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Racquetball salutes lessons learned from SquashTV

Racquetball salutes lessons learned from SquashTV

Squash’s video output dwarfs racquetball efforts in the USA By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor My friend Freddy Ramirez writes a terrifically engaging racquetball blog called Restrung Magazine. We have been communicating online for some years and frequently discuss ways in which racquetball (or racketball) can find some harmony with squash to produce some mutually [...]

October 11, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News, Racketball 8

Mr and Mrs Racketball ignore name change

Mr and Mrs Racketball ignore name change

Rackets Academy leaders question the wisdom of new name By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor Further opposition to plans to rename racketball as Squash 57 is surfacing in Yorkshire by the organisers of a popular racketball series aimed at grass-roots players. The Rackets Academy, run by long-time Chapel Allerton coach Peter Edwards and his fiancee Elspeth [...]

September 13, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, Racketball 5

Racquetball Senior World Championships

Racquetball Senior World Championships

High standards at high altitude in Albuquerque By TIMOTHY BAGHURST – Squash Mad USA Racquetball Correspondent   On August 30th almost 200 racquetball players from the ages of 35 to 90+ descended on Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for the Senior World Championships. Perhaps descended isn’t the correct word, as the city sits at over 1,600m [...]

September 12, 2016 Guest Contributor News, Racketball 0

Comment: It’s hard to rename something you don’t own

Comment: It’s hard to rename something you don’t own

Racketball: a (very) brief history; and why WSF should think again By DAVID IRESON – Squash Mad Correspondent in Aberdeen   The passage of time allows a great deal of opportunity for reflection and review of past events, to scrutinise their efficacy as carriers of both positive and negative actions and impacts on our daily [...]

September 1, 2016 Guest Contributor Comment, News, Racketball 3

Squash 57: Open Letter to England Squash

Squash 57: Open Letter to England Squash

‘Self-indulgent, corporate name-change is meaningless and pointless’ says club manager By ALAN THATCHER   A major squash facility in Norfolk has circulated an open letter to England Squash in response to the decision to rebrand racketball as Squash 57. Hannah Colby, manager of East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club, in Norwich, poses questions about the [...]

August 31, 2016 Alan Thatcher News, Racketball, Squash Around The World 7

As we warned, Squash 57 rebranding exercise is laughed out of court

As we warned, Squash 57 rebranding exercise is laughed out of court

Clubs, coaches, players and racket manufacturers all refuse to play ball with name change By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor As we warned the other day, attempts are being made to officially rebrand racketball as Squash 57. The news was officially announced today by the World Squash Federation to a chorus of disbelief and derision [...]

August 30, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News, Racketball 12

Racketball: 57 guesses to come up with a new name

Racketball: 57 guesses to come up with a new name

Stand by for a racketball revolution as new name is about to be announced By Alan Thatcher, Squash Mad Editor News reaches Squash Mad HQ from our outer space branch office that a decision has been reached for a new name for racketball.  Please bear in mind that not a single racketball (or racquetball) player asked for [...]

August 26, 2016 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News, Racketball 15

Elise and Jack lift English racketball crown

Elise and Jack lift English racketball crown

Essex duo carry off national doubles title ESSEX pair Elise Lazarus and Jack Jago were crowned England national racketball doubles champions after a punishing all-day tournament at The Connaught Club in Chingford. Elise, the reigning British Under-15 national squash champ, teamed up with former PSA tour player and current coach at Brentwood School Jack and [...]

October 30, 2015 Lee Horton News, Racketball, Squash Around The World 0

Yorkshire coaches lead racketball boom

Yorkshire coaches lead racketball boom

Racketball playing numbers will overtake squash within five years, predicts coach Nick Bond  By MIKE DALE – Squash Mad Reporter A new series of racketball events is offering players video footage of their matches captured using GoPro HD video technology. The Yorkshire Racketball Series will feature six tournaments at different venues around the county in [...]

December 12, 2014 Mike Dale Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, News, Racketball 0

Alan’s Blog: More plaudits for Nicol David, Linda Elriani goes the extra mile, and did racquetball kill Elvis Presley?

Alan’s Blog: More plaudits for Nicol David, Linda Elriani goes the extra mile, and did racquetball kill Elvis Presley?

Tributes pour in for Malaysian superstar after 100 months at the top of her game  Nicol David’s astonishing achievement of topping the WSA rankings for 100 months has  generated a mountain of headlines back home in Malaysia. Tributes poured in from throughout the world as she further cemented her place in the squash history books with [...]

November 3, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Fun Stuff, News, Racketball 0

US Open: Comparing squash and racquetball

US Open: Comparing squash and racquetball

US Open: Where were the Americans in squash and racquetball?  By FREDDY RAMIREZ  – Editor of Restrung Magazine This year both the Delaware Investments US Open Squash Championships and the United Healthcare United States Open Racquetball Championships had non-American champions. Though this is not uncommon for the squash side. But, over the last few years, [...]

October 31, 2014 Guest Contributor Comment, Growing the game, News, Racketball 4

Fun in the sun as racquetball moves outdoors

Fun in the sun as racquetball moves outdoors

Outside the season, pros hit the road    By Freddy Ramirez, Restrungmag.com   Racquetball in the United States now runs all year long. When the professional indoor season is over, most top pro players move outdoors for big competition. Outdoor racquetball has grown over the last five years and now boasts huge numbers and top [...]

June 18, 2014 Guest Contributor Growing the game, Racketball, Squash Around The World 0

Racquetball: Kane Waselenchuk and Paola Longoria dominate

Racquetball: Kane Waselenchuk and Paola Longoria dominate

Top stars continue to rule in racquetball’s International Tour By FREDDY RAMIREZ, Editor, Restrungmag.com The International Racquetball Tour and the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour finished up their Tier 1 seasons this past weekend. Both tour rankings continue to be dominated by record-making professionals. On the International Racquetball Tour side, Kane Waselenchuk (right) has just wrapped [...]

May 25, 2014 Guest Contributor Racketball, Squash Around The World 7

English racketball is a whole new ball game in the States

English racketball is a whole new ball game in the States

On the ball: Americans are trying out the English version of racketball … and loving it! Americans are loving the repackaged version of English racketball By JOHN BRANSTON – Squash Mad Guest Columnist I’m a sucker for equipment innovations and hybrid racquet sports, probably because I have played so many of them and excelled at [...]

January 24, 2014 Guest Contributor Comment, Growing the game, Racketball 1

Save Our Squash! Campaign stops court closures

Save Our Squash! Campaign stops court closures

Great new from Christchurch, England, where campaigners stopped the closure of valuable community squash courts: JUBILANT squash campaigners are celebrating a reprieve after proposals to convert one of Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre’s courts was withdrawn at the 11th hour. The proposal was due to go before Christchurch Borough Council’s community services committee last week but was [...]

March 10, 2012 Alan Thatcher Coaching and Development, News, Racketball, World Squash Day, WSF 3