Racquetball Basics – Rules of Racquetball

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness Expert Malia Bailey breaks down the rules of racquetball.

    Malia Bailey: Hi, my name is Malia Bailey and we are inside a racquetball court right now. Today we are going to learn about the fundamentals and basics of playing racquetball. Lets get started. A little bit talking about the sides of the court and basic rules of racquetball. So you can play and enjoy the sport.

    A racquetball court is an enclosed court. Its 20 feet high, 20 feet wide and 40 feet long. The nice thing about racquetball is when you start playing, the ball stays on the court. I mean, you dont have to go chasing it around in like other sports, and it is a good workout.

    I just want to go over how to get the ball in play. This area here is the service area. This is the short line, front line and this is what we call the 5 feet line or the receiving line. In order to get the ball in play, what we need to do is stand in the service area between those two lines. When you are starting your service motion, you can start on the line, thats legal, but you cannot have your foot over the line. If you do it, its called the foot fault.

    So we are going to start with our foot on the line or anywhere in between these two lines. When you finish your service motion, your front foot can be on the line and over, but not all the way over, that is a foot fault also. We will talk about faults in a second. Serve; when you are in the service box and you are swinging, you must bounce the ball. It can only bounce one time before you strike it. To strike the ball, the ball has to hit the front wall first and bounce beyond the short line in this area. If it does not make it past the short line, we call that a fault as well. If it does not bounce before the back wall, it is also a fault.

    A fault is a serve that is not legal. You get two faults and then its a side out. So you get two serves to get the ball in play. As the receiver, you are receiving back here, about a racquet arms length. When you return the serve, you can contact the ball anywhere in this area. You may not go into this area, the receiving area, until the ball either bounces or passes that line. Thus you need just to keep back, until the ball passes here.

    As the server, you will have to stay in the service box, until the ball passes the short line. So if the ball is here, you cannot come out here. That would be an automatic side out, so you would lose that serve. You can come out with the ball and get into position. Once the service is in play and the receiver has returned a serve, that is the beginning of the rally. A rally can last as many times, you can hit the ball as many times as you possibly can get it. The two people on the court, if you are playing singles, take turns hitting the ball.

    The ball must hit the front wall. If it doesnt hit the front wall before it hits the floor, thats what we call a skid ball, the rally is over. Also, it would be over, if one of the players hit the ball and the receiver, the ball bounces twice before it is returned, the rally is over. Either a point is scored or a side out happens and they exchange places. Just so you know a side out, that is the term that we use when the server has lost the rally and they have to change places with the receiver. So the receiver becomes the server and the server is now receiving.

    Some of the other brief terminologies that we use. If we hit the ball just to front wall and it hits the floor first, we call that a skid. If the ball bounces twice before it is returned, a double bounce or a triple bounce. How many bounces, but you only get one bounce in order to return the ball. Also when serving, as we mentioned a bit ago, the ball has to hit the front wall first. If it hits the side wall or the ceiling or the floor before it hits the front wall first, it is an automatic side out, whether it is on your first serve or your second server.

    As you are playing, the only way to score points is while you are serving. You are playing a regular match, you will play two games to 15. Tiebreaker is necessary to 11, winning by one point. Coming up next, we are going to talk about the basic forehand and backhand grips.