What is Racketball

Racketball is a fast growing sport and is played on any regular squash court and is similar to squash. In racketball a larger ball, which does not need warming up like in squash, and a shorter racket are used.

The fact that the ball is bigger, more bouncy and does not need warming up means that the rallies last longer, as the ball moves slower giving the opponent more time to react and get to the ball. The shorter racket also helps with hand eye coordination making the ball easier to strike. Overall this makes the game much easier to pick up than many other sports like squash or tennis. Racketball is said to be, “Easy to learn yet difficult to master” which is one of the key factors in the sports recent growth. The game is perfect for anyone looking for a medium intensity sociable workout away from the gym.

How is it played

Racketball is played between two players on a regular squash court. The players use standard size racketball rackets and a standard racketball ball.

The racket is spun to decide the serve. The server stands in either service box (5) and the receiver stands in the opposite back quarter (6). The server drops the ball to the floor and strikes it after one bounce. The serve can hit anywhere on the front wall but has to land in the back quarter in which the receiver is standing. If the serve is short of the mid court line (8) or if it hits the back wall first then the serve may be taken again. After the serve the rules are the same as for squash with the players taking it in turn to hit the ball. The rally ends when one of the players hits the ball into the “Tin” (7) or the floor, makes a mistake or hits the ball out of court above line (3). Scoring can be either to 11 with point per rally scoring or to 9 where serve must be held to score.

You want a game that’s easy to pick up, that’s as much fun for children as the adults – no matter what standard you are? You want to meet interesting people and want a sport that’s right for you?
Sound like you?
Why not give racketball a try.


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