The good news is that in racquetball, you can hit the ball anywhere; there is no “out ” and generally,players have immediate success with little effort. So, it is easy to play. The bad news is that in racquetball, you can hit the ball anywhere; there is no “out ” and generally,players have immediate success with little effort. So, it is easy to play poorly. Just because you can hit a sloppy shot, doesn’t mean you should. So, what to do? Take the TASS test...
TAKE THE TASS TEST
What it is: It is an assessment of a players’ lateral and vertical ball control, during a timedexecution of 12 common drop and hitskills.Its ‘purpose is to offer a standardized measure of performance for players to compare their scores with other players around the world.
What it isn’t:This test does not simulate match play. It does not measure ‘away from the ball’ skills. (See glossary) It does not suggest that you should play quicker or rush your shots, nor does it suggest that the parameters for the shots described here are ideal for every scenario.
What it does: It emphasizes ball control and shot execution of precise shots under pressure (Being timedsimulatesan element of competition, even though the game itself is not time based.)
What you need: 2 extra racquets, 8 gloves (or other small marker item), a stopwatch and a friend.
How to start: Create the 4 shot boxes as shown on the right. (Click here for PDF of complete instructions) (Two back court boxes, and two front court boxes) Using the 22” racquet laid end to end, mark the spots with the extra gloves or other small marker items. Measure and mark2 racquet lengths, by 3 racquet lengths each rear corner, then leanthe each extra racquets against the back wall in each corner to mark the height of 1 racquet length.
BH-Down the line – ceiling ball
BH-Down the line -2 bounce DTL pass
BH-Cross court pass (go to box 2, catch ball)Now you’re in box 2
FH-Down the line – ceiling ball
FH-Down the line -2 bounce DTL pass
FH-Cross court pass (go catch ball in box 1),
BH -Splat into left wall. (go catch ball in box 3)
FH-Regular pinch (catch ball in box 4,)
BH- Reverse pinch
BH-Regular pinch ( go catch ball over atright side-in box 3)Jog back to box 2
FH Splat into right wall. End
Parameters for each shot: Below are the very strict parameters for each shot. This assessment tests your vertical and lateral control under pressure. Remember the game is all about controlling the ball.
Ceiling Ball: Your DTL ceiling ball must not hit the side wall, ever, and its 2nd must bounce in the rear box you marked. If it drops short or wide of the box on the floor, you must repeat the shot until you get it right. Only then can you move on to the next one. Down the line pass: Your pass must bounce only twice, (not once, or three times, or four times, or roll out ) before it hits the back wall.It must stay within the 44” of the side wall, must not hit the side wall, ever, even after the second bounce, and it must pass between you and the near side wall. (not behind you) Cross court pass: Your DTL pass must bounce only twice, (not once, or three times, or four times, or roll out) before it hits the back wall on the opposite side of the court within the 44”s. It CAN hit the sidewall south of the 66” foot mark, but only after it has bounced twice (not 3 or 4times). It cannot hit the side wall North of the 66” line, ever. Splats: Your splat mustbounce twice on the floor before the front service line. It must not touch the opposite side wall until after the second bounce. Reverse pinch: Your reverse pinch must hit the far side wall first, then bounce twice before the front service line. Regular pinch: Your regular pinch must hit the near side wall first, then bounce twice before the front service line. It must not hit the side wall until after the second bounce.
Compare your scores to emerging standards * These standards apply to tests taken at sea level. Pro level –under 1:15 seconds Open level under 1:30 A level- under 2:00 B level under 3:00 C level under 4:00 D level under 5:00
When enough data is collected, you can compare your scores to other players worldwide:
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