Junior Nationals Report 2018

Junior Nationals 2018 report. I coached six youngsters from California, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. Six kids and 4 of them are on Junior team USA and one may make it as an alternate. All together we had Gold medals in the gold divisions in Boys 14 doubles, Girls 12 and 16 doubles, and boy’s 16 blue more »

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When you Think, You Stink!

The matches are over. The club is quiet but still open. Down on court 8, way in the back is the ole ball coach and one of his athletes. We are putting in an after hours session working on footwork and return of serve. Motivated athlete wants extra work during the tournament and motivated coach more »

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Believe and Achieve!!

I was reading a thing the other day that struck me. It was a response to someone who had said their career was ruined by a few experts who told them they would never be any good. The career was in acting and the responses were swift. They went like this, “You are not that more »

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Play Older Younger

Racquetball is a great sport. No matter who you are, the sport will humble you sooner or later. Time gets us all and despite all the training and practice, sooner or later the game begins to go south. There is a saying in the NBA that great players play above the rim early in ther more »

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Dave and Gregg Peck Interviews

Yesterday I listened to Dylan Reid interview the Peck Brothers, Dave and Gregg, on Dylan Reid’s Podcast. You can find the links here: iTunes: https://buff.ly/1KoyQWU…/the-racquetball-sh…/id1310228396… Google Play: https://buff.ly/PYXFS4… Website: https://buff.ly/2NfUXbE…/ I got to know Dave and Gregg when I worked with them as a young Coach/player back in the early 80s. Before I worked with them I more »

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Coach or Cheerleader?

“Coach, You have to change because so and so (an athlete I coach) does not like the way you coach. You never say anything nice!” “You need to be more positive.” This one has floated across my radar a few times over the years and forgive me if I am redoing a similar post but more »

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Coaches! Create Independent Players!

Micromanaging Racquetball matches seems to be the norm in Racquetball. I am at National juniors and soon I will be seeing all sorts of hand, arm, and weird signals from amateur and not so amateur coaches! When you see a player looking back for serves it can result in that player winning short term but more »

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Local Legends! Listen up!

Back in the day we used to travel 8-10 hours via cramped cars to play pros we knew we could not beat. We wanted to see how we would do against the best. Fast forward today and local players search out easy tournaments for cash. “Why risk losing if you can win easy money?”Or so more »

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Work Hard! Taste the Rare Air!

Recently I hosted a shootout that featured a ton of novice players. Each player had fun and each player worked hard. One player in particular caught my eye. This player had a hard time handling defeat. My first thought was, “Wow, good ability, great footwork, poor skills and hates to lose!” Cool combo to championship more »

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