The cruzado is this match which is played 1 on 1 in the diagonal of the track. Since this is one of the only things clubs can offer, you might as well be aware of it.
Playing 1 on 1 in the diagonal allows you to find the padel activity, to train for individual tracks, and of course to work on your technique, tactics, in order to be ready when the padel has completely resumed at 4.
There are no pre-defined rules for the practice of “cruzado”. You are free to ask your own variants. To help you, here are two ways to play 1 × 1 diagonally.
- The cruzado where the ball must rebound in the predefined zone, line included.
- The cruzado where the second bounce of the ball must bounce in the predefined area. This type of cruzado is much more complete. Even if the ball bounces out of bounds, if it is oriented correctly and goes to the player's area for its second rebound, the point continues.
Some rules to apply
- The game must be done diagonally although for beginners it can be done in parallel, simpler.
- Any ball that touches the line is considered good.
- In a stroke where the ball bounces, touches the side window, then the bottom glass, and finally the second bounce passes half the track, the ball will be considered as a fault.
- If, during a Bandeja or volley, the ball hits the grid and makes its second rebound on the other half of the track, it will be considered good.
- During a smash where the ball will return to our court, it will be considered good only if its second rebound occurs in our second half of the track.
- We will accept runway excursions, if the terrain allows. In this case, since it will be difficult to make the first rebound in the half of our opponent's track, we will allow a first rebound in the second half and then a second rebound in the correct half.
- Counting can be traditional, traditional tie-break type, 11-point tie-break type with service every 4 points, volleyball type in 25 points with the winner of the point serving the next point…
Other rules can of course be added, as well as other ways of counting points. The most important thing is that you have agreed in advance with your opponent.
The advantages of a cruzado?
- Used to improve the technique because we will try to be more precise than powerful.
- It will be easier to find 1 partner than 3.
- You will hit far more balls than in a regular match.
- The physical effort will be much more intense.
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very appreciated by clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.