If you love traditional squash but want longer rallies and to be able to play the game at a slower pace, Racketball (aka Squash57) is perfect for you. Played on a standard squash court, all you need to play Racketball is a slightly larger racket and a bigger, bouncier ball - which encourages an easy to adopt form of squash. Although Racketball may be considered a 'lighter' version of the game, it is great fun, offers a great workout and is ideal for beginners, those advancing in years or anyone wanting something a little different.
Racketball is played on a squash court, you just need to have a Racketball racket and ball which you can buy from Pro Shops, or your local club may have equipment available you can borrow. There are two types of Racketball balls – blue and black. Blue balls are slightly bouncier, so ideal for recreational play or beginners. Black balls are less bouncy, and are used mainly in events such as Championship events. If, after a few games, you find the blue ball too easy, you can then progress to using a black ball.
The larger squash equipment makes it easier for beginners and less mobile players to pick up the skills and have fun. Squash NZ has a special deal available for clubs wanting to offer Racketball to players. Contact us for more details.
The great thing about Racketball is the rules are very similar to Squash, with a few minor variations around the serve.
Download the World Squash Federation rules of Racketball here (PDF)
We're currently building a brand new toolkit that will include all the resources you need to deliver Racketball from how-to guides, case studies, social media images and posters. Stay tuned for these to be released in late 2021!
Frequently asked questions
Where can I find a club that offers Racketball? To find a club that offers Racketball programmes click here.
How will Racketball help me play traditional squash? Racketball is a great way to learn the basics of squash as the ball is bouncier which means players of any ability can get a rally going straight away. The easier pace of Racketball allows you more time to practice and can mean less recovery time between matches and more time on the court. If, after a few games, you find the Racketball ball too slow we suggest advancing to using a black squash ball.
What do I need for Racketball? As Racketball is played on a squash court you just need to have a Racketball racket and ball which you can buy from Pro Shops, or your local club may have equipment available you can borrow. You'll also need comfortable workout clothes and non-marking shoes.
How experienced do I need to be? The great news is that Racketball can be for people who have never played before, those who have received some basic coaching, those who are advancing in years or participants returning after a long absence. It only takes a few sessions before you will start to feel comfortable on the court so don’t give up!
How can I get a Racketball programme in my club? Simply get in touch with us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Become a Racketball coach
We're always looking for people with a high degree of enthusiasm and a willingness to help other people fall in love with squash. You can find out all you need to know on our coaching pages.