FROM THE EDITOR
Who are these People??
by Linda Mojer
Who are these people? I knew
youd ask ... and that I wouldnt tell you. Thats the point.
Our cover features two people that you may never see in the finals of a
national event, but their impact on racquetball may be as far-reaching as any
of the top names youre used to seeing in our pages. And youll have
to read all about what they do to figure out how and why.
Oh alright, heres a hint ...
with the club initiative gaining momentum, this issue focuses on this
years IHRSA Program Award winners court clubs commited to the
principle of working the sport in the corporate environment. They have an
investment. They have a market. They have paid professional staff. The sport
delivers for them, and their programs suggest that the sport delivers
for their members (thats you) as well from Wisconsin to Florida.
On a smaller-scale, individuals
continue to express concern over the cost of events (nationals particularly)
... relative to the possibility of coming home with a trophy. Nothing sets this
stage quicker than an argument that begins with Who wants to spend $65.00
to lose in the first round? But the simple fact of the matter is that
elite level competition is designed to provide a field that narrows
exponentially. Half of the people who enter an event will be out in the first
round, half the next, and half the next, until there is a winner. It
doesnt matter how much you pay, those 50/50 odds wont change. Do
And time! Too many quotes from high
school medalists indicated that competing in multiple divisions was too taxing,
given the timeframe. But how many entrants would be willing to commit to a
longer format (a full week, say) for national events, to assure adequate time
to recuperate between matches that are guaranteed to get harder with each
round? No? Then you may have to play back-to-back matches in two divisions, and
hope that your opponent had to do the same. Do you train harder?
The good news is that racquetball
has quietly grown so large that the court club environment has begun to
recognize and develop its captive market share of recreational players. At the
same time, the competitive environment continues to offer an adrenalin rush to
its market share of die-hard tournament goers. Where do you fit? Whats
your motivation ... do you play for fun, or to win? Im right in the
middle its fun to win!