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The Texas Racquetball Association's mission is to develop and promote the growth of racquetball.

Your Chance to Nominate for the 2017 TXRA Awards

It’s that time of year again to put your thinking caps on and decide who the deserving racquetball enthusiasts are who deserve the Texas Racquetball Association’s annual awards. 

Each year, the TXRA accepts nominations from its members and then votes on the qualified recipients. 

This is your chance to help recognize individuals who are continually promoting racquetball and helping the sport succeed. Texas conducts more than 40 tournaments each year and bolsters one of the best junior racquetball programs in the nation.

The awards are for the period of Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. Awards will be presented at the regional tournament in San Antonio in April 2018. 

The deadline to nominate is March 1, 2018 so nominate now. On the TXRA website (www.texasracquetball.org), go to the “Programs” link, and scroll down to “Annual Awards” and then click “Nominate.”

You can also view several years of past winners to help you see who won the awards and the types of players and individuals your peers have selected in the past.

Eligibility Criteria

• Candidates must be current TXRA/USAR members in good standing and must have participated in sanctioned events for a minimum of two years.

• Candidates must currently reside in Texas and for the past two years.

• Candidates must have participated in a minimum of four sanctioned tournaments during the past calendar year and one of those to include state singles, state doubles and/or regional competition.

• Candidates may also include TXRA board, committee and at-large members who exhibit extraordinary selfless service beyond that of his or her current position and/or meets the performance criteria.

The Awards

There are eight different awards available for nominations. Below is a list of each award and a brief description, as well as the recipient of the 2016 award.

Ann Gibbons Memorial Sportsmanship: Presented to a person who has demonstrated honesty, integrity and fairness during racquetball play, tournaments and all other aspects related to the sport. Last year’s winner: Ross Smith

Outstanding Racquetball Contributor: Presented to a male or female that has demonstrated commitment to the sport and has volunteered time above and beyond to enhance the sport of racquetball in Texas. Last year’s winner: Bob Sullins

Male Athlete of the Year: Awarded to a male player that has demonstrated significant improvement in performance and demonstrated good sportsmanship on and off the court, in the sport of racquetball. Last year’s winner: Richard Eisemann

Female Athlete of the Year: Awarded to a female player that has demonstrated significant improvement in performance and demonstrated good sportsmanship on and off the court, in the sport of racquetball. Last year’s winner: Julienne Arnold

Junior Male Athlete of the Year-Under 13: Awarded to the male player that is under 13 years old that has demonstrated significant improvement in his performance. Demonstrated good sportsmanship on and off the court. Last year’s winner: Gael Trejo

Junior Female Athlete of the Year-Under 13: Awarded to the female player that is under 13 years old that has demonstrated significant improvement in his performance. Demonstrated good sportsmanship on and off the court. Last year’s winner: Leah Trejo

Junior Male Athlete of the Year-Age 13-18: Awarded to the male player that is 13 or over and under 18 that has demonstrated significant improvement in his performance. Demonstrated good sportsmanship on and off the court. Last year’s winner: Brady Yelverton

Junior Female Athlete of the Year-Age 13-18: Awarded to the female player that is 13 or over and under 18 that has demonstrated significant improvement in his performance. Demonstrated good sportsmanship on and off the court. Last year’s winner: Shane Diaz