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Paddleball (one wall)

One Wall Paddleball is an American ball game in which a small rubber ball is hit against a single wall with the help of a solid paddle. This game is originated from American handball in which a gloved palm or bare hands are used instead of paddles. The rest of the rules are all the same.

This outdoor game is usually played by two people (singles) or by four people (doubles). Paddleball (one wall) sport tournaments are held under the administrative rules of American Paddleball Association.

As a general rule, the hit ball must touch the wall without touching the floor of the court more than once for a valid rally. It is necessary for the team to be serving in order to score a point. Service is done in succession and opponent will get the turn to serve if first server’s team loses the play. This game consists of 15, 21 and 25 points and a team must win by two-points like 22, 20 or 21, 19.

men playing a paddleball game men playing a paddleball game in Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1950

Black, blue and green balls are normally used to play this game. Originally, wooden paddles were used but now there are also paddles made of graphite and titanium materials.

The sport is very popular in California, Florida, New York, Puerto Rico, New Jersey and also in Connecticut. Although indoor courts to play one-wall paddleball are rare in United States, they do exist at some places.

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