BRS Knowledge Center - Paddle Sports

 

What is the difference between Platform Tennis, Paddle Tennis and Beach Tennis?

Here in the Northeast U.S., there is one paddle sport that people are crazy about...Platform Tennis.  However, unbeknownst to many 'Northeasterners', there are equally enthusiastic groups of paddle sportsters from the Midwest to the West coast, in Puerto Rico and as far reaching as Europe.  They play the all-season Paddle Tennis or Beach Tennis.  All of these sports are growing rapidly and provide as much fun as they do competition.

Product Note:  With the exception of our Pickleball Paddles and Padel Paddles, all of the paddles we sell are used interchangeably for Paddle Tennis, Platform Tennis & Beach Tennis. 


Platform Tennis

Platform Tennis had its beginnings around 1930, begun by a group of tennis enthusiasts looking for winter entertainment in a racquet sport.  Played on an elevated, heated court (typically in the winter months) that is surrounded by wire fence walls off of which the ball can be played. It is a doubles game where the best of 3 sets wins. Only one serve is allowed and standard tennis scoring applies. It is an easy sport to learn and very little gear is required to play. 

Details:

Court measurement - 44' Long by 20' Wide with markings like a miniature tennis court
Net Height - 34"
Perimeter - Court is bordered by a 12 Foot tall galvanized fence
Equipment -
                 Paddle - 18" is the standard paddle length.  Composition includes Graphite, Titanium
                 and solid EVA cores (no strings!)  They also have holes cut in the face which aid in
                 maneuverability and help bite the ball.

                 Ball - Platform Tennis Ball's made either by Wilson or Viking are the standard ball.
                 It is a firm ball with a short felt-like surface called flocking.  One ball typically lasts
                 for one session of play.

                 Shoes - Players wear durable tennis shoes (court surface is very abrasive). Running
                 shoes and cross-trainers NOT recommended for safety reasons!

For more information on Platform Tennis, contact the APTA (American Platform Tennis Assoc.)

Paddle Tennis:

Paddle Tennis is believed to have originated in 1898 as an outdoor game for children. In 1959, Murray Geller revised the format and rules and the standardized game of Paddle Tennis took off
for players of all age groups. Paddle Tennis can be played either as singles or doubles and the winner is the best of three sets. Tennis scoring applies, although only one underhand serve is allowed. It is an easy sport to learn and as with tennis, very little gear is required to play. Especially popular in the Southeast and West Coast regions.

Details:

Court measurement - 50' Long by 20' Wide (no doubles lanes).  Singles and Doubles played on the same court.
Net Height - 31"
Equipment -
                 Paddle - 18" is the standard paddle length.  Composition includes Graphite, Titanium
                 and solid EVA cores (no strings!)  They also have holes cut in the face which aid in
                 manuverabilty and help bite the ball.

                 Ball - A punctured / deadened tennis ball

                 Shoes - Wear good quality tennis shoes, Running shoes and cross-trainers NOT
                 recommended for safety reasons!

Beach Tennis:

Take the fun and fast-paced sport of tennis... combine it with the sun, sea and sand of the beach... and you have beach tennis, the most electrifying new sport to hit the U.S.

Beach tennis merges the worlds of tennis and beach volleyball into one exciting sport. It can be played both competitively and recreationally and because it’s so simple to play, it appeals to athletes and non-athletes of all ages.

So what exactly is beach tennis? It’s like regular tennis except it’s played on a regulation beach volleyball court. Using beach tennis paddles, two players on each team volley back and forth, hitting a slightly depressurized tennis ball directly over the net without letting it bounce... it’s hard to make the ball bounce on sand! One hit per team is all that’s allowed.

Your team scores a point each time your opponents hit the ball outside the lines or let it hit the sand.

Details:

  • The Penn T.I.P.2 ball is the official ball of Beach Tennis USA
  • Regulation net height is 5 ft. 6 3/4 inch. (1.7 meters)
  • Width of an official Beach Tennis court is 26 1/4 ft. (8 meters)
  • Length of an official Beach Tennis court is 52 1/2 ft. (16 meters)
  • Beach Tennis Paddle must be minimum of 18 1/2 inches in length and no longer than 20 inches

Equipment:
                 Paddle - 18" is the standard paddle length (no longer than 20" allowed).  
                 Composition includes Graphite, Titanium and solid EVA cores (no strings!)  
                 They also have holes cut in the face which aid in maneuverability and help bite the ball

                 Ball - A punctured / deadened tennis ball

                 Shoes - what shoes???? You're in the sand!!!

Listed below are the official rules and regulations for the 2010 season of Beach Tennis USA®, the organization responsible for launching the sport of beach tennis in North America.

Rules:

  • Scoring is the same as tennis 15-30-40
  • NO ADD scoring… at 40-40 (deuce) next point wins
  • In mixed doubles, men serve underhand
  • Lets are in play
  • You only get 1 serve
  • The ball can NOT hit the sand… if the ball does hit the sand, the opposing team receives a point
  • If the ball strikes the line in any way, the ball is good
  • No part of a players body or his/her equipment may touch the net or cross the plain of the net (over or under).. by doing so, the player and his/her teammate will loose the point being played
  • The player serving must stay behind the base line while serving… if any part of a players body touches the base line in his/her service motion before hitting the ball, it is considered a foot fault (serving team will loose the point)
  • ‘One hit and over’… you may not pass the ball to your doubles partner, one hit to get the ball over the net