Racquetball is a game played by two, three or four players on an enclosed court of 20 feet by 40 feet by 20 feet high. All wall surfaces, including the ceiling, are in play. The object of the game is to hit the ball in such a manner that the opponent cannot hit it before it bounces twice.
In turn, each player (or team) must hit a bouncy blue or green racquetball to the front wall with a strung racquet, using any number of court surfaces, except the floor, en route. On rebound from the front wall, the other player or team must then retrieve the ball before the second bounce and return it back to the front wall. If the ball bounces on the floor twice before being hit with the racquet, or hits the floor enroute to the front wall after being hit with the racquet, the result is a "loss of rally." Each rally begins with a serve.
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The equipment ...
The equipment required for play consists of the racquet, that cannot exceed 22 inches in length, the safety goggles or glasses meeting or exceeding the safety standards of the International Racquetball Federation (IRF), non-marking athletic shoes, and the racquetball.
Points scored ...
Points are earned by the server only. Games can be played to 11, 15, or 21 points. Matches are usually two games to 15 with an 11 point tie-breaker (IRF Rules), or best of five 11 point games (Professional Rules).
From the serve ...
The server stands completely inside the service box. The ball is bounced then struck by the racquet directly toward the front wall.
It may not touch any other surface en route. After the ball bounces off the front wall, it may contact one sidewall surface, or not, and must bounce in the backcourt beyond the “short line” and before contacting the back wall.
A serve not meeting these basic service requirements is a “Fault Serve,” consecutive fault serves results in a "loss of serve."