Basic racquetball rules and etiquette for quick fun play
Racquetball rules for quick fun play are easy to follow and the game is quite easy to
For anyone that has either forgotten how to play the game or is new to the sport
the following are basic racquetball rules and etiquette for quick fun play. Learn these rules and you will be
playing and having fun in no time.
Racquetball games are played by two people versus each other(singles) or four
people with two for each team(doubles) and three people(cut throat) where the server plays against the other 2
The player or team that is serving the ball can score. Losing your serve is called
a side out. In doubles, each player has to serve before a side out happens. The first player or team to win two
games (up to 15 points) wins the match. If both players or teams have one win each then the tie-breaker is an
eleven point game.
Racquetball courts have four walls - two are 40 feet (length) and two are 20 feet
(width) with a ceiling height of 20 feet. There are markers on the court for the receiving line, drive serve line,
service line and the short line. The lines mark the serving area, serving boxes and the receiving
Racquetball racquets have bumper guards (grommets) and handles with nylon rope to
secure the racquet to your wrist. You should never play without the nylon being securely on your wrist. That would
eliminate the racquet flying out of your hand and hitting someone in the face. All players must wear protective
eyewear. The ball can travel up to 100 mph and the ball fits perfectly in the eye socket. No more has to be
Racquetball games can start various ways. You could have a coin toss; volley (play
a 1 point match) for serve or hit the ball off the front wall and the closest to the back wall serves. You reverse
the server and receiver from the first game for second game.
The player or team that scores the most points in the 1st two games chooses
whether to serve or receive to begin the tiebreaker. If both have an equal score in the 1st two games then use the
same method to choose server and receiver that you began the game with. The server has to stay in the service area
when serving. You can step on the service line but you can not pass the line. The server can pass the short line
once the served ball has passed the short line.
There should be a continuous motion throughout the serve. The receiver can let the
ball bounce on the floor once. The receiver must hit the ball before the second bounce. The ball can bounce off the
wall and ceiling infinite times.
In doubles, only one player serves the first time. After the first serve, each
player serves whenever the team serves. The non-serving player must stand erect with his/her back against the side
wall and both feet on the floor until the ball breaks the short line plane. A rally remains ongoing until any of
the following happens: a player carries the ball; the ball goes out of the court, the ball bounces before it hits
the front wall, or the ball bounces twice before the receiver hits it.
Hinders can happen for safety reasons. Play or the serve is over if a hinder
occurs. Some hinders are a screen (opponent blocks the view of the ball), holdup (holding the swing for safety
reason), or court hinder (court deflect that affects the ball).
You can now play racquetball and have fun with the basic rules and