Racquetball is a racquet sport played on indoor or outdoor courts, played primarily in North America (US, Canada, Mexico). The modern indoor sport of racquetball was first played in New England, USA 1950 (the outdoor, one-wall game goes back to at least 1910 in N.Y.C). All court's walls, floor, and ceiling are legal playing surfaces, with the exception of court-specific designated hinders being out-of-bounds. Racquetball court walls shall be built by using high density wood panels with a multi-layer melamine surface to withstand the ball impact forces. In 1969, the International Racquetball Association (IRA) was founded recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the American national racquetball governing body. In 1974, the IRA organized the first professional tournament, and is a founding member of the International Racquetball Federation (IRF).
Starting in the 1970s, and aided by the fitness boom of that decade, the sport's popularity increased to an estimated 3.1 million players by 1974. Consequent to increased demand, racquetball clubs and courts were built, until the early 1980s, and declining in the decade's latter part when racquet clubs converted to physical fitness clubs, in service to a wider clientele. Since then, the number of racquetball players has remained steady, an estimated 5.6 million players on 100.000 courts in USA.
Courtwall International is today the leading builder of racquetball courts outside of USA, our courts are meeting every specification of the IRF, and Courtwall is the partner from the European Racquetball federation for court building.