Racquetball doubles is a high speed game of strategy and position, and good teamwork is an essential element of successful doubles play. The USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships is a premier event, and the competition is intense and fun to watch. Games are also fast, so here are a few basic racquetball doubles rules to help you keep up:
- Only the serving team can score a point.
- In doubles, the serve is lost to the receiving team when both partners of the serving team have lost service, except that the team that serves first at the beginning of each game loses service when the first server loses service.
- The serving team has to be between the serving lines at time of serve.
- The receiving team must be at least 5 feet behind the serving line and stay there until the ball bounces off the serve.
- The serve must hit the front wall and bounce behind the short serve line (second line from the front wall) in order for it to be a legal serve.
- The return may be taken by hitting the ball into the air off the serve, or after the ball has bounced behind the short service line off the serve.
- Either member of a doubles team may hit the ball on each rally—they do not have to alternate shots.
Official Rules and Regulations, USA Racquetball
The 2020 USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships is the sport’s premiere doubles tournament — everyone is invited to play and watch! If you missed the live stream broadcast, there’s still time to watch video recordings of the competition. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button, or select matches from the video posts located at top right corner of media player below.
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