Racquetball: Steps to Success

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Climbing the Steps to Racquetball
The Sport of Racquetball
151 Key to Diagrams
Return of Serve
FrontWall Shots
Ceiling Shots
BackWall Shots
Court Positioning
Shot Selection
Game Management
Doubles Cutthroat and Outdoor Court
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Page xii - Racquetball, as the name implies, is a competitive game in which a racquet is used to serve and return the ball. Rule 1.3 Objective.
Page xiv - Play shall be conducted according to the following rules: (a) Legal Hits. Only the head of the racquet may be used at any time to return the ball. The racquet may be held in one or both hands. Switching hands to hit a ball, touching the ball with any part of the body or uniform, or removing the wrist thong results in a loss of the rally.
Page xiii - Defective serves. Defective serves are of three types resulting in penalties as follows: (a) Dead ball serve. A dead ball serve results in no penalty and the server is given another serve without cancelling a prior illegal serve. (b) Fault serve. Two fault serves results in a hand-out. (c) Out serves. An out serve results in a hand-out. Rule 4.4 Dead ball serves.
Page xiv - Hit. An illegal hit includes contacting the ball twice, carrying the ball, or hitting the ball with the handle of the racquet or part of the body or uniform. (g) Non-Front Wall Serve. Any served ball that does not strike the front wall first. (h) Crotch Serve. Any served ball that hits the crotch of the front wall and floor, front wall and side wall, or front wall and ceiling is an out serve (because it did not hit the front wall first). A serve into the crotch of the back wall and floor is a good...
Page xv - Rule 4.4(b). (5) Straddle Ball. A ball passing between the legs of a player on the side which just returned the ball, if there is no fair chance to see or return the ball. (6) Other Interference. Any other unintentional interference which prevents an opponent from having a fair chance to see or return the ball. (b) Effect. A call by the referee of a "hinder" stops the play and voids any situation following, such as the ball hitting a player.
Page xii - Play Regulations Rule 4.1 Serve-Generally, (a) Order. The player or side winning the toss becomes the first server and starts the first game, and the third game, if any. (b) Start. Games are started from any place in the service zone. No part of either foot may extend beyond either line of the service zone. Stepping on the line (but not beyond it) is permitted. Server must remain in the service zone until the served ball passes short line. Violations are called "foot faults.
Page xv - ... (2), (5), and (6) above, and all of these are subject to the approval of the referee. A dead-ball hinder stops play and the rally is replayed. The server receives two serves. (c) Avoidance. While making an attempt to return the ball, a player is entitled to a fair chance to see and return the ball. It is the responsibility of the side that has just hit the ball to move so the receiving side may go straight to the ball and have an unobstructed view of the ball. In the judgment of the referee however,...
Page xv - ... front wall, it is not a hinder, and the player that hit the ball will lose the rally. A player who has been hit by the ball can stop play and make the call, though the call must be made immediately and acknowledged by the referee. (3) Body Contact. If body contact occurs which the referee believes was sufficient to stop the rally, either for the purpose of preventing injury by further contact or because the contact prevented a player from being able to make a reasonable return, the referee shall...
Page xvii - ... both players on each side shall serve until a hand-out occurs. It is not necessary for the server to alternate serves to their opponents. (b) Partner's Position. On each serve, the server's partner shall stand erect with his back to the side wall and with both feet on the floor within the service box until the served ball passes the short line. Violations are called "foot faults.
Page xiv - ... doubles partner while outside the doubles box results in loss of serve. (k) Safety Zone Violation. If the server, or doubles partner, enters into the safety zone before the served ball passes the short line, it shall result in the loss of serve. Rule 4.12. RETURN OF SERVE (a) Receiving Position. (1) The receiver may not enter the safety zone until the ball bounces or crosses the receiving line. (2) On the fly return attempt, the receiver may not strike the ball until the ball breaks the plane...

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