Strategies for Saving Courts
With the advent of the pandemic, our lives have been seriously affected. Racquetball is no different. Even prior to this event, we were seeing signs of impacts to our sport, particularly with decreasing court availability. Recognizing these signs, USA Racquetball chartered a small group of individuals with a wealth of experience to develop strategies and programs to keep racquetball healthy and vibrant. After all, without a court, we don’t have a sport!
The Future of Racquetball project was introduced on the State Association conference call in July 2020. We shared the intent of providing a “toolkit” of useful information and strategies––as well as direct support where needed and requested––to promote the continuation of racquetball throughout the fitness industry. The response was positive with individuals reaching out after the call to share experiences and ask questions.
This was quickly followed by a message to the State Presidents reiterating the urgency of this project. As part of this message, two letters were included for everyone’s use designed to express our appreciation to our racquetball facilities; demonstrate our loyalty to our sport; and voice a commitment to return to play as soon as we are allowed. Also, we are sharing that recent surveys show that large numbers of fitness members won’t be returning, but racquetball players are all coming back.
Already, letters have been sent to state association presidents, and we have been invited to participate on state board calls to provide information and gain feedback. We will continue to grow the “toolkit” and expand our reach with this project.
Mike Grisz firstname.lastname@example.org
(Past President -- Texas; Treasurer -- Virginia)
Larry Haemmerle email@example.com
(Past President – USA Racquetball/Colorado)
Cheryl Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org
(Past President – USA Racquetball/State President -- Illinois)
Laura Pesek email@example.com
(State President -- Indiana)