Why Squash 57?
The game has been renamed as Squash 57 by governing bodies to try and define it as a squash derivative. The number has nothing to do with Baked Beans and in fact represents the diameter of the ball used in millimetres. In the UK, however, the name ‘Racketball’ is still favoured by the participants.
Racketball was founded in the US in 1952 and its popularity grew rapidly, a major contributing factor being that the sport was played on American Hardball courts which were already in existence. Racketball first began to be played in the UK in 1976 and is a modification of the US version of racketball. Played on a squash court, rather than a hardball court, the sport has grown rapidly in the UK with England Squash incorporating racketball in 1984. This UK version is now being played in many countries where squash is popular and is now the fastest growing sport in the UK with 500, 000 people who regulalrly play either squash or racketball.