October 21, 2020
Hello, Team Illinois!
Greetings to everyone as we move into cooler weather and the 3-wall outdoor season winds down at Rainbow and La Grange. We have noticed more and more people are feeling comfortable on the courts, with competitive singles play starting up again in the Cash League on the north side. There’s a lot of activity at Glass Court as well, with recreational games throughout the week and Junior Team Illinois on Sunday mornings.
Regarding Junior Team Illinois, they have split the group into three levels to ensure that every child gets the appropriate level of instruction each week. The players observe social distancing, and we are currently looking for more juniors aged 9-17 who would like to learn how to play our great sport of racquetball. The cost is reasonable; Glass Court is geographically convenient to most of Chicagoland; and the instructors are top-notch. If you know of any kids who might be interested, please encourage them to come and check it out!
Not every facility is open for play, but Glass Court in Lombard is, observing safety protocols to protect members and guests — temperature checks, mandatory face coverings between workout stations, and constant cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. In addition to racquetball, you get the use of all of the weight and cardio equipment as well as the indoor pool and fitness classes (all with appropriate social distancing), Glass Court needs our support, so consider joining!
We have added the tentative Tournament Calendar for 2021 to the right so that you can start planning your schedule for the Winter and Spring. All events are tentative at this moment, but we are hopeful that the current spike in COVID-19 cases will abate and that Illinois will move to Phase V (allowing competitive tournament play) prior to the end of the year. We are committed to providing a safe environment for play as soon as possible.
As you get back onto the courts, 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!
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 around the world will make the difference in racquetball being one of the sports that comes out of this stronger and more united than ever. Please consider renewing and extending your membership during these trying times if you can – we need your support to keep moving forward, and members are the lifeblood of the both organizations!
Thank you for your support!
— Your ISRA Board of Directors