The National College Racquetball tournament just ended. It was an interesting four day marathon of coaching. I counted 90 matches coached by our staff, and the days started as early as 8am and finished at 9:30pm. Here are some random observations. Sure, it would be nice to go out and give scholarships to the best players all over the world so my school could win, but there is something to be said for coaching racquetball newbies. Their bright eyed approach and competing for fun attitudes make coaching fun.
The higher the academic load, the harder it is for a kid to excel in racquetball, but hey that is okay. In fact, that is what makes our sport so great. The hard work off the court determines the winners, not the reputation.
I have a few old friends in racquetball who are doing a bang up job in the East. Scott Elliason, at UConn, Dom Cauteruccio Bryant University, and Nancy Luyando at Rutgers are producing hard playing fun kids who matched up well with our ASU klds.
Leo Vasquez did a great job with the online presentation.
Special congratulations to Hollie Scott and Eric Garcia the champions and to all who play for CS Pueblo, who took home the national team title.
Last, special thanks to our Head Coach, Darrin Schenck, who every year manages to create a group of kids who care about each other and despite huge obstacles, manage to do their individual best at the nationals.