What is Racketlon?
Racketlon is a sport which combines (in order of racquet size) table-tennis, badminton, squash, and tennis in a single match: one game of each to 21 pts. (point-a-rally scoring), the person who wins the most points over the four games wins the match!
How good do I have to be to play in this tournament?
The answer is” “Not very good at all!”. If you have any experience in any of the four major racquet sports, you can team up with 2-3 others and enter as a team (if you show up at 10 a.m. on Saturday we will place you on an appropriate, compatible team). If you have a little experience you can also enter the Individual event (A for experienced, B for recreational, and C for novices)!
What time will I play on Saturday?
All participants should show up at 10:00 a.m. (or a little before to warm-up) and will play their first match at 10:15, 10:30, or 10:45. The second and third matches will take place (you will be able to figure out the exact time from the draw when it is posted at 10:15) between 12 and 5 (30 minutes per match).
When can I practice and learn the rules?
Courts are reserved for practice this Wednesday evening (Oct. 15th) from 7-8:30 p.m. – there will be a little mini-instructional and rules clinic for each sport – show up at the squash courts to start! Here is a link to the International Racketlon Federation Rules.
How do I register?
Cost will be $5 for students and $15 for faculty/staff (proceeds to Smith Squash Travel Fund) and will include a t-shirt (for the first 25 entries only) and balls, and equipment loan if necessary. Contact Smith Squash Coach Tim Bacon to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-585-2715.
***Update: 12 registrations as of 12:08 a.m. EST***
*** Update 18 registrations as of 12:34 a.m. , Oct. 17, 2008 ***
Here is a picture of the cool tournament tee:
Here are some of the skills you need:
Here is a video of Smith Coach Tim Bacon (#22 World Doubles Ranking) competing in the English Open Racketlon Mixed Doubles with his Partner Shona Kerr (#11 Singles, #22 Doubles), Head Coach of Squash at Wesleyan University.