What is Racquetball?
Racquetball is a popular indoor sport, played with wood rackets and a hollow rubber ball. While at first view racquetball seems to incorporate many of the rules of tennis and handball, the truth is that racquetball is a unique sport. Invented in 1951 by Joe Sobek, who was looking for a fast-paced alternative to tennis, it quickly caught on. By 1952, Sobek had formed the National Paddle Rackets Association and codified the rules of the sport. Because racquetball could be played in existing handball courts, the game easily spread throughout the country. Racquetball hit the peak of its popularity in 1974, with an estimated three million players in the US alone. While a racquetball court is clearly defined by a series of red lines indicating service and reception areas, the standard rules of inbound and outbound don’t apply in a racquetball court. For starters, there are no out-of-bounds areas in the court: the walls, floor, and ceiling are acceptable bouncing areas. The 40 x 20 foot (abou