Mar 202014
 

If your racquetball gloves are getting stiff and no longer feel soft and flexible, then it is time to wash them.

Sweat salts and dirt will accumulate in the glove’s pores which can lead to cracking and stretching. You can partially restore your gloves by washing them with mild liquid soap and warm water.

Racquetball Glove Washing Instructions
  1. Wash your gloves by hand in warm water using mild liquid soap.
  2. Let them soak 10 to 20 minutes in soapy water.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  4. **Spread out and air dry gloves on a dry towel.
  5. During/after drying, refit the glove on your hand and reshape.

** If your glove has stretched, then dry it using a clothes dryer. This will definitely shrink your glove, so first test drying on one glove to determine the appropriate drying time.

Mar 082014
 

The most current official racquetball rulebook (pdf file) can be downloaded from the teamusa.org website or from this link:   Downloadable/Printable Rulebook-2013 Version (September 2013).

There are 4 new rule changes in this version:

1. In USAR-sanctioned events throughout the nation, all divisions (including the “Open” divisions) will play the two-serve game — except for the U.S. National Team Qualifying divisions at the U.S. National Doubles and the U.S. National Singles Championships. See Rules 3.1 and 5.

2. Players must wear shoes and cannot play in socks only or in bare feet. See Rule 2.5(b).

3. Electronic audio devices cannot be worn during play unless they are needed to amplify one’s hearing ability. See Rule 2.5(c).

4. Unintentional “carries” during the rally are allowed and are no longer called. See Rule 3.13(b).