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Racquetball for Kids

Updated on December 8, 2018
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I've played racquetball for over 25 years. I've played in many tournaments, winning championships, and at best, ranking in the top three.

Racquetball Rules

Racquetball is a game that kids love to play because the pace is just right for all-around fun. The rules and safety are different compared to adults. That does not matter because first, people need to know how to teach racquetball to kids.

Think safety first. Eye gear is very important for all racquetball players. Start them wearing eye gear early before they are used to playing without eye protection.

Sports clubs place warning notices outside the racquetball courts for a reason. Please adhere to the warning because I witnessed some awful eye injuries from players not wearing protective eye gear.

Racquetball Starter Kit

Purchase a Racquetball starter pack. Ektelon Starter Kit is perfect for kids because It contains protective goggles, racquet, and balls. A friend of mine bought his boys the Ektelon Starter Kit and they praised it. The goggles worked great until they outgrew them. I recommend to the parents to get the starter kit for their kids. Start them off right!

The kits come with a very light racquet for a child. A racquet that any child can easily pick up and swing with two hands and swing slowly with one hand.

I take the kids to the racquetball court and show them how to hit the ball. Bounce the ball and swing. Keep it very basic. Let them do that for about 10 tries.

Tell them to keep their eyes on the ball while hitting the ball with the racquet. Let them do it for about 10 swings. They will see some improvement.

Keep at it with the kids until they are comfortable with the racquet and ball.

Team USA
Team USA

What is Racquetball

Answering the question "What is racquetball?" starts with the basics. Show kids new to the game how to hit the ball using the racquet. I show them how the racquet goes back over their shoulder, feet flat on the floor, full body facing the sidewall, bounce ball and swing. I make sure they understand they need to hit the front wall with the ball. Let them hit the ball this way or anyway if they rather. Let them do this about 10 times. I offer these points to them:

Step into the swing. Show them how to step into the swing and hit the ball. I have them practice 10 times or more.

If they are under seven, I line them up and have them hit the ball in turns. That way, I am in control and less chance of someone getting hurt by the racquet or ball hitting them.

Racquetball Courts

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The Works Health Club

Play Racquetball

Review all the different steps with the child. Encourage as they go along and point out areas they do well. Let them hit the ball around for a while, with understanding and affection, correct one thing at a time until they are doing better, then correct another aspect if need be. End off on a positive point after their first experience at racquetball.

Beth Schlanker 11-year-old Champion

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Petaluma 360

Racquetball World

Becoming involved in the racquetball world means practicing at regular intervals. Decide next time someone works with a kid or two after they have practiced hitting the ball, they are ready to learn the first aspect of racquetball—timing and path of the ball. This is the most important part to understand and know in order to begin playing real games and drills.

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Kids Racquetball Slow is Better

Starting out slow is sometimes the best way to approach the racquetball game with kids.

In order to help get kids familiar with racquetball rules and the game, kids need to just hit the ball around on the court. It is also a good idea to enroll kids in an hour clinic to get some professional guidance.

As kids improve and feel more confident, they can play in a tournament. In Tournaments, racquetball games are more formal and rules are strictly applied, which is a great experience for kids.

Racquetball for Kids

Many times I am asked to show parents and kids how to play racquetball. They watch the game and are confused by all the random shots and movement on such a small court.

It is a good idea to have the kids watch a game, and understand the basics of racquetball. That way, it will make it so much easier for kids to understand the game and how to play. They will have fun and a great workout.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh


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