USAR Official Rules & Regulations

C – Eligibility & National Events

C.1 Eligibility

To be eligible to compete in any USAR sanctioned event, a player must be a current registered member of USA Racquetball.

C.2 Waiver & Release

Athletic Waiver and Release of Liability: In consideration of being allowed to participate in any USA Racquetball athletics/sports programs, and related events and activities, all member signatories:

(a) Agree that prior to participating, they will inspect the facilities and equipment to be used, and if they believe anything is unsafe, they will immediately advise their coach, supervisor, or USAR personnel of such condition(s) and refuse to participate.

(b) Acknowledge and fully understand that each participant will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability and death, and severe social and economic losses which might result not only from their own actions, inaction, or negligence but the actions, inaction, or negligence of others, the rules of play, or the condition of the premises or of any equipment used. Further, that there may be other risks not known to us or not reasonably foreseeable at this time.

(c) Assume all the foregoing risks and accept personal responsibility for the damages following such injury, permanent disability, or death.

(d) Release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue the USA Racquetball, its affiliated clubs, regional sports organizations, their respective administrators, directors, agents, coaches, and other employees of the organization, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and lessees of premises used to conduct the event, all of which are hereinafter referred to as “releases” from any and all liability to the signatory on the opposite side of this form, his or her heirs and next of kin for any and all claims, demands, losses or damages on account of injury including death or damage to property, caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the release of otherwise.

C.3 Recognized Divisions

Title opportunities at national championships will be selected from the division lists that follow. Combined Age + Skill divisions may also be offered to provide additional competitive opportunities for non-open entrants. For ranking consistency, state organizations are encouraged to select from these recognized divisions when establishing competition in all sanctioned events.

(a) Open Division. Any eligible player, as defined in C.1.

(b) Adult Age Divisions. Eligibility is determined by the player’s age on the first day of the tournament that anyone begins playing in that division. The divisions are:

24 & under - Varsity
25+ - Junior Veterans
30+ - Veterans
35+ - Seniors
40+ - Veteran Seniors
45+ - Masters
50+ - Veteran Masters
55+ - Golden Masters
60+ - Veteran Golden Masters
65+ - Senior Golden Masters
70+ - Advanced Golden Masters
75+ - Super Golden Masters
80+ - Grand Masters
85+ - Super Grand Masters

(c) Junior Age Divisions. Player eligibility is determined by the player’s age on January 1st of the current calendar year.
The divisions are:
18 & Under
16 & Under
14 & Under
12 & Under
10 & Under
8 & Under (regular rules)
8 & Under (multi-bounce rules)
6 & Under (multi-bounce rules)

(d) Skill Divisions. Player eligibility is determined by USAR skill level certification or verification by a state association official, at the entered level. The divisions are:
Elite [Open level drop-down]
A
B
C
D
Novice

(e) Age + Skill Divisions. Player eligibility is determined by the player's age on the first day of the tournament, plus USAR skill level certification, or verification by a state association official, at the entered level. Such combinations may be offered as additional competition to players who do not fall into the "open" or designated skill levels of play. For example: 24- A/B; 30+ B; 35+ C/D; 40+ A; 65 + A/B, etc.

C.4 Division Competition by Gender

Men and women may compete only in events and divisions for their respective gender during regional and national tournaments. If there is not a sufficient number of players to warrant play in a specific division, the Tournament Director may place the entrants in a comparably competitive division. Note: For the purpose of encouraging the development of women's racquetball, the governing bodies of numerous states permit women to play in men's divisions when a comparable skill level is not available in the women's divisions.