Fall is officially here – and that means that it is time to look at your calendar and the competitive schedule for the season and decide on your tournament schedule for the season! A number of our Illinois players started on Labor Day weekend by heading for Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Internationally recognized 32nd Annual IRF World Seniors Racquetball Championships. Look in the Mid-Year newsletter or R2Sports for all the results!
Closer to home, the ISRA Travel League is gearing up for a new season. Play is expected to begin in October, and players will compete at multiple levels across facilities on a weekly basis. It’s a great way to satisfy your competitive nature on a weekly basis – while playing different competition regularly. If you are looking for more information on a team in your area, or you want to form a team at your club, please contact Pam Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’d love to see some new teams this year – so those of you interested should shoot Pam a note ASAP!
On October 15th, Tim Klein and the Illini Racquetball Club are hosting a One Day Illini Open at the IMPE Center in Champaign – we’re encouraging everyone to try to get in some early season competition and support the folks at the University of Illinois. They have a great racquetball facility down there – and you owe it to yourself to take a least a short road trip to experience it!
Also this Fall, we have two big events planned for The Glass Court Swim & Fitness Club in Lombard. The first one up will be the Fall Brawl October 27-30th, a Tier III Men’s IRT Pro Stop in addition to a full slate of amateur divisions, Then comes the pre-holiday event, the Turkey Shoot Open that will also offer IRT ranking points.
A quick peek ahead to January: the Women’s Senior Masters will be in Illinois in 2017! Singles and doubles offered! The WSMRA has announced that the 28th Annual Tournament will be Jan 13-15, 2017 at the Glass Court Swim & Fitness Club in Lombard. Both round-robin singles and round-robin doubles divisions will be offered. The Tournament Directors will be ISRA and USA Racquetball Board Members Laurel Davis and Cheryl Kirk. Plan now to be at this great event – there is even a rumor that the ISRA Men have offered to provide staffing and a necessary(?) dose of testosterone to the proceedings.
We have the entire ISRA Season on the calendar to the right so you can plan your season of competitive play. We have some great Spring events coming up as well, including the ISRA State Singles and ISRA State Doubles Championships as well as the Shamrock Shootout in March and the Regional Championships in April. When combined with some great One Day Shootouts, there is an entire season of competitive racquetball awaiting everyone. You can plan now – and ensure that you don’t miss any racquetball this season!
We often get asked how you can help grow the sport – and here is an easy way! Communication is the lifeblood of any organization like USA Racquetball and the Illinois State Racquetball Association, and we are actively promoting a new eMembership that is FREE and extremely easy to sign up for. All you have to do is click the link below and enter three pieces of information and you are done! You can sign up a friend or neighbor and they will get USA Racquetball’s electronic Newsletter and Quarterly Magazine (online) for free. Try it – you have nothing to lose!!!
Sign up yourself and your friends at: http://www.teamusa.org/~/link.aspx?_id=39A80B18A8CF47E4B0CF0BE7E5822A73&_z=z
This program is designed for the casual and recreational player or fan who may not compete in the sanctioned events. eMembers will receive access to the digital version of RACQUETBALL Magazine, instruction tips, partner discounts and updates about what is happening in the sport. The greater our reach, the more resources we can bring to the sport.
We are actively looking for sponsors for the Professional Men’s Tour Event (IRT) to be held next March at Glass Court in conjunction with the Shamrock Shootout. This is a great opportunity to promote your products and gain visibility across the racquetball and fitness community. For more information on how you can be a part of this great event, please contact Geoff Peters at email@example.com or (773) 251-4413.
See you on the courts,
Your ISRA Board