How to Play Hoover-Ball

This game was invented by President Herbert Hoover’s personal physician, Joel T. Boone to keep the president fit. Since then, it has now become a loved activity in our community where we co-host the Hoover-Ball Championships each year.

Register for the 35th Annual Hoover-Ball National Championships

Adult Hoover-Ball

Watch this space for online registration for our Adult tournament that plays on Saturday, August 6, 2022 in West Branch, Iowa. It is $20 for advance registration (until August 4 at 9 a.m.) or $30 day of with walk-up registration available from 8 – 8:45 a.m.

Registration coming soon

Youth Hoover-Ball

Our Youth tournament is a free event in West Branch, Iowa. Every participant will be given a t-shirt and winners will be awarded individual trophies. Registration will open in June and closes at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug 4, 2022. Teams are co-ed and divisions are not split up by gender. There are now three youth divisions and the break-down is as follows:

  • Division I – students entering grades 4 and 5
  • Division IIstudents entering grades 6 and 7
  • Division IIIstudents entering grades 8 and 9

Youth Hoover-Ball Camp is a free and fun way to build skills, learn the rules, and practice before the big game. Registration for camp and the tournament are all part of the same form – one and done!

To keep camp fun, please sign up for the appropriate age group on the registration form.

Div. I camp will be TBD from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hoover-Ball courts near 318 Main Street. The rain date will be TBD.

Div. II camp will be TBD from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hoover-Ball courts near 318 Main Street. The rain date will be TBD.

There is no camp for Div. III players.

Registration is closed

Note: Teams must have 4 or 5 players to be considered eligible. Only the first 10 teams in each division to register a full roster will be guaranteed entry.

Youth Games Page

View the Youth Hoover-Ball Rules and team placements at the above link.

Helpful Hoover-Ball Information

Past Hoover-Ball Champions
History of Hoover-Ball

Sign Up to Be a Volunteer

We are always on the lookout for people willing to volunteer a few hours of their time during our Hoover-Ball Adult & Youth Championships. Thank you so much for your support!

Choose a volunteer time

Thank You to Our Sponsors

To become a sponsor, email the Hoover Foundation’s PR team.