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Racquetball for Kids

Updated on April 3, 2018
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A former teacher and tutor, Kenna enjoys helping children live a better life, understanding the importance of helping them become leaders.

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, you 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.

Racquetball Racquet

Purchase a Racquetball starter pack. It contains protective goggles, racquet, and balls.

Choose a very light racquet for your child. Racquet her can easily pick up and swing with two hands and swing slowly with one hand.

Take her to the racquetball court and show her how to hit the ball. Bounce the ball and swing. Keep it very basic. Let her do that for about 10 tries.

Tell her to keep her eye on the ball while hitting the ball with the racquet. Let her do that for about 10 swings. You should see some improvement.

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Team USA

What is Racquetball

Answering the question "What is racquetball?" starts with the basics. Show him how to hit the ball with the racquet back over your shoulder, feet flat on the floor, full body facing the sidewall, bounce ball and swing. Make sure he understands he needs to hit the front wall with the ball. Let him hit the ball this way or anyway if he rather. Let him do this for about 10 times.

Step into the swing. Show him how to step into the swing and hit the ball. Have him practice 10 times or more.

Step into the swing. Show him how to step into the swing and hit the ball. Have him practice 10 times or more

Racquetball Courts

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The Works Health Club

Play Racquetball

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

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Petaluma 360

Racquetball World

Becoming involved in the racquetball world means practicing at regular intervals. Decide next time you work with kid if he is 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 your 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 your kids in an hour clinic to get some professional guidance.

As your kids improve and feel more confident, they can play in a tournament. In Tournaments, racquet 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 your kids watch a game, and understand the basics of racquetball will make is so much easier on your kids. They will have fun and a great workout.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh


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