October 2012 IRT Newsletter

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2012 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships

usologo2_200The 2012 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships promises to be one of the most exciting and entertaining events in racquetball. Hosted by the beautiful, sports-obsessed city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the tournament will draw both professional and amateur players from all over the world, as more than 800 men and women will gather to show off their skill and tenacity for the world’s fastest sport October 3-7. Click to read more and check the IRT-Tour.com website for event updates, player previews and results all week.

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Do you know a person or small-medium business that buys health insurance?

Since a man with a dream started racuqetball’s first “grand slam” in 1996, the US Open has become our premier event with the support of players, organizations, and corporate sponsors like UnitedHealthcare. The title sponsorship puts us in an ideal position to help make the partnership a success. UnitedHealthcare would like the opportunity to quote health insurance for small and medium sized businesses or individuals who have their own health insurance. If you and/or your company doesn’t already have UnitedHealthcare, we would like to submit your name for an intro. There is no obligation other than allowing them to bid for your business.

A Day on the Court with Ben Croft: Pro Racquetball Training

BCROFT-Enats2012forRbW2012_200One of the most frequent questions I’m asked throughout the season regards my on and offseason training schedule. It’s to answer verbally, so I decided to write out a training day in the life of this professional racquetball player. Everyone has heard the saying “practice makes perfect” at least once in his or her life Although I’m not a believer in practice creating perfection, I’m a huge believer in practice being the best way to improving your skill level. Here’s a typical day on the court for me.

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The Key to a Better Game: Routine

franheadshot_150Athletes thrive on consistency and routine. 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.

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Even the Best Have Weaknesses to Exploit

banner-museum_200In today’s superfast shoot, shoot, shoot game it seems that even the top players in the world have a philosophy of playing the ball, not their opponent. They have practiced for hours all their shots repeatedly and play what can be called ‘situational racquetball’. They select shots exclusively based on where the ball bounces in the court paying little attention to how that shot plays into the strengths or weakness of the opponent. While this brand of racquetball has advantages and clearly has a place in your repertoire, it’s not the only strategy to play and in some cases is not the best. By Bo Keeley
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Beltran is #4

AlvaroENats2012byRestrung_200The new rankings are posted, and the shift in positions will have a significant impact on tournament seeding as early as the UnitedHealthcare US Open Championships.

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Ektelon Signs Charlie Pratt

Top Touring racquetball professional Charlie Pratt has joined Ektelon, signing a three year agreement which includes playing and using Ektelon’s entire line of products.

Support Jr. Team USA

The Jr. Team USA needs help as they look to defend their title against top junior players from all over the world at IRF World Junior Championships November 11-17, 2012.

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