Did You Know That Racquetball Was Invented at the YMCA?
Joe Sobek is credited with inventing the sport of racquetball in the Greenwich YMCA, though not with naming it. A professional tennis player and handball player, Sobek sought a fast-paced sport that was easy to learn and play. He designed the first strung paddle, devised a set of rules, based on those of squash, handball, and paddleball, and named his game paddle rackets.
In February of 1952 Sobek founded the International Paddler’s Racquets Association (IPRA), codified the rules, and had them printed as a booklet. The new sport was rapidly adopted and became popular through Sobek’s continual promotion of it, aided by the existence of some 40,000 handball courts in the country’s YMCAs and JCCs, wherein racquetball could be played.
The Riverbrook Regional Y offers one racquetball court open to Full members for play at no extra charge.
Reservations may be made up to 2 weeks in advance online.
Racquetball will be CLOSED for maintenance approximately 8/26-9/3
If you have problems registering online please contact Charisse Drogalis at the front desk. 203-762-8384 x0.
Non-member Fee: $20 per person
Non-members may use the court only when members have not reserved it and cannot reserve court time in advance.
Note: Members who bring guests are responsible for ensuring payment of guest fees.
Racquets and Balls
Racquetball rackets are available at the Y for use at no charge. Balls may be purchased at the Front Desk.
The Riverbrook Regional Y no longer has a squash court, other local Y’s squash facilities may be available. Please call for information.
New Canaan: 203-966-4528