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RACQUETBALL OUTLINE RACQUETBALL SAFETY Protective eyewear is required in all sanctioned tournaments and should be worn by any individual playing racquetball. The ball can travel in excess of 100mph, so be very careful!! Severe eye damage (detached retinas/loss of vision) can occur if hit directly in the eye by either the ball or racquet. Proper eyewear dramatically reduces the possibility of eye injury. When purchasing eyewear select distortion-free, shock-resistant lenses which provide good peripheral vision, nose and forehead padding. A polycarbonate lens resists shattering and is recommended. Anti-fog coating on lenses is also recommended. If lenses fog while playing, an anti-fog compound can be applied to eliminate fogging. 1. ALWAYS PROTECT EYES - use eye protection, never turn around and look towards the ball being hit, use caution when hitting ball into the wall at close proximity (it can rebound into your body/face). 2. Don’t hit your opponent with the racquet. Don’t over swing. Don’t hit yourself with your own racquet. 3. Don’t hit the ball if you think you may hit your opponent. 4. Avoid collisions. Learn court awareness (know where your opponent and the ball is at all times). 5. Upon entering a court, close the door. 6. No doubles can be played in class without permission from me! This can be dangerous for beginners. 7. Warm-up/stretch before hitting and playing. Always start out slow and easy when you first start hitting. 8. Make sure you securely have the wrist strap around your wrist before you start playing. 9. Always wear socks and supportive court shoes. RACQUETBALL ETIQUETTE 1. Control your temper when playing: avoid using profanity, do not slam your racquet into the wall/floor out of anger, do not strike the ball hard between points
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when angry, do not throw your racquet when angry, do not argue with opponent, if you need resolution come to me. 2. Don’t rush your serves. Make sure your opponent is ready to receive. 3. Server should call out score before first serve of each point. 4. Acknowledge good shots and be courteous. Be fair on calls. Call against yourself if unsure of the results. 5. Give opponent a fair chance to return the ball. Do not crowd your opponent. EQUIPMENT All types of racquets perform differently. Before purchasing, try several brands and types making sure it feels good to you. Racquet choice is mostly a matter of personal preference. Oversized racquet head frames tend to provide a larger “sweet spot”, which provides a larger hitting area. Racquets are now produced from midsize to oversize, ranging from 92 to 101 square inches of racquet face. Racquet lengths vary with the maximum at 21 inches. The racquet should be light in weight to ensure a fast swing and to reduce arm fatigue. Often a power rating will be assigned to a racquet with 1.0 being the most powerful, then 2.0 powerful, and 3.0 moderate. When choosing a grip size, do not get one which is too large because it will inhibit wrist snap
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This note was uploaded on 05/13/2011 for the course KNEA 219 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '11 term at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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