How to Play Doubles in Racquetball

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Playing doubles requires you to increase your awareness on the court and sharpen your shots. Plus you can cram more people on a court if space or money is tight.

Things You'll Need

  • Racquetball Goggles
  • Racquetball Rackets
  • Racquetballs
  • Water Bottles With Squeeze Caps
  • Choose a partner of similar or equal playing ability. This will make playing more enjoyable.

  • Have a strategy before entering the court.

  • Split the court down the middle with each player taking a side. If you're both right-handed, the player with the strongest backhand will want to take the left side of the court. If one person on the team is left-handed, allow that person to take the left side of the court.

  • Decide on a service rotation before the match begins.

  • Stick to the service rotation throughout the game.

  • Make sure you and your partner are inside the service box when serving. When not serving, the teammate stands with his or her back against the wall on both feet until the ball clears the back service line.

  • Be aware of your position in relation to everybody else on the court.

  • Shorten your backswing and follow through to avoid hitting people with your racquet when necessary.

  • Keep score the same as in singles. Matches are decided by a best of three games format. The first two games are played to 15 points and the third game is played to 11 points.

Tips & Warnings

  • You don't need to alternate hitting the ball with your partner during a rally.
  • Hitting kill shots and passing shots requires better aim when playing doubles.
  • Call hindrance when needed. Hindrance will occur more frequently in doubles because of the number of people on the court.

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