PA Racquetball Board Resolutions

In the past year and a half, the PSRA Board has made a concerted effort to promote the sport of racquetball, incentivize tournament directors to run sanctioned events, and reward all Pennsylvania players with membership benefits.

Here are all of the following items that have been approved by the PSRA Board:

  • Offer Free USAR Membership Tournaments – All USA Racquetball sanctioned tournaments require participants to be USAR members – a $50 annual cost.
    • In 2015-16, we held 2 tournaments (1 in Pittsburgh, 1 in Philadelphia) that charged a fixed entry fee and then rewarded all PA members with a paid-for USAR Membership.
    • In 2016-17, we are having 3 tournaments (1 in Easton, 1 in Pittsburgh, 1 in State College) that will again charge a fixed entry fee in return for a paid-for USAR Membership. This will reach more of the PA membership with this benefit as we target the east, west, and central areas of the state.
  • Incentivize Tournament Directors to Run Sanctioned Events
    • All tournament directors can apply for a $500 award in order to offset club rental costs at the conclusion of their PA sanctioned event and after the event has been finalized in r2sports within 14 days.
    • All tournament directors can receive discounted Head/Penn balls from the PSRA. At the conclusion of their PA sanctioned event and after the event has been finalized in r2sports within 14 days, they can then apply for a full reimbursement of the cost of the racquetballs.
    • All tournament directors can apply for a full reimbursement of the cost of sanctioning an event at the conclusion of their PA sanctioned event and after the event has been finalized in r2sports within 14 days.
    • All tournament directors can apply for a full reimbursement of the cost of all PA Junior entry fees at the conclusion of their PA sanctioned event and after the event has been finalized in r2sports within 14 days.
    • All tournament directors can apply for a 50% reimbursement of the cost of all PA Collegiate entry fees at the conclusion of their PA sanctioned event and after the event has been finalized in r2sports within 14 days.
  • Reward Junior Participation in Tournaments
    • All PA juniors will have no entry fee cost for any PA sanctioned tournament.
  • Reward Collegiate Participation in Tournaments
    • All PA collegians (including PA residents attending college outside of PA) will have 50% of their entry fees discounted for any PA sanctioned tournament.
  • Welcome to 3 new PSRA Board Members: Mike Kehoe, Anthony Saba, and Mike Spiro

Rule Changes

There are a few new rules this year so I’m sorry to all of you that like to play barefoot. Shoes are now required! Playing in socks or bare feet is now against the rules. Leave your iPod at home! No audio devices are allowed during game play unless they are used for hearing assistance. Probably more important and harder to adjust to is the change to Carries. Unintentional Carries are now completely legal. Much of the reason behind this rule change is the fact that it can only be self-called so the only player punished is the honest one. Make sure you practice now so you don’t give up points later! For those open players out there that don’t already know, all USAR sanctioned tournaments will play 2 serves. The 1 serve game will still be played for U.S. National Team qualifiers. For more information on the new rules and the 2013 USAR Rules of Racquetball check out the USRA.org

State Championship Change of Venue

  • Many of you may have hard that there has been a change of venue for the 2014 Pennsylvania State Championship this year. Because of the construction at Penn State, the indoor track area is closed. It has been decided to have the tournament at Bethlehem Racquetball Club. The 2015 Pennsylvania State Championship will be held at Penn State.