The game starts with a serve. The player serving the ball must bounce it once on the floor and hit it directly to the front wall, making the ball to touch the floor past the short line; otherwise the serve counts as a foul.
During a rally all the play that follows the return of serve a player may hit the ball only with the head of the racket that may hit the ball only with the head of the racket, which may be held in one or both hands. Swapping the racket from one hand to the other, or removing the wrist thong during play, results in loss of the rally.
A dead-ball hinder returns in a replay with no penalty; the server receives two serves. The receiver must make a reasonable effort and have a reasonable chance to make a return before a referee will call a hinder. Some examples of dead-ball hinder include:-
The penalty hinder results in loss of the rally. Examples of penalty hinder are:-
Each player or the team can make up to three 30-second timeouts in games to 15 and two 30-seconds in games to 11. A player is awarded up to 15 cumulative minutes of injury timeout.
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