US Squash provides direct funding to individuals and clubs willing to invest in squash. Converting a racquetball court to a squash court is quite often simple and inexpensive. The cost can be as little as $10,000-$15,000 per court.
Many accredited tournaments and league matches are played on the 20 foot wide converted racquetball court every season. This is becoming more common as the number of converted courts continues to increase.
The “Court Action Plan” is an initiative to convert as many racquetball courts to squash as possible. It includes a grant program to facilities which convert racquetball courts to squash.
We have already provided grants to the following facilities:
· Bryant University, Smithfield, RI (1)
· Lake Forest Recreation Center, Lake Forest, IL (1)
· Green Spring Racquet Club, Lutherville, MD (6)
· Richmond YMCA, Richmond, VA (1)
· St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO (1)
· Schuylkill Squash, Orwigsburg, PA (1)
· The T Squash Center, Cincinnati, OH (6)
· Arroyo Seco Racquet Club, South Pasadena, CA (1)
· La Camarilla Racquet Club, Scottsdale, AZ (2)
· McLean Racquet and Health Club, McLean, VA (3)
· Life Time Fitness Club, St. Louis Park, MN (2)
· Wilmington Athletic Club, Wilmington, NC (1)
· Mullholland Estates Gated Community, Beverly Hills, CA (1)
· JCC of Allentown, Allentown, PA (2)
· Spectrum Clubs West Hills, Canoga Park, CA (2)
Court conversion process
A racquetball court is 20′ wide by 40′ long with lines on a finished floor. The back wall may be solid or glass (illustration shows a 10′ high glass wall).
To prepare for the squash conversion the front 32′ of the floor is sanded, removing lines and leaving the floor with the proper unfinished squash surface. Glass back wall can be removed for optimal viewing, or door may be removed for easy access to squash court and viewing area. If wall is solid the door is removed for access. (illustration shows glass wall removed).
A 7′ high glass wall is installed at 32′ from the front wall, a tin is installed and squash court gamelines are installed using paint (floor) and tape (walls). In many cases, primarily when racquetball court walls are concrete or plaster, a new front wall is installed by overlaying the existing surface with high-density panels.
To apply for a Racquetball Court Conversion Grant, please fill out the following form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposal! US Squash will review your proposal and contact you within 1-2 weeks of submission.