Last Saturday we met once again at West Fenwick Park in Kent, WA for our Annual Membership Picnic. The weather was overcast until about noon, and while we waited for the sun to break through the clouds, we worked up a great appetite playing outdoor doubles on the courts. Elliot Crosby provided his services as grill master, cooking up a fantastic fish fry, including baked beans and ham, collard greens, and hot dogs.
Shortly after lunch we held our annual membership meeting, where we updated the membership on some of the changes coming up in the next year and voted on changes to the WRA board. Here are the highlights of the meeting, in case you couldn’t make it to the picnic:
Brian Gillespie ran uncontested for WRA President, and was voted in unanimously by the membership. Brian appointed Karen Jaskolka to be his Vice-President in addition to her role as Treasurer. There are two new Committee Chairs that were voted in by membership: Paul Jubles is the new Military Racquetball chair, and Rich Carver is the new Eastern Washington racquetball chair.
The PR/Sponsorship Committee is still in need of a person to chair the committee. This person is responsible for locating sponsors for the WRA in general, and for the State Doubles and State Singles tournaments. This chair also provides press releases to news organizations about events in Washington state. If you are interested in more
information about this position, please email Brian Gillespie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tournament calendar is still being finalized. We lost the Pro Club in Bellevue this year as a tournament host facility, so State Singles in being re-located. The most likely candidate is a combination of the Sprinker Center in Tacoma and Pacific Lutheran University. Between the two locations there are about 8 or 9 racquetball courts and they are only a few blocks apart. The Puget Sound Challenge is taking a hiatus this year, but we’ve been assured that it will be back next year. Finally, the Membership Drive tournaments will be back again. On the South End of the sound, there will be a one-day tournament at Kent Commons on September 14th, in Everett there will be a three-day tournament on September 20-22nd at the Everett Y.
The WRA Singles rankings are being dropped this year in favor of the USRA National Rankings. The WRA will continue to maintain a doubles ranking system until the new USRA Doubles ranking is better understood. This has the major advantage of awarding players for their performance whether they’re participating in shootouts or three-day tournaments, and even if they’re out of state at National events. After a careful look at the rankings of our current players we established these point thresholds. As before, you can always play up, but once you’ve passed the top of these thresholds you will no longer be allowed to play down:
- Open: 1 – 600
- Elite: 601 – 1400
- A: 1401 – 2500
- B: 2501 – 4500
- C: 4501 – 5000
- D: 5001 and up
- Open:1 – 100
- Elite: 101 – 200
- A: 201 – 400
- B: 401 – 580
- C: 581 – 1000
- D: 1001 and up