July 9, 2020
Greetings, Team Illinois,
We’re looking forward to getting back on the courts over the remainder of the summer! We don’t know what the new normal is going to look like, but facilities are starting to open to various degrees – and we now have places to play our favorite sport!
When the time comes for you personally to get back on the court, USA Racquetball has published some considerations for safer play, and you might want to go and review them before competing or practicing. Visit www.usaracquetball.com. Simple ideas include using your own ball for play (you don’t actually ever pick up the other ball, you serve your own ball and keep it in your pocket while the other player is serving). Sounds hard, but once you do it, it’s really easy.
In the meantime, we know there is lots of outdoor action at La Grange and Rainbow Beach as players have been hitting the “3-walls” for a few weeks now.
Unfortunately, due to an abundance of caution (and the restrictions on building capacity), the 27th Annual Glass Court Summerfest has officially been cancelled. To stay sharp on your skills for our eventual return to tournaments, special three-month memberships are available for only $165 – just stop by the club and talk to Dan, Joe, Brian, or Barb (or call 630-629-3390 if you have any questions).
The good news is that the 3WallBrawl at Rainbow Beach in Chicago (79th Street and the Lakefront) is taking entries on R2 (click on the right). Get your entry in for this fun event that takes place on the Chicago Lakefront. It’s all Doubles, it’s naturally socially distanced, it has players entered from 6 states already, and it supports youth in Chicago with backpacks as they go back to school in the fall! As of today, there were 53 entries, and they are nearing capacity – enter now!
If your ISRA/USAR Membership has expired, we encourage you to take a few minutes to renew it and support this great sport! With the pandemic and cancellation of many tournaments, some of our members have not had that natural reminder to re-up their membership. If you are in a position to do so, our sport really needs your support, and we would appreciate your renewal or extension!
Both the ISRA and USA Racquetball are dedicated to ensuring that racquetball not only survives but grows and prospers as we move forward. The pandemic will end, and the programs being developed now for our next generation of players, the work being done to maintain courts, the Instructors Program to teach and mentor players, and the competitive tournaments in the US and across the world will make the difference in racquetball being one of the sports that comes out of this stronger and more united than ever.
Here’s hoping that you can get back on the courts soon!
— Your ISRA Board of Directors