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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