Welcome to the Illinois State Racquetball Association

End of Summer

ISRA Players,

There are two sanctioned tournaments coming up the first week of October!

Landmark in Peoria (Mike Vicary and John Snarr) will be hosting their traditional autumn event, re-named last year in memory of a long-time player and volunteer. The Bob Schwab Memorial Tournament is scheduled for October 3-5, a great event and venue for tough competition and a wonderful time! The R2 link can be found on the tournament calendar on this home page.

The next Chicagoland event is the Fall Brawl featuring the World Racquetball Tour (WRT), October 2-5 at Glass Court. A number of impressive international players from this hemisphere (and Korea, too!) will take on each other as well as the Best of the Midwest as they stop over in Lombard to tune up before heading to the US Open the following week. World Class Racquetball is coming to Glass Court in Lombard, and we want and need YOU to be part of the action. So, signup and let’s show the world’s players that Team Illinois, surrounding states, Chicagoland, and Glass Court are on the map for great competition, top-notch facilities, and outstanding hospitality!

The 20th Annual United Healthcare US Open, October 8-12, is truly a Grand Slam Event with over $40,000 in prize money for the men and $20,000 for the women: the biggest paychecks in racquetball. The matches take place on a stadium court at Life Time Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Frankly, you can’t find better weather than the beginning of October in Minneapolis, just as the leaves are turning!

Back at home, the ISRA Travel League is gearing up for the season, and if you are not already part of the nation’s oldest regular travel league, this is the year to get a group of players together from your club and enter. The league will start the second week of October and feature:

  • Women’s play on Monday nights
  • Men’s Open on Tuesday nights
  • Men’s A on Wednesday night, and
  • Men’s B/C on Thursday night

Getting a team together is easy! For the men’s leagues, each team competes three singles players (#1, #2 and #3) each week and one doubles team – five players! Most teams have about 12 players on their roster, so you can switch out for matches when conflicts arise. Matches are generally played in the early evening, and competitors and teammates have been known to stop for a refreshing “beverage of their choice” before heading home after play. For more information on how your club can have a team, please call Pam Grace at (630) 495-2260 or email her at pgrace@cata.info.

We are actively looking for sponsors for a Professional Men’s Tour Event (IRT) to be held next March in Chicagoland. This is a great opportunity to promote your products and gain visibility across the racquetball and fitness community. For more information as to how you can be a part of this, please contact Geoff Peters at petersgeoff@hotmail.com or (773) 251-4413.

Check out the updated ISRA Tournament Calendar to the right. We’ll keep current with all sanctioned events in Illinois as well as the national events you may be interested in!

See you on the courts,

Your ISRA Board of Directors