It’s Wednesday ladies and gents which means we are halfway through the week. Today I took a walk with the mission to find the perfect wall. Along the way I came across a few spots that looked interesting to play catch with at… then all of the sudden, I found big bertha. The Colossus of Walls, if you will. Bertha has the size, the location, the height and the width and is an all-around beauty to sling the rock on.
Enough about bertha, this post is for those who want to get creative with their wall-ball regimen. I get it, it’s a bit easier to find nice big walls like this in a larger city, however if you are limited due to your location, there are plenty of places to practice your stick work. I challenge you to talk a walk this week and see how many different structures/trees you can play wall ball on. It will be loads of fun and you WILL get better — our hand-eye coordination will thank you in practice and in games.
Find Your Wall
Stop 1: The Turkey Oak Tree
The thick and rigid bark will make the ball spray in every direction. But when you find the right spot, you can get your rhythm going. Now, you may have to take a couple trips here and there to chase the ball but in my opinion, big trees like this will help your stick skills improve more than a flat wall.
Stop 2: Tougher Than Brick
This large monument had a wall/fence with some challenging stonework. These rounded boulders made the ball go up and down but it was good for ground balls and difficult over the head passes. When I found the right spot, I was able to get my rhythm going. Lots of structures have similar stone formations and if you come across something like this I highly recommend you try and face the challenge.
Stop 3: Ivy League
I couldn’t pass this one up. Similar structure to the previous spot, however the leaves made the ball stick a bit more and wasn’t spraying everywhere. The challenge was trying to find the ball as soon as it hit the wall. If you’re looking to play Ivy League Ball, this is would be a great start. I’m here all week! Be sure to tip your waiters and waitresses on the way out.
Stop 4 – The Tree Wall
Boy, was this a lucky find — a tree that was sawed/snapped right down the middle. This was an easy catch because the wood was nice and flat.
Stop 5: Basic Brick
The last stop on my walk before I found bertha. It even had a little spray painted target. The brick wall is the perfect wall. It will give you those jittery passes here and there that make you adjust to your rhythm.
As stated above, the whole point of this is to help you think outside the box and have fun. Send us any photos of your favorite spots to play wall ball via DM — you may end up on our social media. :)
GET OUT THERE AND GET TRAINING.