Special Olympics Bocce

Equipment

Badminton Racquet Badminton Net Goggles Shuttlecock Squash Ball Squash Racquet Table Tennis Paddle Table Tennis Ball Table Tennis Table Tennis Ball Tennis Net Tennis Racquet

Rules

Matches always include tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis. Events are ordered within a match from smaller to larger rackets (table tennis, badminton, squash then tennis). All events must be played between the same individuals or pair, with identical amounts of sets played in each event. Rules for each respective event are identical to those used in international competition. Each rally results in a point scored. No matter the event, games are played to 21 points and must be won by 2. At the end of all events, the individual or pair with the most cumulative points scored throughout the match is declared the winner.

Description

Racketlon is a sport where competitors compete in four racket/paddle-based games: table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis. Racketlon is a competition of four major racquet sports. Included in the program is tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis. Using the international rules of each individual sport, opposing players or teams attempt to score 21 points. Points are won by winning rallies. The player or team with the most cumulative points at the end of the competition is the winner.

History

Racketlon began in Finland in the 1980's, when four people representing each of the four racquet federations established a game involving each of their respective sports. This new game, called "mailapelit" held its first Finnish championships in 1986. Rules were altered in 1994, to adopt the current standardized scoring system of 21 points. The first international racketlon tournament was held in 2001. A world tour was established in 2003. Today racketlon is a popular sport, especially in Scandinavia.