November 2012 IRT Newsletter

 

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November  2012
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Red Swain Shootout Returns to MI

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The past, present, and future of men’s professional racquetball will combine to make the 2012 Red Swain Shootout November 1-4 at the Davison Athletic Club in Davison, Michigan, and will include top ranked professional players #1 Kane Waselenchuk, who has been undefeated for three years running; Cliff Swain, the retired former 6-time #1 ranked player; and several up-and-coming players including #13 Brad Schopieray, who will be playing on his home court. Other top ranked professional players will be vying for a total purse of $18,000.  More than 150 amateurs will play throughout the weekend for $1300 in prize money.

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U.S. Open Wrap Up

kaneRockyUSOpenFinal_200The 2012 UnitedHealthcare U.S. Open Championship results are in the books. Kane’s notched another record, the Stadium Court is down, and almost 700 players have carted their tournament bags away until next year. We’ve read the reports and followed the brackets, but what’s between the lines? We asked a guy who’s been attending the Open for most of his 30+ years in the sport: IRT President, Jason Mannino. So…what’s it like to attend the sport’s biggest event?

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Boo Birds in Racquetball

BCROFT-Enats2012forRbW2012_200At every sporting venue, fans are the bloodline that fuels the event. It is obvious that without the fans, no professional or college sports teams would exist. Understanding their importance in regard to revenue generated by the organization or school is easy, but then I began to think beyond the main reason teams need fans. So I posed a question: Do fans actually play a vital part in a game’s outcome or have a direct impact on an individual’s athletic performance?
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Rituals

franheadshot_150Last month I discussed the importance of routines as we are creatures of habit and perform best when there are no surprises. In order to obtain optimal performance levels, you need a pre-performance routine, which improves your accuracy, consistency, and timing. Now I’ll describe how to take it up to the next level to create a ritual, which is a specialized routine.
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Kane Wins 8th!

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#1 ranked Kane Waselenchuk took his 8th U.S. Open title, setting another record in his long string of achievements, including a winning streak spanning three years and 7 World Championships.

New Jersey Open Dec. 13-16

NJ Open Logo_200 2Rollout Racquetball is bringing the IRT back to New Jersey after an 11-year hiatus with jam-packed divisions, great hospitality, and NEW interactive player experiences.

U.S. Open Upsets Switch up the Rankings

alex_benUSOpen2012_200Alex Ackerman and Daniel De La Rosa, who had to qualify for the main draw, handed #5 Ben Croft and #3 Jose Rojas early round U.S. Open upsets and lower IRT rankings while #4 Alvaro Beltran and #6 Chris Crowher moved up to #3 and #5 with their semifinal finishes.

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Rocky Clinic 12/7-12/9

RockyRB 3 Day Clinic_200 2Rocky’s leading a 3-day clinic to teach the fundamentals that took his game to the top of the sport. “Without a solid foundation, it’s tough to grow.”  Contact him onFacebook or call the club (949) 643-6700.

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