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We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Colorado! We thank you all for joining us! Many door prizes were given away during the evening. Joe Lee was recognized for traveling the farthest Hawaii. The highlight of the evening was the induction of the 39th Hall of Fame recipient, Amos Rosenbloom of Minnesota. His wife Marsha attended along with other family members. Amos is proud of his year racquetball career and especially the local racquetball organizations he founded to help promote non-tournament players. At this Pennsylvania event, participants covered the. Leon Jackson Jr. We are working on future venues, specifically Portland for March and other locations for July and beyond.

Please feel free to contact any board member with location possibilities and questions. For more information, please visit our website at www. For tournament registration, visit www. We also encourage our members and readers to visit the USA Racquetball website at www. Come try one of our events - you'll become hooked like so many others! The NMRA is dedicated to the mature racquetball player 45 years old and older. All matches at our two annual events singles, doubles and mixed doubles are self-officiated and round-robin format- No More One Round and Out.

Your first event does not require membership to the association, but we hope you will choose to join. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event! National Junior Olympic Championships C. National High School Championships C. National Intercollegiate Championships C. Rule 1. Losing the serve is called a sideout in singles. In doubles, when the first server loses the serve, it is called a handout and when the second server loses the serve, it is a sideout. The first two games of a match are played to 15 points. If each side wins one game, a tiebreaker game is played to 11 points.

Unless a rule exception exists, the first side reaching the requisite score is the winner. The dimensions shall be 20 feet wide, 40 feet long and 20 feet high, with a back wall at least 12 feet high. All surtaces shall be in play, with the exception of any gallery opening, surtaces designated as out-of-play for a valid reason such as being of a very different material or not in alignment with the back wall , and designated court hinders. Racquetball courts shall be marked with lines 1 inches wide as follows: I. Short Line. The back edge of the short line is midway between , and is parallel with , the front and back walls.

Service Line. The front edge of the service line is parallel with, and 5 feet in front of, the back edge of the short line. Service Zone. The service zone is the 5-foot x foot area bounded by the bottom edges of the side walls and by the outer edges of the short line and the service line. Draws A. When played by two, it is called singles and when played by four, doubles. Cut-throat is the name generally applied to several non-tournament variations of the standard game when played by three players.

Service Boxes. The service boxes, used in doubles play, are located at each end of the service zone and are designated by lines parallel with the side walls [see 4. The edge of the line nearest to the center of the court shall be 18 inches from the nearest side wall. Drive Serve Lines. The drive serve lines, which form the drive serve zones, are parallel with the side wall and are within the service zone.

For each line, the edge of the line nearest to the center of the court shall be 3 feet from the nearest side wall. Receiving Line. The receiving line is a broken line parallel to the short line. The back edge of the receiving line is five feet from the back edge of the short line. The receiving line begins with a line 21 inches long that extends from each side wall. These lines are connected by an alternate series of six-inch spaces and six-inch lines.

This will result in a line composed of 17 six-inch spaces, 16 six-inch lines, and 2 twenty-one-inch lines. A rally. Safety Zone. The safety zone is the 5-foot x foot area bounded by the bottom edges of the side walls and by the back edges of the short line and the receiving line. The zone. See Rules 3. Rule 2. During the match the referee may, based on personal discretion or at the request of a player or team , replace the ball. Ball s that are not round or which bounce erratically shall not be used.

The racquet frame may be any material judged safe. Subsequent violation will result in the loss of the game in progress. If a player challenges a racquet during a game that is found to be within the inch limit, then a timeout is charged to the player who made the challenge. There is no penalty if the grip issue is noted and corrected between games.

The wrist cord can be no lon ger than 18 inches as measured from one end of the cord to the other. When stretched to its maximum, the cord ca nnot be longer than 24 inches. Players using non-complying cords will be charged with a time-out to make the change and , if none remain, a technical foul will be assessed to make the change. This rule applies to all persons, including those who wear corrective lenses. The eyewear must be unaltered and worn as designed at all times.

A player who fails to wear proper eyewear will be assessed a technical foul and a timeout to obtain proper eyewear [see Rule 3. Asecond infraction in the same match will result in immediate forfeiture of the match. The USAR maintains a reference. In addition, the list is available online at the USAR. The clothing may be of any color; however, a player may be required to change wet, extremely loose fitting, or otherwise distracting garments. Insignias and writing on the clothing must be considered to be in good taste by the tournament director.

Shoes must have soles, which do not mark or damage the floor. Proper eyeguards [see 2. The referee should give a technical warning to any person who fails to comply and assess a technical foul if that player continues to not comply after receiving such a warning. In all other divisions, the server will have two opportunities to put the ball into play.

The player or team winning the coin toss has the option to either serve or receive at the start of the first game. The second game will begin in reverse order of the first game. The player or team scoring the highest total of points in games I and 2 will have the option to serve or receive first at the start of the tiebreaker. If both players or teams score an equal number of points in the first two games, another coi n toss will take place and the winner of the toss will have the option to serve or receive. Rule 3. The serve is started from any place within the service zone.

Certain drive serves are an exception. See Rule 3. Neither the ball nor any part of either foot may extend beyond either line of the service zone when initiating the service motion. Stepping on, but not beyond, the lines is permitted. However, when completing the service motion, the server may step beyond the service front line provided that some part of both feet remain on or inside the line until the served ball passes the short line.

The server may not step beyond the short line until the ball pa sses the short line. The service motion is any continuous movement that results in the ball being served. Once the service motion begins, after the ball leaves the hand, it must next bounce on the floor in the service zone and then , without touching anything else, be struck by the racquet before the ball bounces on the floor a second time. After being struck, the ball must hit the front wall first and on the rebound hit the floor beyond the back edge of the short line, either with or without touching one of the side walls.

However, the receiver may return the ball "on the fly" before those things happen as long as Rule 3. Concurrently, they are allowed up to 10 seconds after the score is called to serve or be ready to receive. It is the server's responsibility to look and be certain thereceiver is ready. If a receiver is not ready, they must signal by raising the racquet above the head or completely turning the back to the server. These are the only two acceptable signals.

If the receiver attempts to signal "not ready" after that point, the signal shall not be acknowledged and the serve becomes legal. Viewed one at a time, each drive serve line divides the service zone into a 3-foot and a foot section. The player may drive serve between the body and the side wall nearest to where the service motion began only if the player, the racquet, and the ball only until it is struck by the server starts and remains outside of that 3-foot drive service zone until the served ball crosses the short line. Adrive serve involving "any continuous movement" see Rule 3.

A dead-ball serve results in no penalty and the server is given another serve without canceling a prior fault serve. Two fault serves result in an out either a sideout or a handout. Aserve is made while the receiver is not ready as described in Rule 3. In one serve play, if a serve is made while the receiver is not ready as described in Rule 3. Ru le 3. The following are dead-ball serves: a Court Hinders.

A serve that takes an irregular bounce because it hit a wet spot or an irregular surface on the court is a dead-ball serve. In addition, any serve that hits any surface designated by local rules as an obstruction rather than being out-of-play. II the ball is determined to have broken on the serve, a new ball sha ll be substituted and the serve shall be replayed , not cance li ng any prior fault serve. Any attempt to strike the ball that results in a total miss or in the ball touching any part of the server's body, including the loot.

Also, allowing the ball to bounce more than once during the service motion. A served ball that first hits the front wall and , after striking the floor, either goes out of the court or hits a surface above the normal playing area of the court that has been declared as out-of-play for a valid reason [See Rule 2. Any served ball that on the rebound from the front wall touches the server or server's racquet before touching the floor, or any ball intentionally stopped or caught by the server or server's partner.

Aloot fault results when: 1. At the start of or during the service motion , any part of the server or doubles partner , including the racquet , touches the floor outside of the service zone. At the end of the service motion, the server steps with either foot on the floor beyond the service line with no part of the foot on the line or inside the service zone before the served ball crosses the short line. Ashort serve is any served ball that first hits the front wall and, on the rebound , hits the floor on or in front of the short line either with or without touching a side wall.

Athree-wall serve is any served ball that first hits the front wall and, on the rebound , strikes both side walls before touching the floor. Aceiling serve is any served ball that first hits the front wall and then touches the ceil in g with or without touching a side wall. A long serve is a served ball that first hits the front wall and rebounds to the back wall before touching the floor with or without touching a side wall. Bouncing Ball Outside Service Zone. Bouncing the ball outside the service zone, including the ball touching a side wall, as a part of the service motion is a fault serve.

Tossing the ball into the air and serving it without a bounce is a fault serve. Adrive serve in which the player fails to observe the foot drive service zone outlined in Rule 3. A served ball that first hits the front wall and on the rebound passes so closely to the server, or server's partner in doubles, that it prevents the receiver from having a clea r view of the ball. The receiver is obligated to take up good court position, near center court, to obtain that view. Any movement of the racquet toward the ball during the serve that is non-continuous and done lor the purpose of deceiving the receiver.

II a balk serve occurs, but the referee believes that no deceit was involved , the oplion of declaring "no serve" and having the serve replayed without penalty can be exercised. An il legal hit includes contacti ng the ball twice, carrying the ball, or hitting the ball with the handle of the racquet or part of the body or uniform.

I Non-Front Wall Serve. Any served ball that does not strike the front wall first. Any served ball that hits the crotch of the front wall and floor, front wall and side wall , or front wall and ceiling is an out serve beca use it did not hit the front wall first. Aserve into the crotch of the back wall and floor is a good serve and in play. A served ball that hits the crotch of the side wall and floor beyond the short line is in play.

An out -of-court serve is any served ball that first hits the front wall and, before striking the floor, either goes out of the court or hits a surface above the normal playing area of the court that ha s been declared as outof-play lor a valid reason [See Rule 2. An immediate loss of serve shall result if, after the serve has been struck, the server or doubles partner steps into the safety zone before the served ball passes the short line.

The receiver may not break the plane of the receiving line with the racquet or body until the ball either bounces in the safety zone or else crosses the receiving line. For example, if the receiver steps on the dashed receiving line with either loot with any part of the loot contacting the line , a point shall be called lor the server. The follow through may carry the receiver or the racquet past the receiving line, but neither may break the plane of the short line unless the ball is struck alter rebounding off the back wa ll. Any violation by the receiver results in a point for the server.

A player on the receiving side may not intentionally catch or touch a served ball such as an apparently long or short serve until the referee has made a call or the ball has touched the floor lor a second time. Violation results in loss of the rally, i. Alter a legal serve, a player receiving the serve must strike the ball on the fly or alter the first bounce, and before the ball touches the floor the second time; andreturn the ball to the front wall, either directly or alter touching one or both side walls, the back wall or the ceiling, or any combination of those surfaces.

A returned ball must touch the front wall before touching the floor. The failure to retu rn a serve results in a point lor the server. Except as noted in this rule 3. Aserver is entitled to continue serving until one of the following occurs: I. Out Serve. Two Consecutive Fault Serves [see Rule 3. Failure to Return Ball. Player or team fail s to keep the ball in play as required by Rule 3. Penalty Hinder. Player or team commits a penalty hinder which results in an out. Retiring the server in singles is ca lled a sideout.

When the server or serving team receives a sideout, the server becomes the receiver and thereceiver becomes the server. Play shall be conducted according to the following rules: a Legal Hits. Only the head of the racquet not the handle or the hand may be used at any time to return the ball. The racquet may be held in one or both hands. Switching hands to hit a ball, touching the ball with any part of the body or uniform , or removing the wrist safety cord during a rally resu lts in a loss of the rally.

The player or team trying to return the ball may touch or strike the ball only once or else the rally is lost. The ball may not be carried. A carried ball is one that rests on the racquet lon g enough that the effect is more of a sling or throw than a hit.

Any of the following constitutes a failure to make a legal return during a rally : I. The ball bounces on the floor more than once or else "rolls" before being hit. The ball does not reach the front wall on the fly. The ball is hit such that it goes, without first touching the floor, into the gallery or wall open ing or else hits a surface above the normal playing area of the cou rt that has been declared as out-of-play [See Rule 2. A ball that obviously does not have the velocity or direction to hit the front wall strikes another player.

A ball struck by a player hits that player or that player's partner. Committing a pena lty hinder. The referee's call of hinder stops play and voids any situation that follows, such as the ball hitting the player. The only hinders that may be called by a player are described in rul es 2 , 5 , and 6 above, and all of them are subject to the approval of the referee. A replay hinder stops play and the rally is replayed. The server resumes play at first serve. Court Hinders. The referee should stop play immediately whenever the ball hits any part of the court that was designated prior to the match as a court hinder such as a vent grate.

The referee should also stop play i when the ball takes an irregular bounce as a result of contacting an irregular su rface such as court light or vent or after striking a wet spot on the floor or wall and ii when , in the referee's opinion , the irregular bounce affected the rally. This also includes any ball that leaves the court after legally touching the front wa ll and then bouncing on the floor. Switching hands durin g a rally. Failure to use a racquet wrist safety cord as intended. Touching the ball with the body or uniform.

Carrying or slin ging the ball with the racquet. Violations of Rules 3. If the serving player or team loses the rally, it is an out. If the receiver loses the rally, it resu lts in a point for the server. The ball remains in play until it touches the floor a second time, rega rd less of how many walls it makes contact with - including the front wa ll. If a player swings at the ball and misses it, the player may continue to attempt to return the ba ll until it touches the floor for the second time. If there is any suspicion th at a ball has broken during a rally, play shall continue until the end of the rally.

The referee or any player may request the ball be exa mined. If the referee decides the ball is broken, the ball will be replaced and the rally replayed. The proper way to check for a broken ball is to squeeze it by hand. However, if the referee can be certain that the ball was broken during, and not after, the previous rally, then he can call for that rally to be replayed. Checking the ba ll by any hard striking of it with a racquet will not be considered a valid check and sha ll work to the disadvantage of the player or team that struck the ball after the rally.

If a foreign object enters the court, or any other outside interference occurs, the referee shall stop the play immed iately and declare a repl ay hinder. If a player loses any apparel, equipment, or other article, the referee shall stop play immed iately and declare a penalty hinder or replay hinder as described in Rule 3. Whenever a rally is replayed for any reason, the server resumes play at first serve.

A previous fault serve is not considered. Rul e 3. Depending on the circumstances, several of the replay hinder described below could more properly be called penalty hinders. The differences might be small and also involve referee jud gment. So, as suggested below, also see Rule 3. Ball Hits Opponent. When an opponent is hit by a retu rn shot in flight, it is a replay hinder. If the opponent is struck by a ball that obviou sly did not have the velocity or direction to reac h the front wa ll, it is not a hinder, and the player who hit the ball will lose the rally.

A player who has been hit by the ball can stop play and make the ca ll though the call mu st be made immediately and acknowledged by the referee. Note this interference may, under certai n conditions , be declared a penalty hinder. Also see Rule 3. Body Contact. If body contact occurs which the referee believes was sufficient to stop the rally, either for the purpose of preventing injury by further conta ct or because the contact prevented a player from being able to make a reasonable return , the referee shall call a hinder.

Incidental body contact in wh ich the offensive player clea rly will have the advantage should not be called a hinder, unless the offensive player obvious ly stops play. Contact with th e racquet on the follow-throu gh normally is not considered a hinder for either player. Screen Ball. Any ba ll rebounding from the front wall so close to the body of the defensive player that it prevents the offensive player from having a clear view of the ball. The referee should be careful not to make the screen ca ll so quickly that it takes away a good offensive opportunity. A ball that passes between the legs of a player who ha s just returned the ball is not automat ically a screen.

It depends on whether the other player is impaired as a result. Generally, the ca ll should work to the adva nta ge of the offensive player. Backswing Hind er. Any body or racquet contact, on the backswing or on the way to or just prior to returning the ba ll, which impairs the hitter's ability to take a reasonable swin g. This call ca n be made by the player attempting the return , thou gh the ca ll must be made immediately and is subject to the referee's approval.

Note the interference may be considered a penalty hinder. Safety Holdup. Any player about to execute a return , who believes that strikin g the opponent with the ball or racquet is likely, may immediately stop play and request a replay hinder. Thi s call must be made immediately and is subject to acceptance and approval of the referee.

The referee will grant a replay hinder if it is believed the holdup was reasonable and the player would have been able to return the shot. The referee may also cal l a penalty hinder if warranted. Also, see Rule 3. Other Interference. Any other unintentional interference that prevents an opponent from having a fair chance to see or return the ball. Exa mple: When a ball from another court enters the court during a rally or when a referee's ca ll on an. While making an attempt to return the ba ll, a player is entitled to a fair chance to see and return the ba ll.

It is the responsibility of the side that has just hit th e ba ll to move so the receiving side may go straight to the ba ll and have an unobstructed view of an d swing at the bal l. However, the receiver is responsible for making a reasonable effort to move towards the ball and must have a rea sonable chance to return the ba ll for any type of hinder to be called. A penalty hinder does not have to be an intentiona l act, but an intentional hinder would be a penalty hinder. Replay hinders are desc ribed in Ru le 3. Any of the following results in a penalty hinder: a Failure to Move.

A player does not move suffici ently to allow an op ponent a shot straight to the front wa ll as well as a cross-court shot which is a shot directly to the front wa ll at an angle that would cause the ball to rebound directly to the rear corner farthest from the player hitting the ball. In add ition , when a player moves in such a direction that it prevents an opponent from taking either of these shots. Thi s occurs when a player moves, or fails to move, so that the opponent retu rning the ball does not have a free, unimpeded swi ng.

Th is includes unintentionally moving in a direction that prevent s the opponent from making a shot. Moves into a position which blocks the opponent from getting to, or returning, the ball; or in doubles, the offensive player who is not returning the ball hinders or impedes either defensive players' ability to move into a position to cover the pending shot that comes into play. Moves in the way and is struck by the ball just played by the opponent.

Deliberately pushes or shoves opponent during a rally. Deliberate shouting, stamping of feet, waving of racquet , or any other manner of di srupting one's opponent. A player moves across an opponent's line of vision ju st before the opponent strikes the ball. The players, particularly the server, should ensure that the ball is dry prior to the serve.

Any wet ball that is not corrected prior to the serve shall result in a penalty hinder against the server. If a player loses any apparel, equipment, or other article, play shall be immediately stopped and that player shall be called for a pen alty hinder, unless the player has just hit a shot that could not be retrieved. If the loss of equ ipment is cau sed by a player's oppo-. If the opponent's action is judged to have been avoidable, then the opponent should be called for a penalty hinder.

Each player or team is entitled to three second timeouts in games to 15 and two second timeouts in games to Calling for a timeout when none remain or after the service motion has begun will result in the assessment of a technical foul for delay of game. If a player takes more than 30 seconds for a single timeout, the referee may automatically charge any remaining timeouts, as needed, for any extra time taken. Once all time allowed has expired, a delay of game technical foul can be assessed.

A player who leaves the court shou ld ca ll a timeout or else advise the referee of the rea son for leaving the court. If a player leaves the court without advising the referee, a timeout may be charged to that player. If none remain, the referee may assess a technical foul for delay of game; however, the referee may excuse a delay if the player's reason for leaving was to correct a problem affecting the playability of the court, such as obtaining a towel to dry the court or disposing of some foreign material from the court.

If a player is injured during the cou rse of a match because of contact, such as with the ball, racq uet, wall , floor, or another player, an injury timeout will be awarded without regard to the player's use of regular timeouts. While a player may call more than one timeout for the same injury or for additional injuries that occur during the match, a player is not allowed more than a total of 15 minutes of rest for injury during the entire match. If the injured player is not able toresume play after total rest of 15 minutes, the match sha ll be awarded to the opponent.

Shou ld any external bleeding occur, the referee must halt play as soon as the ra lly is over, charge an injury timeout to the person who is bleeding, and not allow the match to continue until the bleeding has stopped. Muscle cramps and pulls, fatigue, and other ai lments that are not caused by direct contact on the court will not be considered an injury. Injury time is also not allowed for pre-existing conditions. Players are expected to keep all clothing and equipment in good, playable condition and must use regular timeouts for adjustment and replacement of equipment such as broken strings or racquet durin g play.

If a player or team has no regular timeouts left and the referee determines that an equipment change or adjustment is necessary for fair and safe continuation of the match, the referee may grant an equipment timeout not to exceed 2 minutes. The referee may allow additional time under extenuating circumstances.

The rest period between the first two games of a match is 2 minutes. If a tiebreaker is necessary, the rest period between the second and third game is 5 minutes. Any games postponed by referees shall be resumed with the same score as when postponed. Aprior warni ng is not required, but see Rule 3.

If the player or team against whom the technical foul was assessed does not resume play immed iately, the referee is empowered to forfeit the match in favor of the opponent. Some examples of actions that can result in technical fouls are:. When playing in an adult age division, the team must play in the divi sion of the younger player. When playing in a junior age division, the team must play in the division of the older player. For this purpose only, the match will be considered started once the team s have been called to the court. The team must notify the tournament director of the change prior to the beginning of the match.

Slamming of the racquet against wa lls or floor, slamming the door, or any action that might result in damage to the court or injury to other players. At the beginning of each game, when the first server of the first team to serve is out, the team is out. After that, either partner can serve first each time the team steps in to serve.

Both players on each team shall serve until there is a handout and a sideout - i. The referee must make su re that neither partner serves again after that partner had previously lost a rally while serving. Delay of game. Examples include i taking too much time to dry the court, ii excessive questioning of the referee about the rules, iii exceeding the time allotted for warm-up see Policy A. Intentional front line foot fault to negate a bad lob serve. Anything the referee considers unsportsmanlike behavior.

Failure to wear lensed eyewear designed for racquet sports [See Rule 2.

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Asecond infraction by that player during the match will result in automatic forfeiture of the match. On each serve, the server's partner sha ll stand erect with back facing the side wall and 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. Violation is called a foot fault unless the if the server's partner enters the safety zone before the ball passes the short line in which case the server loses service.

In doubles, the side is retired when both partners have lost service, except that the team that serves first at the beginning of each game loses the serve when the first server is retired. Rule 4. There are varying degrees of unsportsmanlike behavior, so if a player's behavior is not so severe as to warrant a technical foul and deduction of a point, the referee may issue a technical warning without the deduction of a point.

If a referee issues a technical foul , one point shall be removed from the offender's score. No point will be deducted if a referee issues a technica l warning. In either case, a technical fou l or warning should be accompanied by a brief explanation. Issuing a technical foul or warning has no effect on who will serve when play resumes. If a technical foul occurs when the offender has no points or between games, the result will be that the offender's score becomes minus one Hitting the non-serving partner twice results in an out.

The following sections 4. Out-of-Order Serve. If either partner serves again after that partner had previously lost a rally while serving, the penalty is an immediate out for that team. The USAR's rules for singles also apply in doubles with the following additions and modifications:. Aserved ball that hits the doubles partner while outside the doubles box results in loss of serve.

The referee is empowered to deduct one point from a player's or team's score when , in the referee's. Ru le 4.

Atea m. Both partners on a side are entitled to return the ba ll. Rule 6. Generally, th e stand ard USAR rules also app ly outdoors. Va riati ons acknowledged by WOR are described below, but there may be local rule exceptions that supercede them. Tournament di rectors are advised to put any local rule exceptions in writing and all participa nts are advised to ask about them prior to playi ng. Therefore, any fault serve is an out serve, with a few exceptions [noted separately below, and within the text ru les cited].

Two consecutive screen serves resu lts in an out. They usually have no back walls; however, some courts may have a non -connected back wall surface considered part of the pl ayin g area. Brumfield mis-hits a shot off his frame that travels erratically to the side wall. The spin grabs and the ball carries to die softly on the front wall. Brumfield raises his arms to the applaud of an imaginary crowd, holds, then points to Muehleisen. They close the door behind them , and spend 20 minutes outside the court discussing racquets, grips, and a few new shots.

I want to know more than everyone else. When I talk to my peer group I want to be recognized as knowledgeable and professional. That is what I had for years in racquetball. But he is not sure. He worries about his ability to focus on his new career. His four-year old son, his wife and the arabiarihorses she raises are important to him too, and take away from the time he could devote to law. But he will also shrug philosophically because he knows his family also gives him stability "you know you're not out to set drinking records when you 're married" , and provides more motivation, which he fears he needs the most.

He has already proven himself. All over the country men and women head for the gym, the club, whatever, for racquetball-an hour of passes, pinches, rollouts, and kill shots. After a heavy workout, they'll go back to their jobs, their families, and other responsibilities. But some people have slightly different routines from those who work the nine to five day throughout the country. These are the men and women serving in our armed forces. One would suppose that military life is extremely regimented, with little time allowed for something as relatively unimportant as racquetball.

And one would suppose wrong. For although military personnel, by choosing to serve their country, have made a big decision Stephen Ducoff. Some bases' courts double as squash courts, but the enthusiasm for racquetball in the military runs high, as indicated by Ducoff and Major Tom Ochala, U. Marine Corps.

A civilian "I'm just a mister'' , Ducoff was in the Air Force 12 years ago as a civil engineer. He plays racquetball "constantly" and has competed in AARA tournaments. His enthusiasm for the sport carries over the phone wires when he describes the work of the Armed Services Sports and Recreation Committee, which he chairs. Each branch of service has a similar policy regarding sports activity: Sports or physical activity are good both mentally and physically, but work comes first.

He points out that there are courts worldwide which are booked solidly for play. Three years ago there were courts, so buildup has been substantial. Therefore, the job comes first. But we feel that sports encourage mental and physical development as well as an 'esprit de corps' among members. If a Marine is about to be deployed, however, duty comes first and the off time is regulated.

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The Army and Navy, too, encourage participation in athletics and, with their service counterparts, offer tournament play eventually leading to an Interservice championship held each year. The Marines hold East Coast and West Coast division tournaments to get two semi-finalists who play for the chance to be on the All-Marine team.

Navy personnel have a tournament and the Army sends in teams from throughout its 13 commands to compete and select the best team to represent them at the All Service Tournament. The top four men, four women, and four seniors compose these individual teams and are sent to the tournament. Onge, executive director of the AARA. Military personnel are not required to become AARA members.

Hogan Graphite S Graphite Apex Graphite Express. NEW Boron Impulse. NEW Professional. NEW Master. Onge points out. In some countries the only racquetball court may be at a U. One of these outstand ing athletes is Barbara Faulkenberry of the Air Force. Both the AARA and the Air Force take pride in people like Faulkenberry, but there are many other equally talented military players who as 0chala pointed out "play just tor the fun of it.

Statistics were unavailable for the other branches, but Ducoff points oi. Jt that " racquetball is very popular with the military. As for its own promotion of racquetball , Ducoff feels that the military's unique instructor programs are the best promotion the sport can get. Pro Bag. By marl. Add For 2nd day a1r. Our hats are off to them! The Most Memorable Racquetball Characters I've Ever Met by Charlie Garfinkel During my 15 years of participating on the national and eastern racquetball scene I've met many different players of all levels of play.

While I have fond memories of most of them , four players vividly stay ensconsed in my mind. Why I've remembered them above all others follows:. Charlie Brumfield " The Brum ," or just plain " Brum," as he is known in the racquetball world , without doubt, was the racquetball player at the forefront of racquetball's grow1h in the early and middle 's. His tremendous racquetball skills, engaging personality, promotional talents , and extremely high intelligence, were second to none. And his sense of humor was numero uno. I first met Brumfield in the Nationals in Salt Lake City where we were scheduled to meet in the round of Before the match, some of Brum 's close friends informed me that I'd probably get a total of three or four points per game, if I was lucky.

Considering that games were to 21 in those days the outlook seemed bleak. I was also told that The Brum was warming up on a nearby court. When I went over to observe, he was practicing lefthanded against two girls. Knowing I was there, the wily one winked and said, "I'll be ready for you Gar! Amazingly, I won , , in what has to rank as one of the greatest upsets in the annals of the game. If you've ever met Garfinkel, you already know this story-ed. But, it was a remark that Brumfield made later to me in the day, that really blew my mind.

After defeating Brumfield I had to play a well-rested Bill Schmidtke four hours later. Schmidtke defeated me , , in a gruelling two and ahalf hour marathon. Brumfield coached him through the entire match. When I asked Brum why he had done this, he replied, " I had to coach him. There was no way that you could defeat a player of Schmidtke 's ability after defeating the world's best player on the same day-namely me!

Brumfield later told me, " I was going to call it the anti-Garfinkel serve, but I changed my mind. The rematch with Brumfield occurred in the Nationals in Everyone was looking forward to the rematch , except one person-me! On the first point Brumfield skipped in an overhead. Unbelievably the referee. When I yelled at Charlie, " You know that ball skipped.

Soon after that I arrived in San Francisco. I had just been appointed as the feature writer for the old IRA's professional tour. Upon arriving at the hotel , there was a message to meet Brumfield for breakfast the following morning. At breakfast Brumfield gave me a full account of why he was the world 's number one. He also explained that he intended to remain at the top for a long time.

Therefore, he expected to be getting a lot of ink in the magazine. One of the remarks that I'll always. Your serves are consistently short, your shots are skipping in, you're lethargic, and mentally your mind isn't into the match. What happens then? As he sat there in deep thought I thought that I had him for sure. Slowly, he turned to me. Speaking as seriously as I've ever seen him, he slowly said, "Gar, I'd be in big trouble. My opponent could score as many as points off me. A short time after our talk he obliterated the field in the National Invitational Singles Championships in Minneapolis.

In a semi-final match against Mike Zeitman he even rolled out a shot out from behind his back! In the finals against Steve Serot, Serot blistered a beautiful backhand passing shot that had Brumfield completely off balance. Somehow, Charlie dove, reached the ball, and miraculously rekilled it in the left corner. He whirled and pointed at Serot. Naturally, Serot was devastated. He meekly went down to defeat. Brumfield didn't spare his friends from his deadly barbs. Brumfield said, "In the other quarterfinal Strandemo has a bye. He plays Muehleisen. Brumfield, who went on to win four national singles championships was a great champion.

He will always be remembered as an all-time great. Presently, he is finally practicing law in his home town of San Diego. In fact, Brumfield referred to Strandemo as "The Rat! Suddenly, you feel this thing stealthily crawling up your back. Yep, it's Strandemo! However, he did play awfully close to his opponents early in his career. When Strandemo first hit the pro scene in the early 's his conditioning, determination, and intestinal fortitude were second to none.

In fact, when pro racquetball first started in Strandemo wasn't signed as one of the original 12 players. However, after defeating Schmidtke, Hilecher, and Serot in the Canadian Nationals that prior summer, he was told that he'd be a tour regular if he did well in Houston. But, you'd never know it. In his round of 16 match he defeated Hilecher again. This brought him into the quarter-finals against Brumfield, who had won 20 straight tournaments before Houston. The superbly conditioned Strandemo literally stayed on the ceiling throughout the match.

He wouldn't shoot unless he had to. Eventually he wore down Brumfield. The Brum developed leg cramps and was severely hobbled. But Strandemo had impressed everyone with his intelligent game plan, court coverage, and conditioning. He wouldn't have to worry about being a tour regular any longer. Although Strandemo will always be remembered for his heady play and. Strandemo's classic performance occurred in a Louisville pro stop in against Davey Bledsoe.

He was trailing Bledsoe in the first game. As Bledsoe was getting ready to serve he turned around to see Strandemo facing the back wall with his racquet held high over his head. When informed by the referee that he must commence play, Strandemo said, "No, 1 don't have to commence play right away. The IRA just passed a new law stating that you have ten seconds before the server puts the ball into play. You signify that you're not ready by holding up your racquet as I have. But Bledsoe hadn't heard of the new rule. Neither had the referee. Naturally, Bledsoe's concentration started to waver.

But Strandemo still had some other tricks up his sleeve. As he started to catch Bledsoe he frequently kept asking for a towel to wipe up sweat spots. Bledsoe claimed that he couldn't see any sweat spots. Of course, Bledsoe's confidence started to vanish along with his concentration. Strandemo went on to an easy , win.

In fact, Bledsoe was so upset, that there were rumors that he was still looking for sweat spots on the court two weeks later. He puts on clinics and camps throughout the United States. His reputation as an author, teacher, and strategist are well known. One of Luciw's favorite ploys is to have a can of beer and a cigarette in between games. If he's playing a tiebreaker, he'll usually add a couple of sandwiches for good measure. You can imagine how this plays on his opponent's mind. And, when Luciw wins , or in the tie-breaker, his opponent really has "food for thought.

Resembling a Goodyear Blimp, Luciw is incredibly deceptive. He is the possessor of one of the most beautiful forehand and backhand strokes in the United States. That's why he's such a memorable character. You couldn't forget him if you wanted to. If Luciw has a potentially difficult match, he'll be sure to ask five or six people how to play his upcoming opponent. He usually sounds as if he is afraid of playing this player. And, he'll make sure that his future opponent eventually hears of his fears.

Players who aren't familiar with Luciw and have to meet him in a tournament, usually feel that they'll run him into the. Naturally, his opponent walks into the court feeling extremely confident. The deceiving bulk ot Luciw has struck again. But, Luciw's control and oncourt intelligence are remarkable. In addition, his hand-eye coordination is extraordinary. Suffice to say, he destroys unwary opponents time after time. Presently standing 5'8 and weighing in at pounds and still growing at last report the "Connecticut Carnivore" is now based in Massachusetts.

Having reached 35 years of age two years ago he ran up a consecutive streak of over 35 staight tournament wins in the Senior Division before finally dropping a match. Highest-quality leather reinforces the toe. In fact. The Express is an incredibly light 12 ounces of cool comfort. A contoured sole and breathable nylon mesh are the reasons why. A story that illustrates Niederhoffer's unsettling demeanor occurred in the Nationals in Tempe about six years ago. Before Niederhoffer was to play, his opponent approached him outside the court.

I first saw Niederhoffer at the squash nationals in Hartford, CT in He was playing in the finals. Somehow, music was being piped into the court. Niederhoffer turned and said, " I hear a radio. Also , when he missed a shot, instead of saying some obscenity or mumbling " darn it! Little did I realize that our paths would cross on a racquetball court in the very. After Niederhoffer had won his sixth national title he decided to take up racquetball. However, Niederhoffer took the racquetball world by storm , defeating a yearold Marty Hogan and Mike Zeitman in two different national tournaments.

But, he was remembered more for his racquetball outfits than his outstanding racquetball skills. Wearing two different sneakers he often wore attire that resembled a golfer's outfit. That is, he had 18 holes in both his shirt and shorts. Niederhoffer's passing game was the best on the tour except for Brumfield's. But his concentration was second to none. Known for practicing in New York at 2, 3, or even 4 a.

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Med in such a short time. I'd like to shake your hand and congratulate you on your marvelous achievements. Vic got up and walked by his opponent as if he didn't exist, proceeding to the court to warm up. Later, after his opponent had been defeated badly, he said, "Niederhoffer is a great player but his social graces stink!

He probably wasn 't even aware that his opponent was talking to him or had even extended his hand! Molded heel counter prevents twisting. Forward cant cups your heel. Molded innersole cushions your foot. It all adds up to. It absorbs the punishing impact of play so your heel doesn't have to. Plus lots, lots more!! First copy wifl arrive in weeks. Make checks or money orders U. God Bless the Nerds Every school has its nerds. By schools of fitness, I mean those numerous health and racquetball facilities around the country that sign up new members year in and year out in hopes of keeping most of them interested in fitness and racquetball programs so they will renew their -memberships.

Like all schools though, clubs have their share of members who just don't fit in, nerds, if you will. Now these people don't know they are nerds. They come to the clubs dressed in clothes from another planet, say the wrong things at the right time and in general drive their fellow members and health club staffs crazy. I've grown to like the fitness nerds. That's because I am a nerd at heart myself-just not where fitness is concerned. For instance, I always feel like a total nerd at formal dinners.

It has taken me 20 years to learn how not to run out of the proper silverware by desert and not have to ask for additional hardware so that I can flnish the meal in synchronization with the rest of the guests. Along the way I've had much success combined with inevitable failures, but each situation has proved to be a valuable life lesson.

I was working at the club late one night when he entered in what could only have been his hunting outfit. It was deer season and most of our members were getting their aerobic exercise in the woods chasing deer and avoiding being shot by each other. Tell me about your arabics," he asked my front desk attendant.

When I picked up my phone, my desk attendant said wearily, "Jean, you are. You've got some deer hunter out here calling aerobics - arabics and he wants a club tour. He's a real nerd. He gave me a look that said "Women don't shake hands," then extended his hand and almost squeezed mine off.

Tell me about this arabics everyone is talking about," he demanded. It bums body fat, makes you leaner and at the same time your heart stronger," I explained in my best and most professional sales voice. Think I'm fat do ya? Frankly, I was scared of this guy. I read that the guy that makes the stuff wrestles alligators. You are talking about Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus.

Alligators are his hobby. Anyhow, this conversation gave us a good common groWld and the rest of the tour went smoothly. Dave did join the club much to my staffs dismay. It seemed like every week we had a problem with Dave. The first week he told my fitness instructor, Tom, '1 don't need no fitness test. I'm in great shape. Just show me how to work out. Thank goodness I was the one who taught him to play racquetball or my other instructor would have quit over the episode. I was insulted and angry, but I kept my cool as I replied, "Dave, I am a professional player.

I've played for 12 years. It could be more than a few weeks. It wasn't long before Dave became the subject of every staff meeting. But everyone's a nerd in 'some part of their lives at one point or another. Let's be professional about this. It's easy to sell fitness and racquetball programs and get good results with people you like. You are all showing me how immature you are about dealing with people you don't like or don't think are cool, right? I expect to see Mr. Lynch worked with, given special attention. He doesn't cheat on the court in league play. The poor guy has coke bottle glasses or haven't you noticed?

Skips look like kill shots to him. We have one, remember? Lastly, when you see him in the whirlpool fully dressed, it's your job to explain to him that bacterial buildup from sweaty clothing causes whirlpool shutdowns. If I have to constantly think for you people, what kind of staff are you? You should know how to handle a guy like Dave. But that wouldn't be honest because that didn't happen. What did happen was that we all became real fond of Dave. He became our "pet project. There's bound to be more where he came from. Since beginning my fitness program, a pleasant interruption of sorts occurred.

I went on a cruise! One of my concerns was of course getting out of shape after fd gone through all the trouble of getting tested and beginning a fitness program. But heck, life must go on, right? So, I decided to take the parts of my program that I could with me, enjoy the food I would be eating, but try to have some sense of self control.

Much to my advantage, I discovered that on board the ship, there were fitness facilities. So, I devised a modified program for the time I was vacationing in order to take advantage of those facilities. First, there was the ship's pool and the ocean! I swam a lot. Secondly, there were aerobic exercise classes offered with flexibility exercises included. As you remember, flexibility is one of my major flaws.

Thirdly, the ship had stationary bikes and a small weight area. I was able to keep up my stationary bike work and do some weight training. Lastly, I kept up my schedule of curl ups and did pushups throughout the entire vacation. All of this exercise, combined with as much self control as I could possibly muster where the food was concerned, enabled me to maintain instead of slide backward on my fitness program.

A word about the food. It was unreal! There was a tremendous amount of it at every meal and fm sure most of the people on board the cruise gained weight. I think the fact that I kept a workout schedule that fit in with my vacation enabled me to overeat with discretion, have a super time and not regret my vacation when it was over. After my week's vacation, it was back to business as usual, working nights at the police department and playing racquetball four days a week.

Upon returning. Jacque and I have scheduled another test for sometime in the next few weeks. See Chart. Waist in. Thigh in. Arm in. Terry T. Marker January Marker Am I becoming a "before and after" fitness story? Judge for yourself. As my tournament schedule picks up, I hope to see if my game is improving. That'll be easy to measure. See you next month with tournament as well as fitness test results! Q: Did you know that in , after watching one of your matches, a few of the pros including myself made a pact to never tell you that if you lost 30 pounds you would probably beat all of us?

A: Laughter No, I didn't! I didn't listen to many people back then. Someone could have told me and it probably would have gone in one ear and out the other. I decided to make the change when I was ready to change. Q: When did you decide to lose the weight and get in shape? A: It was the culmination of a lot of different things. I began to notice that there were times when I just didn't have enough energy to go through a tournament.

I was getting tired after qne round of play. I knew I needed some kind of outside help. If you want to see the future of women's professional racquetball, just go to a WPPA pro stop and take a seat in the gallery behind one of Joyce Jackson's racquetball matches. She's got it all: shot selection, stroke execution, sound strategy and the power of concentration.

Joyce is aiming for a number one spot on the tour and until recently, the main thing standing in her way was her weight. A gifted athlete with super hand-eye coordination, Joyce first picked up a racquet in Developing her skills in record time, she began playing on the WPPA tour in ! Just holding her own on the tour would have been impressive enough, but by , she was causing major upsets of seeded players.

It soon became the consensus among those pros who lost and even Well, there are no jokes to be told about Joyce now. She's dealt with her weight problem, is currently enrolled in a computerized nutrition program, works out year'round, has gone from pounds to pounds, and can't stop talking about how great it is to fmally be "in shape. She is now a very enthusiastic, almost "born again" player. The first thought that occurred to me was that what I needed was a coach. So, I just started talking to people in general about getting one. At the same time, a very good friend of mine sat me down and said, "lVhat you.

It was tough advice to take, but I soon came to realize that if I didn't lose weight and start training off the court, I would never develop the strength and speed that go along with the physical aspects of racquetball. Q: What kind of off-court training program did you develop?

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A: I developed two kinds of off-court training programs, one for the off season and one for the playing season. In the off season the three months of summer , I work out five days a week, Monday through Friday. I run 30 minutes in the morning and use heavy hands when I run. Mter that, I hop. I also build strength through a combination of machine weight training and free weights three times a week. In addition to off-court training in the off season, I will go to the courts and practice four hours a day.

I do a combination of practicing by myself arid playing. After that, I have a coach that I meet at a track and run intervals; 's, 's, etc. Once the season starts, things begin to change. I do a different workout, one that will take me through the racquetball season. Instead of intervals, I run about 30 minutes of court sprints a few days a week. During the season, I also change my weight training routine.

Instead of lifting heavy weights three days a week, I reduce the weight load to one third of what I normally lift and train every day. I execute three sets of 10 repetitions on every machine of every weight training exercise I do and I do those sets and repetitions as fast as I can. This takes me about 20 minutes per session. Q: You adopted a computerized nutrition program. It was instrumental in your dramatic weight loss.

What did you learn about your former diet and what changes in your nutrition program did you have to make to achieve a higher level of energy combined with a leaner body? A: I was amazed to learn how much fat I was taking in on a daily basis! It was unbelievable. Also, I was eating too much protein. The program initially pointed out to me that I needed to cut down on the amount of protein and. At the same time I increased my complex carbohydrate intake for more energy. Nowadays, I consume fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes. My consultant helped me find great recipes for these new additions to my diet.

Also, I initially thought that I'd be reduced to a rabbit-like diet of raw veggies and lettuce. I was relieved to find that nothing could be further from the truth. Within my new program I can eat almost whatever I want, whenever I want. There's a big difference between my old eating habits too much protein, fat, sugar, salt and white flour and my new eating habits complex carbohydrates, reduced protein and fat intake, switching from white flour to whole wheat flour, cutting down on salt and sugar to almost nil.

This has really resulted in good health along with a 30 pound weight loss and I don't feel like I've even given up anything to do it! To his credit, he regained composure and didn't let the calls affect his play, but this was Sheppick's day and with a few more. In the first game it looked as though Fisher had been concerned for no reason as she won But Cary replanted a seed of doubt when she edged the second, , to force a third.

Fisher responded well in her first tiebreaker of the tournament and won for her third finals. Dan Sheppick Rex Putnam H. Elise Wilson Bristol Central H. Louis, Mo. Southridge, 2. Dacula, 3. Kirkwood, 4. McMinnville, 5. Rex Putnam, 5. Louis Univ. North Salem, 86 8. Episcopal, 84 8. Milbank, 84 Sprague, 80 7 7. Clackamas, 78 Mazama, 72 Beaverton, Crescent Valley, Girls Team 7. Centerville, 2. Kirkwood, Catlin Gable, 4. Nerinx Hall, 93 5. Beaverton, 84 5. Mazama, 84 7. Sprague, 79 8. Aloha, 69 9.

Bristol Central, 60 Klamath Union, 54 7 7. Rex Putnam, 40 Southridge, 39 Communication Arts, 36 Manzano, 36 South Salem, Overall 7. Southridge, 24 0 3. Sprague, 4. M azama, 5. Rex Putnam, 6. Beaverton, 74 9. Catlin Gable, 72 7 8. McMinnville, 72 0 9. Aloha, 96 South Salem, 83 7 7. Sunset, 40 Clackamas, 2 7 Highland, 24 Westview, 24 Gladstone, Find daily site reports, exranded results and drawsheets www.

They split the first two games, and the strain of playing three tiebreakers in less than 14 hours combined with Wilson's relentless play were too much, and Willhite's upset dreams were shattered Klaiman vs. Sheppick Klaiman hadn't lost a game nor been seriously challenged on his way to the final. The Episcopal High senior had dominated the competition, but would be tested by Sheppick.

In the first game, the players battled back and forth, staying within two points of each other, until Klaiman took a lead. Sheppick called a timeout and made a four-point run to even things up at game point. Klaiman then called a timeout of his own and walked back onto the court to close it out Game two was a different story as Klaiman came out hot and forced Sheppick into making unforced errors, as he won Fisher vs. In the end, Fisher came away with her third consecutive High School National championship, with straight game wins of , Fisher will have a chance to win an unprecedented fourth straight title next year.

Boys 7 Singles.. Shannon Feaster, School without Walls D. Myers HS Fla. Louis, M o. Dave produced a great show that will be remembered for years to come. From as early as the round of 16's it was just great racquetball. After taking a hard match against Mike Green in five games, Tim Doyle look good and seemed confident about his chances in the next round. In another tiebreaker, Brian Istace surprised the Boston crowd by taking out Alvaro Beltran, using his new Harrow frame.

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The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats throughout the awesome fifth game. Derek Robinson also found a formidable foe in Kane Waselenchuk, who won the first two games and was leading in the third when Derek ran hard to his right in pursuit of the ball and went down in great pain. His hip had popped out of the socket and he couldn't return to play. After the forfeit he headed directly to the club's physiotherapy department for treatment, and although he was seen later sitting in the stands, it was unclear as to how long it would be before he would be able to get back into action.

He said he'd just take it day to day. Cliff Swain won his first round match against Shai Manzuri, after taking the first game , then handing Shai a "donut" in the second. Shai battled back to win the third game, only to have Cliff respond with another donut in the fourth. Jason Mannino had a good time in advancing past longtime tour veteran Ruben Gonzalez, who also drew the match out to four games.

Respect, admiration, and affection were obvious throughout the match. John Ellis advanced in three games over Chris Crowther who, although he has a lot of reach, was unable to keep up with Elli's fast pace. Afterwards, Chris admitted the need to work out more, and not just play. In another set of straight games, Rocky Carson won his match over Dan Fowler, who was definitely having an off day and never really got started. In the first of his string of wins enroute to a career peak, Jack Huczek looked quite sharp in a three game win over Mike Guidry.

Mike played very well and still got the donut in game two. Jack was on a tear, and the crowd was buzzing. On Friday night, both players and fans definitely got their "money's worth" through a long evening featuring four quarterfinals that all went the full five games.

Open, and in a match that started just a few minutes before midnight, Rocky Carson eliminated Brian Istace. The first Saturday semifinal between John Ellis and Jack Huczek was everything it had been hyped to be. Bringing out the best in both players, Huczek won an all-out, five-game war to advance to the finals.

Jack didn't seem to break a sweat as he dove all over the court, and John was soaked as he fought as hard as he could. After the match, John said he was tired and needed to get in better shape. In this author's opinion, no player would have beaten the teen, given the way he was playing on that day.

In the second semifinal, Cliff Swain won in a not-soclose four game performance over Rocky Carson. Game one saw Rocky Carson shoot to an impressive lead, only to have Cliff rebound and take it back, Game two gave a narrower win to Cliff, and the momentum stayed with Rocky in the third as he charged to a lead, then hung on to a win. But the fourth and final game went to Cliff, who charged easily the entire game to win and advance. The crowd at Sunday's final held an air of cautious optimism for hometown favorite Cliff Swain. They were painfully aware that rookie Jack Huczek had just taken down the 8, 2 and 3 ranked pro's on the tour, and was gunning for 1 in South Boston.

Game one began with Cliff starting out slowly, as he sometimes will here at home. Jack was on fire and had great success with high nick lob serves to Cliff's backhand, winning game one, in front of a silent crowd. Game two opened with plenty of encouragement from the gallery, and Cliff used it to his advantage in winning it The crowd repeated itself and Cliff rode the emotion to a lead in the third, only to see Jack battle back and take it Concern marked faces in the crowd as their hero faced elimination in game four.

Cliff and Jack began by trading points and spectacular diving gets, one after another, until the emotion was draining fans as well. May- j une The young phenom is quick to acknowledge the big supporting role Ashaway SuperKill II racquetball string played in his success. J1 game with complete co!

Jfidence in l7? J1 stdng. Box , Ashaway, Rl Visit our web site at ashawayusa. Tied at , jack went up Cliff tied it up and then pulled ah ead to The electrified crowd ch eered Cliff on as h e increased h is lead to But j ack wisely called a timeout, at what was obviously a pivotal point in the game and match. Returning from the timeout with renewed determination and after several sideouts by both players, Jack marched off to his first pro tour victory with a finish. Both players were gracious in th anking the sponsors and spectators, an d jack Huczek left Boston with the n ewfoun d admiration of many.

Som etimes you get away with it, som etim es you don't. I hate losing that way. I know he won't be m ad at me, so I'll sleep well tonight. I'm just happy to be h ere playing hard and bein g health y. Th at's all I did this week was play my heart out and play as hard as I can. I hope to continue it for the rest of the season. Down to the Wire It all comes down to one tournament. Heading into the season last fall, it was going to be the year that Sudsy and Cliff battled it out to be the first to earn an unprecedented sixth No.

Suds held a slight edge, until a freak accident knocked him out of contention just days before the U. After winning the U. OPEN, Cliff appeared to have a clear path to the recordsetting mark, until several other players stepped up their games - including jason Mannino. In recent months, jason has crept closer and closer to a No. There was even a period of a few days ea rlier in t he year between stops where jason actually overtook Cliff's top spot. Because the IRT is on a year-to-day ranking system points drop off on the same day they were earned in the previous year combined with a later Pro Nationals date- the IRT rankings will change somewhat, again, just before the Pro-Nationals.

Then there's the wild card - Sudsy. If he's fit enough and decides to play in th e Pro-Nationals, the scenario can become much more interesting. Wit h a little help from IRT Commish Dave Negrete, we were able to predict somewhat where the players might fit into the draw. If Sudsy does play, and there are no more injuries to any other players, Sudsy and Cliff would play into each other in the round of How hard do you think Sudsy would play to keep Cliff from earning the record-setting sixth title before he can? Cliff says he has no problem sleeping at night when he thinks of his place in racquetball history, but we're sure he wouldn't mind counting to six instead of five when he puts his head on his pillow.

All in all, that playoff would make for the most exciting round of 16 match, possibly in IRT history. Of cou rse there are many, many, many other variables- and matches- to be played out for a surprise season-ender. Not an easy task with john Ellis and jack Huczek in his half of the draw. Cliff could exercise that option and still fin ish No. He's a gamer and not one to back down from a challenge, ever. One thing is for sure By the time this issue hits mailboxes, it will be over Webcasts Over the past season, some "entrepreneurs" have taken on the task of shooting footage at each of the men's and women's tour stops.

Led by Wisconsin's Ed Arias, the company sends videographers to events among them Kevin Young, who authored this issue's coverage of the Boston stop , then offers the finished tapes for sale on their website. Go to www. John Ellis 4. Cliff Swain def. Alva ro Beltran Kane Waselenchuk def. Cliff Swain San Diego, California ESPN U. OPEN Racquetball Championships in February, you were treated to the best video presentation of pro racquetball ever produced.

The one hour show featured excerpts of the men's pro quarters and semi's, extensive coverage of the finals match between Cliff Swain and John Ellis, and highlights of Kerri Wachtel's historic victory over Jackie Rice in the women's pro finals. Sanders, a weekly fixture on ESPN's outdoor sports programming, is recognized as one of the most talented on air personalities in all of sports.

His smooth color commentary and celebrity status gives the U. OPEN broadcast instant credibility. Aaron Katz, a former IRT touring pro, provides continuous insights into what is really going through the minds of the players, as he breaks down strategy issues in a very informative yet entertaining way. We have received hundreds of letters and e-mails from racquetball fans around the world unanimously praising the quality of this year's telecast.

Associates, a world-renowned sports production firm with long standing ties to ESP , produced the show.

The executive producer was "insider" Matt McKinnis, who competes in his own right at the open level in Arkansas. Through the use of high definition digital cameras and extensive instant replay we were able to create a show where even the non-racquetball enthusiast would actually be able to clearly see the ball. He really has a natural talent for it.

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Also, Pro Shops and Clubs will find Harrow eager to create and strengthen the relationship by taking an active role in the future of the Clubs and subsequently the game. Her opponent in the finals was Wachtel who just finished a five-game thriller with Jackie Paraiso Rice. Rajsich kicked her habit of dropping the first game by coming hot out of the box and taking the first two games , Wachtel evened the match at two games apiece by going on her own two-game run , It all came down to one game and Rajsich was due as she downed Wachtelll for her first pro tournament win.

Her finals appearance in two straight tournaments vaulted Rajsich back into the No. OPEN but since then her success has been limited and her talent only repeated in spurts. That is what I am trying to do in racquetball now. I just go out there and play loose and have fun. One or two players no longer dominate the circuit and most tour regulars have a shot at winning a stop this year.

It gives us something to strive for. In her quarterfinal match, Rajsich lost the first game to Kersten Hallander, , but bounced back to take the next three , , She also lost the first game of her semifinal match against Gudinas, , and came back to win three close ones, , , , to earn her spot in the finals. After Intercollegiate Nationals where she lost her spot on the U. Team to Krystal Czuk , Kristen Walsh stepped up her play a notch. Cheryl Gudinas def. Kristen Walsh Kerri Wachtel def. Rhonda Rajsich Rhonda Rajsich def. Kerri Wachtel. Kerri Wachtel San Diego, California.. Mclean, Virginia For more event details and complete tournament drawsheets online, go to www.

All photos by Denise Frank. Designed by players for players. The Tour Series, featuring Ektelon's first women's specific shoe, delivers ultimate comfort and performance with Its genuine Nubuck leather upper and Endurance Plus gum rubber outsole. Try them out for yourself! OPEN has become the largest and most prestigious racquetball tournament in the world. OPEN is t he sports' only "Grand Slam" -featuring all the finest male and female professional players vying for the largest prize money purse of the season, over toplevel skill and age-group athletes, the world's only made-for-lV portable stadium racquetball court, and a tape-delayed broadcast on ESPN2.

OPEN's designated charity. OPEN since its inception, said "Choice Hotels International is a worldwide leader in the travel industry and an ideal partner for the sport of racquetball. OPEN logo on the heels of signing a new three year contract with Choice to become the title sponsor of the event. The logo incorporates the Choice Hotels International corporate masthead, the classic U. In addition, the logo recognizes the event's designated charity - St.

Jude Children's Research Hospital. This new logo will be utilized in all promotional materials for the event, including ads, posters, entry forms, ticket applications, billboards, and on-site credentials. A new. The dates for the Choice Hotels U. For more information about the Choice Hotels U. For more information on Choice, see th e display ad on facing page. Just call l. AWAY and ask for code In the last issue I introduced a new way to look at taking offensive shots - which opened up a whole new way of becoming more aggressive.

There we talked about magically "Cutting off the Ball. Most players continue to rely on the ceiling shot, even when the ball winds up in front of 35 feet and they could go offensive. Instead, they are stuck in the defensive mode. Now I want to teach you another option. If the ceiling ball forehand only please, not backhand isn't well hit, drops short and doesn't quite end up in the last five feet of the back court, I want you to be more aggressive.

I want you to take advantage of your opponent's mistake the poorly hit ceiling ball and step up and hit the "Overhead Pass. Then, at the last minute you bring the ball down with the offensive "Overhead Pass Shot. Let's take a closer look:. Now you have two shots when the ball is over your head and, depending on the situation where the ball and your opponent are positioned , you can elect to go up with the ceiling ball, or bring it down with the overhead. The deception that occurs allows me to use this very shot against Cliff, Jason, John or the 25 guy on tour and it works just as well.

At the pro level, there is no question you need to be more aggressive and create opportunities because sometimes opportunity only knocks once , but you'll find it works just as well, if not better, in your weekly league match. Remember - only go for the overhead pass, not the overhead kill, because the overhead kill has too low a percentage for success. Have fun "faking" your opponent out with the "Overhead Pass.

How about when you are returning a really good drive serve and your feet just aren't quick enough to take off from a standing position? Racquetball requires quickness, explosiveness, the ability to change directions rapidly, and good reactions. Top level players incorporate plyometric exercises into their training regimen to improve these aspects of their game. Plyometrics is a form of exercise that enhances the ability to blend speed and strength training. It can take many forms, including jump training for the lower extremities and medicine ball exercises for the upper extremities.

Here's one low intensity exercise that will improve your ability to change directions during a rally and take off for a ball from a standing position. Stand on the short line close to one sidewall facing the other sidewall furthest from you. Bend your knees and balance on the foot closest to the back wall [photo 1]. Jump side-to-side, rotating feet, from the Short Line to the Foot Fault Line in a continuous forward motion towards the other sidewall [photos ]. Tum around and perform the jumps back to the other sidewall.

Plyometric training is strictly anaerobic without oxygen in nature so you should only go from one sidewall to the other and back and then rest for minutes. Depending on your fitness level, you may just want to go from one sidewall to the other and then rest. I do this exercise back and forth only three times with one-minute rest intervals in between. I try to do this exercise and other plyometric exercises times a week. If you have knee problems you should consult your physician before implementing any plyometric program. If you would like to learn about more plyometric exercises that can help your racquetball game, e-mail me at kersten kersten.

Winning Racquetball: Designing a Roadmap by Marcy Lynch In the last article I talked about building a 'foundation' for developing your racquetball potential. That foundation includes creating a vision, connecting that vision to a purpose, and setting goals. This article will focus more specifically on the process ofgoal setting. The most effective goals are structured according to the following guidelines; they must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and have a time frame.

There is a fine line, however, between 'overreaching' in your beliefs and setting an appropriate challenge. This guideline will require you to be very honest with yourself. Youwill know when you have set an achievable goal when you feel excited about 'going for it' versus overwhelmed by all the work it will require. Whether a goal is 'reasonable' or realistic is determined by comparison to a benchmark.

For example, let's say you want to be the number 1 ranked racquetball player in your state but you never play tournaments. Based on the fact that a 1 ranking requires consistently playing in and winning tournaments, the goal of being 1 is unreasonable. Goal-Setting 'Specific' goals have a definable outcome. For example, a goal of 'playing better' is not specific because you haven't stated what 'better' is. If 'better' is having a better backhand or a better serve, then you've begun to be more specific. Measure In order for a goal to be 'measurable', you must first define how you will measure progress.

If you want a better backhand, how will you know when it is better? First you must establish a starting point for your ability and then re-test your ability at various intervals. For example, perhaps today you can consistently hit five out of ten backhand setups straight down the line determined by hitting yourself setups and counting. A month from now you can hit eight out of ten. You have made measurable progress. Define An 'achievable' goal refers to your actual as well as your 'perceived' ability to accomplish the goal.

It would be difficult to achieve a goal of running a marathon if you had a sprained ankle. Your goal may be achievable at another time, just not currently achievable. Your 'perceived' ability is determined by your belief. Beliefs are very powerful and we have all seen circumstances where belief can override a physical. Schedule Time frame is the last guideline for setting a goal. Your time frame is the amount of time you pre-plan for achieving your goal.

Your time frame must also be realistic. In the above example, a realistic time frame could shift an unrealistic goal into a realistic one. Given a 'reasonable' amount of time, a goal of being 1 is achievable. Pick up your racquetball journal once again and write down three goals that you want to achieve in the next 90 days. Make sure your goals pass the guidelines for an effective goal. For each goal, write out three action steps that you will take. Now you have a plan In future articles I will talk more specifically abou t putting that plan into action as well as addressing obstacles that may arise.

This goal setting process works for any area of life in which you want to improve. The payoff for th e time you spend building the 'foundation' and 'designing the road map' is motivation. Instead of having to 'push' or 'force' yourself to work toward a goal, the goal itself will 'pull' you along toward it's own completion. To subscribe to Marcy's free e-newsletter, or to schedule a "Winning Racquetball" workshop at your club, send an e-mail to marcy marcylynch.

In reality, it's not the lack of drills that is the problem, but the lack of focus that can cause our practice time to be less effective. Good players can win with some natural talent, but no one can move beyond those natural abilities without dedicating time to practice. Time on the court is important, but the quality of that time is the key.

This series of articles will feature great drills for racquetball; your job will be to read them and develop a plan to improve your skills. Be specific, be creative, be focused, and we guarantee that you'll improve! Setting Goals The first step is to decide what it is that you actually want to improve. Be specific! Forehand pinch from back court, backhand kill off the back wall, drive serves, short hops. This month, choose shots that you want to improve. If you feel you have pretty good technique you are ready to go and can begin right away.

If not, make. You can put in all the practice time in the world, but if you practice incorrectly your progress will be slow, and you might even get injured. Key Points for Effective Drilling Identify a successful shot. If you are working on a down the line pass, a successful shot would be one that hits the front wall, passes the short line no more than three feet from the side wall, bounces twice before it hits the back wall, and does not hit the side wall. This is the only shot that will be considered good. Dropping and hitting certain shots can be a great tool to help you perfect your mechanics and to get the "feel" for the correct shot.

This is an initial step in learning shots, and should not be omitted. Once you feel comfortable dropping and hitting, it's time to set yourself up and simulate different game situations. This is a great way to stay focused on your drill. Set yourself up, and count how many "good" shots you hit out of ten. This will give you a percentage. Repeat another set of ten. Focus on hitting successful shots, based on the criteria you've set. Start with three sets of ten.

This is one of the best tools to keep you focused on hitting accurate shots all of the time. You can use targets on the walls, or on the floor. Photos a. Derek hitting a down the line backhand. Drop hit the ball from back court. If the ball hits the bag your first target , it's a good kill shot.

If it hits between the bag and the "boxed W" logo your second target it will be a good down the line pass. If it hits your second target, it will probably come off the back wall. Progression: Set yourself up off the front wall. Set yourself up off the back wall. Set yourself up off the ceiling. Remember: Be specific with your goals. The targets are there to help you achieve your perfect shot! Cliff hitting forehand to target between Derek's legs.

How good do you think you are? How good do your friends think you are? You'll find out - if you can get someone to volunteer to be your target for this drill Perfect extension, perfect shot Derek hitting backhand to target between Cliff's legs. Always be sure to perfect your backhand as well as your forehand! Answer: Very good question, since "offense vs.