s soooo far and soooo cold and expensive. Solution? We are gonna have our own 4 Square tourney, complete with balls and players! Wanna help plan it? Great, show up at the square and we can talk it out. Also, the World Dodgeball Society is launching a league in San Jose on Wednesday, February 16th! Wanna go? Let’s do it! They first hit is free…

Also, we’d be remiss to not say anything about what is going on in Egypt and the Arab world right now, but honestly this is not 4 Square’s area of expertise. Instead, we are just gonna link to a blog post that has been circulating about how not to say stupid stuff about Egypt. Take a read.

Lastly, this Sunday is Superbowl in which the Green Bay Packers face-off against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While you might not follow football, a lot of people do and many have mixed feelings about the Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who was accused of sexual assault and suspended for the first part of the season for violating the NFL’s code of conduct. Check out this article and have a conversation about how men treat women in our society so that this type of sexism doesn’t continue into the next generation of athletes.

Have a Happy New Year!


4SEB 2010 Year in Review

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

It’s New Years Eve and that means it’s probably time for a “Year In Review” type post. Considering this is the first ‘year’ this blog has been going, it’s probably a good idea. This way we can up noobs on what 4SEB has been doing… and start taking over all of the 4 Square world in 2011! But first, gotta review the games from last night (which were hella fun btw) …

We had folks come out even though it seemed like no one would show up. Shout out to Jordan, Ian, Lee, Sam, Paul, Adam, Robert, Judi, Meira, Liz, Mike, Samantha, Sydney, Justin, Leah, Ikru, Bernard, Amy, Dorian, Anne Marie and Laura! The play was vicious, there were less rules and more ass kicking. Seriously, people got served like all night diners. There were many 4 Square Challenges but only one winner. Lee = winner. Who-Ray! After midnight, elimination came though and Adam held it down for the last day of 2010. Way to be the best Adam, and good job at closing out the year in style.

As 4 Square of the East Bay looks back, we can appreciate that it has been a really good year for us. Even though 4SEB has been around since mid-2008, 2010 brought the beginning of this blog! Now you can share the experience of 4 Square with those who might not live in the East Bay! As our social media skills grew, we expanded beyond myspace to really blow up our facebook, twitter and (to some extend) our vimeo. This brought in more popularity as we were asked to come through and host different Squares at different community events around the East Bay like the reopening of the Oakland Museum, Oaklavía, Albany Streets, The Old Oakland Beer Fest and the rededication of Jefferson Square Park! 4SEB also commented on issues happening in our community, covering the aftermath of the Johannes Mehserle verdict in downtown Oakland and giving folks a unique perspective on Oakland’s Mayoral race.

But one of the crowning achievements of 2010 had to be joint pancake breakfast/4 Square Tournament that Strive For ____ and 4SEB put together. We dabbled in keeping score and changed some of the parking lot rules, but we focused on what was really important. FUN!

The other two very successful events that 4 Square of the East Bay had was our 2nd Birthday Party and our annual Costume Square! Considering that this event happens weekly, for FREE, many wonderful people came to the Rockridge BART Parking lot with food, friendly attitudes and had a great time! At both events, the love was palpable, the food was consumed, there were many pictures taken and the games were off the charts! Great job, East Bay, you are so totally worth living in!

Looking forward into the next year, 4SEB hopes to keep meeting on a weekly basis, hopes to keep providing a space for people to socialize in a safe, fun and competitive environment and hopes to become know all over the Bay Area and beyond.  While we had wishes of going to the World Championships for Four Square in Maine, the money and weather were both factors. As a result 4 Square of the East Bay hopes to start up our own International (intergalactic?) West Coast 4 Square Tournament where all those ballers who can’t get to the snowy East Coast can compete and really see who is the best. If you want to help with any part of this (organizing, fund raising, design, PR, food) contact us through facebook, email or just show up at the Rockridge BART Parking lot on a Thursday night between 9pm and midnight. Also we wanna make hoodies.

That’s it for this year! 2010 has been kickass! Thanks to everyone who comes and plays and donates time, blood, sweat and tears to this semi-organized event! Without you, it’d be really lonely in the parking lot. Keep balling and we are gonna leave you with the 4SEB’s Episode II. Watch, remember and enjoy… Be safe!

4 Square of the East Bay needs a space to practice for the World Championships!

Posted in 4 Square East Bay, 4 Square network, 4 Square Tournament with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

Hello East Bay/Bay Area community!

If you don’t know who we are, 4 Square of the East Bay is a loosely organized group of individuals who gather on a weekly basis in the Rockridge BART station parking lot to play games and have fun. We exist to be the best at the playground game of 4 Square, to build new friendships, to laugh and to socialize in an alternative manner, all while repurposing semi-public spaces. Our games are free and open to everyone and we have cultivated a culture of welcome and friendly competition. 4SEB likes to involve itself in as many public street fairs and events as we can and encourage everyone to be silly and physically active. While this is all good, something else calls to our most devout players…

Every February, in butt-cold Bridgton, Maine, the FOUR SQUARE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS are held. 4 Square of the East Bay wants to be there. We want to go and we want to win. We want to represent the East Bay/Oakland/the whole Bay Area in all of its hella tight glory. To do this we need help with a couple of things…

  • A SPACE TO PRACTICE! At our game, we play on asphalt and dodge cars as commuters go home at the end of the night. The World Championships are played in a gym and have very specific rules. 4SEB would like access to an indoor gym (basketball court?) that our players can sharpen their skills for the tournament. Ideally, it would be free (as 4SEB generates lots of fun, but no actual funds), but any leads would be appreciated! This is actually the MOST IMPORTANT of our list and is the reason why we are reaching out! Help would be ideal!
  • UNIFORMS/CLOTHING/PRINTING/DESIGN HELP! Obviously, if 4SEB is gonna go national, we’re gonna have to be dripped in gear that tells everyone where we are from. And we’re steady from the East Bay and need to represent! We’d love to have some clothing/stickers/temporary tattoos/posters/custom kicks to overwhelm the competition with sheer awesomeness.
  • FINANCIAL DONATIONS! Who wouldn’t like financial donations? Honestly, we realize that you giving us money isn’t that likely, but on the off chance that someone reading this does want to contribute, the money would go to funding the trip to Maine and would be used for airfare, hotel and food.
  • AIRLINE MILES OR HOTEL POINTS! Are you jetsetter? Got extra mile or points? Wanna live vicariously through 4SEB? We’ll take your donations of miles or points to get us there and set us up. If you do this, we’ll send you a postcard.
  • GENERAL SUPPORT AND HELP SPREADING THE WORLD! 4 Square of the East Bay operates on people like you knowing about our game and telling their friends. While there are many better causes that you can give money too, it doesn’t cost anything to repost this message or (even more fun) to show up at our weekly games! We want our to expand our community and let people know about us. You can help. And you can have fun while doing it! Our end goal is to get to the World Championships (we’re gonna do it one way or another) but to do it properly and in style, we’re gonna need everyone’s help to do that. Thanks in advance!

Okay East Bay/Oakland/Bay Area, let’s make this happen! 4SEB will proudly bring the Bay to Maine, dominate and return with the trophy. We would also love you to come and play with us! Check out our blog (updated weekly) at! It recaps all we do and gives our players a little bit of shine as they build their skills. Also check out our videos which are posted below… Thanks so much Bay Area for creating a tolerant community so full of life, love and laughter. You da best!


4 Square of the East Bay


What is 4SEB?

4SEB: Episode I

4SEB: Episode II

Car Trouble

The Usual Suspects

Posted in 4 Square East Bay with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

After 2 plus years in the Rockridge BART Parking lot, occupying the same space at the same time every week, 4 Square of the East Bay has established a regular group of ballers who gather to play games and rob each other of victory. Each player brings his or her own personal style, some are brash and loud, some are sly and cunning, some fake injuries and make up stories. Whatever the style, the goal is always the same: Get to ‘A’ square so you can make the rules. Being friendly is nice … when you’re waiting in line trying to plot your ascent to the top, but once you enter the box, those alliances are gone. Ultimately, everyone is out for themselves and if they need to set fire to the ship to win, then they’re gonna do it. Thankfully, it’s all a game and we can laugh it off so no one winds up in a police line up at the end of the night.

The usual suspects were: Lee, Uriah, Sam, Adam, Robert, Paul, Caroline, Gabby, Vi, Liz, Rachel, Mike, Jordan, Frank, Kendall, Jerome and Casey. The new persons-of-interest were: Sanjay, Chris, Teresa, Justin and James (who played in our 4 Square Tournament in April). Again, the rules were there (the commie rule, spin rounds, clapping after hits, countries of the world, all lines are out) but people played hard. Maybe it was because of the absence of noobs that people felt that they could really dig into each other. The rounds were furious and the ballers heeded the call from last week… all 4 Square Challenges were shut down. Don’t think you can just limp up in here, tell some lies and just walk off with a challenge win… hell no, it don’t go down like that. So instead of challenge winners, here are some cinnamon buns that Robert brought to share. Yum!

Once again, because of the masses of people wanting to play, Square 1 and Square 2 were in full effect. Square 2 shut down around 11:45 and (after a very short-lived round of double’s square) elimination was called on Square 1. Even though it was Gabby’s birthday, she did not win. The winner was Vi, who survived to the end even under onslaughts from all sides. Some might call him the mastermind behind this whole scheme…

And that wraps up this case! As always, it was a blast to have people come and play with us. Let’s spread the word and keep it up! FYI 4SEB is currently looking for a place to practice for the World Championships. Anything would be nice, but we want a space with gym floors so we can get ready. Any ideas? Also, if you love urban gaming, you should check out Bay Area Wallball that is starting to form and do it’s thang on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7pm! Aaand the Oakland Underground Film Festival‘s screening of Shaolin Soccer is tonight in the Jack London Square area! Lastly, our friends The Oakland Museum is opening up an exhibit on Saturday called Pixar: 25 Years of Animation … here’s a secret, every first Sunday of the month is free admission… Be safe and be good to each other! Have fun with your life…

4 Square videos on the internet

Posted in 4 Square East Bay, 4 Square network with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2010 by 4squareeastbay

At this point, if you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably already seen the videos of 4SEB playing the game we all love and explaining what the magical phenomenon that is the Rockridge BART station parking lot and … what’s that? You haven’t seen the videos? Okay, take a few minutes and educate yourself …

Caught up now? Good. The way the 4SEB plays is rooted in the basic concept of “If the ball bounces in your square, put it in another player’s square.” As simple as this may seem, there are multiple interpretations what this actually looks like in the Square, what is acceptable and what is impermissible. Different regions develop different attitudes, rules, moves and cultures surrounding the game. Even the square itself changes, from our 20 by 20 footer to courts that are only 3 feet by 3 feet. With all this variation, questions come up. Which style is right? Who holds authority? What are the squares actually supposed to be called? What’s up with your rules? And who are the hardest ballers? Wanting answers, we did what anyone with questions does: we asked the internet. So after months of combing youtube, 4 Square of the East Bay has complied some of the best clips for you to view and consider. We now present: 4 Square Videos on the Internet…

While not really originating from the internet, it certainly has been watched by many on the web. Let’s start it off with the artful, yet oh-so-real drama of the playground “Heroes of the Game: Four Square” from Nickelodeon’s Games and Sports!

4SEB and this next group share the same lineage but have developed different styles of play. Here is NYC with some of our square-like cousins…

Now, as a counter point to New York, the Boston organization Square Four (who are a major part of the Four Square World Championships) shows off their game…

Speaking of World Championships

Back in 2008, one winner of the World Championships was from our northern neighbor proving that Canadians have major game. Check out Memorial University Square Ball from Newfoundland.

4 Square seems to be making a comeback among colleges not only in Canada but also in sunny Florida. Here’s a new twist on the Florida State University Vs. University of Florida rivalry, Box Ball style.

Then there are these two awesome videos from somewhere in the world. We can’t figure out where, but they’ve got killer moves and some even have matching t-shirts. Hot.

Unfortunately, there are two sides to every story and 4 Square internet videos are no different. As much as youtube has helped us display our athletic prowess it also offers up the casual surfer more crappy videos than good. Some are so bad people feel they need to post that 4 Square sucks and it’s lame, that it’s not a sport and that they can beat you while drunk and talking on a cell phone. This can scare away new players who choose to believe stereotypes saying the square is full of sad dorks, misfits with Peter Pan syndrome, and … well, squares. It’s videos like this next one that perpetuate those negative ideas and give the real players a bad name. In my opinion, this is one of the worst 4 Square videos out there because it tries so hard to be authoritative and witty, but leaves our epic game looking pathetic and laughable. Don’t say I didn’t warn you: if you decide to watch it, you won’t get your 8 minutes back.

Note: You need at least four people to play four square. Maybe if you weren’t such a jerk, you’d have some friends to play with. I’m just saying.

So that’s it for now! If you have any additional videos that you think deserve to be blogged about, holla at us! Of course, we wanna support all forms of 4 Square out there and we love the internet for helping us spread the word. If you’re not up on this already, check out the new web-reality series FOUR by Adam Kontras out of LA! Also, keep making movies and making moves! The internet is big and we’ve got a lot of 4 Square to play… We wanna end out with a feel good video that all 4 Square videos secretly want to be. Enjoy!