Fairness, the practice of the sport, respect for your opponent and respect for your official. These are all key points that make up Sportsmanship. At the BAC it is essential to display good sportsmanship. Whether it is in the hallways between games, after a long exhausting match, or losing to a dear friend. It is important that we share this respect for the sport with our opponents. Demonstrating fair and honest game play seems easy and should go without being said. But at times we do forget. BAC has a huge number of Jr. Racquetball players. We must remember the important points that make up sportsmanship to assure that these new and upcoming players will also have a successful and fun time on the court. It is always great to see high fives, shaking hands and congratulating each other! Keep it up Racquetball players!
PLAY OUTSIDE YOUR “COMFORT ZONE”
This means fining new people to play. If you play the same people on a regular basis, you will get to know their game all too well (and they will know yours). It allows you to get away with things you can’t with a different opponent, and it sets you in a trap of using the same shots too often because they work against your usual playing partner. Playing different people forces you to think about your game and expand your shot selection and serves. It also allows you to see different game styles and shots that you may not see playing your “regular” opponent. You can also get a better workout when you play people who hit unexpected shots. So don’t stop playing with those favorite people, but find a way to add a new opponent to your circle of racquetball friends. Here are some simple suggestions that work!
- Sign up for Wednesday racquetball league. We do the work – you just show up, and you’ll have new faces to play each week.
- Come to singles challenge court nights at the club.
- Enter a tournament. If you don’t want to travel, we have tourneys here at the club that are a great way to step up your game and meet new players.
- Travel to a tournament. There are some great tournaments in Washington State and some further away that can be a great road trip! Here’s a link to the tournament list on the WRA website.
I guarantee your game will improve and you might make a new friend in the process. I see friends from all across the state and the country when I travel to events. It’s great fun and it has made my game much better in the process.