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Racquetball Court Policies


  • Courts are available for general use during recreation hours only. Recreational Services’ activities and Physical Education classes will have priority over general recreation.
  • Proper attire and footwear are required. Shoes must be non-marking.
  • Racquets must have plastic bumper to protect the walls.
  • Racquetballs, handballs, and squash balls must also be non-marking.
  • Any activity other than racquetball, handball, or squash must receive prior approval from the equipment room manager.


  • Reservations are accepted and are made on a daily basis, for one hour only and are first-made, first-accepted. Reservations are accepted in-person at the Equipment Room or by phone at 277-2108.
  • Faculty and Staff have priority during noon---time recreation, between 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.
  • Only University of New Mexico students, faculty and staff are allowed to make court reservations.
  • Reservations are canceled if players are more than 10 minutes late.

Safety Concerns

  • Use of approved eye protection is recommended.
  • All racquets should have a safety wrist strap.
  • Play under control at all times, a “hinder” is much better than an injury.

Challenge Court

  • Court 5 is designated as the Challenge Court.
  • One game only. First to 15 points, win by one point.
  • Loser exits the court. The next person inline challenges the winner. Challenger serves first.
  • The champion may only play 3 consecutive games when more than one player is waiting to challenge. After the third victory, the next 2 players in line enter the court. The serve belongs the first individual in line.
  • All disputes should be settled in a friendly fashion. Replay the point if necessary.
  • If all players agree, players may play cut---throat or doubles. However, any challenger may request a singles match against the winner of the most recent singles game.

Physical Education Classes

  • During scheduled Physical Education classes all courts are unavailable for general recreation.
  • Policies and procedures governing the use of the racquetball courts by students enrolled in Physical Education classes are set by the College of Education and may differ from the policies and procedures by Johnson Center.