The World Racquetball Tour is recognized by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) and adheres to the IRF rules which means when something changes with the IRF rules it also changes with the WRT.
On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, the IRF World Congress convened for its biennial meeting where a number of rule changes were made:
Rule 3.16a — There will be two timeouts allowed per game (reduced from three in the first two games and two in the tiebreaker).
Rule 3.16d — There will be a two-minute rest period between all games (reduced from five minutes between the second and third games).
Rule 3.1 — The server has two opportunities to put the ball into play in all divisions (we were already using this rule).
WRT Founder and CEO, Pablo Fajre said, “With these changes racquetball is modernizing because in today’s sports the athletes are more physical than ever before. These changes are a good update because it pushes players to stay in top condition; it keeps the game moving and preserves the reputation of the sport as one of the fastest.”
These IRF rule changes are effective starting on September 1, 2016, which is just in time for the 2016 WRT Atlanta Open happening on September 16th. You can watch the event on the WRT live FREE broadcast at bit.ly/wrtlive or at WorldRacquetballTour.com. We always love to hear from our fans to let us know what you think of these rules changes by contacting us on Facebook or Twitter or emailing us at email@example.com.
To learn more about the official rules of the IRF and the changes made, visit the IRF website.