Club Spotlight: Racketlon

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Frederik Peterson demonstrates how to use the four different rackets included in Racketlon.  Photo by Katrina Christensen

Frederik Peterson demonstrates how to use the four different rackets included in Racketlon. Photo by Katrina Christensen

“If the academics are the main course, then clubs are the dessert that complete the meal and bring it life,” says Steven Taylor Ray, Clubs & Organizations Representative. Snow College’s meal card offers 43 different  “desserts” this year.

Every year, the variety of clubs expands with new opportunities for students to explore. This year, Snow College has 11 new clubs with one of them being the Racketlon Club.

Racketlon, which is like a triathlon just with rackets, gives students the opportunity to join a club in which they will learn the basics of four different sports. The club is dealing with ping-pong, badminton, racquetball, and tennis. In a racketlon tournament, the players start with the sport that has the smallest racket and end up with the sport using the biggest one – in the order listed above. They compete in either singles or doubles and play a set in each sport to 21 points. The total score in the end will tell who won the tournament.
The Racketlon Club meets every Thursday night from 8 – 9p.m. The meeting place is determined by the sport being practiced that week. The club practices one of the four sports each week and has a racketlon tournament every fifth week with prizes for the participants. The price for joining the club is $5 for the entire semester, and that includes a T-shirt.

The origins of Racketlon can be traced back to Scandinavia in the mid-eighties. Four people, each of them representing each of the four racket federations, got together in Finland to form a game they called  “mailapelit” which means “racket games” in Finnish. The first international racketlon tournament took place in the autumn of 2001 where players from six different countries took part. Today, 41 different countries around the world are members of the official Racketlon Federation with tournaments taking place all over the globe.

Ray adds, “Clubs not only offer students a retreat from their daily grind at school, but they also provide a fun look on their career path and major.”
Snow College students that are interested in joining or hearing more about clubs can go to the Student Life Office for more information.

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