For the Love of the Game!

Hall of Fame speeches! Each year one to three folks are inducted into the Hall of Fame. I guess now that there are so many halls of fame I should delineate the USAR Hall of Fame. This is for indoor racquetball, and excellence of age groups, contributors and athletes. I have been thinking about the more »

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The Message is always Changing!

Disclaimer: This is Coach talk! Two of my athletes were overheard talking racquetball. They were discussing training and improving but one thing I had not thought that much about was being discussed. “Each training session he (meaning me) changes the lesson! Did you ever notice that? “Yes, and each year he changes to work on more »

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Those other Sports with a Racquet (or Paddle)

Squash, pickleball, tennis, and racquetball musings. Several years ago a famous squash player asked me to coach his son, a squash player, on footwork. I went to the internet and watched squash play. The first thing that struck me was the inefficient footwork. I felt the footwork was out-dated and what I taught would not more »

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Linebacker? Or Tiger?

Return of serve stance and start. I get this a lot. A wide stance keeps you low on the ball on return of serve. Yes, if the ball is within your reach or stride. If not, you will be in no position to return a serve offensively. What is wrong with a defensive return of more »

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Jokes On Me!

Coach talk–Nothing is worse than working with a player, watching that player win, and then getting the shock of your life when they thank someone else! It is easy to say “don’t take it personally; there are political reasons and yada yada, but the bottom line is when you work hard with someone, watch them more »

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Play for Fun? Or Play for Blood?

Are you a recreational player or a tournament player? Recreational racquetball is the fuel that drives our businesses. Let me be more precise in explanation of a recreational player. I define a recreational player as someone who does not practice solo or workout to be a better player, but plays racquetball for recreation. These days more »

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“I Hate That Guy!”

The game within the game is always fun. In the 90s while coaching the USA team our number three player was matched up with a player from Canada. Our guy was cruising. He won game one, and was ahead most of game two but he began faltering, ran out of gas and lost a close more »

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Playing Hinder Harry or Harriet

This one drifted across my desk-again will paraphrase to protect the innocent; but this occurs all over the world on racquetball courts frequently. “My opponent never kills the ball but hits it so I have to move through him or around him to get to a shot. After he hits a shot he slides slightly more »

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Dear Athletes, Thanks for the notes and posts!!

I love these! Keep them Coming! Coach, I spent 1.5 hours at the club practicing …….and let me tell you I’m excited about this backhand adjustment!! …..it still feels awkward but the shots are flatter and I finally see why….(I am giving) setupsto my opponents. No strain on the shoulder… Thanks again and I very much more »

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Get a Grip and Let it Rip!

Little things make a big difference in your game. Here is one. Everybody knows (well almost) that to hit a good shot on both sides of the court you should change your grip. This gives you a longer injury-free career. What everybody may not know is the angle of the wrist with the arm is more »

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