Paddle Tennis

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Paddle Tennis Clinic

Learn how to play paddle tennis. The round robin clinic will be on Sundays from 10:30PM to 12:00PM

Paddle Tennis

The court

The game is played on an elevated aluminum deck 1/4 the size of a regulation tennis court (a 60' x 30' deck with a 44' x 20' in-bounds area.) The court is surrounded by a 12' high superstructure with taut, 16-gauge "chicken wire" fencing which allows play off the walls, as in racquetball and squash.

The base of a platform tennis court is usually enclosed, allowing for a heating system beneath the deck (propane, natural gas or kerosene.) The heating system melts ice off the aggregate deck surface, allowing athletes to play outdoors in all weather conditions. Most courts have lighting systems for nighttime play. While the official platform tennis season runs from Fall through Winter, the game can be enjoyed year-round.

Rules

Platform tennis is a doubles sport with two players on each side of a 34" high net. Rules of the game are identical to tennis with a few exceptions: only one serve, serves that touch the net are played, and what many consider the best thing about platform tennis—the ball can be played off the screened walls.

A very important difference between other "walled" racquet sports such as raquetball and squash, is that in those sports, a player may play a shot directly into a wall and then into the court. In Platform Tennis, all of the traditional rules of tennis apply after the ball is struck. For example, an opposing player may hit the ball past their opponents, and they may retrieve the ball after it bounces off of the screen. However, they must then hit the ball directly back into the court, without it touching the screen before it lands in the court, or is struck by their opponents.

Equipment

Platform tennis paddles are made of a composite material with aerodynamic holes drilled in the head. Paddles are approximately 18" long. The spongy, rubber ball measures 2.5" in diameter. A flocking material on its exterior keeps the ball from skidding.