Safety First

The sport of racquetball has inherent hazards due to multiple bodies in a limited space and a ball travelling at high velocity. How many players are struck with a ball or racquet during each tournament? My son received eight stitches after being struck with a racquet in the mouth. Additionally,…

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Play by the Rules … Always

The following article – authored by Gary Mazaroff, long-time Director of the American Professional Racquetball Organization (AmPRO) –  illustrates the danger in modifying the rules of racquetball based on personal preference and/or interpretation. I frequently hear statements from club players like, “we don’t play by that rule.” I urge all…

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Ref your Own

Have you ever lost a game of racquetball 15-17 (15 representing the opponent’s score and 17 your total score, notwithstanding the multiple rallies replayed)? There is nothing more frustrating than a game fraught with dispute. In a typical game of racquetball, the vast majority of rallies are played without contention…

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Certification: Part I

As an avid fan of all racquet sports, I watched the 2011 US Open tennis championship marveling at the number of calls that are made correctly.  Granted, they have several line judges, a chair umpire, and a “spot shot” instant replay system to decide appeals.  The chair umpires are confident…

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