Are you tired of the same old treadmill workout? Looking for a way to tone your arms? Would you like a little friendly competition with your neighbors at Sky? If so, racquetball is the sport for you. Racquetball combines a physically taxing activity with socialization, improving fitness levels and burning calories while in play.

Racquetball is a fun way to break out of a mundane gym routine, sculpt muscles, and socialize with people in your community. Not sure how to play racquetball, or wondering if it’s really worth the time? Read on to discover the rhyme (how) and reason (why) of playing racquetball.

How to Play Racquetball

Racquetball is a game similar to tennis that is for two or four players (singles or doubles, respectively.) Unlike tennis, however, it can also be played with three players. The game is played on an indoor or outdoor court — usually 20 feet high, 20 feet wide, and 40 feet long.  

Play begins with the server using the racquet to hit the ball against the front wall. To serve, the ball can bounce once first before hitting with the racquet. Then it must hit the front wall. It can hit only one other wall before it hits the floor. A server has two chances to complete a good serve.

Much like tennis, after the serve is made, the opponent must hit the ball before it bounces twice and “return” it to the other player. However, instead of going over a net, it must ultimately hit the front wall (it can touch other walls or the ceiling first) to be considered a good return. Play continues in this manner until a player cannot successfully return the ball.  

Only the server (or the serving side) can score points. If the non-serving player fails to return the ball (loses the rally), the server receives a point. If the server loses the rally, then serving switches to the other player. When playing with three players, each player takes turns as the server. When the server loses a rally, one of the other players becomes the server.

Games are typically played to 15 points. Once someone wins two games, he or she has won the match. It’s a simple game to learn — and a fun one to play.

Why Play Racquetball?

Racquetball can improve your life in several ways. First, it’s a fantastic workout. It’s good for your cardiovascular system, strengthening your heart and lungs. Second, it works out the entire body. Your arms will feel the burn from hitting the ball. Your legs will move as you chase the ball, bending and stretching to reach it. Your core is used to stabilize and balance your body throughout these vigorous movements. The next day, you’ll be able to tell that your muscles got some work.  

Since the game is fast-paced and involves the entire body, you will burn plenty of calories. If weight loss is your goal, then adding racquetball to your workout routine can really pay off! Playing racquetball also helps to reduce stress. While you’re playing, your mind stays occupied with the game — not on your “to do” list or other worries.  

Last, but not least, racquetball is a fun way to socialize with friends or make new ones. At Sky, you can play racquetball with your neighbors. Since it is only for use by Sky residents, you typically don’t have to wait long to play. It’s a good excuse to get together with people, and it’s just one of many amenities we’re pleased to offer to residents.

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