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Dec 11Bay Club Fall Tournament
Dec 19RYDF A Season for Giving Fun-Raiser
Jan 14WSMRA National Championships
Jan 15Silverback Slam II
Feb 02USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships
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Juniors

DateTournament

Collegiates 21/22

DateEvent
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Local Events

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Upcoming registration deadlines…

DateEvent
12/11/2021Bay Club Fall Tournament
12/19/2021RYDF A Season for Giving Fun-Raiser
01/14/2022WSMRA National Championships
02/02/2022USA Racquetball National Doubles Championships

Thanks!

The CNRA would like to give a big shout out to some individuals, businesses, and organizations that have stepped up and made donations to the CNRA. With these donations we will be able to continue to do what we do in support of our local tournaments and junior and collegiate players:

A Special Thanks to:
Del Villanueva
Mike Lippitt
Sea of Glass (Margaret Pederson)
RYDF

The CNRA and RYDF teamed once again to provide financial assistance to the California and Nevada juniors as they traveled to the USA Racquetball Junior Championships in Des Moines. We are proud of the performance of all of our juniors and very thankful for the continued support of the RYDF.

We have received a couple of thank you notes and with their permission are sharing we everyone:

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CNRA Juniors at 2021 Junior Nationals

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(Aug 4, 2021)  California had a great showing at the recent Junior Racquetball National Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa July 14th thru 18th. We had more players than any other state, including the host state Iowa. With there being No tournament in 2020 it had been about two years since many had seen their Racquetball friends in person. Probably a good chance there was some Facetiming, Instagramming etc.. in the meantime.

There was a twist to this event compared to other years. Along with the Junior play, there was also the adult qualifying for Singles and Doubles. Juniors got to watch players such as Rhonda Rajsich, Rocky Carson, Charlie Pratt, Erika Manilla, Alex Landa etc… It was motivational to see the older players competing.

California players made a great showing. All divisions in the Gold had at least one medalist from California.. The event was hosted at the Downtown YMCA in Des Moines, which is a beautiful facility with 8 glass back wall courts. It was conveniently across the street from the host hotel and walking distance to restaurants and downtown Des Moines. At most times there were at least two courts being streamed and many times a third. Stands were set up between three courts for viewing. When there was down time, there were plenty of places to nap or just walk back to the hotel. Instead of the traditional Saturday night banquet dinner, it was an ice cream social. Some past Juniors, who are now competing in the Pros gave some nice motivational talks at the social.

Team USA – To qualify for Team USA, a player must finish in the top two in singles or be the top team in doubles. This is in the Gold divisions… Most of the divisions were done Olympic style where all players start in the Gold division of their age group. If you lose in the first round, you go to the Red Division. If you lose in the first round of Red, you go to the white… If you lose in second round of the Gold group, you go to the Blue division. In the end, players are competing at their skill level with a chance of some bling…

Because of so many players, below are results in the Gold divisions and California players that medaled (Gold, Silver or Bronze). To see all results, you can visit the tournament page.

Congratulations to all players that participated!!

Girls 18s singles Annie Roberts (Gold) Oregon, but lives in CA now, so we will claim her!!
Girls 18s Doubles Heather Mahoney (Partner Julia Stein) (Gold)
Estefania Perez (Partner Erin Slutzky) (Silver)
Girls 16s singles Heather Mahoney (Bronze)
Girls 16s Doubles Arya Cyril/Esha Cyril (Silver)
Girls 14s singles Sonya Shetty (Gold) Andrea Perez-Picon (Silver) Aanshi Thakur (Bronze)
Girls 14s Doubles Sonya Shetty/Aarya Shetty (Gold) Camila Canchola/Jordan Ellis (Silver)
Girls 12s singles Andrea perez-Picon (Gold) Aanshi Thakur (Silver)
Girls 12s Doubles Andrea Perez-Picon (Partner Zara Ximena Barraza (Gold)
Aarya Shetty (Partner Elizabeth Denler) (Silver)
Aanshi Thakur/Ishika Prasad (Bronze)
Boys 18s singles Julius Ellis (Silver)
Boys 18s Doubles Vedant Chauhan (Partner Josh Shea) (Gold)
Boys 16s singles Nihil Prasad (Gold) Vedant Chauhan (Bronze)
Boys 16s Doubles Nikhil Prasad (Partner Gatlin Sutherland) (Gold)
Vedant Chauhan (Partner Josh Shea) Silver
Paul Saraceno (Partner DJ Mendoza) (Bronze)
Boys 14s singles Eshan Ali (Gold)
Boys 14s Doubles Eshan Ali/Alexander Pappas (GOLD)
Boys 12s singles Nathan Rykhus (Gold) Vaishant Mangalampalli (Silver)
Boys 12/10s Doubles Vaishant Mangalampalli/Nathan Rykhus (Gold)
Alex Robles Picon (Partner Aarush Sudamalla)Silver)
Boys 10s singles Alex Robles Picon (Gold)

Remembering Jack Hughes

(July 23, 2021) Jack Hughes, 86, a long-time player and contributor to the sport of racquetball for over 50 years, passed away on July 15, 2021.

Jack was born in Amsterdam, New York, on September 10, 1934. He is survived by his loving lifetime partner and best friend Terry Ann Rogers, sister-in-law Janet Hughes, niece Dawn Hughes, and great-nephew Jorden Hughes. Terry’s family members were dear to Jack as well: Pat, Joe, David, Brenden, Michael, Katie, Jack, and Charlie. Jack also leaves behind many, many devoted friends who will carry him with them in heart and memory both on and off the court.

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A graduate of Indiana University with a Master of Science in Physical Education, Jack also held a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from SUNY at Brockport. His career path led him in many interesting directions from high school science teacher, to assistant soccer coach at Buffalo State University (where he was referred to as the “Grand Old Master”), to positions in Security and Food Service with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Braves; manager of a camping resort; and office manager for a large concrete pumping company.

Although many would swear Jack lived and breathed only racquetball (which was true for the most part), he loved to fish anywhere: deep sea, rivers, and lakes. He also particularly enjoyed ice cream, McDonald’s frappes, weekly breakfasts with the guys, annual family trips, dinner out with friends, and watching his great-nephew Jorden excel at baseball!

In his playing years, Jack earned the nickname “Diving Jack Hughes,” to which Terry can attest first-hand due to the holes in the knees of every pair of sweatpants he owned.

Jack served two consecutive three-year teams as an elected USA Racquetball (USAR) Board Member (1999-2005). He was named to the USAR Hall of Fame Committee in 1999 and participated consistently until he passed. From above, Jack will undoubtedly continue to oversee the future proceedings of the committee.

Always ready, willing, and able to jump in wherever needed, Jack attended and volunteered in significant roles at every National Singles event since 1989 (30 consecutive years). At National Doubles, he did the same since 1992 (28 years in a row).

A founding Board member of the then-California Amateur Racquetball Association (CARA) in 1984, and as a Board member for the CSRA and CNRA as they evolved through the years, Jack served at different times in numerous capacities: Vice President, Treasurer, Tournament Chair, Junior and Collegiate Program Director, and Tournament Director of more than 50 State Championships and 25 Regional competitions.

Jack and Terry owned and operated Racquetball Plus, a small retail business inside a club, from 1990-2010. He was a Team Ektelon member and also served as a Regional Advisor for over 20 years. Later, he became a contributing member of Team Head.

Some of Jack’s proudest moments included receiving a Sportsmanship Award from the Western New York Racquetball Association in 1980 and USA Racquetball’s Joe Sobek Outstanding Contribution Award in 2017.

Jack was a Founding Member (2009) and ardent volunteer for the Military Adaptive Court Sports (MACS) / Military Racquetball Federation (MRF), where he assisted with many MRF Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics and Demonstrations that employ racquetball as a means for helping disabled service members improve their fitness and quality of life. www.militaryadaptivecourtsports.org

For those who might wish to honor Jack’s memory with a donation to this very worthy cause, please visit: Paypal: Military Racquetball Federation in memory of Jack.

Should you wish to contribute by check to the Military Racquetball Federation or contact Terry with your condolences, please write to MRF c/o Terry Rogers, 8317 Divernon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89149.

Jack’s determination, dedication, and giving spirit has been a constant inspiration to his racquetball family over these many years. Until we meet again, dear Jack, thank you.

Serving on the Board of California/Nevada Racquetball Association / CNRA

Our mission is to perpetuate, improve, promote and expand the sport of racquetball in California and Nevada.

Our Election Committee is accepting applications for candidates who wish to be actively involved in the Mission of the CNRA by serving as a Board of Director. This job is your opening to use your leadership skills to have an impact on the opportunities and challenges our sport faces. Please submit your Board Candidate Statement of Interest, 200 words or less, to rantilla@verizon.net, or mail to Ruben Antilla/CNRA, 1563 Sycamore Ct., Banning, CA 92220 to be received not later than 5:00pm, Sunday, June 30th, 2021.

The Election Committee will review submissions and put together a slate of candidates. Candidates will be notified on or before July 23, 2021 of their acceptance to the slate.

Voting for the Candidates will take place August 2 - August 31, 2021. Results will be announced early September 2021.

CNRA Board of Director Criteria

As you prepare your written Statement of Interest, please keep the criteria noted below in mind so that the Election Committee can best assess our candidates. This is similar to a racquetball resume with examples of your experience matching up to the criteria we are seeking.

The Board is looking for members who will support the Mission of our association and strengthen our organization’s governance.

  • Leadership skills in program development to promote growth in the recreational player, junior, high school & Collegiate areas are highly desirable.
  • Committee participation is a substantial portion of this Board’s activities pertaining to Membership development, Communication, Media Utilization, Fundraising, Achievements & Acknowledgments, and Event Collaborations & Board Governance.
  • Participation in monthly conference calls and bi-annual Association face-to-face meetings is expected.
  • Applicant must be willing to be highly visible advocates for racquetball in word and deed and be prepared to identify potential conflicts of interest.
  • Must maintain a current USAR membership, and be a resident of California or Nevada.

CNRA Donation Letter

The California Nevada Racquetball Association (CNRA) is reaching out to our local businesses and business owners who may or may not be racquetball enthusiasts and might have a desire to support a local non-profit. A donation of any amount would help the association continue their programs for junior and collegiate players, our scholarship fund, and struggling tournament directors affected by the pandemic. Donations may be earmarked specifically for the junior fund, collegiate fund, and/or general fund. Donations can be mailed to Terry Rogers/CNRA, 8317 Divernon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89149.

Should you choose to support the CNRA you will be recognized on our website and FB page so that everyone can say thank you by supporting your business!

Here is our Mission Statement: The California Nevada Racquetball Association (CNRA) is a regional organization representing California and Nevada, which is chartered by USA Racquetball (USAR) as the governing body of racquetball in California and Nevada. The CNRA is responsible for sanctioning tournaments in California and Nevada under the guidelines set forth by the USAR. Our mission is to perpetuate, improve, promote and expand the sport of racquetball in California and Nevada. Our effort to educate current and prospective racquetball players will be done through our website, http://www.californianevadaracquetball.org, FB, clinics, and the sanctioning of local tournaments.

CNRA Board of Directors:

Terry Rogers – President Jerry Hall - Media
Margaret Pederson – VP No. CA Shaun Haley
Dorcy Norton – VP So. CA Kouren Jouldjian
Jack Hughes – Treasurer Stacey Rabanal
Ruben Antilla – Secretary Advisory Board:
Brian Dixon – Junior Liaison Matt Hills - Webmaster
John Bardos – Collegiate Liaison

Take a look at the CNRA) website, http://www.californianevadaracquetball.org, to learn more about the organization amd see what the states are doing and what we have to offer for our members including Junior and Collegiate Programs, Scholarship Opportunities, Upcoming Events, CNRA Partners, and other CNRA newsworthy items.

Check out the USAR website, https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball.aspx, for further information and all the features available to members (Features, Programs, Events, Rankings, Instructors, Rules, Members, About, Donate).

Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship

(Sep 10, 2020)  The CNRA awards one or more financial scholarships to graduating high school seniors and/or already-enrolled college students. There is an application and selection process, including a short essay, “What I would like to do to promote racquetball at my school and/or collegiate racquetball team.” We are proud of our high school and collegiate players as they have the ability to play a huge part in the growth racquetball. The process began in early July and after careful consideration the recipients were announced just recently. We are lucky to have a strong state treasury to assist with this award supplemented with generous donations from Mike and Leslie Pawka and Reaching Your Dream Foundation. Each recipient will receive $1,000. Congratulations to Nikita, Julius, and Cody!

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Nikita Chauhan – University of California, Berkeley, Cognitive Science major
‘UC Berkeley already has a racquetball club team and we have practices every week. We plan to attend the collegiate nationals this coming year. I am currently the co-president of this club and am excited to continue to spread the love of the sport that we all share. Racquetball has been such an important part of my life. ‘

Julius Ellis – California State University, Sonoma, English/Creative Writing major
‘My goal to help promote racquetball at Sonoma State University would be to start a racquetball club during my freshman year. Since there are not any racquetball courts on the campus, I would have to branch out to the various health/racquetball clubs in the area to see if they would support our program and allow us to use their facilities… Our goal would be to take a Sonoma State Racquetball Team to the 2021 USAR Collegiate Nationals, wherever they are!’

Cody Thomas – University of California, Santa Cruz, Computer Science major
‘Besides club days on campus, I will be spreading the sport by word to my friends. Then my friends will share it with their friends, and it will continue to cycle. I already have someone from high school that wants to get involved in the program because he is also going to UCSC. I will make sure racquetball is well known around the campus one way or another. My ultimate goal is to pour my future success into the sport of racquetball, educating the future youth about the sport and building more courts to play on around the world. Racquetball will live on and rapidly grow in my hands.’

CNRA Team Shirt Design Contest 3WB World Championships

We are currently accepting designs for a T-shirt to be given to registered CalNeva players at the upcoming 3WB World Championships in Las Vegas.

Shirt Design Contest

Please email your digital designs by September 11, 2020 to CNRA Board Member Stacey at staceyrabanal@gmail.com. Please include your name and contact information.

The CNRA board will choose the top 3 designs and all current CNRA members will be invited to vote for their favorite design September 14-18, 2020. The design winner will be announced September 21, 2020.

The Rules – Specifications of Finished Artwork
  • Size: Vertical format to be used for the back of the shirt
  • Color: Up to four (4) standard printing (PMS) colors
  • Design Features: The following must be included:
    • Unique design
    • Team Name – Team CalNeva
    • Event Name – 11th Annual 3WB World Championships (no date or month in case event cancels due to Covid-19)
    • Locations – Las Vegas
    • Images submitted with a background color will be used as our color. We will do our best to match as close as possible

Submit entries electronically, preferably EPS or AI, JPEG will also be accepted but not preferable. For specific questions or concerns contact Stacey Rabanal.

2020-21 US Junior Team Selection

2020-21 Junior Team

(Aug 31, 2020)  There is this annual trek in June of each year of Junior players, along with family members, to the USA Junior National Championships. These are held in different locations each year, with the last couple being in Portland, Oregon and Des Moines, Iowa… In 2020 it was to be in Fullerton, yes California.. Sometime in March/April of this year it was decided to cancel this event with no re-scheduling due to the Covid-19. One of the results of this event is deciding which players will be representing Team USA at the Junior Worlds… Top two finishers in singles and top team in doubles for each age group qualify.

Without the tournament, USA Racquetball had to come up with a different way to determine the team in case the Junior Worlds do happen (Currently on calendar for December in Bolivia). What happened was basically a three step process… 1) Players had to let USAR know they were interested in being part of the team 2) Players were given an application to complete that included tournament history, other sports interests etc.. 3) Players were asked to submit videos for 4 weeks showing what they are currently doing for training, play etc… After the first two weeks, the number of players was narrowed down, with remaining players continuing with video the next two weeks.. Team coach Charlie Pratt and others reviewed videos etc.. and came up with a team along with alternates (non point earners for Esprit). California is well represented on this list of players selected. Please see below… Congratulations to all that made the team and for all that put in the time end effort . Brian Dixon – CNRA Junior Director

World Cup
Boys 18s
#2 singles – Julius Ellis
Alt – Iain Dunn and Cody Thomas

Girls 18s
Doubles – Nikita Chauhan

Boys 16s
#2 Singles – Vedant Chauhan
Doubles – Krish Thakur

Girls 16s
#1 Singles – Heather Mahoney
Doubles – Alondra Canchola and Arya Cyril
Alts – Tess La Rue and Esha Cyril

Boys 14s
#1 Singles – Nikhil Prasad
Alts – Paul Saraceno and Advait Kartik

Esprit Cup
Boys 12s
#1 Singles – Nathan Rykhus #2 Singles – Eshan Ali
Non point earners – Alexander Pappas

Girls 12s
#1 Singles – Aanshi Thakur
Doubles – Victoria Rodriguez and Jordan Ellis
Non point earners – Camila Canchola

Boys 10s
Doubles and Singles - #1 Singles – Ashton Guiraud #2 Singles – Manav Raghuram
Non point earners – Ved Kartik

Girls 10s
Singles and Doubles - #1 Singles – Alea Guiraud #2 Singles – Natalia Canchola

World Cup Team – 8 players Alternates – 6 players
Esprit Team – 9 players Non Point – 3 players

Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award Announcement

(Jun 23, 2020)  The CNRA is pleased to announce the return of the Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award.

Scholarship Flyer

Any California or Nevada graduating seniors or undergraduate college students, who have demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball, may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must also be current USA Racquetball members.

The window to apply for this scholarship is July 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020. The Jack Hughes Scholarship will be awarded mid August. The Scholarship award will be paid directly to the recipients’ college.

For a complete Scholarship packet, please contact Shaun Haley, CNRA Board Member, at your earliest opportunity shaun.m.haley@gmail.com, 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 Shaun Haley
2620 Royal Park Dr.
Cameron Park, CA 95689

USAR Announces 2020-21 U.S. National Junior Team Selection Process

Dear USA Racquetball Family,
While USA Racquetball intended (per usual) to conduct the 2020 USAR Junior National Championships to name the 2020-21 U.S. National Junior Team, unfortunate circumstances beyond our control changed that plan. It is uncertain whether the team will have the opportunity to attend an IRF World Junior Championships, but we still feel it is important to name our team.

Knowing that a creative approach would be needed to appropriately and fairly accomplish this initiative without a qualifier competition, the U.S. Team Committee and the USAR Board of Directors have approved an alternative plan for selecting the team.

The process will include:

  • Consideration of past competitive results at various racquetball events
  • An application that will include a number of "essay-type" questions
  • Video analysis: competition footage, drills, training, workouts, etc.

These components will be evaluated by a group to be comprised of the current US Junior Team coaches as well as several other qualified individuals who will support the coaches throughout the process.

Without spelling out all of the details in this letter, we are beginning the selection process without delay! The first step for all junior athletes interested in submitting an application for consideration is to send an email with the following:

  • Name, Birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy), Gender
  • City, State
  • Parent or Guardian Name
  • Parent or Guardian Email Address and Phone Number

This email is simply for the junior athlete to make contact and declare his/her intention to apply for a spot, for either the World Cup Team (18-, 16-, 14-) or the Esprit Team (12-, 10-). Once that communication is received, the junior athlete and parent/guardian will receive communication with detailed instructions for next steps.

Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2020
Email to both addresses: charliepratt@comcast.net , cherylkkirk@aol.com

Regardless of whether or not an athlete has been a member of the U.S. National Junior Team in the past, ALL juniors must participate in this process to be considered for the 2020-21 U.S. National Junior Team.

Please help spread the word of this process. This letter will also be sent to all State Association Presidents.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from all junior athletes who wish to apply.

Charlie Pratt
Head Coach, U.S. National Junior Team

CNRA State Singles Championships Postponed

(Mar 12, 2020)  With all that is going on with the CV the CNRA Board of Directors, Tournament Director John Ellis, and the In-Shape management, thought it would be in the best interest of our players and spectators to postpone the CNRA State Singles Championships scheduled for March 20 – 22, 2020. A new date has not yet been determined but we will keep the membership informed on the determination as soon as we can.

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