The whirlybugs are steered by a joystick-like crank, while the player puts pressure on the foot pedal, located inside the vehicle.
Steering the vehicle in either direction will result in continuous circles. One complete turn back to your stomach with the joystick, while letting your foot off the pedal, will stop your whirlybug and put it in reverse.
One more full circle turn back to you stomach will put your whirlybug back into forward again.
Each shot that is made is worth two points. To score, an individual must hit the electronic screen, located on a raised backboard, with a wiffleball, which sets off a buzzing alarm. If the alarm does not sound, you are not awarded any points.
Upon scoring, the ball is then turned over to the opposing team. Whirlyball strategy is similar to that of basketball and hockey, but a lot more fun to play! Your teams’ violations of the rules will result in awarding penalty points to the opposing team.
The penalty points are raised higher per time the same teammate violates a rule. Shooting and passing are fundamentally done the same; by keeping your scoop straight up and down (don’t bring the top of the scoop back) and not taking it to the side of your head. Line it up, follow through, and snap your wrist to almost guarantee a good shot. Remember it’s all about finese, not power.