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Hall of Fame / Junior Programs / Board Election

The ISRA is pleased to announce that four individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 21st, at the Glass Court Swim & Fitness, 830 E Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL, in the gymnasium at 6:00pm

Nancy Kronenfeld, Dennis McDowell, John Negrete, and Jean Sauser are the inductees. Everyone is welcome to attend this very special event!

February 5, 2015

Junior Programs Abound in Illinois!
Illinois Junior programs are underway and are always looking for new participants!
Below is contact information for individuals and facilities that are offering instruction and play.

Courts Plus, Elmhurst – Brian Hampton, 1-630-217-7114
Glass Court, Lombard – Barry Dixon or Steve Goodman, 1-630-629-3390
Forest View Racquet Club, Arlington Heights – Dave Negrete, 1-630-430-1478
Landmark Health & Racquetball Club, Peoria – Pam Schubach, 1-309-685-8360
LifeTime Fitness, Orland Park – Joy Herth, 1-630-364-0300
LifeTime Fitness, Romeoville – Jeremy Dixon, 1-630-881-4639
LifeTime Fitness, Warrenville – Jason and Sam Goodman, 1-708-819-3067

Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of ISRA Board Members

The ISRA Board will hold its Annual Meeting on June 9, 2015. As with all ISRA meetings, this meeting is open to the membership. The Annual Meeting is particularly important since all members attending have a vote in the election of the ISRA Board of Directors. If you plan to attend, please contact Todd Burris at trburris@comcast.net for time and location.

Board positions are staggered two-year terms. This year, there are seven open seats.

The following individuals are being re-nominated to the Governing Board:

Marla Cusano, Mike Davern, Laurel Davis, Pam Grace, Dolores Lamberson, Pam Schubach, Rick Seaberg

According to Article IV, Section IV.2 of the ISRA Bylaws (ratified by the ISRA Board of Directors in December 2013 and posted on the ISRA website):

Additional Director candidates must be nominated in writing by one or more ISRA/USAR members, endorsed by signed petition of at least 50 members, and received by the President prior to May 1. If there are any additional Director nominations, the President shall first verify that the nominee is in agreement to run and serve and shall give notice of said nomination to the public via the ISRA website and email communication on or before May 15 but in no case fewer than 30 days before the Annual Meeting date. The election shall take place at the Annual Meeting in June, by ballot, with only members present voting. If there are no additional nominations, the Nominating Committee’s slate shall be accepted automatically.
ISRA President Laurel Davis’ email address is laurelmdavis@comcast.net.
Additionally, any ISRA member who wishes to help improve the quality of racquetball in Illinois and familiarize themselves with Board processes is welcome to join the Auxiliary Board. Come out and support Illinois Racquetball!

The ISRA Nominating Committee
Todd Burris (Chair), Cheryl Kirk, Geoff Peters

January 28, 2015
Congratulations to all of our ISRA State Doubles Champions who emerged victorious last weekend. Hopefully you’ve been wearing your medals ever since! The ISRA thanks Glass Court as well as our sponsors, volunteers, and players who made the tournament a great success.

ISRA State Singles, February 19-22, is rapidly approaching! Your ISRA Board members are looking forward to hosting you at Glass Court in Lombard. The weekend will feature intense racquetball competition, first-class hospitality, a great tournament souvenir, the traditional silent auction, a rules and referee clinic conducted by John O’Donnell, Jr. on Saturday afternoon (everyone welcome!), and last but not least, the ISRA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday evening.

Rules Update
At the ISRA State Doubles tournament this past weekend, there was much debate about the position of the partner on the serve.

USA Racquetball Rule 4.2(b) states “the server’s partner shall stand erect with back facing the side wall with both feet on the floor within the service box from the moment the server begins the service motion until the served ball passes the short line. Any violation is called a foot fault unless the server’s partner enters the safety zone before the ball passes the short line in which case the server loses service.”

The question was: What is the definition of “both feet on the floor within the service box”? This rule has been interpreted locally to mean that the feet must be within the box and not touching any of the lines surrounding the box.

ISRA President Laurel Davis contacted Otto Dietrich, USA Racquetball’s National Rules Commissioner, on this question, and his response follows:

“First, all of the paint that makes up both the Service and Short Lines is ‘within’ the Service Zone — thus, the served ball must pass and touch the floor beyond the paint to be a good serve (i.e. not short), as you probably already know! So, those same lines, where they extend into the Service Boxes, are also considered in the box and can be stepped on by the non-serving partner just like the server can step on them and not be guilty of a foot fault unless he actually touches the floor beyond the paint.

“So, the same thing is true of the 5′ long lines that are 18″ from each sidewall. They, too, are considered as being in the Service Boxes and therefore can be stepped on, but not over.”

To review the Official Rules of Racquetball, go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball/How-To-Play/Rules.