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First there was Brickpong in 2015. It all began in our basement with a handmade 8ft by 3ft table that appeared to be best served as a table tennis game. In lieu of a net, three old bricks were repurposed from our garage and placed on their sides across the middle on the table. The first brick was placed in the center of the table. The remaining two bricks were placed in a similar fashion, each one an inch from the edge of the table. This placement of the 2 outside bricks created a 5 inch gap or "alley" on each side of the middle brick. We grabbed a couple of ping pong paddles, a ball, and began to rally back and forth. Right off the bat it was a blast as we discovered the bouncing of the ball off the bricks to be pleasurable and challenging.
Brickpong was born, but the name did not last. The initial set of rules referred to the "east and west alleys" in describing the two 5 inch gaps between the 3 bricks. A four inch wide stripe was added across the middle of the table to complete the "alley". The bricks were quickly replaced with blocks made of wood. The reduced density of the wooden blocks allowed the ball to bounce slower, yielding longer more controlled rallies. The most liberating rule changes involved allowing the ball to bounce multiple times on each player's side of the alley, and concluding the rally when the ball fell off the table top. Lastly, the name Alleypong came to mind to more accurately describe the game at hand.
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