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Racquetball Rules

Racquetball Rules

Racquetball Rules & Regulations

History & Facts

Racquetball Rules: You must have heard about famous sports played with racquet such as Tennis, Badminton, but there is a fascinating game called Racquetball similar to these games but it is even more easy and exciting to play.

  • Racquetball was initially named as paddle rackets.
  • The sport was first conceived by an American proficient Tennis and Squash player, Joseph Sobek in 1950.
  • He invented this game by combining some of the features of squash, handball and paddleball.
  • In 1952, Sobek decided to make the game more formal by framing a set of rules and formed the National Paddle Rackets Association.
  • With the continuous efforts of Sober, the game acquired immense popularity. The YMCA and Jewish Community Centres have offered around 40000 handball courts, which gave an impetus to further spread this game.
  • Later the game got the name of Racquetball. The game got the additional push with the constitution of the International Racquetball Association and its approval by US Olympic Committee.
  • Though the game started at a smaller level, the sport had soon got recognized at the International arena and became a part of the World Games in 1981.
  • From then on, the game is being included in many of the international tournaments. You will be surprised to know the number of participants in this wonderful game. It is much more than 5 million.
  • Both men and women participate in this sport with great enthusiasm.  You can even see the involvement of children in Racquetball.
  • Certain modifications were made in the rules to accommodate those players who cannot move without the help of the wheelchairs, visually challenged etc.

Racquetball Rules, Dimensions & How to Play

racquetball dimensions

The racquetball court is designed in a rectangular shape which is 40’ long, 20’wide and 20’ high. This court is completely enclosed. In the rectangular court, you can see a front wall and a back wall.

There are three lines in between these two walls: service line which is at the distance of about 15’ from the front wall, short line which is 5’ away from the service line and receiving line at a distance of 5’ from the short line. The space between the service line and the short line is called the service zone or service box.

How to Play Racquetball

How to Play Racquetball

The number of players involved in this game is much similar to other games. It can be played as one in opposition to one or two competing against two. Sometimes in the informal games, there will be two players challenging one.

The main aim of the game is to win the rallies to score points. This can be done either by serving or by the exchange of play between the players. The players should make sure that the ball should bounce the floor once before hitting the front wall. After this, the ball should hit the floor beyond the short line.

The winner of the game is usually decided by taking the best of three matches. In the first two matches, the player has to reach 15 points to win the match. In case of a tie, there will be a third match where the points to be reached are 11.

The game starts with a serve. The player who will get the opportunity to serve in the first game has to be decided by some form of lot system. In the second game, the other player who lost the lot will serve. If there is any need for the third game, the one with the highest cumulative points will serve.

The player who serves should hit the front wall by making the ball bounce once before the short line. The server will get two opportunities to put the ball into motion. But in many of the games, this chance will be given only once. If the ball hits the front wall without this bouncing, it will be considered as a fault. After hitting the front wall, the ball can touch any one of the side walls. If it touches both the walls it is considered as three walls serve which is a fault.

Apart from this, there are some other Faults Serves which are Explained as below : 


In case the ball lands before the short line, then it is fault named as Short serve. After hitting the front wall the ball should be rebound in the back wall only after touching the floor. If this didn’t happen, then it is a fault which can be called as long serve.  If the ball does not hit the front wall or if it touches the servicer after bouncing from the front wall, then it is called immediate out.

In certain instances, the ball may touch the ceiling after touching the front wall. This can also be said as the fault which is best known as the ceiling serve.

The player should be well aware of the above-mentioned rules to have a better serve. When the ball after hitting the front wall bounces after the short line or it passes over the receiving line, then the opponent should play. Then the players will start hitting the ball in an alternative manner. Here there is some flexibility that the ball can hit any number of walls or ceiling after hitting the front wall. But it should be remembered that the ball should not bounce before hitting the front wall.

How do the players win the rally?  It is so simple. When the opponent player strikes the ball after two bounces or if he hits the floor before touching the front wall, the other player wins the rally. If the rally is won by the serving player, then he will get the points. In case it is won by the other player, he will not get the points but will get the opportunity to serve.

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Unlike in many other games, there is an interesting part of this game called Hinder. If anyone of the players obstructs the ball or their opponent’s view, then it is called as let. In this case, the point is replayed. There is another kind of hinder called penalty hinder where the opponent player is deprived of an opportunity of having a point-winning shot. In this case, the player will be awarded a point, or given an opportunity to serve.

You would have got the interest to play this game after knowing these simple rules. Have fun.

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