Racketball (Squash57)

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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 equipment

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 - for only $399.00 + shipping, a club can get 6 Dunlop Blackstorm Racketball rackets and 9 Racketball balls (6 x Pro, 3 x Competition).

Club Racketball Kit Offer
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The great thing about Racketball is the rules are very similar to Squash, with a few minor variations around the serve.  

The main points to note are;

  • Before being served, the ball must be dropped so it bounces once
  • The ball must be served directly onto the front wall between the tin and the out of court (top) line.  Unlike squash it doesn't have to be above the service line on the front wall.
  • On its return from the front wall the ball must, unless volleyed by the receiver, fall to the floor within the back quarter of the court opposite to the service box before hitting the back wall. If the served ball hits the back wall and the floor in the appropriate back quarter at the same time then the serve is good
  • If the serve hits the back wall before hitting the floor or hits the floor outside of the appropriate back quarter and the receiver tries to play the ball then the service becomes good and the rally continues. If the receiver does not try to play the ball/fault then the server has a 2nd serve. [Note: unlike squash, there is a 2nd serve in Racketball].  If the second service is fault then this is now immediately a 'double fault' and the receiver wins the point

World Squash Federation rules of Racketball (Squash57) (PDF)
Racketball Rules Poster (PDF)


Racketball Doubles

While there are only a few variations between the singles versions of Squash and Racketball, Racketball Doubles carries a few additional differences - mostly notably all players play alternate shots.  This means all players are involved in the game for equal amounts of time and brings new strategies to the game.

Key points to note are;

Each team nominates its server for the first game. That player serves for the whole of game one and game three in a five-game match. The other player serves for game two and game four (if played). In the final game (3rd or 5th) when the first side's score reaches 5 if playing up to 11, or “7” if playing up to 15, the server changes for both teams

Return of Service and Subsequent Play
At the beginning of each game, each team decides which one of its players to receive service in the right-hand service court and which in the left-hand service court for the whole of that game. When the ball is being served, only the Receiver may stand in the service court opposite the server. The order of striking shall be: Server, Receiver, the Server's partner, the Receiver's partner and so on

If a player is hindered by their own partner, there is no let and the rally is lost

Racketball Doubles Rules


Looking to offer Racketball at your club?

Find all the resources and templates you need to successfully offer Racketball at your club right here.  We'll be continuning to add items regularly.

Club Info Kit

Participation Ideas

Demo Nights – invite players along to try it out for free.  Have equipment available and current members there to help out.  You can also incorporate it into your regular club nights and have one court running just for Racketball 

Racketball Programmes – the UK Racketball website has a great selection of session ideas from Beginner Racketball to Intermediate/Advanced, to Ladies Only sessions

Business House – run a 4-6 week competition and invite players to form their own teams to participate.  You can use any combination of team numbers and scoring methods.  To keep it simple have three players per team, and best of 3 PAR11 scoring

Fast 8 Draw – this is a mini-tournament played out over two to three hours.  Make a standard 8 draw with all matches being best of 3, PAR8 (sudden death point at 7-7).  All players will get 3 matches in this quickfire format

Doubles – twice as social, twice the fun!  Just remember Racketball doubles is played alternate shot - check out the video in the Racketball Doubles section above to see it in action

Case Study - Club K


How to Play Racketball
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