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What are the rules?

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Serve & Return

To start (serve), you can play the ball directly out of your hand or after one bounce on the ground. As different players may have a personal preference on how to start a rally, having this option helps to create variation, inclusivity, and good rallies.

  • The ball is hit with the racquet from the first square to the opposite side (over the middle square).
  • Leaving the racquet, the ball must move upward or horizontally at least briefly (no downplay & no smashing).
  • The ball must hit the ground once before return – no volley shots.
  • The winner of a rally starts the next rally.
  • The winner of a set opens the following set.
  • After each set is complete, players change sides.

Positioning

Street Racket wants to make racquet sports accessible to everyone, with as little complications as possible. It therefore wants to have few set rules. This is also the case with footwork and positioning. A player can stand wherever they like during rallies. There is only one rule:

  1. For the first hit of each rally, the player must not touch the middle square or its line.

A Valid Point

The Street Racket rules ensure a social, benevolent, motivating atmosphere designed to be inclusive and not exclude anyone! The Street Racket concept therefore promotes inclusion and integration. It is suited to all player levels and age groups. The two rules “no downplay” and “no volley” are at the heart of the Street Racket game. These rules ensure the game is controlled and playing actions are more successful. The focus of Street Racket is on ball control, long rallies, and developing motor skills (especially hand-eye coordination).

Described here, is an example for a single game (1 player per side).

  • For all hits, your ball must move upwards or horizontally after contact with the racquet (no volley, no downplay & no smashing).
  • You hit the ball upwards or horizontally toward the square of the other player.
  • If your ball lands outside the square of the other player (or inside the middle zone) the other player wins the point .
  • If the ball touches the line of the players’ square, the ball is in and the game continues.
  • The ball has to bounce within the players’ square once (and only once) before it is played back.
  • Two consecutive bounces on the ground and the point is awarded to the other player.
  • If, upon contact with the racquet, the ball moves immediately in a downward motion, the point is awarded to the the other player.

The basic rules ensure there is enough time to react to a shot and no player can dominate a game or a rally (for example with force, power or hard hitting) and everyone can play. Street Racket is a game for everyone, including beginners with professionals, young with old, women with men.

Counting

Street Racket puts the focus mainly on cooperation before competition. The ‘challenge’ is to have the most consecutive ralley shots. The winner of a rally gets one point. The player who wins 11 rallies first wins the set. There are no extensions at 10:10, therefore each set ends at 11 points. Typically, the game is played until one player (or pair) has won three sets in a “best of five”.
When played in groups the game becomes a team-challenge. Whichever team gets the longest rally (the most consecutive shots for any given exercises) in a certain time frame wins  the challenge. 

Court(s)

The courts can be set-up and used anywhere! The Street Racket court consists of three squares of the same size arranged in a row but can be scaled.  This special movement game adapts to any available space and can make use of diverse settings – even using a wall when needed.
The characteristic court (consisting of three squares) can be drawn on the floor (for example with chalk or paint), or marked in another way (for example with adhesive tape, masking tape or rubber sports markers). The court can alternatively be marked with flat objects.
A larger court creates space for more and bigger movement and intensity. A smaller court can help refine your motor skills and ball control. Ideally, players use different sized courts to develop their motor skills and to work on their differentiation skills.
The middle square replaces the net. Similar to a net, it separates the players, but no net means:
  • No purchase of a net.
  • No setting up of a net.
  • No maintenance.
  • No poles.
  • No holes.
  • Just draw the court and play!
The basic recommendation and tournament size for a single court is: 2m per square – overall size is 2m x 6m (6ft x 18ft). But unless you’re in a tournament you can be flexible because the court can be scaled.

The Street Racket Ball

The official Street Racket ball has been intensively developed and tested with thousands of players. The ball is soft, approximately 7cm in diameter, and perfect for the various game forms. It was designed to give you the best results in a number of ways:
  • To encourage feelings of success and quick progress.
  • To bounce in just the right way to go with the racquets and the court system.
  • It has the ideal rebound on the racquet or wall.
  • The ball is not be too small and not too light, so it’s not too difficult to play on uneven grounds and is not affected too much by the wind.
  • The ball cannot cause any damage to people and the environment.
  • The ball does not leave marks (either indoors and outdoors), because it doesn’t soak up moisture.
  • Also, because it doesn’t soak up moisture, the ball doesn’t get too heavy.

Your Racquet

Four reasons why the racquet is just what you want:
  1. The light racquets have an enlarged face fso the ball can be hit easily by everyone  from the very start.
  2. Making contact with the ball is pleasant because the sound and impact are both very soft.
  3. The wooden racquet has a very nice feel to it.
  4. The texture of the wood makes sure your grip doesn’t slip even with sweaty palms.

“The basic rules (no volley, no downplay) should be followed by all and by new forms of playing as this is essential to the concept of successful sports and education development. And all the other positive aspects we include in the concept will be promoted much more effectively by sticking to the characteristic rules!”

Marcel Straub

Street Racket co-founder