Racquetball Warehouse Signs as Official Retailer of USA Racquetball

March 24th, 2011 by Ben

[San Luis Obispo, CA] – Racquetball Warehouse and USA Racquetball announced their agreement to make Racquetball Warehouse the Official Retailer of USA Racquetball and the USAR Instructor Program, bringing new content to the USAR website for a more rewarding experience for all members and visitors.

The agreement comes as no surprise as Racquetball Warehouse continues to grow their national presence, according to Manager Ben LoBue. “We are very excited to be partnered with the sport’s governing body and national instructor program. In combination with current partnerships with the IRT and IRTNetwork, we feel we have the necessary resources to really help grow participation in racquetball both internationally and at a grassroots level while providing a complete and satisfying experience for all of our customers.”

Be sure to support your national organization if you do not already and check the USAR website often for racquetball news and updated links and content from Racquetball Warehouse.

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Product Comparison – Python Gloves

March 22nd, 2011 by Ben

Racquetball warehouse has given me another opportunity to give feedback on a few gloves. The difference in this review versus the previous one I did is this is a brand new product that I had no history or opinion on prior to use. I have used python products for the past couple of years, and have a general positive opinion about them as a company.

I have had the opportunity to use these gloves for about a month, so I have had ample opportunity to develop an opinion on the product. I used these gloves with a racquet fitted with a python rubber grip.

Python Deluxe – View at RW

My first impression was this was the best looking glove out of the group. Turned out, it was the best glove out of the three. The fit initially was very good. It was snug and tight. I have not been a fan of gloves that have a strip through the palm, so I was hesitant on this glove from the beginning. This glove has played very well. The strip in the palm gives a bit of extra grip without being intrusive. This glove stretched out a bit and became softer after several uses. It was not to the point of making it difficult to play with, but it was noticeable. Overall, a very good glove, and I would not hesitate to add this to my collection of gloves to use for a tournament.

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Python Copperhead - View at RW

Based on price, this would be considered the middle glove of the group. Right out of the package this glove fit well, and played well. The grip was very good and the mesh backing allowed the glove to breathe well when playing. After a couple of games I found that the glove stretched and I had several issues with gripping the racquet with this glove. I tend to sweat quite a bit and this glove did not hold up well when dampness. The dampness is balanced out with the fact that my hands did not sweat as much due to the breathability of the glove.

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Python Super Tack - View at RW

Initially I looked at this glove and thought “this looks good.” I really like the looks of this glove. At the low end of price, I did not have high expectations when I used this glove. The fit was good and tight right out of the package. I was not initially pleased on how the glove played as I was having slippage of the grip. This glove was the rare exception that started to play better after a few usages. The more I played with the glove, the better it became. The durability is great and it didn’t seem to lose anything after a few uses. It actually got better. For a low price glove, you can’t go wrong with the Super Tack.

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Written by Jeff Kettering

Elite level player

Representative of the pros

Friend of Racquetball Warehouse

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His Name is David Bobby Horn – The Other Stockton Baller

March 11th, 2011 by John Ellis

I realize there are many good young players around the states and definitely in Mexico and I’m not trying to claim Stockton, CA as the best of the young guns.  BUT, we do have solid representation in the age range of 17-21.  It all begins with Jose Rojas of course.  He’s earned that recognition so far with his countless Junior National and World Titles, two Collegiate National Titles and his solid start to an IRT career with a #8 ranking and his upset wins over Jack Huczek, Ben Croft, Shane Vanderson and the Commish, Jason Mannino.  Jose has lost a few matches to players that will not have the career he’ll have, but let’s not forget that he’s only 20 years old, a full time college student, a kid from the East Side of Stockton who’s parents have kept a close blanket over him so that he stays alive and involved in a serious relationship, which always takes one’s attention.  Now, I’m not saying Jose is a sure thing future #1 player, that’s yet to be determined.  He hasn’t had the start that the greatest of all times have had, meaning he’s not Hogan, Swain, Monchik, Waselenchuck or Huczek.  Those guys won stops early, before their 20’s, but he’s also in the era of the greatest of all time in Kid Kane. BTW, Yellen is apart of the greatest of all time list, but I believe he did his first winning after the age of 20, but I’m also not 100% sure of that. The point is that Rojas will be a top 5 player in due time and he will win stops.  He’s in this game for the long haul and those that think he won’t be a major force by the time he’s 27-28 are crazy.  He’s only 20, he’ll peak in eight years!!

Enough about Rojas, someday he’ll be happy with just being the best player in his own family with brother Markie already taking a tournament match from him…… I’m writing today to talk about this Horn kid from Stockton.  David “Bobby” Horn is now 21 years old and I speak from experience when I say that he is already one of the fastest humans on the court that I’ve ever scene.  It’s raw speed and he doesn’t know how to handle it just yet, but he’s super fast.  He’s 6’0, 170 lbs of pure muscle and has an attitude of “I don’t give a s__t about any of the top players.  He’s respectful and fun to be around off the court, but on the court, he brings an attitude that can get under one’s skin.  His diving ability personally makes me nervous as I always fear that one of his flying gets will end right in the middle of my 38 year old knees, finally putting me down for the count.  But, it’s on my mind and it will be on the mind’s of IRT players over the next decade and a half.  What most don’t realize about Bobby is that he didn’t begin playing until he was 14 years old.  He was the kid hanging around the club, playing hoops and generally just looking for something to do.  He and Jose Diaz first struck up a relationship playing hoops at the club, which of course was a schooling for Diaz as Bobby was a starting point guard for his high school team.  This led to Horn trying racquetball, and from that first moment, he had natural abilities.  He’s only been playing serious for six years while all the other Stocktonians having been racquetballing since they were 5 years old.  Like any young player, Bobby will not peak for another seven or eight years, but the experience he’ll gain over that time will be his racquetball experience and I’m telling you all, he’ll be a solid pro that will threaten to win a stop at some point in his career.  He has a team of friends around him that want the same thing for themselves, but will also do whatever it takes to help him accomplish his goals.  That’s the bonus Bobby has with being from Stockton.

Bobby plays Kane today at 11:30am and it’s likely that the match will be a three game win for the #1 player.  It might even be a rout, but this experience will go along way to what will be a successful racquetball career.  If you haven’t watched Bobby Horn play yet, then today is a great opportunity to get your first look at this talented, but extremely raw player.  You’ll enjoy his speed and his ability to shotmake, although the latter might not be as available today with Kane being his opponent.  You’ll also get a kick out of his little “Stockton mustache” too!!  They all seem to think that is the cool style now adays.  I don’t get it……. Enjoy the matches from Tampa, especially my boy Bobby Horn.

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Women’s Racquetball Day – It’s a Necessity!!

March 3rd, 2011 by John Ellis

If you’re a racquetball manager for a health club or you’re prominent enough of a racquetball player in your area that you have permission to host racquetball events, then one event you most try is what I’ve entitled Women’s Racquetball Day.  Now, I’m definitely not trying to claim this title as mine, since I’m sure others have hosted this type of event with this name in the past, but here in Northern California, we’re committed to hosting Women’s Racquetball Days at the In-Shape Sport Clubs.

What are Women’s Racquetball Days?  Well, they could be whatever you want them to be with the obvious focus on getting many women together in the club from your region to enjoy a day of racquetball.  Women really do want to play racquetball with each other more so than only be forced to play singles with men or mixed doubles.  The problem is that most clubs no longer have a strong contingency of women racquetball players, so women that enjoy playing with other women are forced to play with only one or two other women from their club.  That will eventually get stale and a bit boring.  The In-Shape Women’s Racquetball Days will all be five hour events, making it well worth the effort for women to drive longer distances since they’ll have the club’s courts for an extended period of times.  The commraderie that’s built with these events is awesome to be apart of and very motivating for the players.  It is to be hoped that our Women’s Racquetball Days will lead to more women deciding to play our In-Shape Shootouts and Tournaments so that I can again begin offering women’s divisions in all events.  With my position as Racquetball Director with In-Shape, these Women’s Racquetball Days also provide me a great venue to promote our In-Shape WPRO Championships presented by Ektelon, which is naturally all about women’s racquetball with the best female players in the world attending the tournament.  NOTE, always welcome beginning players to this event and have a separate plan for how to make the day fun for them as well………… Here’s two separate itineraries for how to host a Women’s Racquetball Day.  If you do decide to try an event like this, make it your own in some way by adding a unique feature to the day’s events.

Women’s RB Day Itinerary One (9 courts)

9AM-9:15AM: Opening Discussion & Introduction of Instructional Staff

- Ten instructors will be on hand to assist.

9:15AM-9:25AM: Walk Through of Interval Drills & Contests

9:25AM-9:40AM: Warm-up

- Three to four players per court. Basic warm up.

9:40AM-11AM: (10 minute intervals)

Court 1 – FH & BH Down the Line Target Contest (15 shots from each side, behind the encroachment line)

Court 2 – Racquetball Aerobic Games (1min 30 sec)

Court 3 – Drive Serve Target Contest (15 serves to each side)

Court 4 – Pinch Drill (30 sec, 1 min, 1 min 30 sec intervals)

Court 5 – Lob Serve Contest (15 serves DTL from both sides)

Court 6 – Center Court Cross over ball toss hitting drill

Court 7 – Wide Angle Contest (15 shots from both sides, behind the encroachment line)

Court 8 – Splat/Down the Line Drill

Court 9 – Ceiling Ball Contest (Most cosecutive from each side, 2 attempts per player)

11:00AM-12:30PM: Organized Doubles Play (8 min intervals, King Court Style)

11:30PM-1:00PM: Lunch Throughout

1PM-2PM: Singles or Mixed Doubles Play

2PM-2:30: Closing Remarks & Free Play

Women’s RB Day Itinerary Two

10AM-10:30AM: Check In, Partner Pairing, Court Assignment & Introduction of Intructional Staff

- Partners will be assigned by a drawing. All players will put their name in an intermediate or advanced box for selection. Beginners will be kept seperate for doubles play….. Ten instructors will be on hand to assist.

10:30AM-10:45AM: Warm Up

10:45AM-12:30PM: Doubles Queen’s Court (intermediate and advanced)

12:30PM-1PM: Lunch

1PM-3PM: Mini clinics (4 courts, 30 minute sessions)

Court 6 – Serve & Serve Return

Court 7 – Various Hitting Drills

Court 8 – On Court Speed & Agility Drills

Court 9 – Basic Forehand & Backhand Mechanics

1PM-3PM: Singles Challenge Courts (4 courts)

Court 1 – Advanced

Court 2 – Intermediate/Advanced

Court 3 – Intermediate

Court 4 – Beginner/Intermediate

1PM-3PM: Hard Hit Contest (court 5)

3PM-4PM: Closing remarks & Mixed Doubles

Best of luck to all of you out there that decide to host your own Women’s RB Day.  Make it an In-Shape Day!!

John Ellis

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