Section 1. Overview
- All players must provide their own racquets, and the RECSports staff will provide the rest of the equipment necessary for a match
- All racquets used must have a safety thong which is to be wrapped around the players wrist. Switching the racquet from hand to hand during gameplay is strictly prohibited
- All players must wear clean, non-marking athletic shoes
- Eye protection is required to compete in a racquetball doubles contest
Section 2. The Serve/Return
- Rocks, Paper, Scissors will determine which player will serve first
- Player 1 on team A will serve until the opponent takes control of the ball by earning a side out. Then player 1 on team B will serve until they record a side out. The rotation starts over with player 2 on team A serving. Servers will rotate.
- The server must stand in the serving area and bounce the ball once before striking the ball
- The ball must strike the front wall before striking any other wall, ceiling or floor
- Failure to do so will result in a fault
- In doubles play, the team serving first in the game will only have 1 player's serve After that turn is complete, each player on each team will serve during each turn
A player has two attempts to serve the ball legally. A fault serve occurs when:
- The server leaves the serving area before the ball passes the short line
- A ball hits the floor on or in front of the short line
- A ball hits both side walls before hitting the floor
- A ball hits the back wall or ceiling before hitting the floor
The server loses the serve when:
- Server misses the ball in an attempt to serve.
- The server fails to hit the front wall first.
- After serving the ball, the ball hits the server before the opponent has an opportunity to play the ball.
- Two successive fault serves occur.
Each return of serve is called a rally and play continues until:
- A player fails to return the ball to the front wall
- The ball hits the floor twice between it is hit by the opposition
- A hinder occurs
Section 3. Hinder
Stoppage of player due to the following:
- Ball striking a part of the court which results in an erratic rebound of the ball (fan vents, door knob, lights, etc.)
- Accidentally hitting the opponent with the ball, as the ball is heading towards the front wall
- Screening the opponents view of the ball
- When a hinder occurs, either participant may make the call