FROM THE EDITOR: Another New
by Linda Mojer
Let me say, up front, that I have mixed feelings on many of the
arguments surrounding competitive lifestyles. But of course, whenever
a situation pertains to me specifically, I feel compelled to
give it at least a little extra thought. You know, kind of
like when you look at a draw sheet to find that youll feed into
someone from your own club in one or two advances (if you get there)
and you cant figure out how on earth the TD failed to see such
an obvious conflict? One person, one point of view ...
So whats the point? Its similar to the glass
ceiling theory as it applies to women in business you can
only get so far. Racquetballs glass ceiling at least as
far as most of us are concerned is the Open division. Gender
notwithstanding, its clearly a quantum leap between the A
skill division and the Open. And nothing makes that more
obvious than a trip to national singles!
So heres where I fit in (and presumably many of you ...). I
play Open in Colorado during the regular season. Not because I train,
or (heaven forbid!) practice, but simply due to 20-years-worth
of on-court experience that has taught me where the ball is going to
end up most of the time and what to do with it when it gets
there. If I ever did practice (bite your tongue), theres just no
telling how good I might become. Sigh.
Still, when I consider what division to play at Nationals, the mere
thought of going up against big-name Open division players like Jackie
Paraiso or Robin Levine strikes fear in my heart. Both very nice
people, mind you, but these women are serious! But does that
make it fair for me to play As? Not really
and until this year I had a lot of ethical angst about it.
Now I have an option. This year, National Singles offers an Elite
division for which I fully expect to qualify. Ill enter Open,
where I belong, then try to build character against
someone who has a much more legitimate shot at making the U.S. Team
than I ever will. Then, with my scruples intact, Ill drop down
into what is called the Elite division for continued regulation
play against what I hope will shake out to be my peer group.
Its just another little tweak to a system that at
least tries to accomodate as many everyday players as possible. And I,
for one, intend to make use of it ... with no mixed feelings