Welcome to the Illinois State Racquetball Association

Spring Action

USA Racquetball Annual Award Recipients
Congratulations to Illinois’ own Brent Huff who will be receiving the Joe Sobek Outstanding Contribution Award in Denver at National Singles on May 28th. USA Racquetball provides this description of Brent’s service to the US Team and our sport:

“Brent Huff has served as the volunteer Trainer for the U.S. National Team since 2012. In this role, he spends many days at a time away from his paying job and family. Huff tirelessly supports the Team through treatments, taping, therapeutic massage and consultation on diet, fitness and readiness to play. An open level player himself, Huff knows firsthand the issues and challenges faced by National Team members. He brings a positive attitude to the delegations and his friendliness and sense of humor are infectious, giving Team members a valuable lift.”

ISRA Men’s Travel Team – Doubles Round Robin & Awards Banquet will be held Friday, April 29, 2016 – all skill levels invited! Finish this travel team season with an evening of great racquetball competition, food, fun and prizes. Round Robin play will be from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, check-in at 6:15. Banquet starts at 8:45pm. Awards and Raffle at 9:30pm. Cost is $20 per person. (Banquet, raffle and awards only… $10 per person) Register ahead of time. Stop by the Glass Court fro the registration form, or call (630)-629-3390 ($2.00 phone fee applies).

State Singles is in the Record Books!
Cooperative weather, dedicated volunteers, and generous sponsors contributed to a quality experience at Glass Court, February 26-28, for the 122 players (including 8 juniors) who entered 28 divisions. A number of new State Champions are “movin’ on up” as a result of their performances, including Jeremy Dixon, Anthony Cosmano, Carl Carman, Eduardo Acosta, and Susan Mueller. Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who competed! Check out the results at http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=17007.

A highlight of ISRA State Singles each year is the ISRA Annual Awards Ceremony and Hall of Fame Induction. We had a great turnout for the event with SRO in the Glass Court gym. Congratulations to Eugene Coyle (Male Player of the Year), Lynn Yeazell (Female Player of the Year), Alcides Gutierrez (Most Improved Player of the Year), Dan Jaskier (Distinguished Service Award), and Matthew Gollins (TJ Ferro Junior Scholarship Award).

A number of Hall of Fame members attended to welcome three new inductees to their ranks: Dave Milazzo, Jack Newman, and Dr. Bob Troyer. Family and friends were on hand to congratulate them, and all enjoyed the tributes offered as well as the stories from the “olden days of racquetball” imparted by the inductees themselves.

Congratulations to all – you’re now forever a part of Illinois racquetball history!

Upcoming Tournaments

On March 5th, the Bob Schwab Memorial will be held at the Landmark Racquet and Health Club in Peoria. Sign up or follow the action!

Glass Court, via the 31st Annual Shamrock Shootout, is bringing top Professional and Amateur players to Lombard, March 10-13, including Kane Waselenchuk, Rocky Carson, Jose Rojas and the rest of the IRT Pros! (Sign up now!) Amateur player entries include access to watch all professional matches, and there will be a junior clinic run by the IRT held on Saturday morning. Last year this was one of the most popular events with over two dozen junior players receiving tips from their favorite players! If you would like more information on how you can be a part of this and/or sign up as a sponsor for the event, please contact Geoff Peters at petersgeoff@hotmail.com or (773) 251-4413.

Shamrock Shootout Tournament Schedule (doc)

On March 26th, the 2016 Scott AFB March Mayhem Shootout will be held at the James Sports Center at the Scott Air Force Base. Sign up or follow the action!

Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of ISRA Board Members
The ISRA Board will hold its Annual Meeting on June 7, 2016. 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 Marla Cusano at marcusano@comcast.net for time and location.

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

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

Todd Burris, Jonelle Dubois, Doug Halverson, Michelle Halverson, Cheryl Kirk, Geoff Peters, John O’Donnell, Jr., and Joe Silius

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!

Signed,
The ISRA Nominating Committee

Marla Cusano (Chair), Samuel Gomez, and Dolores Lamberson