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Upcoming Tournaments

DateTournament
Dec 082016 NMRA Doubles Only
Dec 09Bad Santa
Dec 10Sweet Lou's Halloween Bash
Dec 172016 Shoot Out of Champions
Jan 052017 Coast to Coast Cal Open
Jan 06RYDF Laguna Creek Winter Shootout
Jan 13Women's Senior Masters Racquetball Championships
Jan 14Shootout Sunday
Jan 14Vacaville Shootout
Jan 26West Coast Open
Additional Tournaments...

Juniors

DateTournament
Dec 10Juniors Only
Mar 01USAR National High School Championships
Jun 21USAR Junior Olympic Championships

Collegiates 16/17

DateEvent
Nov 05UC Berkeley
Feb 18WCRC Winter Event
Mar 28Intercollegiate Nationals
Apr 29WCRC Championships

Local Events

DateEvent
See main calendar...

Upcoming registration deadlines…

DateEvent
12/08/20162016 NMRA Doubles Only
Register by Monday, 9pm, 11/21/2016
12/09/2016Bad Santa
Register by Sunday, 7pm, 12/04/2016
12/10/2016Sweet Lou's Halloween Bash
Register by Tuesday, 6am, 01/01/2008
12/17/20162016 Shoot Out of Champions
Register by Tuesday, 10am, 12/13/2016
01/05/20172017 Coast to Coast Cal Open
Register by Sunday, 7pm, 01/01/2017
01/06/2017RYDF Laguna Creek Winter Shootout
Register by Monday, 10am, 03/13/2017
01/13/2017Women's Senior Masters Racquetball Championships
Register by Friday, 8pm, 01/06/2017
01/26/2017West Coast Open
Register by Tuesday, 3pm, 01/24/2017
02/08/2017USAR National Doubles
Register by Wednesday, 9pm, 01/18/2017
Late entry deadline: Wednesday, 3pm
03/01/2017USAR National High School Championships
Register by Wednesday, 9pm, 02/08/2017
Late entry deadline: Monday, 2pm
03/22/2017NMRA Championships
Register by Wednesday, 9pm, 03/08/2017
03/29/2017USAR National Intercollegiates
Register by Wednesday, 8pm, 03/01/2017
Late entry deadline: Wednesday, 3pm
03/31/2017Fran Davis RB Camp (Las Vegas)
Register by Tuesday, 6pm, 02/28/2017
Late entry deadline: Wednesday, 6pm

2016 Junior Worlds…

Recently the CNRA completed a campaign to help raise money for those CNRA juniors traveling to the Junior World Championships in Mexico. The 50/50 Split Raffle was well received and we just want to say thanks to all who participated, 'sellers and buyers’. We could not have done this without you!

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Tourney Director Profile: Debbie Tisinger-Moore

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(Nov 28, 2016)  Debbie was introduced to racquetball by her Dad and started playing in 1980. She had 3 children from 1983 – 1991 and also in that time was hired as the Teaching Pro/Director at Racquet World C.P. In 1992 Debbie won her first National Championship and the winning continues to this day! Debbie has worked at a number of southern California clubs and is currently working for the 360 Club & Crunch Fitness where she is the Teaching Pro/RB Director. Her resume includes running leagues, teaching lessons, drill sessions, junior programs, and for the last 26 years hosting no less than 6 major tournaments each year.

Along with Debbie’s incredible playing accomplishments on the court she has also received the Peggy Steding Female Age Group Award from USA Racquetball in 2002, 2006, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and as a highlight of her career in 2013 she was inducted into the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame.

If you are interested in league play, lessons, and tournaments in Debbie’s area feel free to contact her at, rbalien@roadrunner.com. (Lesson Flyer (PDF))

Once again thanks to Debbie and her volunteers for all of her hard work promoting racquetball and supporting the CNRA!!!!

One Year Junior Membership and Starter Kit - only $25!

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(Nov 11, 2016)  The CNRA will send any junior who lives in California or Nevada a FREE racquetball starter kit, retail value $49, when they join the CNRA/USA Racquetball, as a first time yearly junior member, purchasing a $25 one (1) year junior membership.

If you are under 18 years old, want to get started playing racquetball, simply join the CNRA/USA Racquetball as a new first time junior member and we will send you the racquetball starter kit right after you join. You willreceivea racquet,eyewear,and racquetballs to get you started playing the game. Contact your Junior Program Director or Terry Rogers at, rogersta@comcast.net, for more information.

Our CNRA State Junior Championships are coming up early in 2017 so join now and start getting ready!

Tourney Director Profile: John Ellis

(Nov 08, 2016)  The CNRA will be highlighting our Tournament Directors over the next couple of months as a way to say THANK YOU and also let everyone know just how they got started playing, teaching, coaching, and running events. All of our Tournament Directors are very special to us! First up on the hit parade is JOHN ELLIS and look for more to come.

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John first hit a racquetball in the fall of 1975 after he had just turned 3 years old and entering his first tournament in Tracy at 5. It was a Juniors 16 & Under Division and his parents just decided to sign him up since dad, Dave, was playing tournaments. Although he did not win the event he beat a 15 year old in his first match. He has now been playing for 41 years at all levels and at one time up to #3 on the IRT, winning 9 pro stops and still plays at a nice Open level.

John is the proud owner of Pro Racquetball Academy and the Racquetball Director for In-Shape Health Clubs as an outsourced entity. He has been the Assistant Coach on the USA National Racquetball Team for several IRF Events and is the lead instructor for the Stockton Junior Racquetball Program. He and his staff have developed the Shootout Style of tournament play that is now very popular in the USA and recently introduced the Jamboree Style of league play that is used at the In-Shape Health Clubs. They have experience in hosting amateur to professional racquetball tournaments, along with junior events from local to the national level.

He has been available for racquetball lessons for over 30 years! John continues to host 2-4 lessons a week. Occasionally he uses video analysis as part of his lessons, but the main focus during lessons is two fold. First, how to score points and defend points easier, and second, how to drill later for improvement on one's own time. Email John at ellistyle@comcast.net if you want to improve!

Thanks to John and all of his hard working volunteer staff for the great job they do promoting racquetball and supporting the CNRA!!!!

CNRA Sends Eleven Juniors to the IRF Junior World Championships

(Nov 02, 2016)  The IRF Junior World Championships will be held November 12-19 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Of the twenty-five (25) US junior players attending the CNRA will be sending eleven (11) juniors to the event. What an awesome accomplishment! The CNRA has been doing some fundraising for our junior players, including the $1 donation when players enter tournaments on R2 and most recently selling 50/50 split raffle tickets at tournaments from August through the end of October. With these fundraising activities and the help of the CNRA general fund each player attending the tournament will receive no less than $250 to help defray some of the cost of their trip. Many juniors have led and/or helped in selling the raffle tickets. Those juniors have been tracked accordingly and will receive additional funding. Many thanks to our tournament directors for their assistance in these activities and to everyone for their continued support. Go Team USA make us proud!!!!!!!

Nikita Chauhan – 14 Singles, 14 Doubles
Vedant Chauhan – 12 Singles (gold) – Silver and 12 Doubles Gold
Ricardo Diaz – 16 Doubles
Dane Elkins – 16 Singles. 16 Doubles
Heather Mahoney – 12 Singles and Doubles Gold
Nikhil Prasad – 10 Singles (gold) - Gold, 10 Doubles Gold
Ingrid Robledo – 16 Singles, 16 Doubles
Antonia Rojas – 14 Singles, 14 Doubles
Daniel Mauro Rojas – 18 Doubles, National HS Champion
Krish Thakur – 12 Singles (gold) – Gold
Sahil Thakur – 14 Singles and Doubles

Thanks from the CNRA Board of Directors

We would like to thank ALL of our dedicated tournament and program directors for all they do for the sport we all love! A special congratulations to Randy Lam on 20 years as Debbie Tisinger-Moore’s awesome ‘right hand man’. All of your dedication to working with the CNRA is greatly appreciated and we look forward to bigger and better things as we are working on several initiatives for our membership.

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The CNRA Announces the 2016 Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award Recipient

(Oct 24, 2016)  The CNRA is proud to announce that Luis Avila has been awarded the Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship for 2016. The $750 scholarship is awarded to any California or Nevada resident, college student, who has demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball while pursuing their education. The award is paid directly to the recipients’ school. Luis is attending El Camino College majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Good luck both on and off the court. Congratulations from the entire CNRA Board of Directors!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR CALIFORNIA/NEVADA USOPEN PLAYERS!

Fifty plus players from California and Nevada made the trip to Minnesota to complete in the biggest racquetball tournament of the year. Many returned with medals, http://www.r2sports.com/website/event-results.asp?TID=17305, and all renewed old friendships and experienced competition above and beyond. A special congratulations to Jose and Marco Rojas for their FANTASTIC win in the Pro Doubles and to all the medal winners and participants!

Seeking CNRA President's Awards Nominations

(Jul 27, 2016) The CNRA has in past years awarded Presidential Awards in a number of categories. The nominees came from the board and were then voted on by the board. We are changing the process so that our members can be more involved. We are asking you to submit nominations and then the vote will be put out to our CNRA membership. We are looking for nominations for successes and/or recognition during the year of 2015. You do not need to nominate someone in every category just the ones you might choose. When submitting your nomination you must identify the category and also submit a maximum 5 sentence justification.

Here are the categories:

  • Female Athlete
  • Male Athlete
  • Junior Male Athlete
  • Junior Female Athlete
  • Collegiate Male Player
  • Collegiate Female Player
  • Racquetball Director
  • Contributor
  • Newest Rising Star
  • Volunteer

Your nominations and justifications are due back to Terry Rogers, CNRA President/Acting Secretary. (rogersta@comcast.net), on or before August 5, 2016.

Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award

(Jul 21, 2016)  The CNRA is pleased to announce the return of the JACK HUGHES EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD! Any California or Nevada resident, college student, who has demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball, may apply for this scholarship.

The window to apply is July 21, 2016 through August 23, 2016. The Jack Hughes Scholarship will be awarded in mid September. The Scholarship will be paid directly to the recipients' college.

For a complete Scholarship packet, please contact Terry Rogers, CNRA President, at your earliest opportunity, to give yourself enough time to complete the application. The CNRA Scholarship Committee will review the information and announce the winner.

Return the completed package via email or mail to:
CNRA c/o Terry Rogers, President
8317 Divernon Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89149

Racquetball Program Initiatives for CNRA Members

California/Nevada Racquetball Players,

We are excited to announce several new programs for racquetball players here in California & Nevada that we hope each of you will take advantage of, as well as your club. Growing racquetball in local clubs and providing players with opportunities to meet and connect with other racquetball players is one of our main goals for the rest of 2016. Working with USA Racquetball and the new Programming Manager, Nick Irvine, we are now ready to help local players grow the game. Below are 3 programs you can take advantage of:

CLUB CHALLENGE LADDERS – Club Challenge Ladders are now available FREE OF CHARGE! Challenge ladders are a way for players of a club to compete against each other in organized competition which will track your matches and create a ranking system for your club. Want to know who is the best at your club? Create a challenge ladder TODAY!

SANCTIONED LEAGUES – Do you have a current league or want to start a new one? Sanction your next racquetball league with USA Racquetball and players will earn “National Ranking Points” as well as the ability to follow the league online through R2Sports. The cost to sanction a league is ONLY $25! Players who are already members of USA Racquetball play FREE OF CHARGE and those not yet a member are required to pay a $5 USA Racquetball League Fee to play. The league will carry an insurance policy to protect you and your event as well as the ability to track and run the league online. Take you league to the next level and SANCTION YOUR’S TODAY!

CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM – Are you teaching racquetball in your club? Do you want to learn how to teach racquetball? USA Racquetball offers an Instructor Certification Program to help people learn how to teach racquetball. This is a great option for anyone teaching juniors, offering FREE introductory lessons in their club or someone looking to teach private lessons. Go to, Materials/2016_USA_Instructor_Flyer.pdf, to view the USA Instructor Flyer for more information about the different levels available and how you can become certified to teach. *****BONUS!!!!! THE CNRA WILL REIMBURSE THE LEVEL #1 CERTIFICATION COURSE FEE FOR THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE, THRU DECEMBER 2016, INTERESTED IN BECOMING LEVEL #1 CERTIFIED. YOU MUST CONTACT NICK IRVINE TO REGISTER.

If you or anyone you know is interested in the above programs, please contact USA Racquetball Programming Manager, Nick Irvine (nirvine@usra.org) or call 209-817-9984 for more information.

California Juniors Win 59 Medals, including 13 Gold, in the recent National Junior Olympics!

The 43rd 2016 National Junior Olympic Championships presented by PENN and Wilson was held June 22-26, 2016 in Fridley, Minnesota. California was represented by 40 of our best male and female junior athletes. The event serves as the qualification for the United States Junior National Team. In the fall the U.S. Junior National Team will travel to Mexico for the International Racquetball Federation's Junior World Championships. The CNRA supported our junior athletes financially by donating $4000.00 to help defray travel and event expenses. The CNRA would like to thank all of the coaches and parents for their selfless love and dedication to these exceptional junior athletes. Congratulations to all of the players and a special shout out to all our medal winners and USA Junior Team members!!!!!

Junior Team Members and Gold Medal Winners
Nikita Chauhan – 14 Singles, 14 Doubles, 16 Singles - Bronze
Ricardo Diaz – 16 Doubles
Dane Elkins - 16 Doubles, 12 Singles Bronze
Heather Mahoney – 14 Singles Silver, 12 Singles and Doubles Gold
Ingrid Robledo – 16 Singles, 16 Doubles
Antonia Rojas – 14 Singles, 14 Doubles
Mauro Rojas – 18 Doubles, National HS Champion

Other Medal Winners were
Jess Rojas – 16 Singles (white) - Gold
Sahil Thakur – 14 Singles (gold) - Bronze
Vedant Chauhan – 14 Singles (blue) - Gold and 12 Doubles - Gold
Ivan Hernandez – 14 Singles (blue) - Silver
Julius Ellis – 14 Singles (red) - Silver
Krish Thakur – 12 Singles (gold) - Gold
Vedant Chauhan – 12 Singles (gold) - Silver
Nikhil Prasad – 12 Singles (gold) – Bronze, 10 Singles (gold) - Gold, 10 Doubles Gold
Ethan Tu – 12 Singles (white) - Silver, 12 Mixed - Bronze
Angel Eden Galvan – 10 Singles (blue) Gold
Bobby Singh – 10 Singles (whit) - Gold
Haiden Rivera – 10 Singles (white) - Silver
Eshan Ali – 8 MB – Gold and 8 Friendship Gold
David Rojas – 6 MB – Bronze
Miles Rivera – 14 Friendship – Silver
Cody Thomas – 14 Friendship – Bronze
Akhhill Durai Nath – 12 Friendship – Silver and 2 bounce – Gold
Julian Singh – 16 Doubles – Silver
Cody Elkins – 12 Doubles – Bronze
Advait Kartik – 10 Doubles – Bronze
Sonya Shetty – 10 Singles – Bronze, 10 Doubles – Silver, 12 Mixed - Bronze
Jordan Ellis – 8 MB – Bronze
Alondra Canchola – 12 Friendship and 2 bounce – Gold
Arya Cyril – 12 Friendship – Silver, and 2 bounce - Bronze
Esha Cyril – 12 Friendship – Bronze an 2 bounce - Silver

Complete results can be found at, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14389

Once again congratulations to ALL our California junior players!!!!!!

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CA Juniors Raise $$$$ for the CNRA Junior Fund at the WOR Championships

A very special thanks goes out to the WOR Championship tournament directors in Huntington Beach- Geoff Osberg, Jesus Justarroz and Hank Marcus director of WOR and all of the outdoor players and fans who supported CNRA Junior Racquetball. This is our second successful year of this fundraiser at the WOR Championships!

The fundraiser was a fun "half split" raffle with the winner getting half of the proceeds. The junior fundraisers who worked tirelessly for hours were Jared Anwar, Jasmine Carson, Brooke Breklynn Dane Elkins, Cody Elkins, Madison Elkins (and a small assist from their parents Elkins and Carsons). Ivan and Miguel Hernandez were the lucky winners!!

Thanks to everyone for their incredible support of our CNRA Junior racquetball program.

Twenty-eight Players from CA and NV (CNRA) Attended the 2016 National Singles Championships

Recently 28 players from CA and NV traveled to Denver, CO to compete in the USA National Singles Championships. The competition was fierce and new friendships were made and old ones renewed. California pros Rocky Carson and Jose Diaz qualified for the USA National Team. For complete results visit, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14388. Congratulations to all the competitors!

CNRA Announces Penn as the Official Ball of the CNRA

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The CNRA is pleased to announce the signing of a new ball contract with HEAD Penn Racquet Sports. This will designate Penn as the official ball of the CNRA. We look forward to a great relationship. Most tournaments will begin using the Penn ball in June. Thanks to HEAD Penn for this terrific opportunity.


website: http://shop-us.head.com/us/racquetball/racquetballs.html

CNRA Junior Fundraiser

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Thanks to a special assist from Hall of Fame player and Tournament Director Coach Debbie Tisinger Moore, Brian Dixon and several outgoing California juniors, the Southern California group collaborated on a fundraiser raffle extraordinaire for the CNRA junior fund where the winner receives half of the proceeds collected.

Pictured is Nevada Resident and winner Amir Shahin who won $62.50 as part of the $125.00 collected. The juniors who set up the program were CNRA Jr Board Members Jared Anwar and Dane Elkins co-president of the Palisades Charter High School Racquetball team and Cody and Madison Elkins who made the incredible sales roll-out. Thanks for the incredible support of Junior Racquetball.

The CNRA Endorses the RYDF

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Please take a few minutes to view the Reaching Your Dream Foundation (RYDF) website, http://reachingyourdreamfoundation.org, and in particular check out the Ambassador Program with a chance to win a 7-Day Vacation in Mexico! Your recurring donation can make a difference as we all try to support the sport we love. Check out this video, https://youtu.be/zdgfgdpqDcU, by Carla Munoz as a testament to how the RYDF has helped her in her journey.

Juniors Traveling to USA Racquetball National Junior Olympics

Thirty plus juniors from California/Nevada will be traveling to Minnesota June 22-26 to compete in the USA Racquetball National Junior Olympics. Over two hundred junior racquetball enthusiasts from across the country will be looking to capture those gold, silver, and bronze medals. With the help of the CNRA Board of Directors and it’s members, Mike Lippitt/RYDF, the R2 tournament donations, and various fundraising activities, players and their families will receive some level of financial support from the CNRA. This support will be delivered directly to those entered before the tournament deadline!

To enter and/or view the tournament information go to http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14389.

Play well, have fun, and display great sportsmanship as you make new friends and strive to bring home a medal.

From the CNRA Board of Directors

2016 National Intercollegiate Racquetball Championship

The Intercollegiate Racquetball Championship was recently held at Arizona State. Eleven California collegiate players traveled to AZ to compete. A special congrats to champions: Marco Rojas, Bobby Horn, Jose Diaz, Carla Munoz, and Jazmin Trevino and congrats to all to participants!

  • Luis Avila
  • Paul Correa
  • Jose Diaz
  • David Horn
  • Andrew Meyer
  • Carla Munoz
  • Lindsey Raven
  • Marco Rojas
  • Jazmin Trevino
  • Luke Vaughn
  • Geraldine Villa
For the complete results visit, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=14387.

2016 CNRA SoCal Junior State Racquetball Championships

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Twenty-six juniors recently took over the courts at the World Gym in Chula Vista, CA for a day of fast and furious competition. Several SoCal CNRA Junior State Champions were crowned. A special thanks to Tournament Director Jackie Paraiso for hosting this event for the juniors. Everyone had a great time. For complete results visit, http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=16884.

Growing the sport: Collegiate Racquetball

The Western Collegiate Racquetball Conference (WCRC) is looking for individuals and businesses who would like to invest in the collegiate program. Sponsorship opportunities include conference competition and helping the school program.

Investments in the conference program:
  1. Tournament Food (Breakfast items and a healthy lunch)
  2. Tournament T-Shirts
  3. Awards for 1st and 2nd place in 6 divisions
Schools Programs can be helped with:
  1. Club sanctioning fee each quarter/semester
  2. Club advertising to promote the program with flyers
  3. Starter kits for new players who join the club (5-10 per school per quarter/semester)
  4. Coaching compensation for time to coach the team
  5. School Van rental for events
  6. Entry into events covered for the players
See the WCRC Sponsor Pack to learn more.

2016 USA Racquetball High School Championships

This event was recently held at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, OR. 314 high school athletes from 8 states converged to play this Olympic format tournament and crown the high school champions for 2016. The CNRA had 7 representatives attending from both northern and southern California. Mauro (Daniel) Rojas Qualified for the U.S. Junior National Team

CONGRATULATIONS to all our players!!!!!

Jared Anwar - 3rd place #1 consolation doubles
Nikita Chauhan - lost in the semis #1 consolation Mixed Doubles
Dane Elkins - 3rd place # consolation doubles; lost in 1/4s #1 Gold singles; 3rd place #1 Gold mixed
Jared Lee - lost in the semis #1 consolation Mixed Doubles; 3rd place #1 Red singles
Atossa Rejaei - 3rd place #1 Gold mixed; 2nd place #1 Red singles
Ingrid Robledo - 3rd place #1 Gold singles
Mauro (Daniel) Rojas - 1st place #1 Gold singles

For a complete listing of the the draws and results visit http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/home.asp?TID=14385.

2016 CNRA NorCal Junior State Championships

The In-Shape Sport: West Lane, Stockton, CA played host to the CNRA NorCal Junior State Championships January 23, 2016. Forty seven junior racquetball players participated in this great event and 15 new champions were crowned. Again John Ellis and his staff did an outstanding job with this event for the kids. For complete results go to, http://www.r2sports.com/website/event-results.asp?TID=16820. Congratulations to all the players and keep on shooting!

2015 CNRA State Doubles Championships

The 2015 CNRA State Doubles Championships were held November 13-15, 2015 in Stockton, CA at the In-Shape Sport: West Lane. All divisions were round robin or pool play and as always Tournament Director John Ellis and his staff did a fantastic job with this event. All of the results can be found at http://www.r2sports.com/website/event-results.asp?TID=15426. Congratulations to all the winners!

World Junior Racquetball Championships

(Nov 20, 2015) California was well represented on Team USA as they competed in the World Junior Racquetball Championships November 8th thru the 14th in the Dominican Republic. There were a total of 27 players on Team USA and 8 were from California. The CNRA Board elected to send monetary support and a Thank You to each player with each player receiving $200.

Team USA won a total of 3 Gold medals in the Championships divisions. One of those three was California’s Heather Mahoney in the Girls 10 and under singles. Below are the results of the California players in order of oldest to youngest…

Player Division
Daniel Rojas18 and under (Bronze); 16 and under (round of 16)
Antonio Rojas14 and under (round of 16); 12 and under (round of 8)
Nikita Chauhan14 and under (round of 16)
Julian Singh14 and under Doubles (Bronze)
James D’Ambrogia14 and under Doubles (round of 8); 14 and under (Bronze - Red Division)
Tommy Andraos14 and under Doubles (round of 8); 14 and under (Silver-Red Division)
Vedant Chauhan10 and under (Silver-12 and under Blue Division); 10 and under Doubles (Bronze)
Heather Mahoney10 and under (GOLD); 12 and under Doubles (Bronze)

Congratulations to ALL!!!

The CNRA Announces the Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award Recipients for 2015

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(Sep 18, 2015)  Any California or Nevada resident, college student, who has demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball was encouraged to apply for this award. The applicants’ packets were reviewed by the CNRA Scholarship Committee and it is with great pride and pleasure the CNRA is able to award three $500 scholarships to be paid directly to the recipients’ school. This years awardees are Jose Diaz, Stockton, CA, majoring in Sport Medicine at the University of the Pacific, Luis Avila, Wilmington, CA, freshman at El Camino College, and Amir Jabbari, San Ramon, CA, majoring in Computer Engineering at San Jose State University. We look forward to great things from these young men both on and off the courts. Congratulations from the entire CNRA Board of Directors!

CNRA Juniors Fundraising Campaign Begins

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Thanks to WOR, the many generous WOR participants who donated, and the California Nevada Racquetball Association, three junior participants at the recent WOR champs raised $162 for the junior program.

Jasmine Carson, Cody Elkins, and Madison Elkins had a successful 50/50 raffle. Rudy Lara won and generously donated $$$ back and used the proceeds to buy himself a new racquetball bag!

Madison, Jasmine, and Cody pictured below with Rudy were also each awarded $10 for their incredible fundraising efforts as the hard working fundraisers!

Congratulations to our National Junior Olympic Participants and Champions

This past week Stockton, CA played host to the USAR National Junior Olympics and once again did an outstanding job. Matches were played at In Shape Westlane and In Shape Quail Lakes. Nick Irvine, John Ellis, Tim Pasisz (The Sport Development Director for Visit Stockton), and the 209 crew went above and beyond including one of the ‘Best banquet (party) I have been to!’

The temperature averaged around 105 degrees most of the week, but the players managed through. It was challenging with most players playing multiple divisions with multiple matches via the Olympic style.

There were almost 200 players representing 26 states aged 6 – 19 competing in the Olympic format draws over 5 days. There were 65 players from California/Nevada!!!!!! Texas had the second most number of players with 36. It was the largest draw a Junior Olympics has seen in many years. We would like to say CONGRATS to ALL the participants and their families and friends for making this event a memorable experience. Many champions were crowned and the complete results can be found at: http://www.r2sports.com/tourney/viewResults.asp?TID=13214

The USA World Cup Team) 18s, 16s, and 14s) and Esprit Team (12s and 10s) were also named. They will be traveling to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to compete in the Junior World Championships in November. The World Cup Team will also be invited to the Junior Training Camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in August.

Junior World Cup Team – California representation
Mauro (Daniel) Rojas – 2nd in 18 and 16 singles
Antonio (Tato) Rojas – 2nd in 14 singles
Julian Singh – 1st in 14 doubles (partner Mitchell Turner of OR)
Luis Avila – qualified by placing 2nd at the National High School Championships

Esprit Team – California representation
Antonia (Tato) Rojas – 1st in 12 singles
James D’Ambrogia and Tommy Andraos – 1st in 12 doubles
Vedant Chauhan – 1st in 10 singles and doubles (partner Josh Shea/NY)
Heather Mahoney – 1st in 10 singles; 1st in 12 singles; 1st in 12 doubles (partner Julia Stein/PA)
Estefania Perez – 2nd in 12 singles
Sarai Santana-Arechiga – 1st in 10 doubles (partner Sage Hartman/MN)

The CNRA is beginning several fundraising activities to help these young athletes and their families travel to the Dominican Republic in November and we can also use your support. Average expense per player, can be $3,000+. If you would like to make a donation to the Junior Program just click on the Donations button on the left side of the homepage or contact Terry Rogers, CNRA President, at rogersta@comcast.net for more information.

NorCal Junior Champs Results

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On January 24th 2015, 54 Junior players gathered in Stockton for the Northern California Junior Championships. This was run by John Ellis and his 209 crew. It was a long day of play with all divisions either round robin or pool play. Play started at 8AM and kept the courts busy until well into the evening. There were over 20 new USAR member players!

The younger divisions were very full which looks good for the next few years as they play in the 10’s, 12’s etc. As always, the players were good sports. There were very few injuries and the crying was at a minimum (mostly the parents!)..

A great event and a good preparation for the Junior Nationals which will be held at the same club in June.

Brian Dixon – CNRA Jr Director and Petaluma Valley Athletic Club Junior Director

Division Champ Second
Girls Multibounce 8 and under Ava Naworski Sonya Shetty
Girls MB Lower Playoff Aanshi Thakur Jordan Ellis
Girls 10 U 2 Bounce Sonya Shetty Sarai Santana
Girls 10 U Heather Mahoney Alondra Canchola
Girls 10 U Lower Playoff Sarai Santana Grace Herberger
Girls 12/14 Nikita Chauhan Estefania Perez
Boys 8 U Multi Angel Galvan Noah Brians
Boys 8U Bobby Singh Angel Galvan
Boys 10 U 2 Bounce Ethan Tu Jason Rigney
Boys 10 U Vedant Chauhan Nikhil Prasad
Boys 10 U Lower Playoff Heather Mahoney Daniel Woodbury
Boys 12 U James D’Ambrogia Vedant Chauhan
Boys 12 U Lower Playoff Nikhil Prasad Aidan Tu
Boys 12 U Lower Playoff 2 Estafania Perez Julius Ellis
Boys 14 U Antonio Rojas Tommy Andraos
Boys 14 U Lower Playoff Aidan Tu Bryan Barbera
Boys 16 U Ricky Diaz Zephan Huang
Boys 16 U Lower Playoff Jared Lee Nikhil Singh
Boys 18 and under Mauro Rojas Dima Wert
Boys 18 Lower Playoff Trevor John Ben Jenkel

2015 California-Nevada State Junior Racquetball Championships (Southern California)

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(Cody Elkins and Dane Elkins, Feb 27 2015)  The Southern California Junior State Championships were held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Oakridge Athletic Club with four courts. The tournament kicked off at 8:00 a.m. with 23 players battling for the co-state title designation.

The tournament hosted a range of divisions from the exciting 6 and under multi-bounce to the faster paced 10 and under 2-bounce format. And the event also featured a competitive 18 and under singles divisions plus a combined doubles junior division.

Along with intense match play, the hospitality of the entire tournament extended to all players and their supporters.

As to making all of this happen, the participants in the tournament would like to thank Debbie Tisinger Moore and Randy Lam for orchestrating the entire event along with Brian Dixon- head of the CNRA junior committee. The event raises money to send California juniors to other major Junior events and is our biggest fundraiser!

"A special congratulations goes out to Dane "Bryan" Elkins who won the boys 18's playing left handed (he broke his right playing wrist just 5 weeks before) and taking second in the boys 16's after winning his group and beating USA team member Tommy Andraos in a close battle in the prelims. However, Tommy showed why he made the USA junior team in 2013 with a thrilling victory in the finals 11-1 against a tired Dane." (quote from Cody Elkins)

So who were crowned Junior state Co-champions: Here is the list of all of the talented winners:

Division Winner
Boy's multi-bounce 6 singles Kaleb Furman
Boy's multi-bounce 8 singles Advait Kartik
Boy's double-bounce singles 10 Derek Parillo
Boy's 10's singles Cody Elkins
Boy's 12 singles Iain Dunn
Boy's 14 singles Ivan Hernandez
Boy's 16 singles Tommy Andraos
Boy's18 singles Bryan "Dane the Lefty" Elkins
Junior All Doubles Joshua Cohen/Ivan Hernandez
Girl's multi-bounce singles 6 and 8's and girls double bounce Rylee Carrillo
Girl's 12 singles Camilla Gomez
Girl's 18 singles Atossa Rejaie

It is an honor playing this great state championships event and we wish everyone much future success at Jr. Olympics where California last year captured the title for most points helped in part from our competition in state!

In the boys 6 and under multibounce, Kaleb Furman got first place. In boys 8 and under singles multi-bounce and Advait Kartik got first place. In boys/girls singles multi-bounce 6-8 and under, Advait Kartik captured first place.

2015 National Doubles Championships - California and Nevada Players Perform Well

(Feb 27 2015) 70 California and 7 Nevada players participated in the USAR 48th National Doubles Championships hosted by Arizona State University February 11-15, 2015. The competition was friendly but fierce and a number of our CA/NV players returned home with medals and bragging rights. Congratulations to all the players for a great tournament! Complete results can be found at the tournament website.

Next up the LPRT/CNRA State Singles Championships and National Singles Championships Qualifier, March 20-22, 2015 at Los Caballeros in Fountain Valley, CA

California/Nevada Ladies Shine in Minneapolis

(Jan 27 2015) Five California/Nevada ladies braved the cold and traveled to Minneapolis to complete in the 26th Annual Women’s Senior Masters Racquetball Championships January 16-18. The temperatures inside were warm and cozy and the competition was fierce but friendly and the ladies came away with a number of awards!

Player Result
Cindy Tilbury 1st 55+ singles and 2nd 45+ doubles
Terry Rogers 1st 65+ singles
Marquita Molina 2nd 70+ singles
Nidia Funes and Merijean Kelley 1st 65+ doubles

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