Welcome to the Illinois State Racquetball Association

May 2021

We’re officially in the “Bridge Phase” in Illinois, and although the mask mandates are still confusing (and sometimes contradictory), our first event – The Welcome Back One-Day Singles at Glass Court – is in the books! Thank you to the 37 players and additional spectators who came out eager for some competition. We had Illinois, Indiana, and a small but mighty contingent from Iowa join us for a day of competition and a great lunch from Tony and Anthony Cosmano from Anthony’s Pizza. Congratulations to Men’s Open Champion Andrew Gleason who outlasted Eugene Coyle in their 5th match of the day! Full results are posted to R2 at: https://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=37493.

Coming up soon is the NMRA International Championships event. The NMRA successfully ran a 90-player event in St. Louis earlier this month, and now it’s our turn! NMRA President Cindy Tilbury has listed below a number of reasons why THIS is an event you won’t want to miss.

40+-year-old Racquetball Players!  Act Now!!

Join us for our summer NMRA “never-eliminated” round-robin racquetball championship. We are excited to invite you to our NMRA tournament, July 8-11, 2021 (Thursday through Sunday) at Glass Court in Lombard.

Reminders About Why You Might Want to Play an NMRA Event
We think we have a formula for events that most 40+ players will enjoy. The key is our round-robin formats where no one is ever eliminated. But there is more! Here are some of the great features of our events. We could go on forever. 

Round-Robin Format—everyone plays every day!

Back-to-Back Match Scheduling—each division will play their daily two or three matches together so there is no waiting around — warm-up happens just once. Players are done for the day and can get out and see the sights. (See the suggestions below.) 

Self-refereeing—integrity is more important than winning at the NMRA. If you disagree with a call, you will simply “agree” to play it over. You don’t have to referee other matches and it allows our tournaments to run on time.

Great New Friends—you meet the people in your division and many of the other players as well. Doubles is especially social—twice the new acquaintances. You will definitely want to scope out some players for future doubles partners.

Special Tournament Souvenir—jackets are typical.

80-year-olds Play Free—contact Cindy Tilbury to sign you up!

Great Food all Week—you will definitely get your money’s worth if you hang out for lunch and evening hospitality near the club’s sports bar.

Saturday Night Banquet at the host hotel—there is a nice dinner, a junior fundraiser (if you choose to participate), prizes given away, and a short program. You will not want to miss this. 

Rankings—you get the chance to play multiple people to improve your national ranking. 

Awards—our medals are the best in the sport, and we award 1st through 4th place medals for every age division. 

Tourney Deadline/Hotel Rate Expires Soon
The tourney deadline is June 25, but the Embassy Suites Hotel Lombard cutoff for our $129 single/double rate is June 10. Act now and make your hotel reservation! There are currently about 15 suites left at the Embassy Suites. You know the great features of the Embassy Suites—free hot breakfast and happy hour free drinks in the evening. Our shuttle will run from this hotel to the clubs so you don’t have to rent a car. Joe Williams will be our transportation concierge, so plan to get your personal airport ride from Joe at a big discount. 

Sign Up NOW for This Chicago/Lombard Event

All NMRA Chicago/Lombard 2021 info can be found here, Championships – National Masters Racquetball Association, and you can sign up online by clicking on the calendar to the right: 2021 NMRA International Championships Chicago (r2sports.com).

Ask us for help finding a partner, and don’t be shy about contacting people already on the “Need a Partner” list. If you have any questions about entering, just call Cindy. 

Post a Flyer at Your Club
If you know of a club that has potential NMRA players, download/print a flyer and post it at that club or email it to friends. Please do it TODAY!  Here is the link to the basic flyer.  NMRA International Championships 2021 (nationalmastersracquetball.com)

For More Information, contact: Cindy Tilbury, NMRA President 303.888.4461


Notice of Annual Meeting and Election of ISRA Board Members

The ISRA Board will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. 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 ISRA Board Secretary John Thorson at johnthorson7@gmail.com for mode, time, and location.

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. ISRA President Cheryl Kirk’s email address is cherylkkirk@aol.com.

Come out and support Illinois Racquetball!
The ISRA Nominating Committee
Todd Burris (Chair), Bill Roberts, and Carolyn Vazquez

Thank you for your support!

— Your ISRA Board of Directors