Squash and racketbal are both played by two players in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Players take turns hitting the ball against the front wall, the ball must not hit the floor after hitting the racket and before hitting the front wall. After the ball hits the front wall, it is allowed to bounce once on the floor (and any number of times against the side or back walls) before a player must return it. Racketball is very similar to squash, but is played with a slightly larger racket and a bigger, bouncier ball, making it easy to get a rally going. This ensures a good workout for both players.
Please watch the promotional video and follow these links for more footage on how to play each game;
How to play squash – http://www.youtube.com/user/ESquashandRacketball#p/u/33/3gQsAKZ71tU
How to play racketball – http://www.youtube.com/user/ESquashandRacketball#p/u/31/qIltmJfrkBE
What to bring
Although both sports use different equipment, most clubs and centres have rackets and balls available to hire cheaply, so you just need to bring some sports clothes and trainers (do check with the club or centre about non-marking soles though).
How much will I exert myself?
Squash is a fast paced games and require a fair level of fitness. Racketball is a slower paced game, ideal for beginners. Through the Get Back Into scheme the sport will be delivered in a fun and relaxed environment, by qualified coaches and will be enjoyed by all.
Both squash and racketball are fast paced games where the ball and your opponent can move around the court quickly, however they are non contact sports; just follow the rules of the game and stay alert!
Just the beginning…
For where to find a local coach, court, club or competition after this course please visit England Squash & Racketball, the National Governing Body for these sports.