Definitions for racquetballˈræk ɪtˌbɔl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a game similar to handball, played with rackets on a four-walled court.
Origin of racquetball:
the ball used in playing the game of racquetball
a game played on a handball court with short-handled rackets
A certain sport, similar to squash, but played with a bigger ball.
A ball used for this sport.
Origin: From racquet + ball.
Racquetball is a racquet sport played with a hollow rubber ball in an indoor or outdoor court. Joseph Sobek is credited with inventing the modern sport of racquetball in 1950, adding a stringed racquet to paddleball in order to increase velocity and control. Unlike most racquet sports, such as tennis and badminton, there is no net to hit the ball over, and, unlike squash, no tin to hit the ball above. Also, the court's walls, floor, and ceiling are legal playing surfaces, with the exception of court-specific designated hinders being out-of-bounds. It is very similar to 40×20 handball, which is played in many countries. Joe Sobek is credited with inventing the sport of racquetball in the New Britain, CT YMCA, though not with naming it. A professional tennis 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. In February 1952 Sobek founded the National Paddle Rackets Association, codified the rules, and had them printed as a booklet. The new sport was rapidly adopted and became popular through Sobek's continual promotion of it; he was aided by the existence of some 40,000 handball courts in the country's YMCAs and JCCs, wherein racquetball could be played.
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