Racquetball is dying. Our numbers are way down for the tournaments. Ok-stop with this. Think for a minute. Here are some things to consider:
1. Ball sales have held steady for most of the last five years. A decline of 5% in sales has happened(according to my sources) in the last two years.
2. Sure state tournaments, and other tournament numbers are down but stop comparing those numbers to the good old days. In the good old days:
1. No internet and no knowledge of good players so you had to travel to a tournament to see them.
2. No shootouts every other weekend to play in either.
3. No huge experienced generation of oldsters who have been there done that and now play recreationally(remember racquetball was new in the 70s and 80s)
4. No huge national tournaments to gouge at the numbers–NMRA, IRT, USRA, WOR all run huge events that draw people to them.
5. Faster paced life styles, family obligations, and other pressures have changed the weekend formula as well.
6. The Mom and Pop clubs encouraged junior play. Today juniors are banned in many clubs and family atmosphere had gone with it.
7. Finally, if racquetball is dying, why am I so busy teaching lessons and teaching new players?
Maybe we need to step back, assess the new market, and plan accordingly. More one day shootouts, less tournaments. That would be my advice! Racquetball is too good to die!