What you should know about the racquetball court:
- The court is 40 feet (12.2 m) long.
- The short line cuts the court in half at 20 feet (6.1 m).
- At all levels, 80 to 90 percent of balls that are hit end up in the back half of the court.
- Center court is in the middle of the back half of the court, just behind the dotted line, and is a box that is approximately 6 feet by 6 feet (1.8 m by 1.8 m) (see figure 5.1).
Once you have a sound foundation, you will begin to improve. Improvement is measured by levels, and as a result of that improvement, a player’s shots become more skillful and more precise, and therefore the center-court box will shrink ever so slightly.
Common Mistakes: Court Position
ERROR: You are playing too far forward between the short line and the dotted line.
CORRECTION: No matter whether it is during a rally, after the serve, or after the return of serve, you want to get back to good center-court position, inside that 6 by 6 feet box, and float up and back (based on your opponent’s court position and the ball) using the eight positions we discuss later in this chapter.
SOLUTION: By being in the proper position in the center-court box you give yourself the best opportunity to get to a majority of the balls. If you are too far forward, in front of the dotted line, you will have much less time to react to the ball, you will be vulnerable to the pass shot, and you will get jammed often. Also if a ceiling ball is hit, you have to run back to get to it. Because the ball is behind you, you may not have enough time to get back far enough, making your return inconsistent and weak, which would probably result in a scoring opportunity for your opponent.