USA Racquetball Evolving in 2019

Feb. 04, 2019, 8:53 p.m. (ET)

USA Racquetball is evolving in 2019. The Board of Directors continues to invest time into the sport that we all love, and we are excited to see new initiatives take flight.

We feel it is paramount to a strong and growing organization to provide members with a look into our regular Board meetings -- the outcomes that are driving the sport forward.

Here are a few things we have been working on…

USA Racquetball's New Office

We are excited to move into a new office location in February, one that will locate USA Racquetball near other sports' national governing bodies and additionally save nearly $20,000 per year in operating expenses. Effective February 1st, the new address will be 1661 Mesa Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906.

New USA Racquetball Staff Members Hired

As Executive Director Mike Wedel undertakes the initiative to build a USAR Dream Team, he has identified the need for additional support for our indoor and outdoor members. Joining Reneé Gundolff (in her new role as Associate Director -- Events and Operations) are two new membership coordinators who will be focusing on membership outreach, R2 workflow, national event management, ambassador programs, facility programs, and high school/collegiate programs.

Meet the Team


 
 
Brittany Clark
Bailee Jackson

Reneé Gundolff


Brittany Clark, Membership Coordinator
Brittany graduated from UCCS in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She interned at USA Field Hockey before interning and working part time at USA Racquetball in 2017. Brittany has six years' of event and membership experience working at the Colorado Springs Country Club in many different roles.

Bailee Jackson, Membership Coordinator
Bailee comes to us from USA Wrestling where she worked with the State Services Department and Diversity and Inclusion. She is a graduate of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and has a passion for sport. She is excited to be a part of USA Racquetball and help in any way she can. When she is not working, Bailee can be found either coaching or playing volleyball or reading a good book. She is always up for a challenge, and if anyone wants to teach her to play racquetball, she is up for it!

Reneé Gundolff, Associate Director - Events & Operations
Reneé has wanted to be a part of the Olympic Movement since she was three years old. Graduating from Portland State with a degree in Sports Public Relations, Renee speaks English, Japanese, French, and American Sign Language. She has worked in nearly every department within a National Governing Body (NGB) in sport, including Membership, Coaching Education, Events, and High Performance.

USA Racquetball Scholarship Update

Each year USA Racquetball supports students who have a passion for racquetball as they move into their next phase of learning. This year we received 24 applicants for the 2019 scholarship, the most in recent history! Since its inception in 1990, more than $65,000 has been awarded to over 110 individuals. Keep an eye out for the winners as they are chosen during the month of February. If you would like to support the scholarship fund, please contact Reneé Gundolff at rgundolff@usaracquetball.com.

Racquetball Industry Careers – Help Wanted

Since USA Racquetball receives requests from health clubs, industry partners, manufacturers, and tour representatives to help find qualified people who are racquetball enthusiasts to run programs, a new feature on the USA Racquetball website will serve to assist. Please click on the link below for a sneak peek...

View current opportunities: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball/Programs/Racquetball-Help-Wanted

Are you looking for help in your organization? Contact us at communications@usaracquetball.com

College Team Scoring Clarification

In the January 7th USA Racquetball Board of Directors meeting, a proposal from the College Council was considered to update the definition of a college team. The proposed change read as follows: Two male players can comprise a team for men’s scoring. Two female players can comprise a team for women’s scoring. One male and one female can comprise a team for combined team scoring.

The intention of the change is to allow for more broad recognition of teams by universities and to promote the development of additional collegiate teams across the country. The recommendation was approved by the Board and will become effective at the 2019 Collegiate National Championships.