Playing 3-Player is a common game at the club level play, especially when courts are busy. It is a simple modification on the standard rally between two players. The 3rd player waits at the back of the court, making sure to move laterally from one side of the court to the other as the rally moves around the back half of the court.
The player that wins the rally, adds one to her score and the 3rd player takes position to receive the next serve.
It’s important that each player counts their own score, and at the beginning of each rally the players announce their own score.
Lets are generously allowed in the interest of safety, as it can sometimes “get busy” at the back of the court.
One of the advantages of the 3-person game is that players have a longer recovery period, as the player that loses the rally gets the extra time of the next rally to recover. Of course this “feature” of the modification has the disadvantage of not developing a quick recovery interval.
If there is a significant gap in standard between the players, adding advantage is a good option.
Variations on the scoring of the game
Typically the game ends at 15 points. At game point (or in some cases at 13 or even 12 points) the player with game ball must win the rally, or his score is reduced to 10. If following this variation there is no need for the usual “win by two clear points” rule.