Types of Games
Racquetball there are three types of games you can play. One involves
2 people and is called "singles", another is with 4 people aka
"doubles", the third is not sanctioned for tournament play but
it involves 3 people and is called "Cut-throat". I will go through
a brief statement about the rules of each game.
This game is played with only 2 people. Normally
to decide who starts the game the two players will either flip a coin,
or use a method called "long ball" in which both players line
up against the back wall. Using only your racquet you can space yourself
that much away from the wall. The players then each take a racquetball
and try to hit the lowest possible point on the front wall without hitting
the ground. Lowest ball starts.. simple enough. Whoever wins the right
to serve will then stand between the 2 lines near the center of the court.
The serve must first bounce off of the ground then be hit with the racquet.
The goal is ussually to keep it low and near the side wall to make it
harder to hit, although there are some different serve variations that
do not follow this pattern. See all serves in our racquetball
serves section. After the ball bounces off of the front wall,
in order for the serve to count it must past the 2nd line in which the
server is standing before it bounces. It is then the job of the recieving
player to hit the ball back against the front wall without letting it
bounce more than one before it is hit. Basically the game continues back
and forth like this, if the server wins the rally they get a point. You
can only score when you are serving. If the reciever wins it is then their
turn to serve. A normal game is played to 15.
Doubles follow the same
basic rules, with a few execptions. When serving in doubles, the team
must decide who will serve first and stick with this rotation throughout
the entire game. While one player is serving the other must stand in either
one of the small boxes inside the service zone with their back against
the wall. After
a successful serve the returning team must hit the ball just like in singles,
there is no rules about who has to hit the ball, players do not need to
rotate returns. The team that serves first only gets one handout (losing
the rally). After the first serve is over, every other serve throughout
the game is then rotated. Once the first player goes out, then the second
player gets to serve until they go out. The game is played to 15 points.
game is played with three players. All three can play "long ball"
to decide the serving order. Once that is decided the server serves as
they normally would. The two recievers however act as a doubles team while
they are not serving. Once the server goes out, the second server enters
the service zone while the previous server takes their spot as a reciever
and now is on a team with the other reciever. The rotation continues and
each player keeps their own individual score. First person to 15 wins.
more detailed information and the official rules of the U.S.
Racquetball Association click here.