Racquetball Rules and Court Sizes

 Kevin Brown
  Mar 20, 2019

Racquet Ball is a sport played with a hollow rubber ball and racquet on an indoor or outdoor court. Here we have shared the Racquetball rules. The history of Racquetball is connected with Joseph Sobek who is known to invent the modern sport of Racquet Ball in 1950. He stringed racquet to paddle ball in order to increase the velocity and control.

Unlike other racquet sports such as tennis or badminton, there is no net to hit the ball. Unlike squash, there is no tin to hit the ball. Also, the court of racquetball has walls, floor, and ceiling with legal playing surfaces with the court-specific hinders being out of the boundaries.

World Racquetball Championships are governed by the International Racquetball Federation (IRF). It was first held in 1981 in conjunction with the first World Games.

Racquetball Rules

Equipment needed in the Racquetball court: -

A racquetball court has to be fully enclosed indoor or outdoor with a front wall. The standard size of a racquetball court is rectangular- 40 feet long and 20 feet wide with 20 feet high walls along with the red lines for service that serve reception areas.

Other Equipment needed: -

  • A racquetball that is dynamic rubber ball of 2.25 inches’ diameter.
  • A racquet, no longer than 22 inches.
  • Racquetball eye-guards. It is mandatory during competitions as being hit in the eye by the ball can cause permanent vision loss.

Colour variations in Racquetballs: -

Racquetballs are used in a variety of colors such as green, blue, black, purple and pink for specific purposed

Beginners use blue balls. Blue balls are most commonly used and are the most neutral ball for avg. speed and accuracy. Green balls the same as the blue ones. The black balls are often used by the senior players during tournaments. The red ball is considered to be the fastest and known as Red Ektelon fireball. These balls are heavier and allow a quicker pace.

Balls can break occasionally and will lose their bounce over time without breaking. To maintain its durability for a longer time, keep them in room temperature and away fay from extreme cold or heat as this will cause the balls to become less effective and bouncy

Racquetball Rules: -

The game begins with a serve. Serving player must bounce the ball once on the floor before hitting on the wall. The ball should hit the floor beyond the short line, or else it is considered a fault shot.

The ball may touch one side wall but not two, before hitting the floor; hitting both the side walls after the front wall and before the floor is considered as “three walls serve” which is a fault shot. Also, hitting the ball on to front wall so that it rebounds to the back without hitting the floor first is called a long serve and considered as a fault shot.

Another fault serves to include a ceiling hit, where the ball hits the ceiling after the front wall and before the receiving player is ready. If a server hits the ball directly to any surface other than the front wall, the server immediately loses the service shot no matter if it was the first serve or the second.

After the ball bounces behind the short line or passes by the receiving line, the ball comes into play and the opposing player must play it.

Generally, the server is given 2 opportunities to put the ball into play. But, in elite level competitions, the server is allowed to serve only once.

If a server wins the rally, then the server scores one point and continues to serve. If the opponent wins the rally, then no point is scored, and that player then takes the serving.

International Racquetball Federation run the competitions which are very much like the USA Racquetball scoring system; where there are 2 games, 15 points with a tie-breaker at 11 (if necessary) and win by one.

Racquetball Variations: -

This game can be played with two, three or four players, most commonly known as singles or doubles. Two player game is known as singles or ‘one-up’, while with four players, it is known as doubles where two pairs of two players play against each other.

Three- player games are commonly known as ‘Cut-throat’ or ‘ironman’, i.e. two-on-one for the entire game where each player is given a turn to serve the other two who plays a team against the serving player. The other rules for doubles and cut-throat are the same as the singles.

Racquetball is very similar to the British game of ‘racketball’ which was created similarly through racquetball in 1976. The main difference is that the British racket ball is smaller, denser and less bouncy.

Racquetball Rules and Court Sizes

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown is a journalist at his own start-up, born and residing in Seattle, Washington. He has a knack of reading up newspaper articles and coming up with summaries and points of view, hence taking up a profession similar to his interest. Simply covering events and activities is something he can do as good as a professional, but he seems to enjoy writing on events that needs view points and suggestions.

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