The ball shall be a pressurized tennis ball approved by the United States Paddle Tennis Association for tournament play which has its interal pressure reduced by being punctured so that when dropped from a height of six feet to the playing court surface shall not bounce less than 31″ nor more than 33″.
Puncturing with a hypodermic needle or safety pin is a simple method of acheiving the required bounce.
The paddle shall be made of a solid material or materials and shall not be more than 8.5″ wide and 17.5″ long. It may be perforated and/or textured and shall contain no strings; all subject to approval of the United States Paddle Tennis Association.
The sequence of scoring points is:
1st point – 15
2nd point – 30
3rd point – 40
4th point – Game
Except that if each player reaches 40-40, the score is “deuce”. The next point won by the side, is scored “advantage” for that side. If the same side wins the next point, that side wins the game. If that side loses the point, the score returns to “deuce”. Play continues unti one side wins the game. If at any time a side has no points, the score is “love”.
The server’s score is called first, then the receiver’s score. A set may consist of one in which the first player to win 6 games or the first player to win 8 games wins the set, providing he/she has at least a 2-game margin. If a 2-game margin does not exist, the set may be played to conclusion or the tiebreaker procedure may be used at either 6-all or 8-all.
All Venice Beach Paddle Tennis Tournaments sets are 8-game pro sets. (1 set only! Not 2 out of 3).
The USPTA is a non-profit organization that governs the sport for its members, which includes indviduals, municipalities, clubs and leagues. In 2012 the USPTA sanctioned sixteen tournaments with expansion planned across the country. The organization provides national rankings of its members; maintains the official rules and etiquette of the sport; regulates standards for balls, paddles and coutrs; as well as manages its website.