Originally posted by SJ247
Yes, played it when I was maybe 8.
Racqetball would be fun in zero gravity.
Yeah, thats right, for kids. I played it when I was 6 or 7, same age group, funny don't remember the rules but when you get to be 97...
anyway, I was thinking about games that wouldn't take up a huge volume. Now say we're a couple hundred years into the future and we have huge caverns carved out on the moon then volume would not be such a problem as it would be, say, on the ISS. Obviously, you need something bigger than the ISS to have much of ANY kind of physical game but even a really large space station would have its limits in terms of volume available for physical recreation. Racquetball would be interesting on the moon, assuming you have carved out a large enough space, and you could play it there, the ball goes so darned fast that the reduced gravity would not make much differance. In fact I think that would work in zero gravity because of the speed of the ball. So racquetball is a definite possiblity. On the other hand, tennis would be a very differant game on the moon at 1/6th gravity or volleyball, can you imagine the serve and volley there?
The serve in tennis would not curve down so fast so it would tend to go a bit farther, not much I imagine but those long crosscourt volleys would really have to be modified if you used the same sized court.
Maybe a longer court would help. A zero gravity version might look like a cylinder with the net going all the way round the middle with a hole of such and such a size to allow the ball to go back and forth.
I wonder if it could work if you had to make it part of a donut shaped
space station. Here making shots going into the curve would be differant than making shots to the outside of the curve.