FOR TEAM UPDATE -- AUGUST 2021
by USA Racquetball
There are a number of sports and activities that can be played/enjoyed on a 20x40 court in addition to racquetball. It’s important to realize that when courts are hopping, with both fun and profit in mind (like bringing in new members; engaging families in fun activities; starting instructional programs and leagues; welcoming handball, paddleball, wallyball, and, by the way, racquetball players; and much more), it’s less likely that they will be taken out to make way for what is perceived to be a “more profitable” undertaking.
CLUB INSIDER ARTICLES
Five articles with the overall theme of “Saving Courts Profitably” have been published in Club Insider*. We hope these articles are proving helpful in collaborating with club owners and managers to keep courts creatively busy and profitable. Next month (September 2021 issue), look for a sixth article that will offer thoughts and approaches to turning collegiate players into long-term club members.
Article #5 Thinking Outside AND Inside of the (20x40) Box
Article #4 Keeping Courts Busy for Fun and Fitness
Article #3 Gratitude...Belonging...Inspiration -- Our “Third Place
Article #2 Using Courts and Court Sports Programming as a Competitive Advantage
Article #1 Greetings to Clubs and Fitness Facilities from “The Court People”
Court Programming materials are on the USAR website. If you haven’t already, please check out the Court Programming section on the USA Racquetball website for information on how facilities can maximize the value of their racquetball courts through the use of Court Programming Coordinators (CPCs). The website includes a CPC Manual and a presentation suitable for initiating conversations with club owners and managers. It also provides a financial model that can be customized to a specific facility or situation.
Call to Action
Here’s what you––state associations/members/players––can do to help.
- Read the articles (we hope you like them)!
- Print the articles and take them (or forward them electronically) to the club owners/managers in your states.
- Schedule a face-to-face appointment and ensure they know about the Court Programming materials available on the USAR website. Show them the articles and let them know we care about saving courts profitably. We would love to hear their feedback on the materials and the concept.
Do you or someone you know have the skills and experience to be a Court Programming Coordinator for your local club? Or maybe it could be a team effort from your state association and key “movers and shakers”?
This is the basis of everything in our sport, indeed our history and our legacy: individuals who have gone above and beyond with the desire to help see to it that our sport is gifted to the next generation and to the next beyond that.
Don’t be a stranger! We are looking for programming success stories that have made a difference. Please write to any one of us (below) -- we would love to hear from you.
Take care, everyone!
Future of Racquetball Team Members
Mark Baron, Virginia (email@example.com)
Mike Grisz, Virginia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Larry Haemmerle, Colorado (email@example.com)
Cheryl Kirk, Illinois (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laura Pesek, Indiana (email@example.com)
We are proud to advertise and place articles in Club Insider (clubinsideronline.com), a respected publication largely targeted to independent club owners, that connects directly with 2,500 clubs who are members of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA.org).