Rules to play Paddleball

Rules to play Paddleball

1 . Paddle ball

Paddle ball is a one person game played with a paddle and an attached ball. Using the flat paddle with the small rubber ball attached at the center via an elastic string, the player tries to hit the ball with the paddle in succession as many times as possible.The paddle is similar in size and shape to a table tennis racket. It is usually made from either wood or plastic, although other materials can be used.

2 . Equipment

The official paddleball ball is an unpressurized black ball with a small hole, slightly larger and heavier than a racquetball. Early in the sports history, many of the better players honed their paddles and guarded their designs. Other playersmost notably Bud Muehleisenstarted with commercial paddles by Spalding or Marcraft, and modified them to meet their personal preferences. Old tennis rackets could be cut down into paddles, and these paddle rackets as they were called gave a player such an advantage over a standard wooden paddle that a new game evolved from it.

Competitive paddles are still made in small shops, but the technology has advanced beyond early paddles. Modern paddles combine polymer foams, high strength metals, graphite and epoxy resin. Paddles are made in home shops by craftsmen such as eight time national champion Mike Wisniewski of Bay City, Michigan, who builds a few paddlesmore than needed for personal use, but not enough to be considered a manufacturer. These Wiz paddles are well enough made that they are often kept on display when not in use. A few small manufacturers notably Hillbilly Paddles produce hundreds of paddles per year.

3 . An attached ball paddleball

Though normally thought of as a toy for children, attached ball paddleballs are a great tool for sharpening your hand eye coordination and getting comfortable with the paddle.
Hold the paddle in your dominant hand with your wrist facing up.
Flick your wrist upward to maneuver the ball to rest on top of the paddle.
Continue flicking your wrist to bounce the ball off the top of the paddle. Your goal is to continuously be able to bounce the ball on the paddle without the ball falling.

4 . Motions

Move on to more advanced motions with the attached ball paddleball. Try manipulating the paddle so that the ball alternates bouncing on the underside and the top of the paddle. This is just another way to practice your hand eye control.

5 . Lengths connecting

Test out different string lengths connecting the ball and paddle. Shorter paddleball strings make it easier to hit the ball, while longer ones make controlling the ball more difficult.

6 . Two or four paddles

Purchase a paddleball set containing a ball, two or four paddles, and a net. Each paddle should be a minimum of 18 1

7 . Court

Get started by choosing a location on a beach or any other sandy location such as a playground or a beach volleyball court. Paddleball can also be played on grass, concrete, or even snow if sand is not available.

8 . Doubles court

Draw a rectangle in the sand with your heel or anything you have handy that measures 15 feet 4.6 m by 48 feet 14.6 m for a singles court or 26 1 4 feet by 52 1 2 feet for a doubles court. A singles court should be drawn when two teams composed of one person each are playing, and a double court should be used when two teams of two people each are playing.

9 . Put up your net across

Though you can buy nets specifically for playing paddleball, you can also adapt any similar sports net you have as long as the top of your net is 510 off of the ground on a hard surface such as grass, and 57 off of the ground on a soft surface like sand or snow.

10 . Pick your teams

First decide whether you want to play singles or doubles. If you are playing doubles, you might want to flip a coin to quickly and randomly choose partners.