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Introduction to Racquetball/Squash

Racquetball is a fast-paced racket sport played with a hollow rubber ball in an indoor or outdoor court. It was developed on a handball court in the early 1950's by a man named Joe Sobek, who aggressively promoted his game of 'paddle racquets' at YMCA's across the country. Racquetball is a game that everyone can enjoy all year round, rain or shine. It combines the social and competitive elements of sport with substantial health and fitness benefits. Most colleges have courts available to the public, some YMCAs have courts, or you can ask your local health clubs if they maintain racquetball courts. There are courts in almost every town.

One of the things that makes racquetball unique is that the court's walls, floor, and ceiling are all in play. Racquetball is generally a fast-paced, action-packed game. Players use a strung racket, goggle or similar eye protection, and a small, bouncy rubber ball. Many players wear a glove on their racket hand and racquetball shoes.

Each point begins with a serve, in which the player bounces the ball and strikes it against the front wall and rebound beyond the short line. The server has two chances to get their serve in play. The rally is played until the ball bounces on the floor more than once, the ball does not reach the front wall, the ball hits an out-of -bounds surface, the ball hits a player, a player switches racket hands, or the ball is carried. Only the serving player can score points. If the opponent wins the rally, it's a 'side out' and the opponent begins to serve. Amateurs play two 15-point games, with an 11-point tiebreaker if needed.

Benefits

Racquetball is a great game - it's a fast-paced, intense aerobic workout, and improves your balance and coordination, plus it's a lot of fun! Racquetball is the easiest of racket sports to learn, and gives you a better workout in a shorter amount of time. Racquetball is a great way to burn calories (over 600 calories per hour!) and build muscles in your upper and lower body.