Be part of history.
Be part of history
The first-ever Roundnet World Championship brings together teams from across the globe to compete for the pride of their countries and the ultimate title of world champions. It's more than a tournament. It's history in the making.
$100/team in February
- March 1st - $120/team
- April 1st - $140/team
- May 1st - $160/team
September 4 - 6 | Belgium
More than a tournament
A glimpse at the future of our sport.
The world championship will provide opportunities to play, collaborate, and celebrate all that is roundnet with the global community. The event will kickoff on Thursday when teams begin to arrive at Park Molenheide, transformed into Spikeball Village. While the focus is on the competition, crowning a champion isn't the only objective of the weekend. We see this event as an opportunity to connect, share ideas, and create powerful relationships that drive the sport forward. Throughout the weekend there will be forums, focus groups, and fun activities meant to give you a taste of Belgium and bring you closer to competitors from near and far.
An event for everyone.
This tournament isn't just for the ultra elite. There are divisions for all types of players. Whether you've got a double reverse cut or simply try not to double fault, the only prerequisite is a love of the game. The weekend will be structured so that no matter where you're from or how good you are there will be opportunities to watch, play, and learn on and off the field.
How it works
1. Find a partner
The only requirement is that you and your partner both represent the same country. Figure out your travel plans and make sure you've got a valid passport.
3. Book your stay
Once you get to Park Molenheide everything is taken care of. We've worked out a special package that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. The bungalows come with free wifi, full kitchens, sheets, towels, and everything you'll need to have a great stay. The facility also has pools, mini golf, and plenty of activities to keep you busy in your down time (if there is any).
This event would not be possible without the dedicated crew from Roundnet Belgium who is handling the overall operations and production of the World Championship. Their team is the epitome of what is great about the roundnet community.
Structure and Schedule
National Team Tournaments
- The results of the Team Championship is used to seed the Squad Competition (starts in bracket play).
- Countries face off against each other. Teams are paired by their results from the individual tournament. For example, if France and Belgium were playing each other, the top finishing team from France would play the top finishing team from Belgium, the second finishing team from France would play the second finishing team from Belgium, and so on.
- In order to move on to the next round, a country must win the majority of their matchups.
- A Recognized Roundnet Organization
- Matching national jerseys (including country name and colors)
- Enough teams to win a majority of the matchups (ie you could compete in the open squad competition with only 3 teams, but you could not compete if you had only two teams)
- All teams play in the Team Championship (if they are going to compete in the Squad portion)
Individual Tournament (Open to Anyone)
- Advanced (Open and Women's) - This division is for for anyone who wants to face off against great competitors from around the world.
- Intermediate (Open and Women's) - This division is for for anyone who wants competition but is still developing their game and not quite ready for Advanced.
- Beginner (Open) - This division is for anyone who wants to play against other teams who are still learning the sport. It will be the only division with a "gentleman's serve" rule and the vibe will be a relaxed, fun environment.
- Youth - (Open and Women's) - This division will help determine the best young rising stars in roundnet. There will be age categories for under 19 and under 15. You must be under the specified age at the date of the tournament.
- Masters (Open) - This division is for players 35 and older at the date of the tournament.
Sunday will feature a hat tournament where random team assignments will give you the chance to compete with a partner from another country. This relaxed competition will be a great way to close out the event and hopefully get to know someone new!
Below is a high level schedule of the competition (a more detailed schedule will be released as we get closer to the event), but keep in mind that there will also be lots of activities to discuss different aspects of sport development as well as stuff that is purely social to get to know fellow ballers and celebrate the occasion.
Transportation is pretty much the only thing you'll need to figure out on your own. Don't worry, we're going to try to make it easy as possible for everyone to get to Molenheide. Here are some options:
If you're flying in the two closest options are:
- Brussels Airport (Zaventem) - Belgium
- Eindhoven Airport - The Netherlands
Car & Ride Share
Each bungalow at the Spikeball Village will have its own parking space(s) where you can park your car, so coming by car is very convenient. You might want to hitch a ride with another international player. It’s the perfect (and cheap) way to get there and get to know you fellow ballers along the way! Post in the Facebook event if you’re looking for a ride or if you’ve got a place to spare in your car! We’ll also have discount codes for a car rental service so you can rent a car at a reduced price.
Some free shuttles will be provided on Thursday September 3rd from the airport to the venue. The number of busses departing each airport and what time will be determined by the number of people flying to each airport. This will be communicated later, along with the ability to claim a seat on one of those busses.
We will provide discount codes to take a taxi from either airport to the venue. These taxis can be called at any time during the weekend. The driver will know where to go and the discount code will allow you to pay a reduced price for the ride. We suggest you split the taxi with as many people as possible to cut the costs.
Molenheidestraat 7, 3530 Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium
4 person bungalows = 1 parking spot
5+ person bungalows = 2 parking spots
Can anyone participate?
Yes! We're looking to bring players of all skills and backgrounds together. For the individual team tournament, the only requirement is that teammates must both have citizenship within the same country. In the national team tournament, countries must be part of the Recognized Roundnet Organization. The National RRO will be responsible for selecting their own team.
What is a Recognized Roundnet Organization?
A Recognized Roundnet Organization (RRO) is a group that develops the growth of the sport through promoting participation, coordinating events, developing players, and facilitating rankings in a distinct area. For the World Championship we are looking for national RROs to develop and select players to represent their country.
How do you become an RRO?
Becoming an RRO starts with an application. If the application shows you're the right fit it will be followed up with a video interview. We are looking for groups that are dedicated, inclusive, and have a track record of bringing people together to growing the sport.
What are the National Team eligibility requirements?
How do you register for the National Team division?
Register for the advanced division and your Recognized Roundnet Organization will submit a list of qualified teams for your country. You will automatically be moved to the National Team division once this list has been submitted.
What if I don't know if I'll make the National team?
If you’re planning on playing at worlds whether you make your national team or not, then just sign up for the advanced division. If you make the team you’ll be moved to the correct division and if not, you’ll play in advanced. If playing at worlds is dependent on making the nationals team then you can wait to sign up. Keep in mind that waiting until the last minute can be risky and pricey to plan your trip.
Can I play in multiple divisions?
What are the rules?
What if I need to change partners?
What is the refund policy?
Baller membership fees are non-refundable. Event registration fees can be refunded as long as requests are made by August 1st. After that time, event registration fees will not be refunded for any circumstance. To request a refund, contact email@example.com.
Why is the event over multiple days?
We want to make sure there is time to get to know each other, share some laughs, dig in deep with conversations around the future of the sport, and, of course, highlight the great matches that will take places throughout the tournament.
Who can play in the open divisions?
In the open divisions any combination of genders can register. The women's division is the only division with any gender restrictions. Even in the National Squad Championship any combinations of genders is allowed in the open division, however, a player that plays open cannot also play in the Women's squad due to scheduling.