I’ve been an avid racquetball player since 1976, when I first tried the sport in Alberta. While a few playing years since then have been thin (for example, no racquetball when I lived in England for a year of college—although I did play a bit of squash then), I’ve played as much as I can over all those years. In the last ten years, I’ve been #1 on both the Microsoft and Pro Sports Club ladders numerous times. Pro Sports Club (in Bellevue, Washington)
is apparently the largest health club in the world. It has many excellent players and has hosted the Washington State Singles Racquetball Championship, which I’ve competed in (for a while, I also had a national ranking). I’ve twice beaten the Washington State singles champion (an open-division player), although I think he was hung over one of those times. I’ve also played against such professional players as Cliff Swain and Rocky Carson (no, I didn’t win!). I’ve also been the racquetball instructor at the Redmond Athletic Club, teaching workshops for beginners and the more advanced, plus women-only workshops. Racquetball continues to appeal, offering a fast-paced game mixed with strategy and finesse. You can review United States Raquetball Association rules, and also visit the Wikipedia page on racquetball for more information. 

        For a taste, take a look at this racquetball video, featuring Kane Waselenchuk, the world’s #1 professional player, versus Cliff Swain, who I’ve had the privilege to play in California. This video is useful because it shows replays of key rallies in slow motion. Let me know if you ever want to play. Go, racquetball!

—9 November 2012