General Racquetball News

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All Sanctioned Tournaments
 22 Inch Max Racquet Length

August 26, 2015 - Florida

Know the rules.  Games or matches will be forfeited when using racquets not meeting USAR specifications.  This includes USAR, FRA, IRF, IRT, LPRT, and WOR sanctioned tournaments.

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Floridians Earn 8 Medals,
4 National Champions

 

2015 USAR National Singles

 

May 24, 2015 - Highlands Ranch, CO

Congrats to all 11 Floridians that competed at the USAR National Singles.  The 4 National Champions are Laura Brandt, Glenn Carlson, Gordon Kelly, and Janet Tyler.

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Kane defeats Rocky in 2015 IRT Florida Pro-Am Final



March 1, 2015 - Sarasota, FL

The 2015 IRT Florida Pro-Am returns back to Sarasota.  Kane Waselenchuk wins IRT Pro Final against Rocky Carson, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12.  Sebastian Franco defeats Alejandro Herrera in Men's Open Final.

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Are You Ready for a Florida New Year's Resolution?


2015 Florida Fran Davis Campers

 

December 14, 2014 - Sarasota, FL

Fran Davis
and Jason Mannino are bringing their 50+ years experience and their winning racquetball camp to Florida, January 16-18, 2015.

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Florida Senior Racquetballers Compete for Age 50+ Titles


2014 Florida Senior Games

December 7, 2014 - Sarasota, FL

The 2014 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships were held at Sarasota Bath & Racquet Club, December 6-7, 2014.

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Florida Indoor and Outdoor Racquetball Synergy


    Rob Romano      Steve DiSalvo

November 9, 2014 - Boca Raton, FL

Florida indoor and outdoor players converge for an exciting 2014 WOR Florida Outdoor Championships event.

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"The Legend" in Sarasota
Ruben Gonzalez


Ruben Gonzalez

November 3, 2014 - Sarasota, FL

Join the Ruben Gonzalez Clinic at the Sarasota Fall Tournament, November 22, 2014.  The clinic will be held Saturday, November 22 at 1:00 PM.

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"It was the Greatest Moment of my Racquetball Life"


Alejandro Herrera

October 28, 2014 - Miami, FL

It was June 21, 2014.  Florida's Alejandro Herrera became a World Champion in Men's Doubles at the 2014 IRF 17th Racquetball World Championships in Burlington, Canada.

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Florida's Own
Competes on ESPN 3 .
com

 
                                   Joe Young

September 7, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV

Joe Young to compete in old school "Handball versus Racquetball" competition, live on ESPN 3.com and the Watch ESPN App on Saturday September 13.

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"Court Hinders" Still Apply
at USAR / FRA Tournaments

August 4, 2014 - Florida

"Court Hinders" still apply in all USAR sanctioned indoor event amateur divisions.  The main exceptions are Men's IRT pro divisions and Women's LPRT pro divisions. 

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Floridians Compete at
2014 National Masters


July 19, 2014 - Raleigh, NC

The 2014 National Masters Championships were held at North Carolina State University.  There were 165 competitors including 8 Floridians competing with ages 45 and up.

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2014 35th Annual Florida Sunshine State Games



 

June 8, 2014 - Sarasota, FL

The 2014 35th Annual Florida Sunshine State Games was held June 7-8 at the Sarasota Bath & Racquet Club.

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USAR Certified Referee Program Restructured

 

February 17, 2014 - Florida

USAR's Certified Ref program is restructured.  New and renewing refs must meet new standards.  The state-level FRA Qualified Ref program can no longer be offered.

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Floridians Take Their Craft
of Doubles to the Desert

 
February 16, 2014 - Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University with their awesome double-decker level of 15 courts hosts the 2014 USAR 47th National Doubles Championships.  Florida represents with 10 doubles specialists.

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Racquetball Player Shines on Tampa's Local TV News

 

February 5, 2014 - Tampa, Florida

Tampa's FOX affiliate WTVT Channel 13 captures highlights of Jordan Cooperrider, the #1 women's amateur racquetball player in Florida.

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Florida's own Joe Young Competes Live on ESPN3.com

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Young Men Learn Life Lessons through Racquetball

 

December 18, 2013 - Sarasota, FL

Sarasota's ABC affiliate WWSB-TV Channel 7 captures how racquetball helped Florida's own Robert Koontz and Ricardo Paez.

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December 3, 2013 - Sarasota, FL

The 2013 Florida Senior Games will take place at the Sarasota Bath & Racquet on December 7-8, 2013.  There are 51 athletes competing in age divisions ranging from ages 50+ to 80+.

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November 24, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN

The 2013 United Healthcare US Open Men's Semi-Finals and Final Championship matches will be broadcast on Tennis Channel over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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October 6, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN

The original Grand Slam, the United HealthCare US Open brings the biggest names in professional racquetball and a total of 726 participants to Minneapolis in 2013.

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September 1, 2013 - Colorado Springs, CO

Open divisions now have 2 serves again, and say goodbye to the old "Carry Rule".  In total, there are 4 USAR rule changes effective September 1. 2013.

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The 18th US Open
Championships

 

August 18, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN

In 2012, 22 Floridians made the trek to Minneapolis where 678 racquetballers competed with the best players in the world.  The 2013 US Open is October 2 - 6, 2013.

 

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Bet on Team Florida
at Vegas 3 WallBall

August 15, 2013 - Las Vegas, NV

Racquetball, Paddleball, Handball, 3-Wall, 1-Wall.  In 2012, Team Florida traveled with 34 strong.  Join the team, September 19 - 22, 2013.

 

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Outdoor Hall of Fame
Inducts 2 Floridians

July 14, 2013 - Gainesville, FL

Greg and Martha McDonald, first Floridians inducted into the Outdoor Racquetball Hall of Fame.  The only other members are legends Brian Hawkes and Charlie Brumfield.

 

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Suncoast Open brings
LPRT Event to Florida

June 30, 2013 - Sarasota, FL

The 2013 Suncoast Open had 116 participants competing, with #1 in the world Paola Longoria of Mexico defeating Krystal Csuk of Texas, in the LPRT ladies professional final.

 

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2013 Team Ocala
Scholarship Tournament

May 24, 2013 - Ocala, FL

Team Ocala conduct their annual Team Ocala Scholarship Racquetball Tournament to enhance programs at the Ocala YMCA.

 

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USAR Hall of Fame
Inducts 5th Floridian

May 19, 2013 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Florida's Mitt Layton becomes the 5th Floridian to be inducted into the USAR Hall of Fame.  The ceremony was held at the 2013 USAR National Singles Championships.

 

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  2012 Florida Senior Games

Renée Fish (L to R), Jean Trimble, and Glenda Lopez work the tournament desk at the 2012 21st Annual Florida Senior Games sanctioned in conjunction with the FRA and the Florida Sports Foundation.

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25 players competed in singles and doubles racquetball at this local event for fun, friendly and fierce competition all rolled into one.  See photos and results in the full article.

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Florida Players Do Well At US Open In Minneapolis

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This 4th annual tournament was held on June 1-3, 2012.
Article and photos courtesy of Rick Bernstein

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The 2012 Sunshine State Games held in Gainesville Florida.
Photos and article by Jean Trimble

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Fun, friendly and fierce competition rolled into one.  See details, Photos and more on both the Florida Sports Foundation and Ormond Beach Senior Games events.

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Florida has 14 racquetball athletes that qualified for the WOR National Team.  There are a total of 42 players that qualified for 45 division positions on the Team.  The top four states with players qualifying are;  Florida-14, California-14, Michigan-4, and Ohio-2.

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Florida Racquetballers compete and win at the National Senior Games after qualifying at the Florida Sports Foundation state senior games.

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ToyDrive 2010

An Applause article in Ocala.com on
Jan 3, 2011 by Susan Smiley-Height. 

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Article and photos by Jean Trimble

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 Download the 2011 Registration and information Form

Fun and friendly competition prevailed.   See the udated article as of Oct 31,2010

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The Bob Sierra YMCA in Tampa played host to the 2010 Women’s Day Clinic held May 8th. The Florida Racquetball Association along with The Bob Sierra YMCA and Beef O’Brady’s helped sponsor the event in an effort to promote women’s racquetball.

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Judd and Darcey were intervied at the 2010 FRA state singles tournament about grass root sefforts that are important to keep our sport alive and growing.

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2009 Local Senior Games Racquetball at the Port Orange YMCA Oct. 30-31, 2009 - links to Results and Pictures below. This year the local Ormond Beach...

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2009 Local Senior Games Racquetball at the Port Orange YMCA Oct. 30-31, 2009 - links to Results and Pictures below. This year the local Ormond Beach...

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Until Rod VanDyke got involved there was not much activity or interest in racquetball at the YMCA in South Ocala.  Now the members and YMCA staff are excited about racquetball and discussing plans to add additional courts thanks to Rod and his team of helpers.

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