Paddleball Rules

In the second quarter, we will be covering Paddleball. Considering the timing of the quarter, we will most likely go inside for some time and learn about Ping Pong. Paddleball is a sport that is very similar to Handball. Below are rules of the game. We will modify them to our needs. In Paddleball, we will divide the class into teams of three. Our matches will be played up to eleven points, with teams substituting players every three points. You will be expected to play different teams throughout the course of the quarter. If we are forced inside due to weather, then we will play Ping Pong.

There are Official Paddleball rules available below for reference only.

 Paddleball Wall^



 Short Service Line ^





^ Sideline                   Long Service Line ^                     Sideline  ^


Class Rules for Paddleball:

Only two players per team are permitted to be within the boundaries of the playing area. If your team has three players, the third player will rotate into the field of play after three points have been scored by either team.

Serves may occur from the short service line only. Players who are serving must be at the line and must not touch the line during the serve. A serve is legal if it is dropped and struck or if it is tossed in the air and struck. The ball must hit the paddleball wall and clear the short service line on a fly in order for it to be a legal serve. It must also land between the sidelines. 

Teams should return volleys in an alternating fashion. If Jim on Team A strikes the ball, Tina on Team A cannot hit the ball. Ashley or Tom of Team B must return the volley.

Players may not step out of bounds to strike a ball. If a player does so, the ball is out and a point is awarded to the opposing team.


We will use rally scoring in order to make it easier. Regulation Paddleball rules call for the serving team to gain a point and the receiving team needing to win serve in order to gain the point. Basically, even if your team is not serving, you will be able to gain a point and gain serve. We will play games up to 11 points and the winning team must win by two points.

Player Positioning

Below is a diagram of how teams should be set up. We set up this way so that one player on a team can play the front of the court and the other can play the back of the court.

 Paddleball Wall^



 Short Service Line ^

                   Jim                                           Ashley(serving)



                  Tom                                         Tina

^ Sideline                   Long Service Line ^                     Sideline  ^


When Jim serves, Ashley or Tom may return the serve. If they return it but do not reach the wall or hit it beyond the sideline, Jim and Tina keep their serve and Jim serves again. When Ashley or Tom score a point, Ashley will then serve for her team. If Jim and Tina score a point after, then the players will switch positions (Tom and Tina to the front, Ashley and Jim to the back). Tom serves and the other team scores a point. Now Tina serves because Jim served first and is now in the back.


Official Paddleball Rules


The Game

      One wall paddleball is a game played by two teams in which a ball is hit by a paddle against a wall in such a manner that it creates an exchange or volley between the two teams. Each point or volley is begun with the ball being served against the wall. The volleying continues back and forth until one team fails to return the ball in accordance with the rules. Each team must hit the ball in consecutive order. Any member on the team can hit for the team.


1.A:Players can number two on the court for singles or four on the court for doubles. An even number of players must be on a team.

1.B: Game's end shall be decided when one team has scored the required amount of points first. Required amount of points are (11, 15, 21, and 25). All games must be won by a two point margin.

1.C: Scoring can only be awarded to the serving team. Points are scored when the receiving team makes an out.


2.A: A legally played ball is one that is struck in the proper order by the players on a fly or one bounce. The ball must bounce both in the playing area of the wall and the floor. Violation is an out.

2.B: The order of hitting the ball must be constant during the volley. Any team that make contact with the ball out of order will be out. The order alternates from one team to the other.

2.C: A team that is struck with its returned ball will be out. The out overrides a block call. Exception to this rule is; When a ball rebounds off the wall and passes both opponents, who have no chance to return the ball, and the ball hits one of the hitting team without bouncing, the referee shall determine if the ball would have bounced fair or out. If the ball was determined to bounce out the hitting team is out

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