Padbol is a relatively young sport reminiscent of a mix between football and padel. You always play two and two. Instead of the racket, you play, just like in football, with your body, but not with your arms and hands. Padbol is derived from Argentina and has quickly become popular mainly in South America and Spain.
The first world championship was played in 2013 and there were representatives from both Spain, Brazil, Italy, Uruguay and Argentina. In World Cup 2014 there were two Swedish teams represented. The sport is under a patent owned by Padbol International and a license is required to build a track no matter where in the world you are building. Padel Zenter have exclusive rights to sell both courts and licenses in all of the Nordic countries, so if you are interested in knowing more about the sport or building your own Padbol court, contact us at email@example.com.
The court in Padbol is 10 × 6 meters with a net in the middle. The court is surrounded with a 2.5 meter high glass wall and also 1 meter grille. The court is divided into three different zones. The whole court is part of the game but the blue zone and red zones have some own rules.
BLUE ZONE AND BALL
From here you serve, when serving, you must stand behind the line. The ball in Padbol is like a regular football but slightly smaller.
The red zone is one meter on each side and from the red zone it’s okay to shoot the ball straight away without playing yo your own partner, and in order to do that, it is necessary to be wholly or partially in the red zone. It’s also good to be in the air above the zone. Like the smallest zone, the red zone is also included in serve.
– You always play double
– Score is the same as tennis/padel
– Like football, you can use the entire body, except arms and hands
– Serve must be “subtended” and bounce into the opponent’s server box
– Serve may bounce into the glass wall, but if it bounces in the grid it is wrong
– You have two serves
– If the ball goes straight into the opponent’s wall, it will count as out. Before the ball takes in the opponent’s wall it must bounce into the ground.
– You can play volley (not on serve), half-volley or let the ball bounce on glass.
– You can hit the ball on its own glass (on your side) to get it over to the opponent
– You can not hit the ball in the grid on its own side
– A player may only have one touch in a row on the ball
– You must have three touches in the team before the ball must be over to the other side.
– Unless you are in the red zone you can not play the ball directly to the side of the team. Either the ball must be hit in its own wall, or fit to its player first.
The rules of padbol are in many cases similar to rules for padel, but there are certainly exceptions.
The score in padbol is just like tennis. However, you always play the best of 3 sets. In each case it is worth winning 6 games. In a game, you count the points as follows: 0, 15, 30, 40, game. If the score is 40-40 then you have to win two points for the game to be decided. In one set, it comes first to come to 6 won games. However, if the score turns 5-5, 7 wins are played. If the score is 6-6 then play a game called tiebreak. Tiebreak is first played for 7 points, where you also have to win at least two points.
In Padbol you win points if:
– The ball bounces in the field twice on the opponent’s side
– The opponent strikes the ball in the net
– The opponent throws the ball out, either directly out of the cage or directly on one of your walls
– The opponent hits the ball in his own grid
The rules for the serve differ from tennis but are very similar to padel. A serve in padbol must always be played “underhand”. Before playing the ball over to the other side, it must bounce into the ground once. The serve should be behind the serve line, located inthe blue box. The server should go diagonally and bounce into the opponent’s opposite server box, including the red zone. The opponent may not take it on a volley cause it must bounce first. Just like in tennis, you have a first serve and a second serve, if you miss their first one you have a second chance. If the ball at serve touches the net before it enters it should be switched over.
If you are in the red zone you have to push back the ball directly over the net. It is then required to either be completely or partially in the red zone or in the air above it. If you aren’t in the red zone, you can not play the ball directly, but either have to roll in your own wall or fit your player first. As a player you only have to touch one at a time. On the other hand, you must have three touches before playing over the ball. This allows two passes to improve their positions.
Here you can resemble Padbol with volleyball.
With exception of the red zone, the lines on the court are only used for serve.