BoD Update July 2021

by USA Racquetball

Board of Directors Update -- Serving Up the News -- July 2021





The makeup of the USAR Board of Directors is diverse and robust, including four state association presidents, two pro tour commissioners, the NMRA president, several business owners, and three elite racquetball athletes. They bring a wide range of skills and knowledge brought from multiple areas of business, educational, and racquetball experience.


Visit to view Board members’ photos and profiles. Just click on each photo to see the profile, and click on the name to send an email!


Please visit the USAR website at -- About/Bylaws, Article VII, to learn about Board of Directors Position Categories: At Large Elected, Board Appointed, Executive Appointed, and Athlete Representatives.



HIGHLIGHTS -- USAR Board of Directors Meeting -- June 28, 2021


Thirteen of 14 Board members were in attendance along with Executive Director Mike Wedel.


Following are some points of interest:


Executive Director Update (Mike Wedel)

Topics included an update surrounding future enhancements for the sport relative to events, facilities, and sponsorships. Additionally:


Outdoor Racquetball

Mike will attend WOR Nationals at Huntington Beach and 3WallBall in Las Vegas. USAR will have a tent and will support streaming at 3WallBall.



An email and letter received in May from the U.S. Center for SafeSport stated USAR is compliant and that the USOPC should be receiving the formal communication soon.

Memberships are on the rise as sanctioned event activity is picking up.


APS/Nike Store is open and ready to use.

National Association of Collegiate Athletics (NAIA): Collegiate Racquetball

The USAR College Council will help navigate a new working relationship with the NAIA.


Real Racquetball Show

Please send nominations for Real Racquetball Champions to


Doubles Rankings Project

The work group has met several times to discuss and decide how rankings should function for doubles.


Committee Updates

Þ    Finance Committee (Steve Czarnecki)

Financial performance for the first five months of the year is very much in line with the budget. The second-draw of the Payroll Protection Plan obtained in early 2021 is a positive that was not budgeted. For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, both membership and sanctioning fee revenue in the month of May exceeded the budgeted amounts. Primary unknowns for the remainder of the year include the performance of the USAR National Junior Championships and U.S. Team Qualifying event, the UnitedHealthcare US OPEN, and any costs associated with international competitions, which are yet to be determined.


Þ    Legislative Committee (Cheryl Kirk and Mike Wedel)

Kirk and Wedel presented bylaws revisions and strategic planning work to the Board for ratification, to meet the June 30, 2021, due date for amendments to USAR materials and policies relative to USOPC requirements.


Board Approvals on Bylaws Revisions per USOPC Consultative Review (Cheryl Kirk)

The Board reviewed previously provided information from the committee on proposed bylaws changes and voted on six motions made by Board members. These votes brought updated content to Articles V, VI, VII, VIII, and IX, plus formatting adjustments. All recommended revisions were ratified by the Board and became effective immediately.


Strategic Plan for USOPC Compliance (Mike Wedel)

Interim strategic planning work was provided and approved by the Board.


As of this 6/28/21 meeting, this concluded the delivery and ratification of the USOPC compliance points addressed by the Legislative Committee and the USAR Staff and presented to the USAR Board of Directors in May/June 2021. The deadline of June 30, 2021, was met.


IRF and PARC Votes (Cheryl Kirk)

In upcoming International Racquetball Federation (IRF) and Pan American Racquetball Confederation (PARC) elections later this year/early into next year, two individuals who are U.S. citizens and members in good standing of USA Racquetball wish to run for Board of Directors positions. For any Board position with either organization, the process requires candidacy approval by the Board of the National Federation in the country in which individuals are citizens. The Board approved the candidacies of both individuals.


Next Meeting: July 26, 2021


-- Adjourned --



We hope you are finding this newsletter feature interesting, and we always welcome suggestions and/or questions for future articles. Please contact Stewart Solomon (VP) or Cheryl Kirk (Secretary).


If you have questions about the Staff’s activities, please contact Mike Wedel.


Stay safe and healthy, everyone!


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