Bellingham Athletic Club

Racquetball and Handball News

by Wanda Collins, Racquetball Advisory Staff

If you are a racquetball or handball player, you are probably missing your time on the court…and the exercise. These sports provide a big anaerobic workout disguised as a game. You don’t even notice how hard your body works as you play. A person burns 600-800 calories in an hour on the court playing singles. As we ease into opening the club, the courts will be available for individual use, but not yet for two or more people. It will be a great time to drill and bring back those skills that you haven’t used in months. Spending time drilling on the court, in the weight room, and on a cardio piece will make you ready to go when we CAN play again. Stepping on the court to play a game without preparing will be frustrating and could lead to injuries.

To help facilitate court usage, we will block our court use for half-hour intervals. Most of you won’t be on the court much longer than a half-hour to drill. If you find that you can work at it for an hour, just reserve two half-hour time blocks. Contact the front desk beginning June 5 to reserve your time, and go for it!

I will be posting a racquetball drill sheet each week on court windows for your use if you need help organizing your time to get a maximum benefit. I will also be available for private racquetball lessons.

Handball Event

BAC hosted a one-day handball event on July 20. Twenty-two handballers from across the Puget Sound played in the fun event.

Pictured (from left) are Tim Laverty with partner, Ken Starcher, and Tim Goering with partner (and tournament director) Carl Mattson.

State Handball Tournament

State Handball Tournament will be held at the Cordata Club this weekend. Racquetball Courts will not be available on Friday April 6 from 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday April 7 from 8:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday April 8 from 8:00am-3:00pm. ALL Group Exercise Classes and Pool classes will be held as usual.

Handball Night!

We are offering an “Intro to Handball” night for all of our members and guests who would like to learn this unique sport.

When: Monday, February 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Coach: Joel Martin (360 739-5041
Who should come:  Any adult or youth (above 12 years of age) who would like to learn Handball.
Sign up: If interested, sign up at the front desk or give us a call at (360) 676-1800

Equipment will be provided.  Just make sure you wear non-scuffing athletic shoes.

Sign up at the front desk or give us a call at (360) 676-1800.

Congratulation Handballers!

The Pacific Northwest Handball Tournament finished up on May 1, and BAC had some great representation! The tournament was held at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon.

Mike Flannery took home two silver medals: 2nd Place in Mens 40/50+ Singles and 2nd Place in Men‟s 40/50+ Doubles with BAC member Ken Starcher.

LeaAnn Martin claimed 2nd Place with her Oregon partner in Women‟s Open Doubles.

Missy Mitchell and Addison Rogers placed 3rd in the Women‟s Open Doubles division.

2012 Washington State Handball Championships

The Wshington State Committee hosted the Championships here at BAC. A total of 80 participants! The hallway was full of handball players from all over the state! BAC had the biggest showing – Awesome job to all of our local players! Full results of the championships can be seen at the R2 tournament site. Congratulations to the 2012 participants that placed:

Womens Singles Open Dropdown to B:
1st: Missy Mitchell
2nd: Allison O’leary
Cons: Addison Rogers

Womens Doubles:
1st: Missy Mitchell & Lea Ann Martin
2nd: Allison O’leary & Amia Kane

Men’s Singles B/C
2nd: Erik Ifland

Cons: Eric Doyle
Mens Singles Golden Master (50+)
1st: Doug Groves

Men’s Doubles (50+):
1st: Mike Flannery & Mike Sofie

Men’s Doubles B:
1st: Doug Groves & Morgan
Cons: Frank Gilles & Brad Hoyt