Racketball

How popular is racketball in Britain?

Racketball is a relatively new sport that is growing in popularity. It's great for beginners and can give you a fantastic workout in only 40 minutes. Racketball is a very social game. Clubs and leisure centres often run beginners' racketball sessions for all ages and abilities. Even if you're not a particularly competitive person, racketball can be a great alternative to the gym.

Health benefits of racketball

Racketball is a fun way of exercising and boosting your mood. Playing with a bigger and bouncier ball makes the game easier and rallies longer, meaning your fitness will improve more quickly. Racketball can burn lots of calories and playing regularly can really tone up the muscles in the legs and buttocks.

What's the aim of the game?

Racketball is a racket and ball game played on the same indoor court as squash. Each time a player hits the ball, it must hit the front wall of the court before hitting the ground. The other walls of the court can be used to bounce the ball off. The opposing player must return the ball before it bounces twice on the ground. 

It's easier to hold a rally in racketball than squash because the ball is bigger and bouncier, stays in the air longer and is easier to hit with the racket. The racket is slightly shorter and larger than a squash racket.

Training tips for racketball

As with any sport, it's always good to do other exercise alongside playing if you want to improve your game. This is especially true if you haven't done any sport for a long time. Any cardiovascular exercise, including walking, jogging, cycling and rowing, will help you move around faster on court. 

Advice on getting started in racketball

England Squash & Racketball can put you in touch with a local representative who can recommend a place to start. Alternatively, use their website to find a racketball club.

What equipment do I need?

You need a racket, some balls and non-marking shoes. You won't be allowed on the court with black rubber soles. Most leisure centres hire out rackets and balls.  

Advice on getting into competitive racketball

Nearly all clubs and leisure centres with courts run internal competitive leagues and ladders. You can also join online leagues, where people challenge each other and play matches at different venues. 

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