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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Hit the ball to yourself in racquetball

Downers Grove, IL — DO IT
Racquetball is one of the few sports where a second person isn’t needed with the wall as your opponent.

Play to beat others or play for fun and exercise by one’s self by hitting the wall in a game of racquetball. The game has the motions of tennis, between the running around and forceful swings, but another player isn’t required. They are required if you’re playing a game in a league.

Joann Able, customer service manager for Sunset Racquetball and Fitness Center in Geneva, says a racquetball game can be played with two or four players and that scoring is based on the best of three games, each game being played to 15 points.

The facility harbors two racquetball courts, which are 40 feet by 20 feet by 20 feet closed-in rooms, and has racquetball lessons and leagues year round. They even have a wallyball league.

“Wallyball is basically volleyball played on a racquetball court,” Able says. “The difference being that the court walls can be used (in the game).”

As probably realized, a person needs a racquet and ball to play racquetball. Both items can be rented at the Sunset Racquetball and Fitness Center. Able says goggles are recommended for safety, but they’re not required. Goggles can also be rented at the site.

For wallyball, a wallyball net and ball is needed, she says.

Reservations should be made in advance to play on Sunset Racquetball’s courts. To reserve a court time, call (630) 232-7867.

Glass Court Swim and Fitness Club in Lombard has eight racquetball and wallyball courts and offers free racquetball clinics every third Thursday of the month to adults. Glass Court is hosting The 19th Annual Turkey Shoot Open racquetball tournament on Nov. 18-21.

Racquetball and wallyball play is also available at Pleasant Dale Park District’s Chalet in Willow Springs.

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