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Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 22:16:56 -0500 (EST)
From: joely


about 20 years ago when racquetball was the hottest thing on earth, my
girl friend, who is now my wife.. :) kept sayin hey joel we gotta try
that.
well ok.. finally we did and been in it ever since.
she breezes through the womens A or 40+ divisions. im still tryin to get
past the first round.

 


Subject: Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 22:05:01 GMT
From: "Otto Dietrich"

Great stories folks! Here's mine:

I took a handball class in college and excelled at it. Stopped after
graduation in 1967, but in 1972 a friend invited me to play handball.
Hadn't played for years, but I beat him anyway. He was so upset, that he
asked me to try a different game on the same court--racquetball. Yea, I
thought it was a game for sissies at first, but one day Earl Dixon asked if
he could join us. WOW! Rollouts galore! Never seen anything like that.
And he was playing with his OFF HAND since he had broken the other! Earl
was a National and World Masters Champion and its no wonder!

Earl was also the person who first tweaked my interest in reffing. In
short, he told me the easiest way to get a great seat to see the big
matches--volunteer to ref them! The rest is (very minor) history!

Otto

OTTO E. DIETRICH
President, United States Racquetball Association 1998-Present
National Rules Commissioner 1988-1998
Member of National Rules Committee 1982-Present


Subject: 

             Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Fri, 2 Feb 2001 12:08:11 -0800

       From: Steve 





I got started when I was 12.   A prize that I won in my Sunday School class

at church was to go play racquetball with on of the teachers.  I played off

and on through college (most of my time in high school was spent in a pool

on swimming and water polo teams), and started playing seriously and playing

in tournaments right after graduating from college.  I was a C player when I

first started playing tournaments, and I'm now in the Open division.



Steve E.

Team E-Force








Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Fri, 02 Feb 2001 20:01:00 GMT

       From:              Roger 







I got started when my friend and his friend's dad introduced me to the sport.

It was back in high school and I had a very cheap racquet.  We played

cut-throat and I developed a very strong interest in the sport.  Eventually , I

played more and more and made the racquetball team at college.






Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Fri, 02 Feb 2001 18:54:02 GMT

       From:              "Brian"



Well I started when I was about 12 (1975)



My dad played regularly (remember the wood rackets??). One time his partner

could not make it. He asked me to play. Half way through the second game he

walked off because I was not giving him a good enough game. Well, that was

all the motivation I needed. Next year I had to give him 10 point just to

make it interesting.



Played a lot of junior tournys in Northern California. Ran across Gerry

Price a few times. Still have the trophies from the "glory days".



Started playing regularly again a few years ago and love it. Wish I could

play more, but life tends to get in the way of having fun!!



Brian


Subject:             Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

       Date:             Fri, 02 Feb 2001 12:24:22 -0500

       From:             Mark 





I came to racquetball about 5 years ago after looking to get back in shape

in my late 30s/early 40s. Two friends of mine who were in the same

situation/shape began playing tennis with me on a semi regular basis. That

first winter we gave racquetball a shot and haven't looked back.



Mark




Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Fri, 02 Feb 2001 15:32:09 GMT

       From:         Mike





I took a PE class in racquetball, freshman year in college, in 1984 at

Mars Hill College (under the late Coach Harrell Wood, who was a ranked

player in his age division for awhile).  17 years later, I'm still

slogging along at a D level, getting my butt kicked on a regular basis,

but enjoying every minute of it.






Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              02 Feb 2001 06:42:34 GMT

       From:              chad





A good friend was a recreational player.  He invited me to play several times. 

I think I accepted his 3rd or 4th invitation.  From the first time I played

racquetball, I was in love with the game. For me, it was a life changing

experience.



I had played some handball (outdoor 3 wall) in NY as a kid, so I had some ideas

about what I thought I could do with the ball.



Who have you invited to play lately?  Do a friend a favor, and invite him/her

top play racquetball.

Chad


Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              02 Feb 2001 06:17:33 GMT

       From:              Peter

 







i started back in 1976 in spokane washington at the lilac city court clubs and

the y.  got to play some squash as well at the city club as more courts were

open there than rball.  started playing tournaments in 1976.  i am sure most of

you remember my stories about playing derek when he was 10.  took my worst

beating ever from his dad mike.  some may remember me playing michelle gould in

pendleton oregon in men's c's.  i beat her in semi's.  think she was 14.  i was

late 20's.  still have the plaque, 2nd place men's c.  played higher and higher

levels.  but never won a tournament till july of 1999.  won my first tournament

and it was open doubles.  still remember the headline.  pk and  prokennex

merge.  got tami on that one!



had a second place at state doubs in 1998 in open division.  gave a copy of

that tape to a friend.  wonder if they still have it?  that was a gas.  I was

really excited.  won state championship in 35's with scott akridge in 1999. 

have won a ton more since then, but none since my life changed and moved to

california.  these people are really tough down here.



good luck to all you folks.



everyone's favorite peter


Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Thu, 1 Feb 2001 21:51:58 -0800

       From:              Alexandre 



I started almost 2 years ago. I am (was?) a rugby player,

and I broke my hand (second time in 2 years!) so I could not play

anymore, and I had to go through some rehab and get back in

decent shape before I could go back to rugby.

My academic advisor needed a RB partner so I started playing

with him. I had never even heard of racquetball before...

I liked it and when I started playing rugby again I kept playing

racquetball for cross-training because it was a fun workout and

it required two things that I needed to develop as a scrum-half:

endurance and vision of the game.

When I quit smoking 3 months ago I used racquetball to fight

the cravings (rugby was way too dangerous to play when having

nicotine cravings).

As a result, I have been playing an average of 3 hours per day

for the past 3 months, I have been clean for the past 3 months,

I am the fittest I have ever been and improving, I will never

smoke *ever* again, and I intend to become a kick-ass

RB player. I still run at rugby practice with the team for

cross-training but I stay away from contact drills and games

(that's a little bit hard...)



that's my story :-)

Alexandre 


Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Fri, 02 Feb 2001 05:19:09 GMT

       From:              Bob B











I was introduced to handball, squash and paddleball in college. Then got

a desk job like Dilbert's and my only physical activities were home and

auto related. Started slowly back into shape after 15 years with

basketball and volleyball. Then I went to a free racquetball clinic

given by the Y's 'Mr. Racquetball'... Been playing ever since. Found it

was the quickest, most fun way to get into shape. After more than a half

a dozen years finally beat the champ.    Bob_B.


Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Fri, 02 Feb 2001 05:16:27 GMT

       From:              SFS





My insurance agent invited me to play with him in about 1982.  The rest is

history.



really pissed me off when he beat me those first few times. Actually, he was

a pretty solid B player, so he waxed me for quite a while.




 

      
Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Thu, 01 Feb 2001 22:25:17 -0600

       From:              Racquetball Central 

 







I was a wannabee tennis player at age 15 (HS captain, team MVP, the

works)...the local tennis pro got me into the game.  He beat me the first

game and never won again...I knew then that racquetball was my game ;-)






Subject:             Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              02 Feb 2001 02:37:22 GMT

       From:       (Steve)









In my teens...my stepdad started me. and I'm forever grateful to him.



Steve F.







Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball

        Date:              Wed, 31 Jan 2001 15:25:24 -0800

       From:              Aaron Dowling 











Hey Alex,



I just noticed your post hidden in the middle of the pack with no

responses. Well I don't think that is right, so I will respond.



About 5 years ago I met my later to be wife. I soon met her parents, and

her father was and is and avid racquetball player. He constantly bugged

me to come out and play, but i had very little intrest in playing with

him and his friends because they were all A players and I felt I would

bother them at the same time as getting my ass kicked. So, I played

squash with hime for a couple of years, he was not as good at that

sport.



Well 2 years after we met i finished school and was getting myself into

better shape after my studies and decided to give it a try. Well I was

right, they kicked my butt royally and made me feel like this was a

useless sport for me. But, to make it more interesting my now father in

law gave me 2 serves every time it was my turn to serve. For the first

couple months I would get anywhere from 1 to 4 points a game. I was

really starting to get interested in the sport and started practising

and playing tournaments. Whithin 6 months of taking up the game I was

able to beat him the odd game. After 3 Years now he cannot beat me any

more and I am thinking of giving him 2 serves a game, But I think he is

to proud(lol). I believe that I am a solid A player now and have opened

the eyes of a few open players in the doubles court.



I don't know about the rest of you but I seem to be a much better player

in doubles than singles. I guess only having to cover half the court

would make anyone look like a better player.



Hop this is along the lines of what you are looking for Alex



Aaron


Subject:              Re: Survey: How did you get started in racquetball
Date: 02 Feb 2001 14:17:26 GMT
From: Tami

I started playing when I was 10 years old. I'm 30 something now. Both of my
parents played and they taught me the basics.

If I had played with any frequency, I'd probably be a lot better now than I am,
but I didn't take a huge interest in racquetball until after my last child was
born.

My dad played racquetball until he had a mild heart attack on the court, and my
mom played until her knees blew out.