Racquetball - Overview
Racquetball is a popular indoor racquet sport where players use a racket specially designed to play with a hollow rubber ball in an indoor or outdoor court. Very similar to American 40 × 20 handball and British racket, it is a great choice for cardiovascular training. The rules of the sport are quite easy to follow which makes it very interesting.
In racquetball, once the serve is over, players must hit the ball against the walls or use their racquets without hindering their opponent. A player gets a point, when a shot is missed by the opponent and in this way the player who gets the required score wins the match first. Unlike squash, here only a server can score a point.
Here we will compare racquetball to British Racketball and Squash.
Racquetball vs British Racketball
Racquetball isplayed in America while racketball is played in Britain.
The size of the ball is larger in racquetball compared to racketball.
The racquetball court is longer but narrower than racketball.
The ceiling can be hit in racquetball but not in racketball.
Racquetball vs Squash
Racquetball racket is smaller than squash racket.
The racquetball is bigger than the squash ball.
There is more variety of strokes in squash than in racquetball.
The squash court is smaller than the racquetball court.
In squash the player cannot touch the ceiling but this is not the case with racquetball.
A Brief History of Racquetball
The racquet ball was created in United States. Joe Sobek is recognized as the inracquetball fan. Bored with the lack of enough indoor sports, he was looking for an easy and fast sport. He designed the first strung paddle for this and withreference to squash, handball and paddleball he devised a set of rules for the sport.
Sobek founded the National Paddle Rackets Association in February 1952 and slowly the sport gained rapid popularity thanks to Sobek's constant promotion. In 1969, due to his soured popularity, Robert Kendler founded the International Racquetball Association (IRA) and thus changed the name of the sport to racquetball.
In 1974, the IRA hosted the first professional tournament and became a founding member of the International Racquetball Federation (IRF). In the 1980s, racquetball became the fastest growing sport in the United States. The Women Professional Racquetball Association was founded in 1980. The United States hosted the first World Racque Championship.tball in 1981.
Most people play racquetball as a cardiovascular activity. But this intense and fast sport is not just physical activity. Players must use their physical and mental strength to excel in this sport. Even around the world, countries famous for squash also love to play racquetball as there are many similarities between these two sports.