Anxious to get your game on?

Hope this finds you well and anxious to get your game on!

We are still in the stranglehold of COVID, but we’ve seen some improvement and light at the end of the tunnel!

People are coming back to BAC to get in shape and ready to hit the courts again.  Policy at this point is that you have to wear your mask into the club, while you’re in the hallway, but not while you’re playing (unless you’d like to).  Bring your own towels.

We have people that have come back to the courts – there are some playing on Mon/Wed/Fri mornings again as well as some on Tues/Thurs evenings and various other pockets of times and days.  I want to facilitate in any way possible for those who need to find a playing partner, so if you’d like to play some singles, but don’t know who to contact, reply to this email and I’ll try to match you up with others.

I have a couple of other ideas in the works, and would like your feedback on them.  Please let me know what you think, and if you have any other ideas for me!

1.  SHORT SUMMER LEAGUE

For those who feel safe to do so, I’m contemplating having a little mini-league in May and June (or June and July).  8 or 9 weeks of playing singles matches.  Matches could be 2 out of 3 to 11 points, to ease people back into shape.  Would you be interested?

2.  BEGINNER CLINIC

To bring new players to our sport, I will reinstate the free beginner clinic for those who’d like to learn the game and participate on our courts. Sign-ups will be limited! First one will be in mid-May.

3.  GET IN SHAPE FOR RACQUETBALL CLASS

A lot of you have not been exercising that much during COVID.  This would be a chance to get yourself safely back into playing shape.  It would be a combination of drills on the court with me and a workout upstairs with a trainer to get your body in better shape for the game.  Would you be interested?

Let me know your thoughts!  You can email us at racquetball@bellinghamathleticclub.com

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.

Jr. Racquetball Lessons

Junior Racquetball Lessons begin the week of March 9 (4 Weeks, 8 Lessons). Sign up at the Cordata Facility Front Desk.

Members $48; Child of Member $54, Non-Member $60

BEGINNERS:
Mon/Wed — 4:30-5:15 pm
INTERMEDIATES:
Tues/Thurs — 5:15-6:00 pm
ADVANCED:
Tues/Thurs — 4:30-5:15 pm

All classes taught by BAC Club Pro, Wanda Collins. Wanda has been teaching juniors for over 20 years and was the Director of Junior Development for the Washington Racquetball Association.

Northwest Open

Please Note: The Northwest Open Racquetball Tournament that was to take place at Bellingham Athletic Club this weekend (Mar 13-15) has been postponed…hopefully April 24-26.  More to follow.

The Northwest Open is quickly approaching! We will be asking that everyone sign up online, via R2 Sports. This is to help the front desk staff from having to take payments, and to save some paper! Remember that we are 100% happy to help anyone get signed up. Let Jessie or Brian Porter know if you have any questions!

When: March 13-15, 2020
Where: Bellingham Athletic Club – Cordata
Who: ANYONE who is interested in playing some competitive racquetball. There will be divisions offered for everyone.
Why: Because we love the game and want to spread the joy of racquetball throughout the PNW.

Jr. Racquetball Lessons

Junior Racquetball Lessons begin the week of January 20 & 27 + February 10 & 17 (4 Weeks, 8 Lessons). Sign up at the Cordata Facility Front Desk

$24 Members, $27 Child of Member, $30 Non Member

BEGINNERS:
Mon/Wed — 4:30-5:15 pm
INTERMEDIATES:
Tues/Thurs — 5:15-6:00 pm
ADVANCED:
Tues/Thurs — 4:30-5:15 pm

All classes taught by BAC Club Pro, Wanda Collins. Wanda has been teaching juniors for over 20 years and was the Director of Junior Development for the Washington Racquetball Association.

Winter Shootout

The Winter Shootout tournament will be held January 18-19, 2020 and is sponsored by Infusion Solutions, Walton Beverage and LithtexNW! We will be offering all divisions. We are not sanctioning this tournament…what does that mean for you?! It means that we MUST have each participant fill out the entry form completely. It also means that there will be no additional USRA/WRA fees tacked on! You will be allowed to play any combination of 2 divisions for only $50! (Juniors rate is $25) We are looking forward to a fun tournament, please bear with us as we make some changes to our operations.