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From Bitter Rivalries to Racquetball Today Back in the day when racquets were small, shorts smaller, and network TV showcased the thrill of victory and agony of defeat, two manufactures dominated racquetball. As the sport powered into the mainstream during the ‘70s, one company made over 50% of the racquets sold everywhere – and its descendant still makes its own racquetball frames and a big impact on the sport today. Read the Full Story
Q & A: Crossover or Open Stance Footwork? Question: "I’ve been watching videos and shadow rehearsing in a tiny office the back crossover vs the front crossover for covering shots. The videos go so fast, even in slow mo, that often I can’t tell if it's a back or front crossover. In old school, with slow balls, there was only front crossover. I’m guessing that now it’s more back crossover and hitting shots off both wings in an open stance… Will u educate me?" - Bo Keeley   Read the Full Story
2012-13 IRT Schedule Date Tier Event Location Link JUNE 13-18 T4 Bogota Open Bogota, Colombia
JUNE 23 T5 7th annual Fireworks Shootout Overland Park, KS View Draw AUG 17-19 T4 Summer Sizzler Lodi, CA View Draw AUG 18 T5 7th Annual Summer Sizzler Overland Park, KS View Draw SEPT 7-9 T4 Maryland Open Championships Laurel, MD View Draw
SEPT 7-9 T5 HEAD Penn IRT Pro/Am Series #1 Scottsdale, AZ View Draw
SEPT 7-9 T5 IRT Florida Satellite Series
Tampa, FL View Draw
SEPT 13-16 T1 Novasors Kansas City Open Kansas City, KS View Draw
SEPT 14-16 T5 Texas State University- Bobcat Open San Marcos, TX View Draw SEPT 19-23 T4 Pereira Open Pereira, Colombia
SEPT 19-23 T3 Stratosphere 3-Wall Ball Las Vegas, NV View Draw OCT 3-7 GS United Healthcare US Open Minneapolis, MN View Draw OCT 17-20 T2 II Torneo Satelite IRT TABICEL San Luis Potosi, Mexico
OCT 19-21 T5 Tournament of Terror Reseda, CA View Draw
OCT 19-21 T4 2012 Izzi Racquetball Open Gillette, WY View Draw
OCT 27-28 T4 2nd Annual McDonald's Racquetball Tournament - Event #1 Erie, PA View Draw NOV 1-4 T1 Red Swain Shootout Davison, MI View Draw
NOV 2-4 T5 Oakmoor Fall Classic Pro/Am Des Moines, IA Information
NOV 2-4 T5 IRT Florida Satellite Series - Sarasota
Sarasota, FL
View Draw NOV 2-4 T4 South Texas Holiday Pro/Am Corpus Christi, TX View Draw NOV 2-4
T5 11th Annual Pinchshot.com St. Louis Open St. Louis, MO View Draw NOV 9-11 T4 Rose City Pro/Am Portland, OR View Draw
NOV 16-18 T3 Turkey Shoot Garden City, KS View Draw
NOV 16-18 T5 The Brandon Open Brandon, Manitoba View Draw
NOV 16-18 T5 Turkey Shoot Lombard, IL View Draw
NOV 30-DEC 2 T5 HEAD Penn IRT Pro/Am Series #2 Scottsdale, AZ View Draw
NOV 30-DEC 2 T5 2012 Holiday Magic Columbus, OH View Draw
NOV 30-DEC 2 T4 Idaho Christmas Classic
Boise, ID View Draw
NOV 30-DEC 2 T5 IRT Florida Satellite Series
Port Richey, FL View Draw
DEC 5-9 T3 Barranquilla Open Barranquilla, Colombia
DEC 7-9 T4 North Dakota Minot Open Minot, ND View Draw
DEC 14-16 T3 Lou Bradley Memorial Sun Prairie, WI Information
DEC 13-16 T1 New Jersey Open Fairfield, NJ View Draw
JAN 3-6 T1 Coast To Coast California Open Reseda, CA View Draw
JAN 4-6
T5 Harbour Island Open Tampa, FL
View Draw JAN 10-13 T1 New York Temperature Controls Pro/Am
Long Island, NY View Draw
JAN 11-13 T5 2013 Winter Open Sandusky, OH View Draw
JAN 11-13 T5 Racquetball Blizzard St. Louis, MO View Draw
JAN 18-20 T5 Longhorn Open Austin, TX View Draw
JAN 18-20 T5 Orange & Blue Shootout Gainesville, FL View Draw
JAN 25-27 T4 Winter Pro Splat Modesto, CA View Draw
JAN 25-27 T4 West Michigan Open Grand Rapids, MI View Draw
JAN 25-27 T2 35th Annual Lewis Drug Pro/Am Sioux Falls, SD View Draw
JAN 25-27 T5 Wichita Open Wichita, KS View Draw
FEB 1-3 T5 IRT Satellite Southeastern Doubles
Lilburn, GA
View Draw
FEB 1-3 T5 Pinchshot.com Championships St. Louis, MO View Draw
FEB 8-10 T4 Keystone Classic Winnipeg, Canada View Draw
FEB 8-10 T5 2013 Sweetheart Racquetball Tourney Columbus, OH View Draw
FEB 9-10 T5 Motor City Rollout Utica, MI View Draw
FEB 22-24 T5 2013 Baywinds Spring Open Sandusky, OH Enter Online
FEB 28 - MAR 3 T3 San Diego Open San Diego, CA View Draw
FEB 28 - MAR 3 T4 Cali Open Cali, Colombia
MAR 1-3
T5 11th Annual Duboise Electric Racquetball Pro/Am Ft. Smith, AR View Draw
MAR 1-3 T2 Carl Myers Garden City, KS View Draw
MAR 6-10 T1 Florida Spring Break Pro/Am Tampa, FL View Draw MAR 15-17 T5 Shamrock Shootout Lombard, IL View Draw
MAR 21-24 T1 Mile High Racquetball Pro/Am Denver, CO View Draw
MAR 22-24 T5 2013 Topeka Open Topeka, KS View Draw
MAR 29-31 T5 IRT Peachtree Singles
Lilburn, GA
View Draw
APR 5-7 T5 Ambit Energy Open Racquetball Tournament York, PA View Draw
APR 11-14
T1 Party With The Pros St. Louis, MO View Draw
APR 19-21 T4 Michigan Regional Pro/Am Championships Davison, MI Enter Online
APR 19-21 T5 Kansas State Open Overland Park, KS Enter Online
APR 25-28 T1 Ektelon Tournament of Champions
Portland, OR
Enter Online
APR 26-28 T5 2013 ORA Spring Into Summer Tourney Huber Heights, OH Enter Online
APR 26-28 S Point and Shoot
Gilette, WY
Enter Online
MAY 2-5 T1 Stockton Pro/Am Stockton, CA View Flyer
MAY 3-5 T5 Cinco De Mayo Pueblo, CO Enter Online
MAY 8-11 T2 Costa Rica Open San Jose, Costa Rica
MAY 8-12 T4 Pereira Open Pereira, Colombia
MAY 17-19 T5 IRT ATL Singles
Lilburn, GA

MAY 15-19 T1 Ektelon Pro Nationals Fullerton, CA Enter Online
MAY 31 - JUNE 2
T4 Fresno IRT Satellite Summer Kickoff Pro/Am
Fresno, CA Enter Online
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2011-12 IRT Schedule Date Tier Event Location Link AUG 12 - 14 T5 IRT Florida Satellite Series Port St. Lucie, FL
View Draw
AUG 12 - 14 T4 South Texas Racquetball Pro/Am Corpus Christi, TX
View Draw
AUG 25 - 28 T4 San Diego Racquet House Pro/Am National City, CA
View Draw
SEPT 9 - 11 T5 HEAD Penn IRT Pro/Am Series #1 Scottsdale, AZ
View Draw
SEPT 15 - 18 T1 Novasors Kansas City Open Overland Park, KS
View Draw
SEPT 21 - 25 T3 World 3 Wall Ball Championships Las Vegas, NV
View Draw
SEPT 23 - 25 T4 Pereira Open Pereira, Colombia SEPT 30 - OCT 2 T5 Southern Arizona Championships Tucson, AZ View Draw
OCT 5 - 9 GS US Open Minneapolis, MN
View Draw
OCT 21 - 23 T5 Tournament of Terror Canoga Park, CA
View Draw
OCT 21 - 23 T5 IRT Florida Satellite Series Bradenton, FL
View Draw
OCT 27 - 30 T1 Red Swain Shootout Davison, MI
View Draw NOV 3 - 6 T1 Seattle Pro/Am
Seattle, WA View Draw NOV 4 - 6 T4 Pomona Valley Open Pomona, CA
View Draw NOV 4 - 6 T4 Long Island Open Long Island, NY
View Draw
NOV 8 - 12 T4 Torneo Satélite IRT TABICEL San Luis Potosi, MX
NOV 11 - 13 T5 10th Annual Greensfelder St. Louis Open St. Louis, MO
View Draw
NOV 18 - 20 T5 Turkey Shoot Lombard, IL
View Draw NOV 30 - DEC 4 T4 Barranquilla Open IRT Satellite Barranquilla, Colombia DEC 1 - 4 T3 21st Annual Turkey Shoot Garden City, KS View Draw DEC 2 - 4 T3 Lou Bradley Memorial Pro/Am Sun Prairie, WI
DEC 9 - 11 T5 IRT Florida Satellite Series Port Richey, FL
View Draw DEC 9 - 11 T5 HEAD Penn IRT Pro/Am Series #2 Tempe, AZ
View Draw
DEC 9 - 11 T4 North Dakota Minot Open Minot, ND
View Draw DEC 9 - 11 T4 South TX Racquetball Holiday Pro/Am Corpus Christi, TX
View Draw JAN 5 - 8 T1 Coast to Coast California Open Canoga Park, CA
View Draw JAN 12 - 15 T1 Cactus Salon NYC Pro/Am Long Island, NY
View Draw JAN 13 - 15 T5 Longhorn Open Austin, TX
View Draw JAN 13 - 15 T5 Orange & Blue Shootout Gainseville, FL
View Draw JAN 13 - 15 T5 Racquetball Blizzard St. Louis, MO
View Draw JAN 27 - 29 T2 Lewis Drug Pro Am Sioux Falls, SD
View Draw JAN 27 - 29 T5 Wichita Open Wichita, KS
View Draw JAN 27 - 29 T4 Winter Pro Splat Modesto, CA View Draw JAN 27 - 29 T4 West Michigan Open Grand Rapids, MI View Draw FEB 1 - 4 T1 MonaVie Salt Lake City Pro/Am Salt Lake City, UT
View Draw FEB 3 - 5 T5 Pinchshot.com Championships St. Louis, MO
View Draw FEB 9 - 12 T4 Keystone Classic Winnipeg Canada
View Draw FEB 17 - 19 T4 Winter Classic Overland Park, KS
View Draw FEB 22 - 26 T1 San Diego Open Sorrento Valley, CA
View Draw FEB 29 - MAR 4 T4 Cali Open Satellite Cali, Colombia MAR 1 - 4 T2 Carl Myers Memorial Garden City, KS
View Draw MAR 7 - 11 T1 Florida Spring Break Pro/Am Florida View Draw
MAR 15 - 18 T5 Shamrock Shootout Lombard, IL
View Draw MAR 15-18
T1 Party With The Pros St. Louis, MO
View Draw MAR 30 - APR 1 T5 IRT Florida Finals Sarasota, FL
View Draw MAR 30 - APR 1 T5 Topeka Open Topeka, KS
View Draw MAR 30 - APR 1 T5 2012 Michelob Ultra Open York, PA
View Draw APR 13 - 15 T4 Michigan Regional Pro/Am Championships Davison, MI
View Draw APR 19 - 22 T1 Stockton Pro/Am Presented by Ektelon
Stockton, CA View Draw
APR 20 - 22 T5 Kansas State Open Overland Park, KS
View Draw
MAY 4 - 6 T4 Cinco De Mayo Pueblo, CO
View Draw MAY 4 - 6 T5 Twister City Pro/Am Oklahoma City, OK
View Draw
MAY 4 - 6 T5 HEAD Penn IRT Pro/Am Series #4 Scottsdale, AZ
View Draw MAY 12 S 2012 Izzi Racquetball Point & Pride Shootout Gilette, WY
View Draw MAY 9 - 12
T3 Costa Rica Open San Jose, Costa Rica
View Draw MAY 23 - 27 GS Ektelon Nationals, Presented by Penn Fullerton, CA
View Draw
JUNE 13 - 18
T4 Bogota Open Bogota, Colombia
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