Happy March, Team Illinois!

Illinois Racquetball
Congratulations to the new State Doubles Champions who were crowned at ISRA State Doubles at the end of February. Check out the results at http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=20083

Just a couple of updates for you as we head into two more months of competition at five (!) USAR-sanctioned events, most to be held at Glass Court in Lombard, Illinois. All five R2 Sports sites are set up to accept entries.

— First, the Shamrock Shootout/Tier 1 Pro Stop kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 16-19. Come see the top pros play right in our own backyard and get in some action on the court yourself! All of the top IRT Pros are already entered in the draw. This is your chance to match up against the best and try to qualify, or compete in the amateur events and watch the Pros on the Glass Stadium Court for FREE with your entry! You are limited to two events – so get your entry in early. And, don’t forget – we’ll be Partying with the Pros in the Glass Court Lounge on Saturday night after the semifinal matches – and enjoying Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s during the final on Sunday at 1:00 pm. http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=20314

— If you are in the St. Louis area, the March Mayhem one-day shootout tournament is happening at the Scott Air Force Base on March 25 http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=21420

— Then, it’s on to the ISRA State Singles Championships, March 30-April 2 http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=20084 (to include the Annual Awards* and Hall of Fame induction on Saturday night, April 1).
* Note: Award nominations may be submitted by any USAR/ISRA member in good standing. Look under the Awards menu above for forms and more information. The deadline to nominate is March 12.

— After a three-week hiatus, the USAR Midwest Regional Championships will be competed April 21-23. Time to prepare for National Singles in Tempe, Arizona, at the end of May! http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=20151

— Finally, to round out the local schedule of USAR-sanctioned events this season, the National Police Racquetball Association (NPRA) Tournament comes to Glass Court. Open to all amateur players across the country, this is a first-time event here in Illinois and a charity fundraiser to assist police officers who have been injured in the line of duty. http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=20296

There’s a lot going on! To view the ISRA 2017 Tournament calendar (through July), refer to the calendar found here on this website and/or refer to page 33 of our recently posted ISRA Courtside eMagazine.

For anyone coming from out of town to any of these tournaments, the ISRA and Glass Court have negotiated a special rate of $89/night at the Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove, 1500 Opus Place, Downers Grove, just 3.5 miles (10 minutes) from the club. Call 630-852-1500 and mention Glass Court Tournaments for the special rate.

We hope to see you soon!

— Your ISRA Board of Directors

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