Racketball was first played in the UK in 1976 as a variation of American Racquetball but designed to be played on a regulation squash court rather than the very different American courts. It has become one of the fastest developing sports in the UK and has spread all round the world – Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, North America and many others. The sport of racketball is rapidly expanding throughout the world and will continue to do so in the future. There are a number of reasons for this:
- There are established facilities already in place in the form of squash courts and clubs
- Equipment is relatively inexpensive and easily accessible.
- The ball is bouncy and does not need warming before normal play as is the case with squash. This makes it a good choice for tennis players.
- The lower intensity and slower pace of movement required by the player allows older or less agile players to hold longer rallies without the risk of further injury. This often means many ex-squash players convert to racketball due to injury or reduced mobility or just for longer rallies. It is also a great game for children and adults that have not played a racket sport before.
- Racketball is one of the fastest ways to burn calories in a short space of time, allowing people to keep fit whilst enjoying themselves.
- The game is easy to learn and enjoy but difficult to master allowing it to be enjoyed by all standards of player.
This makes the sport both accessible and enjoyable contributing to its current and future growth and success.