Paddleball is a racquet sport which is played either as singles (amongst two players) or in doubles (two teams of two players each) with a wooden and perforated paddle with no webbing and a small rubber ball. In this game, players hit the ball against the wall or walls of a court with a paddle, while their opponents attempt to hit it on the rebound.
There are one, three and four-wallgames and are played both in singles and doubles. One and three-wall games are played for 11, 15, 21 or 25 points and four-wall is a 21-point game.
Four-wall paddle was originated in 1930 by Earl Riskey, a P.Ed. Instructor and later Director of Intramural Sports at the University of Michigan. Paddleball is a very popular court sport in the United States.
Paddleball is normally played on a court 20 feet wide, 37 feet long with a single wall that is 16 feet high. The short line which is 16 feet from the wall, defines the front court. The long line, 18 feet behind the short line, defines the backcourt. The front court of a three-wall court has side walls 12-16 feet high. A four-wall court has a ceiling, front and side walls 20 feet high and a back wall at least 12 feet high.