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Racquetball
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Racquetball racquet and ball
Highest governing body International Racquetball Federation (IRF)
Characteristics
Contact No
Team members Singles or doubles
Mixed gender Yes, separate tours & mixed doubles
Type Racquet sport
Equipment Racquetball ball, racquetball racquet
Venue Indoor or outdoor racquetball court
Presence
Country or region Americas
Olympic No
Paralympic No
USMC-15392
People playing racquetball
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The court dimensions

Racquetball is a racquet sport played with a hollow rubber ball on 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 (out of bounds area at the bottom of front wall) 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.

Racquetball is very similar to 40×20 American handball, which is played in many countries. It is also very similar to the British sport Squash 57, which was called racketball before 2016.

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