English Racketball is similar to Squash in that the rules are almost the same and its played on a standard squash court. However, it is played with a shorter but wider racket and a larger and softer ball - the result is a much slower game and it is much easier to hit the ball. English Racketball is also known as Squash 57 due to the ball being 57mm in diameter compared to a normal squash ball being 40mm.
This is a brilliant game to get started and progress to squash if you wish, or for those longer in the tooth whose bodies are not quite as keen as they used to be, Racketball is an excellent lower paced game to play. It is easier on the body, but the rallies last longer, meaning a great fitness workout at a lower impact!
Racketball rackets and balls are available to all members anytime in the foyer of the club. We encourage everyone to give it a go and bring in friends and partners to try. You'll be amazed how much faster they pick it up.
Rules of Racketball
English Racketball has essentially the same rules as squash, except for three key differences, all to do with the serve:
- For the serve, the ball must be bounced once on the floor before being struck;
- The red horizontal service line on the front of the court does not exist in Racketball. The ball only needs to hit the front wall on the serve above the tin and below the out of bounds line at the top;
- If the ball lands short of the opposite quarter or hits the back wall first, a fault is played (like in Tennis) unless the Receiver decides to play the ball anyway. It is the Receivers choice. If the ball is not played, then it is a fault. If there is a second fault (a double fault), then the point is awarded to the opponent (again as in Tennis) and the serve will change to the opponent.
English Racketball League
A new initiative to Pirates, racketball is played with a larger racket and ball than squash and is essentially a slower, easy version of squash. This is great for retiring players or new players wanting to get used to a racket sport and a fantastic way to transition into squash. Equipment is available anytime in the foyer for all members to have a go.