Around the world cultures have adapted to circumstances and have developed their own ways to rule and master foreign sports, just like the shared roots of American, Canadian and Rugby Football. Racquet sports are no exception and have evolved in many different ways depending on the geography or the weather conditions. Some incorporated cultural elements to it and others are just a mix up of what was available at the time, creating with this a whole new hybrid breed of athletes.
Ball Badminton: It’s a team racquet game native from India, played with a ball made of wool and a standard Badminton racquet on a court divided by an elevated net. It’s said to be the Royal sport back in the day.
Matkot: This is a very popular paddle game in Israel. It is not a competitive sport and it’s just basically beach tennis where two or more players hit a small ball back and forth. What’s curious about this game is thought as a modern frenzy and that it’s considered the country’s national sport.
Fives: Originated at the British colleges from the same roots as many racquet sports. Fives consists of a ball propelled against the walls of a court using gloves or the bare hands as if they are racquets. Often played between the buttresses of church buildings in England. There are as many variations of Fives as there are colleges in the UK (Eaton Fives, Rugby Fives, Warminster Fives, Winchester Fives, Clifton Fives, St John’s Fives) each of them with its own set of rules.
Qianball: Is a racquet sport combination of tennis and squash. Played by two or four players on a smaller tennis court with all the players on the same side of the net. The equipment used is a heavy weighted ballbag or floor embedded hook, a Qianball racquet, a Qianball ball with a rubber band and a net. The objective is to bounce the ball on the opposing player zone and return the shots until the ball touches ground on the side of the net the players are standing. The player who forces the opponent to miss the ball, scores. Originated in China but popularized in Denmark with their own organization. The KFUM.
Speedminton: The sport mixes rules and components of different racquet sports like Badminton, Squash and Tennis. There is no net and can be played nearly on every open space because there’s no prescribed courts. Playing areas can be easily created with tapes, court lines ans training cones and as in many racquet sports, scoring happens when the opponent misses the ball, in this case a heavier badminton shuttlecock.
Racketlon: Created as a combination of racquet sports in Finland, the athletes play a sequence of four sports. Table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis like a decathlon. It’s played in four sets, one in each sport with a special playing and scoring system that allows players to earn 21 points per sport. Starting from smallest to largest racquet.
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