Paddle tennis has become very popular over the last century or so which makes it imperative for would-be players to learn the following paddle tennis rules. Although most people are familiar with the traditional lawn tennis game, they may not realize that paddle tennis is played different. Paddle tennis is more of a mini version of lawn tennis and people have adapted to this. It is used in homes or even backyards by families that love the game. Let's get into the paddle tennis rules.
- The paddle tennis court size is rectangular in shape, 44 inches long and 20 inches wide. Both the paddle and ball have regulations as far as the size. For instance, the ball is made of rubber and may be slightly textured. The paddle for this game should be no more than 9 1/2 inches by 18 inches in size. Dress attire is also regulated for paddle tennis. As far as footwear, the shoes must be non-rubber marking soles.
- The rules are a bit different from lawn tennis, although some rules may remain the same. Player must use the same ball throughout the game, and balls cannot be switched during a set. Of course, there are exceptions for things like damage to the ball, which can interfere with the impact of the game. If a team wants to change a ball after a set then that is fine, they just have to request a new ball.
- To determine which team will go first, a toss is done. The person who wins the toss gets to determine if they will serve first or if they will receive first. They can also decide to have the other team choose first. Once server and receiver for each team is established, then the teams take their places on opposite ends of the net. When serving the ball, it has to go over the net to be counted or the server will be at fault and penalized for the serve.
- When receiving the ball, the receiver may not hit the ball until it has bounced one time. The receiver also has to be ready for the ball. If the receiver claims that they were not ready and have not made a serving attempt, then the serve is done over again. If a server serves out of turn, then the correct server should interject as soon as it is noticed to play the game correctly. There are no points lost but a server is not to serve three times in a row.
- Points are lost for the following: a person is touched by the ball; receiver hits the ball after the second bounce; a ball is considered out of the goal area; a player hits the ball before it has crossed the net.
One rule that is known across all sports is sportsmanship; this goes for tennis players whether it's paddle or lawn. It also goes for other professional sports. Sportsmanship makes the game more about the craft instead of competition and many people prefer a good game when players are focused on their craftsmanship.