About Racketlon & FAQ

A basic of the sport and more information

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to play all 4 sports?

Yes you do, all 4 sports have to be played one after the other in order, like a triathlon. The order is smallest/lightest racket to biggest, i.e.: table tennis, badminton, squash, tennis. The final score is then tallied with each leg consisting of first to 21points. Exception to the rule is if one competitor has a lead of 22 points after the squash leg then he has already won.

What if I cant play one of the 4 sports?

Then this will be a perfect time to try, you wont be the only one with this problem as there will be many who cannot play either of the 4, but at least you have fun. Many people have played in a tournament and held a badminton racket for example for first time and ended up loving the game.

What if all points are equal after the tennis?

Then the Gummiarm rule applies. The 2 opponents spin for who serves, winner decides to receive or serve. To offset the advantage of a server, they only get one serve (no second serve as usually given in tennis).the winner of that point then decides the overall winner.

What’s the basic rule of serving in Badminton?

The racket must connect the shuttle at waist level or lower. The server may not serve in 2 movements, i.e.: swing back and then forward. They must start with the racket already in the backswing mode. They may hold the shuttle anyway. Both feet must be in their service block and serve to opposite sides alternating after each serve.

What’s the basic rule when serving in Table Tennis?

In singles the server can serve to any side of the table he likes as long as it bounces once before the net and once over. It can come off the side of the table. The complication comes on the servers side, he has to cup the ball in the palm of his hand allowing view of the ball, he may not spin the ball with his fingers before hitting it. He must throw the ball up slightly in the air. he must serve from behind the table, not over it and not from the side. He may put any kind of spin on the ball with his bat then. If he misses the ball completely trying to serve it is then a point to his opponent.

What if I don’t have all the rackets?

Most of the tournament will have some rackets spare to borrow, otherwise there are cheap enough rackets on the market to first try. Or borrow from friends, but this should never hold you back.

What category would I play in?

A brief guideline to what category is for you: A section is for players who play 1 or more sports at an exceptional standard i.e.: National or Provincial or high league level. Plus are able to play the others relatively well. B section is for players that play 1 sport at a reasonable level and can play the others a little. C section is for social players who play 1 or more sports occasionally, i.e. : any social players.

How do you decide the winner?

Each sport is scored equally to avoid confusion. Each leg is played to 21 points much like table tennis, and also like table tennis each person has 2 serves. Every point counts. At the end of the 4 legs the one with the most points wins, not the one who has won the most legs.

Is on the line in or out?

on the line is in for table tennis (this will no doubt come of the edge of the table), it is in in badminton and also in for tennis. Only difference comes in when you play squash and the rule states that on the line is out.

What happens when my opponent gets in my way in Squash?

We can discuss this one till we blue in the face, but basically explained: The person about to strike the ball need full access to the ball, if the opponent is blatantly in the way or does not attempt to give way, a stroke point is awarded. If he attempts to get out the way and has left access for the ball to travel to the front wall then a let will be given. If however the person going for the wall asks for a let, but there was no way they would have gotten to the ball, no let is given. Generally when you are not sure then always play a let, this is sportsmanship.


Rules about Racketlon
Set Order

The sets are played in the following order (from smaller to larger rackets): table tennis, badminton, squash, tennis


Each set is played to 21 points. Every rally results in a point to the winner of the rally – just like in table tennis. Also, like in table tennis, the winner needs to have a margin of at least two points to win the set. A set can thus end e.g. 22-20 or 25-23 but never 21-20. The winner of a Racketlon match is not the one that wins most sets but the one that scores the most points in total. This means that it is possible to loose three out of the four sets and still win the match. If any of the players so wishes the match shall be stopped as soon as (a) the winner has enough points for the match to be decided – AND (b) the rest of the points have no other significance. (Note that group play is sometimes decided through counting total points difference. In that case (b) might apply and the rest of the points might still have significance for the result of the group in which case each match shall be played to the end.). If, after 4 sets, both players have exactly the same number of points, then the tennis set is extended with one single point. The winner of this single point tie-break is also the winner of the full match. Server is decided by the drawing of lots. The winner of the lot chooses whether to decide who gets to serve or what side to play on. To off-set the server’s advantage there is no second service in the single point.

Serving & Sides of Court

At the beginning of each set lots are drawn. The winner of the lot chooses whether to decide who gets to serve or what side to play on. After every two points the serve goes to the other player. At the first of these two serves the server can choose from which side to serve. Then, the server shall switch from side to side every time. If any of the players so wishes sides are switched at the time when 11 points are first reached by one of the players. After 20-20 the serve switches hand at every point until the set is decided. In tennis, the server has two chances – first and second service – just as in normal tennis.

Time Intervals & Continuous Play

A maximum break of one minute shall be allowed at eleven (i.e. when 11 points is first reached by any of the players) in each set. The break between sets shall be maximized at “3+3″ minutes meaning: (a) Warming up at the next sport has to commence within 3 minutes after the end of the previous set. (b) The next set has to commence within 6 minutes after the end of the previous set Play must be continuous at all times (as far as can be reasonably expected). Umpires and referees have the right to penalize players under the misconduct rule should they breach this. Players may pause for a brief drink and to towel down every five points only (so after 5, 10, 15 points, etc), if this is breached the umpire may penalize the offending player. If sweat has dripped onto the table tennis table, badminton court, etc, then of course the player may use a towel to wipe that away at any time.