How to Keep Score in Racquetball

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Racquetball matches are completed in a best-of-three-games format. You can only score points when you're serving.

Things You'll Need

  • Racquetball Goggles
  • Racquetball Rackets
  • Racquetballs
  • Water Bottles With Squeeze Caps
  • Decide who will serve first. There are numerous ways to decide, including flipping a coin or spinning a racquet. (Call heads or tails or choose insignia up or down.)

  • Serve the ball, accumulating points until the other person/team wins a rally or until you fail to play a serve legally. Each time the rally ends in your favor you earn a point. When the receiving team wins a rally, it's called a sideout (similar to volleyball).

  • Announce the score each time before serving the ball.

  • Continue until one person/team reaches 15 points. A one-point advantage constitutes a win (15-14).

  • Allow the person/team that lost the first game to open service for the second game.

  • Play the third game to 11 points if necessary. The person/team that accumulated the most points in the first two games gets to serve first in the third game.

Tips & Warnings

  • Unless you're playing in a sanctioned event, feel free to play to any number both sides agree to.
  • Announcing the score out loud before each serve will alleviate any discrepancies during the game.
  • If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity.

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