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The size of the court is 20' by 44' for both doubles
and singles. The net is hung at 36" on ends, and hangs
34" in the middle.
The player must keep one foot behind the back line when
serving. The serve is made underhand. The paddle must pass
below the waist. The server must hit the ball in the air
on the serve. She/he is not allowed to bounce it then hit
it. The service is made diagonally cross court and must
clear the non-volley zone. Only one serve attempt is allowed
except if the ball touches the net on the serve and lands
in the proper service court. Then the serve may be taken
over. At the start of each new game, the first serving team
is allowed only one fault before giving up the ball to the
opponents. Thereafter, both members of each team will serve
and fault before the is turned over to the opposing team.
When the receiving team wins the serve, the player in the
right hand court will always start play.
To volley a ball means to hit it in the air without first
letting it bounce. All volleying must be done with player's
feet behind the non-volley zone line. Note: It is a fault
if the player steps over the line on his volley follow through.
Each team must play their first shot off the bounce. That
is, the receiving team must let the serve bounce, and the
serving team must let the return of the serve bounce before
playing it. after the two bounces have occurred, the ball
can either be volleyed or played off the bounce.
Hitting the ball out of bounds. Not clearing the net. Stepping
into the non-volleying zone and volleying the ball. Volleying
the ball before it has bounced once on each side of the
net as outlined in rule above.
A team shall score a point only when serving. A player who
is serving shall continue to do so until a fault is made
by his/her team. The game is played to 11 points, however,
a team must win by two.
Players may go rock, paper, scissors or rally the ball until
a fault is made. Winner of the toss or rally has the option
of serving first or not serving first.
Player in right hand court serves diagonally across court
to receiver in opposite right hand court. The ball must
clear the non-volley zone and land in the opposite right
hand serving court. The receiver must let the ball bounce
before playing it. (Rule #4--double bounce rule.) After
the two bounces have occurred, the ball may then be either
volleyed or played off the bounce until a fault is made.
If a fault is made by the receiving team, a point is scored
by the serving team. When the serving team wins a point,
its players will switch courts and the same player will
continue to serve. When the serving team makes its first
fault, players will stay in the same court and the second
partner will then serve. When the make their second fault,
they will stay in the same courts and turn the ball over
to the other team. Players switch courts only after scoring.
All rules apply with the following exception: When serving
in singles, each player serves from the RIGHT HAND court
when her/his score is 0 or an even number, and from the
LEFT HAND court when his score is odd numbered.
A ball landing on any line is considered good. If a player
sees that the ball is going to land in the non-volley zone,
and he is going to let it bounce, he may move into the zone
before it bounces, but must let it bounce before returning
it. The hand below the wrist is considered part of the paddle
and shots off any part of it are good.