New Tournaments on the Horizon!

In a somewhat late addition to the SRA calendar, Gold’s Gym will be hosting a doubles only tournament November 8 & 9 in lieu of the SK Open which is usually held around this time. The tournament page link is below, and all the information can be found there. With a low entry fee and lots of doubles action, it promises to be an extremely relaxed and fun event.

Set to occur next month is the first Junior Tournament of the SRA’s calendar, and the last tournament before the Christmas Season, the Saskatoon Junior Open! With brackets for all skill levels, our junior athletes will renew friendships and rivalries alike on December 5-7, at a racquetball tournament looked forward to by many every season. The online tournament page for the Saskatoon Junior Open is also below.

Make sure to sign up quick as both tournaments have limited entries!!!

Gold’s Gym Doubles Tournament Page

Saskatoon Junior Open Tournament Page

U of S Fall Tournament Results

The inaugural U of S Fall Racquetball Tournament concluded Saturday afternoon and while it was a small contingent that participated, there was a disproportionate level of fun at the event based on its size.

 

Lee Connell (Saskatoon) defeated Chris Exner (Saskatoon) in the singles final 15-3, 15-11 to win his second provincial tournament title this season following his victory at the Saskatoon Open earlier this month. A small doubles draw was also formed, which saw the brother and sister duo of Tanner and Cassie Prentice (Macrorie) take first over Greg Calette and Eric Gerwing (Saskatoon). Calette also defeated Gerwing in singles for the consolation title. A link to full tournament results can be found at the bottom of this post.

 

First time tournament director James Landeryou considered the event the first step in building what will hopefully blossom into a positive relationship between the SRA and University of Saskatchewan. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the event, and a special thank you to Brad Birnie for working with the U of S to organize the tournament.

 

Full Tournament Results

SK Players Attend US Open

Danielle Drury of Saskatoon is heading to her first ever US Open down in Minneapolis, MN, which would usually be a big deal for a 17-year-old, but she’s not at all worried.

Plane hopping and living out of hotel rooms while playing the best junior competition in racquetball is nothing out of the ordinary to Drury, but this is her first senior level event.

“It is my first time (going to the US Open) and I’m very excited,” Drury said.  “I’m not feeling too much pressure. I don’t think anyone expects too much from the young players so it’s not a big deal if I don’t win.”

She’ll admit to a little nervous excitement as this is her first senior level event as she transitions out of the junior level of the sport.

“It’s going to be a lot different going in at the senior level,” Drury said.

Drury, ranked 17th in Canada, has competed in her fair share of junior nationals and junior worlds, piling up the air miles jet setting all over Canada, the US and even South America. She will be heading to Columbia next week for the IRF World Junior Championships with her doubles partner Michele Morissette of Baie Comeau, Que. The pair will also be competing in the doubles event at the US Open.

Drury said she hopes to make it past the first round in singles and hopes that she and Morisette – an accomplished doubles pairing – can make it to at least the semi finals.

“Don’t expect to too much, just try to win and have fun,” Drury said of her mindset going into the tournament.

Another Saskatoon native, Tim Landeryou, is heading to the US Open as well in the men’s singles event. Landeryou is ranked No. 3 in Canada.

The 2014 United Healthcare US Open runs October 8 to 12.

Policy Review

While it’s definitely not the most exciting thing the SRA has going on, reviewing out Policies, Procedures, and Bylaws is the responsibility of any reputable organization. It ensures not only that we are keeping up with the times, but that we are aware of what we are doing and why, as well as the regulations we uphold and abide by. It is with this intent that the Board of Directors held a meeting in July to review our Policies and Procedures, as well as our Bylaws documents, and make any changes necessary for the betterment of the Association.

The new versions of the document are below, with the old versions found on the website under the “About Us” tab. The only major change to the documents, is the removal of the National Representative, whose duties will fall to the President going forward. Other minor/moderate changes were made to other Director duties, and athlete funding areas.

Questions on specific changes to these documents can be sent to the Executive Director. The new documents will be presented to the membership for approval at the SRA’s Annual General Meeting, to be held at the YMCA Saskatoon on December 6th. Details of the AGM will be posted in early November.

Policy & Procedures Manual 2014-15

SRA BYLAWS 2014

 

SRA Fall Events

The SRA has some great events planned for the fall to kickoff the new season! For more information on these programs, call the facility or send us an email! All these programs are also available to view on our 2014-15 Schedule.

 

September 24 & Oct 4 – Learn to Play Clinic (University of Saskatchewan)

September 27 – Provincial Racquetball Day (Various Locations)

October 3 & 4 – Saskatoon Open Tournament (YMCA Saskatoon)

October 18 – Community Initiation Coaching Clinic (YMCA Saskatoon)

October 24 & 25 – U of S Fall Tournament (University of Saskatchewan)

Provincial Racquetball Day!

The Saskatchewan Racquetball Association will be hosting Provincial Racquetball day in Saskatchewan on September 27th, 2014!

We are working with your local racquetball facility to help you promote FREE Lets Play Racquetball clinics for children and adults.

The following cities/clubs have been confirmed:

Yorkton – Gloria Hayden Community Center
1-2pm – Learn to play children 5-12 years
2-3pm – Learn to play teens 13-17
3-4pm – Learn to play adults 18+

Regina – YMCA Regina
1-2pm – Learn to play children 5-12 years
2-3pm – Learn to play teens 13-17
3-4pm – Learn to play adults 18+

Saskatoon – YMCA Saskatoon
2-3pm – Learn to play children 5-12 years
3-4pm – Learn to play teens 13-17
4-5pm – Learn to play adults 18+

More information to come! If you would like to take part, get a hold of us through Facebook or Email!

Interested in Coaching???

The SRA is putting on an introductory coaching clinic in October at the YMCA Saskatoon! Contact us for more details or to sign up!

Community Sport Initiation Coaching Clinic
October 18th, 10am – 6pm
Fee $100
YMCA Saskatoon

The Saskatchewan Racquetball Association is urgently seeking Let’s Play Racquetball Coaches! Those interested in pursuing this coaching development opportunity could have their expenses waived for this course. Please contact the SRA for more details.

SK Athletes Make National Teams!

Congratulations to Lee Connell, Danielle Drury, Nathaniel Husulak, Tim Landeryou, and Christine Richardson, who were selected to National Teams based on their results from this past season.

Connell, Drury, and Husulak were selected to the National Development Team following their finishes at the two selection events and the National Championships. Husulak didn’t crack the top 5, but was consistent, finishing 6th, 6th, and 7th at the three events respectively. Connell also made the quarter finals at both selection events, finishing 7th and 8th, before having a difficult run at Nationals which saw him finish 13th. Drury secured her spot on the team with a 9th place finish at the National Championships.

Landeryou and Richardson suffered slow starts to the season, both finishing 5th at the first selection event. Richardson finished 5th at the second selection event as well, with Landeryou improving his result to 3rd. At the National Championships though, they would both climb higher, as Richardson got revenge on her two losses during the season by defeating Michele Morissette in the quarter finals to finish 4th. With the absence of defending National Champion Mike Green, Landeryou made the final, but fell to #1 seed Vincent Gagnon, finishing 2nd.

Richardson and Landeryou also represented Canada at 2 international events this past season: the World Racquetball Championships, held in Burlington, Ontario, and the Pan American Sport Festival, held in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Results from the three national tournaments can be found on Racquetball Canada‘s website, or by using the direct links below:

Selection Event #1 Results

Selection Event #2 Results

National Championship Results

SRA Seeking Coaches!

The SRA is seeking coaches to lead Let’s Play Racquetball clinics in Saskatoon, Regina, and Moose Jaw. Please see the job posting/description below, and if you’re interested or would like more information please contact us! Coach training is also available.

Job description: Let’s Play Racquetball Coach

SRA Golf Tournament – Entry Reminder!

With less than 30 days until this fantastic event takes place, this is a reminder to get entered! If you know you are going please enter yourself and team mates ASAP as we need numbers to confirm the event and currently only a handful of people are signed up. You can do it in person or online. Instructions and link are on This Page. It’s SUPER EASY!!! See everyone on the links!

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