What do you get when you mix volleyball and tennis and use a rubber ring instead of a ball? Tenniquoits, of course! Tenniquoits, also called Tennikoit or ring tennis, is a game played with a minimum of two people (singles) or a maximum of four people (doubles). The object of the game is to pass the rubber ring (called the tenniquoit) back and forth across the net, trying to make the other team fail to catch it to score a point.
In 1933, women at the University of Maryland initiated the sport on campus. According to the yearbook from that year, “a large number of women turned out for the sport” and the campus held preliminary matches pitching the Freshmen versus the Sophomores and the Juniors versus the Seniors. The Sophomores and Seniors were victorious (the Seniors won by a score of 30-4!).
The winning team was composed of (from right to left) Elizabeth Easter, Nan Webster, Marie Brix, Agnes Gingell, and Elizabeth Bonthron.
Despite the “popularity” of this sport (and you can tell by the smiles on the ladies’ faces), there is no evidence in subsequent yearbooks that the sport caught on at the university. However, the sport lives on today and is especially popular in Germany, India and South Africa. The World Tenniquoits Federation has held two World Championships in the recent past and is actively engaged in spreading the popularity of the sport. Check out this video to see the sport in action! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jLbQEXFMaE