The following is an abbreviated form of the rules to give a quick overview of how the game is played. If there is a conflict between this summary and the official rules, the official rules prevail.
>> When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning, and then the serving team must let it bounce before returning, thus two bounces.
>> After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke).
>> The two-bounce rule eliminates the serve and volley advantage and extends rallies.
>> A ball contacting any part of any line, except the non-volley zone line on a serve, is considered “in.”
>> A serve contacting the non-volley zone line is short and a fault.
>> A fault is any action that stops play because of a rule violation. >> A fault by the receiving team results in a point for the serving team.
>> A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of serve or side out.