All About Racquet Sports at Your Indoor Sports Facilities
Indoor sports facilities, unless specifically designed for one sport, should offer a few different racquet sports courts. In order to best serve a wide variety of athletes and maximize the number of people coming to your indoor sports facilities, you need to offer different sports. But it can be difficult to tell which sports will attract people and which sports will die off. Racquet sports aren’t as simple as basketball courts. You can fill basketball courts in just about any area of the country, and they are big enough to be used for multiple sports. In this Sports Facilities Management blog, we take a look at the different racquet sports, their popularity, and the pros and cons of adding their courts to your indoor sports facilities.
A fast and furious sport where opponents smash a very bouncy ball against a back wall, racquetball was invented in 1949 and took off in the 1970s. During that time, almost all indoor sports facilities would have multiple racquetball courts. The sport doesn’t have the same high learning curve as tennis, so most adults at the recreation center or sports complex could pick up racquets and enjoy themselves. The sport’s court does, however, take up a substantial amount of space, but it can often double as an indoor volleyball (wallyball) court, a squash court, a dodgeball court, or a yoga studio.
Offering racquetball courts at your sports complex will draw in a small dedicated group, but it won’t drastically increase the number of members. It does, however, have the bonus effect of giving other members something extra to do. They can pick it up easily, so it can add value for people who like to try a lot of different sports.
Fewer people play squash than racquetball, but the sport has begun an upward trajectory. According to US Squash, participation in the country continues to grow. The sport has taken cues from tennis and focused on junior development. Universities continue to embrace squash by creating club teams.
Like racquetball, squash might bring in a small but dedicated group to your indoor sports facilities. Because the sport continues to grow at the youth level, adding a club team or training of some kind can help you capitalize on your squash court. The sport is a little more difficult to learn than racquetball, however, so you might find fewer people drawn to play recreationally.
The most popular racquet sport in not only the United States but also the world, tennis is a must for all multi-purpose sports facilities. Tennis attracts both casual and competitive players. According to the Tennis Industry Association, tennis has grown in popularity, especially among casual players, in the last few years. This sport can be played indoors or outdoors, and people of all different skill levels can play without too much frustration, though it isn’t as easy to pick up as racquetball. Of all the racquet sports, this is the only one that is a must.
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