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Racquetball Doubles Rules

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

Fault Serves

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


Out Serves

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