rules to play paddleball
. Paddle ball is a one person game played with a paddle and an attached ball. Using the flat paddle with the small rubber ball attached at the center via an elastic string, the player tries to hit the ball with the paddle in succession as many times as possible.The paddle is similar in size and shape to a table tennis racket. It is usually made from either wood or plastic, although other materials can be used.
. The official paddleball ball is an unpressurized black ball with a small hole, slightly larger and heavier than a racquetball. Early in the sports history, many of the better players honed their paddles and guarded their designs. Other playersmost notably Bud Muehleisenstarted with commercial paddles by Spalding or Marcraft, and modified them to meet their personal preferences. Old tennis rackets could be cut down into paddles, and these paddle r
An attached ball paddleball
. Though normally thought of as a toy for children, attached ball paddleballs are a great tool for sharpening your hand eye coordination and getting comfortable with the paddle. Hold the paddle in your dominant hand with your wrist facing up. Flick your wrist upward to maneuver the ball to rest on top of the paddle. Continue flicking your wrist to bounce the ball off the top of the paddle. Your goal is to continuously be able to bounce the ball on
. Move on to more advanced motions with the attached ball paddleball. Try manipulating the paddle so that the ball alternates bouncing on the underside and the top of the paddle. This is just another way to practice your hand eye control.
. Test out different string lengths connecting the ball and paddle. Shorter paddleball strings make it easier to hit the ball, while longer ones make controlling the ball more difficult.
Two or four paddles
. Purchase a paddleball set containing a ball, two or four paddles, and a net. Each paddle should be a minimum of 18 1
. Get started by choosing a location on a beach or any other sandy location such as a playground or a beach volleyball court. Paddleball can also be played on grass, concrete, or even snow if sand is not available.
. Draw a rectangle in the sand with your heel or anything you have handy that measures 15 feet 4.6 m by 48 feet 14.6 m for a singles court or 26 1 4 feet by 52 1 2 feet for a doubles court. A singles court should be drawn when two teams composed of one person each are playing, and a double court should be used when two teams of two people each are playing.
Put up your net across
. Though you can buy nets specifically for playing paddleball, you can also adapt any similar sports net you have as long as the top of your net is 510 off of the ground on a hard surface such as grass, and 57 off of the ground on a soft surface like sand or snow.
Pick your teams
. First decide whether you want to play singles or doubles. If you are playing doubles, you might want to flip a coin to quickly and randomly choose partners.
Learn to score
. Paddleball scoring is the same as tennis scoring and is played in sets of 1, 3, or 5. Tennis scoring begins with both teams at 0, also called love. One point is scored as 15, the second point for the same team is 30, and the third point awarded to the same team is 40. The serving teams score is called first. For example, if the serving team wins 3 points and the receiving team wins 2 points, the score would be 40 30. Once a team reaches 40, that
. A volley war simply consists of volleying the ball across the net between teams until a player misses. The team that misses will receive the serve first, while the team that didnt miss will serve first.
. Recognize that the basic goal of the game is to not let the ball hit the ground. You win points by forcing the other team to miss the ball and or hit it into the net or the ground.
Use a lob shot
. Lob shots are balls hit high over the net in an upside down U shape. Because it takes longer for these balls to reach the other side of the net, lob shots can be useful for buying time. Make sure to hit the ball deep into the court when lobbing. If you hit the ball short, the other team can easily attack the ball with a hard overhead volley.
Partner if playing doubles
. Call out who will return questionable shots with phrases such as Mine! and Ive got it! Establish what phrases you will use before beginning the match.
. Points are scored when the serving side: a Serve is not returned. b Wins the rally.
. Another way to play beach paddleball is to play as a group. With two to four people, players try to keep the ball airborne for as long as possible, hitting between each person in a set area. The ball cannot touch the ground or else the groups will have to start over counting from the beginning. Groups can compete against each other with each one seeing who can keep the ball in the air the longest or exchange the most hits. This creates an excitin
Competitive play rules
. Rules for the game when players are playing against each other competitively are relatively simple. Equal boundaries are determined for each players side, with a line in the middle that a player must hit the ball over to get to the other persons side. There are boundaries in the back and along the edges of the sandy court and these boundaries can be any size a player chooses. The object is to not let the paddleball touch the ground. One player se
Equipment and Players
. Beach paddleball requires at least two players but can also have as many as three or four. It also requires an expanse of beach and is usually played close to the waterline. There are certain types of equipment that are also standard to playing paddleball. The paddles are large flat pieces of wood 16 inches in length and flat pieces of light wood with handles that are either made out of plastic or have plastic grips. The ball is a hollow rubber b
. 1 A point is scored after each rally. 2 If the ball hits you, your team loses the point. 3 Ball lands out of bounds. 4 Improper serve. 5 Ball hits Dead Ball Plate. 6 Ball hits ceiling or duct.
. 1 goggles must be worn. 2 wrist through racquet string 3 do not run into other courts to chase ball. 4 stay seated against wall when not playing. 5 call a LET, if risk of hitting another player in adjacent court. 6 stretch properly before playing
. 1 Lines are in. 2 For end courts the side red line is boundary for the serve. After the serve the side walls are in, as long as the ball hits the front wall first.
. 1 Server stands in service area. Must bounce ball and strike it on 1st bounce below waist. Ball must hit front wall and rebound past short line and land within or on sidelines or long lines. You have two tries to make a good serve. 2 If receiving player strikes serve in air, anywhere, it is in play, even though it may be going out of the playing area. 3 If a fairly served ball hits server or partner it is an out.
. A let means that play stops, and the point is replayed. All lets must be called immediately and reserved. 1 Ball too close to another player to allow a safe hit. 2 If a player hinders opponents chance to play the ball. 3 If the ball hits the basketball board, net, door handle etc., the receiving team has the option to continue play, or calling a let .
Balls off screens
. If a ball in play or on the service hits the deck in the proper court and then touches any part of the back or side screens, or both screens, or the horizontal top, rails, or the snow boards, it may be played, so long as it does not bounce on the deck a second time before being hit by the player.
. The ball touches the net, posts, cord, net hand crank, band or center strap and then hits the deck within the proper court. The ball, served or returned, hits the deck within the proper court and rebounds or is blown back over the net, and the player whose turn it is to strike reaches over the net and plays the ball, provided that neither the player nor any part of the players clothing or equipment touches the post, net, net hand crank, cord, ban
. The rules are the same except for the following: In Singles, the game is played within the standard singles court, two serves are allowed and no ad scoring is used. The no ad game point is served into the service court of the receivers choice.
. Court fixtures are the posts, the net, the net hand crank, the cord or metal cable that holds up the net, the band across the top of the net, the center strap, the screens, the snow boards, the superstructure, the doors, the lighting poles and lights, any diagonal corner support beams within the enclosure, and, when they are present, the umpire and umpires chair.
Use of Paddle and Ball
. A player may not carry a second paddle or a second ball during play, although it is permissible to use both hands on the paddle and to switch the paddle from hand to hand in the course of play. With regard to ball change, play should continue with the same ball as long as it is in good condition. In tournament matches; Play should continue with the same ball throughout a set, and the ball should not be changed during the set unless. The ball be