Round the Racquet Competitions

The Round the Racquet competition format has been presented by KNLTB, The Netherlands.

What is Round the Racquet?

Round the Racket is a challenge format where players challenge opponents to matches, with the aim of moving as far round the rackets as possible in the time available.


2-hours - 1 day 12-25 players per racquet Singles
9-years-and-older Individual Competitive & Social

Structure of a Round the Racquet competition

The following are some key tips for organisers:


Depending on time, around 1 court for every 6 players is advised, the more courts the quicker the format and less waiting for the players. Maximum of 25 players per racket.


Choose a scoring format. If running a day event, best of 5 games with no ad scoring works well (no advantages, just win by 1 point after deuce). If running in 2-3 hours, use tiebreak scoring to 7 for each match. Timed tiebreaks also work especially well for this format as all players finish at the same time. If running a day event, the scoring format of best of 5 games with no ad scoring works well (no advantages and with sudden death deuce i.e. 1 point after deuce).


Display the racquets and names near the playing area, as shown in the diagram.


The organiser sets a start and finish time. Within that time, players challenge opponents with the aim of moving round the racquet. Players can only challenge within 5 places of their position on the racquet.

If a player wins and rotates round the racquet, their next match must be against a player behind them, before they can challenge forwards again. They cannot play the same player 2 times in a row.

The intention is that the participants rotate around the racquet as much as possible. For this players challenge each other. The rules of this system are as follows:

  • everyone rotates in the same direction
  • a player can only challenge another player 5 paces from his position.
  • before you play the same player again you have to play someone else
  • after a winning match, in which you shift places, you have to defend your rank (a player can if needed challenge someone a rank behind)
  • the player who rotates the racquet most within a set time, is the winner. If nobody rotates the racquet entirely, the player who is farthest from their starting position is the winner.


The winner at the finish time set, is the player who has rotated most around the racket. The organiser or players should keep track of how many places each player moves in total.


From the positioning of the names you cannot see what the ranking is.


  • You can only challenge 5 positions ahead
  • Timescale – from 2 hours to a whole season. With most challenge systems it is preferable to have a longer playing period, whereas with the ‘Round the racket’ system it is not necessary.
  • Participants – Maximum approx. 30 players.

Adapting the Format

Many formats can easily be adapted to suit players e.g. aged 10-and-under, mixed ages, teams and to be a more or less competitive event. To understand more about how to adapt competition to suit to the needs and lifestyles of the player, click here.

Applying Themes

Many competitions are more fun and easier to promote if they have a theme such as Davis Cup, Olympics or Family Day attached. To understand more about how to apply themes to competitions, click here.

EXAMPLE Round the Racquet Competition

Click below under 'Related Links' for an example Round the Racquet Competition format, including a sample to use.

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