Racquetball Information

For other sports often called "paddleball", see Paddleball .

Racquetball is a racquet sport played with a hollow rubber ball in an indoor or outdoor court. Joe Sobek is credited with inventing racquetball in 1950, adding a stringed racquet to the game to increase velocity and control. Unlike most racquet sports, such as tennis, badminton or squash, there is no obstacle - net or tin - to hit the ball over. Also, the court's walls, floor, and ceiling are legal playing surfaces, with only the upper part of the back wall being out-of-bounds.

Joe Sobek is credited with inventing the sport of racquetball in the Greenwich YMCA, though not with naming it. A professional tennis player and handball player, Sobek sought a fast-paced sport that was easy to learn and play. He designed the first strung paddle, devised a set of rules, based on those of squash, handball, and paddleball, and named his game paddle rackets.

Wikipedia, Racquetball, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racquetball (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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