AKA Women Making Racquetball History Now!
We will feature another woman making racquetball history every Wednesday. Do you know someone else we should be celebrating with this interview and feature process? Drop us a line on Facebook!
Name: Lynette Froehlich
Are you a pro player, coach, association board member, tournament organizer, or racquetball broadcaster AKA why do racquetball players know you?
Racquetball Player, South Carolina State Board Member, LPRT Board Member, Club Pro, AMPRO Instructor Certification, Junior and League Programs Director, National/US Open Competitor, Sweet Caroline Open Founder and Fundraiser, Hall of Fame Founder and Committee Member.
Where do you promote racquetball on social media and the web?
Personal Facebook Page: Lynette Froehlich
Country of Origin: USA
Place you consider home: Nebraska / South Carolina
When & how where you introduced to the competitive side of racquetball?
I was introduced to racquetball at the University of Nebraska underneath the football stadium by a friend. Racquetball at the time was the off-season training for the football players. Started competing when I turned 26. Have been competitive for 40 years.
Playing hand: Right
Year you started playing racquetball: 1978
First female mentor or idol in racquetball: Lynn Adams. I became an AMPRO instructor and taught everything from her articles and books.
Favorite racquetball shot: Reverse Pinch off the back wall!
Motivation for the game (what keeps you playing): Great workout while having fun!
Love most about racquetball: The friends I have made over the years!
Favorite event: Sweet Caroline Open. Two things I like the most about it. It brings lady pros from all over the world to compete at our gym which in turn promotes the sport. We can utilize the tournament to raise money and awareness for our local charities in our community.
Best results at tournaments you’ve played in: State, Regional (Open Division) Champion, 4 National Titles, Age Division, US Open, Age Division, Finalist.
Day job: Personal Trainer, Racquetball Instructor
Charity close to your heart: Charities that help women in need in our community.
Family shoutout: My husband, for letting me travel to tournaments when our 2 boys were young. I used the line; “You need to bond with your boys!” It worked!
Other sports played in addition to racquetball: Softball, Ping Pong and Tennis
What can we do to activate more female players? Free clinics for Women Only
What is your hope for the future of racquetball? We need to get junior programs started and find good coaches. I pay my coaches even though many of them do not accept the money. I look at it as a job and I want to reward them for their commitment to come each week when they could be playing instead of teaching.
How do you feel is the best way to help grow the sport of racquetball? Free clinics and leagues (small fee).
If you could bring one thing back from racquetball past – what would it be and why? More people competing. So many times, divisions are combined or canceled. Excitement is in the air when the tournament is well represented by pure divisions.
What do you do to train? I do a lot of core strengthening, running step drills and stretch a lot!
What is the biggest challenge you face right now as it comes to racquetball, and how do you work to overcome that challenge? My mental and physical health. Since I am 66 now, I can easily get burned out if I play too much. I must modify how much I play and how long I play to prevent injuries.
Do you know someone else we should be celebrating with this interview and feature process? Drop us a line on Facebook!