Basic Rules & Scoring

Team Scoring:

Points are scored only by the serving team. Matches are best 2 out of 3 games and played to 11 points, win by 2 during regular seasons. 


Playoff & tournaments matches are best 2 out of 3 games and (third game played to 15), win by 2.

5.B.1. The service always starts in the right-hand court and alternates from right to left to right, etc., as long as server holds serve. 


5.B.2. The server must serve to the crosscourt (court diagonally opposite) service court. There is no restriction on the position of the server’s partner. 


5.B.3. The team’s points will be even when the game's starting server is on the right-hand side. Points will be odd when the game's starting server is on the left-hand side. 


5.B.4. The team serving the initial serve of a game can commit only one fault before service is passed on to the opposing team. After that, IFP Official Tournament Rulebook 20 each team member serves until that player loses the serve when the team commits a fault. After both players have lost their serves, the serve passes to the opposing team.

The "Kitchen":

The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.


Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone.This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone. 


It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone including the associated lines. It is a fault if, after volleying, a player is carried by momentum into or touches the non-volley zone. 


A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball. 

The NVZ or Kitchen is 2-Dimensional meaning you can have your paddle over the top when you Volley or jump over the lines into out-of-bounds. There just can't be any touching of lines or falling into it after the Volley.