Racquetball For The Novice

Racquetball is a type of racquet sport where a hollow rubber ball is used to play the game. Racquetball can be played on an indoor or outdoor court. The modern sport was invented in 1950 by Joseph Sobek, who increased the velocity and control of the ball by increasing stringed racquet to paddleball. The sport lacks a net that hit the ball over and that the main difference between racquetball and sports such as badminton and tennis. Racquetball also contrast with a sport such as squash since the sport has no tin .i.e. out of bound area. However, the racquetball shows some similarities to sports such as 40 by 20 American handball and Squash 57 which is a British sport and was previously referred as racketball.

Most people thinks that the colors such as black, red and blue that comes with racquetball are simply for aesthetic reasons but that is not the case. How a racquetball is lively, bouncy or the speed the ball travel after you hit it with a racquet is showed by these colors. Also, as we all know different color are more visible than others meaning different colors are likely to be used in different lighting conditions. Now let’s take a look at different types of racquetball balls, we shall start from least bouncy to the most bouncy.

Black Balls, for example, the GearBox Black Balls
Of all the racquetball balls these are the slowest, they are designed in a way that they are capable of promoting longer rallies and that why the seniors prefers these balls. Comparing with faster balls, these balls are more durable.

Blue Balls, for example, Penn Ultra-Blue
The balls are mostly used when playing on the indoor court, though not as durable as black balls, they are fairly durable and are of medium speed. The balls are mostly preferred by the amateur players. Also, the USRA and Legends Tour use the balls as their official ball.

Dual Color Balls, for example, the Revolution Line
The balls were recently introduced, and that the reason why they are still not common among the players. Comparing these balls with the blue balls, you will see they are slightly faster. However, because of its two colors, you are able to see as the ball spin more clearly

Green Balls, for example, the Pro Penn Green Racquetballs
For the indoor play, the green balls can be said to be one of the fastest balls. Their speed can be compared to that of the purple balls. The USA Racquetball has picked them as their official balls. The balls are ideal for intense and fast rallies.

Purple Balls, for example, the Purple Pro Penn HD Racquetballs
The balls are the fastest for indoor use, faster than the green balls. They are mostly used in professional tournaments and IRT has chosen them as their official balls. Comparing with the other balls, the balls are not that durable and that why some people prefers green balls.

Red Balls, for example, Ektelon Fireball Racquetballs
No racquetball balls that can compare to the speed of the red balls both for the outdoor and indoor use. The red balls are designed for outdoor use, because of their color they are more visible, and also they are durable such that they withstand concrete courts. World Outdoor Racquetball (WOR) use the balls as their official balls. Because of their speed, the red balls are more fun to play with

Pink Balls, for example, the Wilson Hope Racquetballs Line
Wilson are the only one who makes the pink balls and was introduced when the rest of Hope line products were being introduced. The ball can be said to be as fast as the red balls, however, they are more visible than the red balls. So in case, you need fast racquetball balls for indoor use the pink balls are the best.

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Outdoor Racquetball In The USA

Racquetball in the USA: 
Outdoor racquetball is a sport that is played with a rubber ball and racket. Joseph Sobek invented the game of racquetball around 1950. The rules for playing racquetball outdoors in the USA are similar to playing racquetball indoors.

Stringed rackets and a hollow rubber ball is used in racquetball. Outdoor racquetball courts are set up a bit differently due to the fact that their is no ceiling outdoors. Therefore, there is no chance of a player accidentally hitting the ball on to a ceiling.

An outdoor racquetball court is comprised of a front wall, back wall, service line, receiving line and short line. In addition, a service zone and screen line double box is also part of the outdoor racquetball court.

The rules involving outdoor racquetball within the USA are fairly straight forward. The serving player is the person who essentially starts the game. The serving player must bounce the rubber ball on the floor no more than one time. If racquetball is being played outdoors then the ball must bounce off the ground just once. Once the rubber ball bounces of the ground , the ball must then be hit directly toward the front of the wall.

Hitting the side walls during a regular game is considered to be a “three wall serve”. A “three wall serve” is normally considered a fault. An outdoor racquetball court does not have a ceiling therefore the ceiling rule does not apply outdoors. Otherwise a ceiling serve is not permitted and would be considered a fault.

If the person serving the ball must hit the ball toward the front wall. If the server is not successful with this serve it will count against the server or the entire team. In addition, if the ball happens to bounce behind the short line an “in play” serve will be called. When an “in play” is called it is not good. Once the ball is considered to be “in play” the opposing player may then take his or her turn. Therefore, this mistake or blunder ends up benefiting the other team.

Essentially, the server is presented with two opportunities. The two opportunities include the first and the second serve. However, in some cases racquet ball rules only allow the server one opportunity to serve the ball.

After the ball is successfully served, the players alternate hitting the rubber ball against the front wall. All players are permitted for the ball to bounce once on the floor or ground (outside). Keep in mind, once the rubber ball is hit it must hit the front wall prior to striking the ground. If the rubber ball strikes the ground first then once again you have a fault. Faults do count against a player. A substantial number of faults can cause a team to lose.

If the server prevails in the initial game, then the player is awarded one point. Once the player receives one point they continue to serve the ball. If the opposition wins the initial rally then no points are scored. Even if no point is scored the opposition gets to take over serving responsibilities.

Racquetball games can be played with only two players. However, larger games can be played with up to six people. Three player games are sometimes referred to as “Ironman” games.

Serve styles in racquetball are either defensive serves or offensive type serves. Also, straight in shots are intended to hit the front wall as low as possible. Straight in slots are common techniques used in larger racquetball games.

A Z-shot is a shot used in highly competitive games. A Z-shot is intended to confuse the opposition. A Z-shot is aimed at the front wall however, the way the ball is served it easily bounces from front to side even sometimes hitting the ground. It is a tactic many players use in competitions to confuse a tired opponent. The Z-shot technique can be quite effective.

Racquetball is a popular sport which is played outdoors normally within the warmer months spring and summer. Indoor racquetball can be played virtually any time of the year.

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Can The Red Sox Return To The Top ?

The question at the beginning of the baseball season every year is which team is going to make it to the top? The World Series is the ultimate goal for all of the teams in MLB, and there are some great teams out there that haven’t been doing so good recently. The Boston Red Sox are one of the teams that needs to step up and make some major changes in order to get to the top. And I think that some of the things they have done in the off season may have helped them out and that they have a chance of getting back on top this year.

One of the reasons why the Red Sox have a chance this year is because of Mitch Moreland. He is a talented player, and once he begins working with the team during the regular season we will see what he can do for this team. Getting a key player like that involved in the organization can really help it out a lot, and the Red Sox were smart to sign him on. He had 22 home runs last year, and there is no telling what he will be able to do this year.

A great pitcher is what every team needs in order for them to make it far, and the Red Sox have a great pitcher in Craig Kimbrel. He wasn’t at his best last season, with injuries and throwing some games, but he could be at his best this year. As long as he manages to stay healthy there is no telling what this 28-year-old can do. He should be at the peak of his career this season, and I am excited to see him get involved in the game and do some good things for this team.

With 30 home runs hit last year, one of the best players and the most likely player to help this team make it all the way is Hanley Rameriz. He is a talented ball player, and if he can keep himself from pulling any muscles or getting any other injuries this year he should help this team out a lot. He is a great player, and with Mitch Moreland there to help him out, he should be able to keep hitting many home runs and doing good things for this team.

So many factors go into a baseball team and whether or not it does well during the season, and all of the Red Sox fans out there should get excited for the 2017 season. There is a good chance that the Red Sox will make it far this year, if not all the way, because of all of the key players they have on their team. They have been working hard in the off season to build their team up and make it the best that it can be, and with two great power hitters on their team, and a closer who is destined to do great, there really is a good chance they will make it to the World Series.

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Top 5 Greatest World Series Games

Baseball’s World Series has been played on hundreds of occasions to make it very difficult to pick the top five games ever played during the annual end to the Major League baseball season. I may not have seen every game that appears on this list, but history allows us to look back and see some of these games are without a doubt classics in  their own right.

5. 1991 Twins 1, Braves 0

The 1991 World Series is rightly remembered as one of the great series ever played in baseball, not because of the high number of runs scored but how closely the Twins and Braves were matched throughout the seven games. Games three through six had already been decided by a single run when the two teams met in an epic pitching battle between Jack Morris and Jon Smoltz; ten innings later Alejandro Pena’s double eventually gave the Twins the game and series victory.

4. 2011 Cardinals 10, Rangers 9

If the 1991 World Series was an epic pitching battle. The sixth game of the 2011 edition was an exhibition of batting power from both teams that built tension for myself and every other viewer. The Cardinals were set to lose the World Series entering game six at one game down to the Texas Rangers and two runs down in the ninth inning of the game. David Freese did not seem to be about to change things with two strikes against him when he tripled to bring home the tying run. The Rangers again took the lead in the tenth inning before the Cardinals again tied everything up before Freese wrote himself into world Series history with an 11th inning home run to take the game.

3. 1956 Yankees 2, Dodgers 0

This may have been played before I was born, but can we really ignore a perfect game in the World Series. No matter how you feel about the Yankees the perfect game pitched in game five of the 1956 World Series stands as an amazing achievement by pitcher Don Larsen , which was an amazing comeback for his role in losing a 6-0 lead in game two of the series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Amazing displays of pitching may have become more common place in recent but I believe throwing just 97 pitches to retire 27 Dodger players stands as an amazing feat even today.

2. 1986 Mets 6, Red Sox 5

One of the first games I remember watching as a child, and one of the most amazing wins in baseball history for the Mets. For me the main play of the game was not the missed ball by Buckner for the winning run, but the decision to replace pitcher Roger Clemens with a pinch hitter with the Red Sox leading 3-2 at the top of the eighth. The Red Sox may not have won with Clemens on the mound for the next inning, but the drama of the Mets victory makes this an unforgettable game for me.

1. 1960 Pirates 10, Yankees 9

Looking back at epic world Series battles throws up this amazing David versus Goliath series the Yankees were supposed to win with ease; however, the one series I wish I could have witnessed saw the Pittsburgh Pirates cling on despite three heavy defeats to take the series to a game seven many did not think would come. The Pirates fought to take an early 4-1 lead, but were pegged back and by the midway point eighth inning were losing 7-4. The Yankees saw runs scored by Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra before the Pirates rallied in the same inning to return to a 9-7 lead; Mantle again came to the plate and batted in one run before his base running saw the game tied. The Yankees team of that period would have seen me bet on them for the win, but Bill Mazerowski walked off in the tenth to end what almost every expert rates as the best World Series game ever played.

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