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Basic Rules of POP Tennis

The rules of POP Tennis are identical to traditional tennis, but due to the smaller court, there are a few minor differences. Below you will find a thorough explanation of the rules of POP Tennis.


How to Play POP Tennis 

POP Tennis play: When playing on a 60 ft court either with blended lines, lay down lines or tape or a stand alone 60 ft court, the rules are the same as tennis except you only get one underhand serve (described below in detail). Keep in mind that a standard sized tennis court is 78 ft. 

When playing doubles, you have a choice on playing on a 60 ft x 21 ft court (these are typically the blended singles lines on a standard court OR a 60 ft x 27 ft court which you will be using the singles lines of a standard sized court. 

POP Classic play: POP Classic has some minor differences from tennis noted below and is played on a 50 ft x 20 ft court.

If you have never played tennis before or if you need clarification on the POP Classic rules difference with tennis you may find the below of interest.

Rules of the Game:

1. Starting: The player who wins a flip of a coin or a racquet spin decides either 1) if they want to server or receive or 2) which side to start play. The opponent will choose the remaining option that was not selected by the server.


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Ex: If John wins the coin flip and chooses to serve first, then Tina gets to choose what side she would like to start the game on.


2. Serving: The player is allowed to serve only once, and in the event of a fault, he loses a point. The service is regarded as a fault when the server misses the ball while attempting a serve, or the ball touches the net when served. The player can either toss the ball in the air or bounce it behind the base line on the court while serving, but the method once chosen has to be used for the entire set.


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POP Point: Let us explain “Let”

A “let” is when the ball hits the in net cord while serving and goes over into a playable area. Tennis chivalry holds true in POP Tennis because the opponent “lets” the server try the serve again.    

Serving, continued:  Overall, the same tennis rules apply for POP Tennis except for one underhand serve that must be struck below the waist. In all POP Tennis, the serve must be struck at the same height or below the court net height, respectively. Failing to do so will result in a warning. Only one warning per set is allowed before sacrificing the point. In POP Classic, the server must let the return bounce before they can approach the net to volley.

In all POP Tennis, the serve must be struck at the same height or below the court net height. Similarly, no part of your body should cross the baseline (the farthest line parallel to the net) while serving. Doing this will be considered a “foot fault” and the player will lose a point. At the end of each game, there is a role reversal. The receiver becomes server, while the server becomes the receiver.

In singles matches, when the serve is returned, the server must wait for the ball to bounce before returning it back.

Similarly, in doubles matches, only one player should strike the ball per side. If both the players do, it amounts to fault. This sets tennis apart from volleyball!

POP%20POINT.png: Good ball!

POP Point: The point gained by a player when the ball falls exactly on the line or touches the line is called a “good ball.”

3. Scoring:

First and foremost, tennis scoring makes no mathematical sense. Really. Nada.


 POP%20POINT.png: Love!

POP Point: Where’s the LOVE?…no where! In tennis lingo, ”love” means Zero. Sorry Cupid.

The first point is called 15, second point 30, third point 40, while the fourth point is called Game. In order to win a set, the player should have a lead with a margin of two games over his opponent. The match is usually best of three sets.

The maximum number of sets in a match is five for men and three for women.


POP%20POINT.pngPOP Point: At the end of each odd game, the players are supposed to change sides. 

4.    Break Time:  Breaks are 60 seconds when changing sides, 5 minutes between 2nd and 3rd set, and 15 seconds between points. But Hey-  If you need a longer break, just tell your opponent! Unnecessary delays, on the other hand, can result in disqualification in tournament settings. 

5.  TiebreakersIn the event of a tiebreaker, the same rules of tennis apply. A tie-break set is played with the same rules as the advantage set, except when the score is tied at 6–6, a tie-break game (or tiebreaker) is played. Typically, the tie-break game continues until one player wins seven points by a margin of two or more points.

6.  HAVE A BLAST! POP Tennis is enjoyed by all age groups and skill-levels. The most important things to remember are to have fun and practice good sportsmanship. We know you will love POP Tennis!

The International POP Tennis Association has set rules for official sanctioned tournaments per court size. It is at the discretion of the tournament director to select and decide on rules pertaining to format, tie breakers, and use of court alleys.