In Memory of Glynn Williams
Team Illinois offers its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of long-time racquetball player Glynn Williams who passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, January 23, 2015. The wake will be held Friday, February 6, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm at Kerry Funeral Home, 7020 W. 127th St., Palos Heights, IL. Burial will be on Saturday, February 7. May Glynn rest in peace.
January 28, 2015
Congratulations to all of our ISRA State Doubles Champions who emerged victorious last weekend. Hopefully you’ve been wearing your medals ever since! The ISRA thanks Glass Court as well as our sponsors, volunteers, and players who made the tournament a great success.
ISRA State Singles, February 19-22, is rapidly approaching! Your ISRA Board members are looking forward to hosting you at Glass Court in Lombard. The weekend will feature intense racquetball competition, first-class hospitality, a great tournament souvenir, the traditional silent auction, a rules and referee clinic conducted by John O’Donnell, Jr. on Saturday afternoon (everyone welcome!), and last but not least, the ISRA Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday evening.
At the ISRA State Doubles tournament this past weekend, there was much debate about the position of the partner on the serve.
USA Racquetball Rule 4.2(b) states “the server’s partner shall stand erect with back facing the side wall with both feet on the floor within the service box from the moment the server begins the service motion until the served ball passes the short line. Any violation is called a foot fault unless the server’s partner enters the safety zone before the ball passes the short line in which case the server loses service.”
The question was: What is the definition of “both feet on the floor within the service box”? This rule has been interpreted locally to mean that the feet must be within the box and not touching any of the lines surrounding the box.
ISRA President Laurel Davis contacted Otto Dietrich, USA Racquetball’s National Rules Commissioner, on this question, and his response follows:
“First, all of the paint that makes up both the Service and Short Lines is ‘within’ the Service Zone — thus, the served ball must pass and touch the floor beyond the paint to be a good serve (i.e. not short), as you probably already know! So, those same lines, where they extend into the Service Boxes, are also considered in the box and can be stepped on by the non-serving partner just like the server can step on them and not be guilty of a foot fault unless he actually touches the floor beyond the paint.
“So, the same thing is true of the 5′ long lines that are 18″ from each sidewall. They, too, are considered as being in the Service Boxes and therefore can be stepped on, but not over.”
To review the Official Rules of Racquetball, go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball/How-To-Play/Rules.