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Simplified Rules

Below is a brief overview  - simplified rules.

Scoring System

  • A match consists of the best of 3 games of 21 points.
  • Every time there is a serve – there is a point scored.
  • The side winning a rally adds a point to its score.
  • At 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins that game.
  • At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point, wins that game.
  • The side winning a game serves first in the next game.
Interval and Change of Ends
  • When the leading score reaches 11 points, players have a 60 second interval.
  • A 2 minute interval between each game is allowed.
  • In the third game, players change ends when the leading score reaches 11 points.
Singles
  • At the beginning of the game (0-0) and when the server’s score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When the server’s score is odd, the server serves from the left service court.
  • If the server wins a rally, the server scores a point and then serves again from the alternate service court.
  • If the receiver wins a rally, the receiver scores a point and becomes the new server. They serve from the appropriate service court – left if their score is odd, and right if it is even.

    Doubles
  • A side has only one ‘service’.
  • The service passes consecutively to the players as shown in the diagram.
  • At the beginning of the game and when the score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When it is odd, the server serves from the left court.
  • If the serving side wins a rally, the serving side scores a point and the same server serves again from the alternate service court.
  • If the receiving side wins a rally, the receiving side scores a point. The receiving side becomes the new serving side.
  • The players do not change their respective service courts until they win a point when their side is serving.

If players commit an error in the service court, the error is corrected when the mistake is discovered.

In a doubles match between A & B against C & D.  A & B won the toss and decided to serve. A to serve to C. A shall be the initial server while C shall be the initial receiver.

ExplanationScoreService from Service CourtServer & Receiver Winner of Rally 
 
Love AllRight Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is even.A serves to C A and C are the initial server and receiver.A & B
A & B win a point. A & B will change service courts. A serves again from Left service court. C & D will stay in the same service courts.1-0Left Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is oddA serves to DC & D
C & D win a point and also right to serve. Nobody will change their respective service courts.1-1Left Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is odd.D serves to A.A & B
A & B win a point and also right to serve. Nobody will change their respective service courts.2-1Right Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is even.B serves to CC & D
C & D win a point and also right to serve. Nobody will change their respective service courts.2-2Right Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is even.C serves to BC & D
C & D win a point. C & D will change service courts. C serves from Left service court. A & B will stay in the same service courts.3-2Left Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is odd.C serves to AA & B
A & B win a point and also right to serve. Nobody will change their respective service courts.3-3Left Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is odd.A serves to CA & B
A & B win a point. A & B will change service courts. A serves again from Right service court. C & D will stay in the same service courts.4-3Right Service Court. Being the score of the serving side is even.A serves to DC & D

Note that this means:

  • The order of server depends on the score odd or even same as in singles. 
  • The service courts are changed by the servicing side only when a point is scored. In all other cases, the players continue to stay in their respective service court from where they played previous rally. This shall guarantee alternate server.
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