2017 European Champion: Donna Ryder
European Racquetball Federation

Introducing our champion: Donna Ryder Donna Ryder won her first European title in The Hague. Recently she won the Irish Open title as well. Time to get to know our top female player a bit better. Name, age: Donna Ryder, 27 years old. Club: Playing at the Newport Racquetball Club. Gear: Pro Kennex racquets and Roll Out gear Career: Playing-13 years (since 2004); junior teams include Mexico(2005), USA(2006), Bolivia(2007) & Dominican Republic(2009) Senior Worlds include-Ireland(2008) Canada(2014) & Columbia(2016) Europeans-Germany(2011) Italy(2013) Netherlands(2017). Donna is coached by Jim Winterton.

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Best Practices For Working And Interacting With Referees
Reaching Your Dream Foundation

Best Practices For Working And Interacting With Referees Athlete-to-Professional, Becoming a Pro, News by Dr. Tim Baghurst www.goatsports.pro Originally published by the Reaching Your Dream Foundation on 10/23/2017. ———- Referees: the word evokes a variety of images and feelings for many. To some, they can be a second opponent. But to others, they are a support, and an assurance that the best player will emerge the winner, and not the one who complained the most. Years ago, I was a FIFA certified soccer referee. As one might imagine, I endured…

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Junior World Championships 2017 – GoFundMe Accounts For US Players
2017 IRT Junior World Championships

The International Racquetball Federation will be hosting the Junior World Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota from November 5 to 11, 2017. A number of US Junior players have requested financial assistance in attending this event to represent USA Racquetball. Are you available to assist? Lukas Le – https://www.gofundme.com/4h1yfv4 Hollie Rae Scott – https://www.gofundme.com/2e9dfu9w Wayne Antone – https://www.gofundme.com/2egjcnw Daniel & Tatoe Rojas – https://www.gofundme.com/Racquetball2017 Briana Jacquet – https://www.gofundme.com/BrianaRball Alexis Iwassa of Canada is seeking similar assistance. – https://www.gofundme.com/4cgm20w You can also donate directly to USA Racquetball’s Team USA Challenge to support the…

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Cloquet’s Nelson is U.S. Open Champ
2017 United Healthcare US Open Racquetball

The Pine Journal from Cloquet, Minnesota reported on their local racquetball players’ results at the 2017 UnitedHealthcare US Open on October 22nd, 2017. http://www.pinejournal.com/sports/4346190-cloquets-nelson-us-open-champ When Rob Nelson of Cloquet entered play at the U.S. Open Racquetball Championships two weeks ago, little did he realize that a few days later, he’d be walking away with a first-place championship medal by winning the Class C 55-and-over age division. “I never thought I would have a chance,” Nelson said after returning home from the Twin Cities. “I never believed I would have gotten…

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O`Callaghan Wins Irish Open
Racquetball Association of Ireland

Noel O`Callaghan (Fermoy) won his 15th Irish Open title when he defeated Mark Murphy (Kilkenny) by 2 games to nil in the Men’s Singles final of the 35th Irish Open held in Kilkenny. The tournament combined with Kilkenny Open which is in its 32nd year. Donna Ryder (Newport) won the Women’s Singles defeating Toni Neary (Arklow). Here’s a clip from the Men’s Open Doubles final which saw Mark Murphy and Ray Breen crowned champions. Clip from men’s Open Doubles final which saw Mark Murphy and Ray Breen crowned champions. Posted…

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Gearbox Player Sebastian Franco Wins 3 Divisions at Ghostly Classic
2017 Sebastian Franco Family

Worldgate Sport & Health 13037 Worldgate Drive Herndon, Virginia 20170 October 20-22, 2017 Ghostly Classic Racquetball Tournament http://www.r2sports.com/website/event-info.asp?TID=22073 Gearbox Racquetball‘s Sebastian Franco from Colombia won three open division’s at this year’s Ghostly Classic in Herndon, Virginia. Open Singles, Open Doubles, and Mixed Open Doubles were all his for the taking this weekend. Kamyron Meeks was kind enough to Facebook Live broadcast all of the final matches for these divisions. Open Singles Sebastian Franco vs Joel Barshaw (Open Finals) Posted by Kamyron Meeks on Sunday, October 22, 2017 Open Doubles Sebastian…

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Racquetball Broadcasts Fill The Day
USA Racquetball

Eighteen racquetball tournaments were scheduled this weekend (10/20-10/22/2017) per R2 Sports. Many of them featured live broadcasts on Facebook. How many did you watch? Texas Brennen Jennings https://www.facebook.com/brennen.jennings1/videos/10203624359446154/ https://www.facebook.com/brennen.jennings1/videos/10203623864993793/ Leo Ray Vasquez https://www.facebook.com/leo.r.vasquez/videos/10154348413412824/ Washington Racquetball Association https://www.facebook.com/washington.racquetball.association/videos/10154972372597197/ https://www.facebook.com/washington.racquetball.association/videos/10154972160382197/ https://www.facebook.com/washington.racquetball.association/videos/10154972034517197/ Racquetball Players Association of Arizona https://www.facebook.com/168295636588513/videos/1507185126032884/ https://www.facebook.com/168295636588513/videos/1507185126032884/ https://www.facebook.com/168295636588513/videos/1507241839360546/ https://www.facebook.com/168295636588513/videos/1507031152714948/ https://www.facebook.com/168295636588513/videos/1506898626061534/ Virginia Kamyron Meeks https://www.facebook.com/kamyron.meeks/videos/10156105005734505/ https://www.facebook.com/kamyron.meeks/videos/10156104477594505/ Pennsylvania State Racquetball Association https://www.facebook.com/37937941294/videos/10155118012046295/ https://www.facebook.com/37937941294/videos/10155118209581295/ https://www.facebook.com/37937941294/videos/10155118145101295/ https://www.facebook.com/37937941294/videos/10155117913616295/ https://www.facebook.com/37937941294/videos/10155117675121295/ https://www.facebook.com/37937941294/videos/10155117708081295/ https://www.facebook.com/37937941294/videos/10155117767711295/ https://www.facebook.com/37937941294/videos/10155117376636295/ California Victor Vision Life Outdoor Racquetball Paddleball Indoor Racquet https://www.facebook.com/723328167733388/videos/1588996564499873/ https://www.facebook.com/723328167733388/videos/1588898954509634/ Georgia Hope For a Cure Breast Cancer Tournament Jason Chan https://www.facebook.com/JasonChanRecreationATL/videos/10214240006495192/ https://www.facebook.com/JasonChanRecreationATL/videos/10214236230720800/ Marquis…

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Racquetball Courts at UCSC in the news
2017 UCSC racquetball courts

Intro to OPERS at UCSC The most impressive go-to-can’t-miss recreation hub on campus is the OPERS East Field House. Located along Hagar Drive below Cowell College, the East Field House encompasses the Wellness Center, East Gym, Pool, Easy Gym, Martial Arts Center, Dance Studio, Racquetball Courts, East Tennis Courts, Activity Room, and East Fields.

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New court planned in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Pocono Wellness sold, buyer plans new facilities EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The 34,000 square foot fitness and racquet club facility in East Stroudsburg has been sold. Pocono Wellness, located at 216 Skyline Drive, will continue to provide service to the community but with an improved infrastructure. New owners “MoR’Tennis and MoR’Fitness” said they will be updating the equipment at the center and adding an additional tennis court, a full-length basketball court and racquetball court.

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