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« on: October 18, 2010, 03:35:45 PM »

>>>> Hi UK Racketball
>>>>
>>>> Have entered the Hunts competition - over 50's - and wanted to
>>>> clarify
>>>> the ball to be used.
>>>>
>>>> At Wolverhampton we played all matches with the Black ball but I
>>>> notice on your website that only the Grade A & B should have used
>>>> this
>>>> with all the Age categories using the Blue ball. Can you confirm
>>>> that it will be the Blue ball at Hunts?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks & best regards
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Graham
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010, 03:36:43 PM »

>>> Hi Graham,
>>>
>>> Our thoughts at the start of the season were that we would use the
>>> blue
>>> balls for the age group categories and then the black balls for the
>>> A and
>>> B. This was because while chatting to players at the national
>>> championships we were under the impression that the age group players
>>> thought that the black ball was to dead (and squash like) and would
>>> prefer
>>> the blue ball.
>>>
>>> However at all the events so far the players have all wanted to use
>>> the
>>> black ball so I think we will stick to it for the last event as
>>> well. As
>>> far as I’m aware the black ball is still the official age group ball
>>> used
>>> by ESR and as they are building rankings based on the series they have
>>> also told us they would prefer us to use the black ball.
>>>
>>> Hope this is ok?
>>>
>>> Looking forward to seeing you at Hunts County next weekend.
>>>
>>> Regards
>>>
>>> Mark
>>> UK-Racketball
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010, 03:37:35 PM »

>> Hi Mark
>>
>> Thanks for the quick reply.
>>
>> This was triggered by the response when I was trying to drum up some
>> entries for the Hunts tournament from people in the top leagues at
>> Hampton. When I mentioned the Black ball both said they would not
>> enter because they had never played with one - that led me to look
>> again on your website.
>>
>> Surprised to hear your comments about the black ball as Wolverhampton
>> was only the 2nd time I'd played with one!
>>
>> The National Racketball Championships, Warwickshire tournaments, both
>> my clubs (Hampton & Kenilworth) and the Warwickshire team leagues all
>> use Blue balls for all matches except the very top guys - so not sure
>> why ESR think Black is the usual colour.
>>
>> Having watched them play I fully understand why the black ball is
>> better for 'A' standard players. However the apparent pressure from
>> ESR to align Racketball with Squash is not supported amongst people I
>> play against. For 'Club' players the move towards a Black ball and
>> only going up to 11 points is very unwelcome - as the long rallies and
>> time for the game to develop are greatly reduced limiting the appeal
>> of Racketball.
>>
>> My 5c - hope it's useful.
>>
>>
>> Best regards
>>
>>
>> Graham
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 03:38:10 PM »

> Hi Graham,
>
> I agree with you, the whole point of racketball was to offer people a new
> sport that could be played on a squash court, one that would attract a
> different type of player (or keep an older player going on for longer) and
> get them involved in the squash world that we all love.
>
> The beauty of racketball is that for the most part it is very similar to
> squash, with similar movement patterns and technique but played at a lower
> intensity which opens the sport up to people who might have been put off
> by the speed and as you pointed out short rallies.
>
> The last thing we want is to lose the long rallies that burn the calories
> and make the sport so attractive. Quite strange that there is a sport
> thatís growing so quickly and people still want to tamper with it.
>
> Am going to include both our emails on the forum if this is ok? People
> might find it interesting and we really need a good debate on the ball so
> we can get everything right for the 2011 tour. The last thing we want is
> for people not to enjoy the tournaments as much as they should because we
> got the ball wrong.
>
> Hope this helps, if there is anyone who you know still wants to play Hunts
> County I am doing the draws at 18:00 and just let me know.
>
> Regards
>
> Mark
> UK-Racketball
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2010, 01:09:14 PM »

I must say I fully agree with Graham everyone in our club still uses the blue ball and plays to 15 so it did come as quite a suprise to use the black ball when we played at Nottingham and we really could see no benefit in it for anyone except for the A grade players where rallys may last all night with a blue ball.
Im fairly sure only the very best players want to use the black ball and as these tend be the ones people listen too i suspect this is where the idea of evreyone being happy with the black ball comes from. When I too have tried to generate interest around local clubs I have tended to find that people either didnt know there was a black ball or if they do know they dont want to play having never used one before.
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2010, 10:39:28 PM »

Black balls suck! They ruin the game
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2010, 10:21:45 AM »

Don't agree. I think black balls are great and it brings an extra skill element into the game instead of just being about fitness. People that like the blue ball are either in the older age groups or fitter guys in the open and over 35 agre groups. The skillful players prefer black
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