Please note 1 yard = 3 feet = 36 inches = 0.9144 metres.
Deck Tennis or "Tennequoits" is a combination of Tennis and Quoits. There are no set standards for the game - partly because of its informal nature and partly because the game has to adapt to the shape and area of each particular ship it is played upon. However, a typical court is 30 - 40 feet long and 10 - 15 feet wide. For doubles, the length might be a bit less but the width should be between 14 and 15 feet. A net is strung across the middle of the court and an area about 3 feet to either side of it is designated as neutral and is delineated by a "neutral line". 6 - 8 feet from the back of each court another line is draw, the back line. Since the court is based upon a standard tennis court, the net should be strung at a similar height - around 36 inches, give or take a few. And finally, a third line is drawn from the middle of the neutral line to the middle of the back line so that the court, in total, is divided into four sections.
The game is played with a rope, or sometimes rubber, quoit.
Players toss a coin to decide who serves first. The first serve of each game is from the right hand court and serves alternate from left and right after that.
A point begins by the server throwing the quoit from one side of the back line across the net and into the diagonally opposite area of the opposing court. If the quoit hits the ground within the target area, the server wins the point but if the quoit hits the ground outside the target area, the opposing side win the point. Assuming that the receiving player believes that the quoit is well aimed, that player attempts to catch the quoit before it hits the ground.
If the receiving player successfully catches the quoit, that player then throws the quoit from where it was caught back to the other side of the court aiming to make the quoit land anywhere within the lines except the neutral area. If the quoit lands legally, the side that threw wins the point. If it lands in the neutral area or outside the lines, the side that threw the quoit loses the point. Otherwise, if the quoit is caught, then play continues in the same fashion until the quoit does eventually hit the ground.
Scoring proceeds as in Tennis - 15, 30, 40, (Deuce,) Advantage, Game. A game is won when a side in the lead with 40 wins the next point or when a side with "Advantage" wins the next point. There are 6 games to a set and typically 3 sets are played, as in Tennis.
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