Rapid-Ball is a sport ideal for all ages, in fact the whole family.
It is a new sport played on standard Squash court with an official
Racquet-Ball ball (similar to a tennis ball without the fur, made
of rubber and smaller in size). The racquet is a standard Racquet-Ball
although it is possible to play a good game using children´s
short handle tennis racquets which are similar in size and lenght
to a Racquet-Ball racquet at a fraction of the cost.
The rules are starighforward and easy to learn. It has the added
posibility of hitting the ball after it returns from the back
wall and no net, therefore long rallies are easily achieved.
If you are finding Squash a strain on the body, or if you haave
minor arm, knee or back nigglesbut are desperate to get back on
a Squash court, this cpuld be the sport for you. The ball has
a high bounce allowing for sufficient time for a stroke without
the damaging stretching and bending requyired in Squash. It is
also a greta leveller between playes of badminton, squash and
tennis as it does not favour any of tese sports.
It is an aerobic exercise providing a great deal of movement without
stress. Some say it is similar to jogging with the added interest
of a ball and an opponent to outwit. The result is a good sweaty
workout in 45 minutes.
THE BIRTH OF RAPID-BALL,
HOW IT ALL STARTED!!
A few years ago, after thirty-five years of playing squash –
several times per week – the body of the inventor of this
sport (Peter V. Haighton) said “no more”!
So, armed with two children’s tennis racquets and a racquetball
ball, he entered a squash court with a friend and started knocking
the ball about. After several sessions and much thought, the rules
gradually materialised with the intention of making it very easy
to learn without complicated lets and points as in squash. Little
by little - after much criticism by young squash players –
more and more people, especially in their thirties and above,
wanted to try the sport. Word spread and many squash players who
had given up the sport due to niggling injuries came to try the
new game and enjoyed it without any painful after effects whilst
at the same time having a very hard aerobic workout.
Now it has grown and the standard of play has risen to a level
beyond belief with experienced tennis, padel and squash players
all very much involved in the sport and regularly competing against
THE BENEFITS OF RAPID-BALL
TO A SQUASH CLUB
By the millennium many squash clubs across Spain were suffering
from a down-turn in the popularity of squash. The introduction
of Rapid-Ball has meant an increase in membership as tennis, padel
and retired squash players became members. The utilisation of
the squash courts has increased immensely to the point of saturation.
Some clubs are reporting that the Rapid-Ball/squash split is almost
fifty-fifty with many members complaining that they are unable
to book a court. Purpose-built new clubs are about to be built
to cater for this increase in demand.
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