A Message from the President
I have the privilege of serving as the current President of the TXRA, and I would like to share a few thoughts on the TXRA and the sport.
Accomplisments over the last year
Bringing tournament racquetball back to Houston
With the help of current board member Jon Friedman and former board member Sean Arnold, there will be tournament racquetball in Houston in September. The Houston Open will be held at the University of Houston. We hope this is just a start!
State juniors tournament
Under Sandy Long’s initiative, the Maverick Athletic Club in Arlington, Texas hosted the first Texas State Junior Racquetball Championships this past June. We hope to grow this tournament year after year.
New cutting-edge website
- Quick and easy access to live, future, and past tournament events
- Player profiles and rankings
- News articles, racquetball court maps, TXRA programs, and more
- Many more features planned for this year
Membership feeedback survey
We sponsored many tournaments last year, this year, and will continue to do so.
- Longhorn Open in Austin
- East Texas CASA in Longview
- Sport Court Diva in Corpus Christi
- and many tournaments at the Maverick in Arlington
We want to do more
Our biggest expenditure is for the Juniors programs.
- We want to help Sandy Long in the DFW area and Thomas Evans and George Bustos in San Antonio.
- We have created a new Juniors Scholarship program to help send juniors to Junior Nationals.
- We would like to help others dedicated to getting young people involved in racquetball.
We want to get women into the sport. Newly elected board member Anita Johnson is leading the charge, working with tournament directors JoAnna Reyes and Venita Mitchell. Nearly thirty ladies participated in the annual Court Sport Diva Invitational held in Round Rock this past July.
We want more qualified instructors. Our Texas Instructor Program (TIP) is designed to help instructors get certified. The program reimburses training costs. This year, we are reimbursing 100% of the cost for the first ten instructors who complete their certification! The TIP program mananger is board member Mike Sorensen.
Racquetball is in an existential crisis
We are losing courts. We need to all pull together and protect the sport we love. I believe we have an unbelievable board, but we need help. Get involved. Here are ways you can help:
- Join a committee
- Join the USA Racquetball Ambassador Program
- Submit an article
- Become a certified instructor
- Become a certified referee
- Run for the board
- Ask how you can help