The UK game of racketball was developed from US racquetball, which started out in the 1950s and was conceived by tennis and handball player Joe Sobek. To make the game instantly accessible in the UK, the US game was adapted to use existing squash courts, and a slower, less bouncy ball was introduced, as the ceiling wasn’t included in the playing area — unlike in US racquetball.

In 1976, Ian D.W. Wright created the sport of racketball based on U.S. racquetball. British racketball is played in a 32-foot (9.8 m) long by 21-foot (6.4 m) wide squash court (8 feet (2.4 m) shorter and 1 foot (0.30 m) wider than the U.S. racquetball court), using a smaller, less dynamic ball than the American racquetball. In racketball, the ceiling is out-of-bounds. The racketball is served after a bounce on the floor then struck into play with the racket. Scoring is like squash with point-a-rally scoring of up to 11 points.

In 2016, World Squash Federation announced an international ‘re-branding’ of racketball as Squash 57, the 57 referring to the diameter of the ball, in order to emphasise both its membership of the ‘squash rackets’ family, and its distinctiveness from the U.S. racquetball

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