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Parrises squares, or parisses squares, was a vigorous and rather violent athletic game played by people from many worlds and ages during the 24th century. Its popularity among youth was a concern for parents.
The game involved two teams of four players. Substitutions were possible, which allowed teams to rotate active and resting teammates. Some players, such as Commander William T. Riker, disliked the practice, feeling that doing so created a disruptive loss of a team's "rhythm". (TNG: "11001001")
When playing parrises squares, players wore padded uniforms and used a piece of equipment called an ion mallet. The game also involved a ramp, and if players were not careful, they could fall off and injure themselves. (TNG: "Future Imperfect")
Raymond Marr, a colonist on Omicron Theta, played parrises squares with a group of his schoolmates. He started when he was very young but was gifted and even won a championship emblem in the game. (TNG: "Silicon Avatar")
The Starfleet Academy team faced the Minsk team in the parrises squares Championship Finals of 2324. It came as a big surprise when Starfleet Academy won, as the Minsk team was favored. Starfleet cadets threw a celebratory party that wreaked havoc on the academy grounds and took Boothby three weeks to repair. (TNG: "The First Duty")
While healing a deep cut on William Riker's face, which he acquired from Data's cat, Spot, Doctor Crusher admonished him, giving an order to "Stop playing parrises squares as if you're 21!" She continued dispensing advice: "One day, you'll break your neck, and I won't be able to heal that as easily." (TNG: "Timescape")
In 2373, The Doctor created a holographic family to help him better understand and empathize with his patients, and his daughter, Belle, was on her school's parrises squares team. This worried her parents, especially The Doctor, for parrises squares was a potentially dangerous game – even more so for Belle, who played in a league of children older than she. Their concern proved prescient and justified: She later died from injuries sustained during a competition. (VOY: "Real Life")
According to Lieutenant Tom Paris, Ensign Freddy Bristow played "a mean set of Pareses Squares." Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres, however, was not impressed, stating that she had played one game with him and whipped him. (VOY: "The Swarm")
In the fictional future created by Barash for William Riker, Barash's avatar Jean-Luc Riker broke his wrist playing Parrises Squares. The elder Riker was displeased that Jean-Luc was playing Parrises Squares at his age, saying he could have broken his neck, but Dr. Crusher politely pointed out to him that Will was even younger than Jean-Luc when he started. (TNG: "Future Imperfect")
Known players Edit
- See: List of athletes