Basic WOR Rules

Official World Outdoor Racquetball Rules Modifications:



Unless otherwise stated here, standard USAR rules will apply. Anything stated herein supersedes standard USAR rules.

Local rules exceptions must be approved by WOR State Director or WOR National Director, and posted in advance as well as at the event. Local rules exceptions supersede all other rules.



Outdoor courts come in a variety of formats. There is no official size. Play the court that has been built.

Quite often, specific court shapes will result in local rules variations. 


If a shot hits the beveled end of the sidewall and remains in play, the shot is good. The beveled top of the front wall and sidewall is also good. Basically, if the ball uses the walls and remains in play, the shot is good.


Since the size of an outdoor court varies, the placement of lines also varies. Outdoor racquetball introduces the addition of one or more of the following lines: Side Lines, Back Line, and Singles Service Lines.



All outside court lines (side & back) will be played good as long as the ball bounces inside the court or on any part of the line.



As needed, line judges will be used. Line judge's responsibility is exactly like USAR rules state - with the exception of how line judges will call the side lines. Line judges have the first call on in/out on sidelines. Line judge should yell OUT and stop play as the first call. When line judges are in place, referee should not give opinion of in/out on a sideline unless appeal is requested.

Player can appeal to referee. So – referee will agree or disagree with line judge on an appeal of a line call. If ref disagrees, then a replay will occur. If ref agrees or has no call - then the call stands. This is only relevant to LINE calls, when line judge has first call. Line judge on other side is not asked for his opinion on any in/out call.

Everything else is per USAR rules and procedure. If Line judges are in place, referee should not give opinion of in/out on a sideline unless appeal is requested.

When a “short line judge” is used, he will have the first call on short serves. Short line judge should yell SHORT and stop play on a short serve. If there is an appeal, it would go first to the referee. If referee agrees the call stands. If referee disagrees, sideline judges may be asked if used. A two-two tie would be a replay. A Two-one decision, plus one no-call would result in the decision with the two votes.

When a “short line judge” is used, he will NOT be the first call for a skip ball. Short line judge should only give his opinion when there has been an appeal regarding a skipped ball. If there is an appeal, it would go first to the referee. In event of an appeal regarding a skipped ball, it would go to both line judges and the short line judge. A two-two tie would be a replay. A two-one decision, plus one no-call would result in the decision with the two votes.

Short line judge responsibilities are limited to the first call on short serves, and for appeals on skip balls. Short line judge will not be used for any other calls.


There is no Receiving Line (commonly called the five-foot line) in outdoor racquetball. However, the receiving player or team is not allowed to break the plane of the service box with the racquet swing. In long wall, local rules often revert back to using the receiving line.



All divisions will follow the one-serve rule.



If the partner is hit by the server and it is determined that the partner is correctly in the box, under the one-server rule, the server will get one more opportunity for a legal serve. A subsequent screen serve will result in an out.

It is possible for a partner to save what would otherwise be an out serve by properly being in the box and getting hit with the serve. It is the duty of the referee to determine if the partner was properly situated in the box.



Outdoor racquetball follows the Professional rules on this issue. A rally must be played for a rally to be won. Persistent non-checking of the receiving player or team can result in a technical for delay of game (loss of point), but generally, the referee shall require a rally for the receiving player/team to take possession of the serve.



There are no court hinders unless a local court rule designates a particular aspect of the court as being a court hinder.


The elements of nature are not a hinder.


AMATEURS: Act of God, each event does the best it can to adjust, delay, or move matches but nothing is guaranteed once rain starts due to safety.

PROS: Any event that is not concluded the prize money will be split among those who are still in the winners bracket of the draw when suspended. Example if prize money was $800 1st & $200 2nd & it rained out prior to the semis the total of $1,000 would be split 4 ways & each player would receive $250.



Light poles are out of play.



A ball bouncing over the sidewall is a legal shot.



A Safety Holdup is extended to include players on adjacent courts.



A safety holdup can be called only on the moving part of the crowd as opposed to the stationary crowd.  Player cannot put stationary crowd at risk.  The players must safely hit the ball prior to entering the stationary crowd.  The stationary crowd cannot cause a hinder.  Referee should stop play if ball enters stationary crowd.  Player must strike the ball prior to entering stationary crowd or ball is dead.



In doubles, the partner to the server may take position in one of three places.

- In "the box" as per standard USAR rules

- Outside the court beyond the back line. When taking a position beyond the back line, the partner must stay out of the way of the receiving team. If the partner becomes a hinder, it is up to the referee to determine if the hinder was an avoidable hinder.

- Outside the court, touching the sidewall. If partner is in this position on sideline and is hit by a serve, it is a loss of serve. If the ball goes between partner and front wall, it is an automatic screen serve. 



In addition to the normal technical fouls and warnings, launching the game ball while not in a rally is a technical foul. The violation is a form of a delay of game. Launching a broken ball prior to it being confirmed works against the player sending the ball sailing.



Outdoor courts vary in size and there is no official size.



Generally, the markings are the same as the USAR's standard rules, except that on an outdoor court, there is no receiving (5-foot) line. Since the size of outdoor courts may vary, the exact placement of other lines may also vary. Both side lines and a back line are drawn as needed, to denote play area on the surface of the court.