Squash's little brother
Written by: Michal Procházka
Photo: luminum - d.raub & l.šavrdová
In the age of modern
sports, a layman will be practically unable to tell
the difference between ricochet and squash. Likewise,
few would know that ricochet was invented precisely
in order to eliminate the shortcomings of other racquet
TWELVE YEARS AGO ricochet was born in Holland, fortunately
for those who could never master tennis or squash.
Thanks to its slower tempo and more simple technique,
even less gifted athletes can learn to enjoy it. It's
easy to keep the ball in play, so this sport is also
ideal for people who are looking for a degree of physical
What is ricochet?
It's a game like squash for two or four players, but
with some notable differences.
Court - In both directions it's about a meter and a
half shorter than a squash court - or 8 meters long
and 5.5 meters wide. But the basic difference from
squash is that one also uses the 2.7 meters high ceiling
for playing. The back wall of the court is made of
special hardened glass. Lines are painted on the floor
and the front wall to demarcate the playing surface
and to help players orient themselves.
Racquets - Ricochet racquets are shorter than squash
racquets, and their heads are larger. Their very light
weight markedly decreases the risk of arm injuries
and makes the game easier for beginners. There is an
extensive choice of racquets on the market, from aluminum
to graphite, designed for more demanding players.
Balls - Very similar to squash balls. They are made
of light material and are about the size of golf balls.
There are three types according to player performance
that move at different speeds and with varying bounce
force. They are differentiated by color - red (the
fastest), intended for beginners, violet for advanced
players, and gray (the slowest) for competition. Prices
start at CZK 120.
Rules in brief
Scoring - Most ricochet courts are equipped with
electronic scoring. There are three sets in a match.
wins a set, and you have to win by two. Otherwise
play continues until one player gets the required
edge. If one player reaches 21 the set is automatically
over, even if the difference is only one point.
Serving - The server stands with at least one foot
in the service area. The ball must travel straight
to the front wall on the opponent's side, and the
opponent can play the ball even if it doesn't strike
The player who won the last point always serves,
from the right on even scores and from the left on
Play - The players can use the side walls and the
ceiling, but the ball must always strike the front
the marked line. The ball can touch the floor only
once (and can be played without hitting the floor).
The players must not obstruct each other in play,
and a violation of this rule means a point for the
If a player hits the opponent with a shot a new point
WHERE TO PLAY
Ricochet Centrum Quatro, Jana Růžičky 1232, Praha
4 - Kunratice, Mirek Bubeník, tel.: 608 782 876, email@example.com,
SquashPoint, Květnového vítězství, Praha 4, Tomáš
Urban, tel.: 272 940 089, 602 354 092, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Sportcentrum Nové Butovice, Ovčí hájek 2174, Praha
5, Jiří Vtípil, tel.: 265 188 169, 608 811 200, email@example.com,
Sportcentrum u Drahušky, Ke Goniu 123, Praha 6, Tomáš
Cigánek, tel.: 220 960 494, 602 294 885, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ricochet Club Gracia, Česká 879, Hostivice, Pavel
Sochr, tel.: 220 980 547, 602 320 639, email@example.com
Hotel Duo, Teplická 17, Praha 9, tel.: 266 133 803,
602 340 687, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hotelduo.cz/sport.php
Squash centrum PRO-6, Za černým mostem 1425, Praha
9, Irena Veselá, tel.: 281 941 004, 606 424 400, email@example.com,
Svět pod Palmovkou, náměstí Dr. Václava Holého 13,
Praha 8, tel.: 266 331 295, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Martin Bohuslav (33),
head of IT, Essox
Is ricochet really that easy to learn, even for beginners
in racquet sports? Why?
Ricochet is a combination of speed, technique, a sharp eye,
and judgement. All this in one fun package. For those who
want to develop and improve these qualities, ricochet is
an ideal game. Personally, apart from improving my form,
and in addition to the feeling of well and actively spent
time, I like that I always leave the court with my head cleared
from daily stress."
Why do you prefer ricochet over other racquet sports?
Clearly ricochet can be compared to squash. I prefer ricochet
because it is more 'playfull', there are more tactical possibilities,
and it is very dynamic. As a youth I used to play volleyball,
and perhaps that's the reason why I was looking for a higher