July 26-28, 2013
Flagstaff Athletic East Club
3200 N Country Club Drive
Flagstaff Athletic West Club
1200 W Route 66
The Flagstaff Racquetball Classic is the longest established racquetball tournament in Arizona- standing 34 years of history and tradition. Key Racquetball proudly host their 11th annual Flagstaff Racquetball Classic. For decades, hundreds of players have gathered together to relive the excitement and rejoin the place where the courts come alive with old friends and the beginnings of new relationships. Join in on the excitement this year at the gym we have made our home, and eat, drink, and kick back on a sofa while you view the matches on a 20 by 40 big screen racquetball court.
There will be a junior and adult clinic offered Friday night for those interested in enhancing their game. The clinic will provide insight in game strategy, tactical movements, hitting scenarios, as well as some takeaway tips and tricks. Our approach to juniors is all about making the fundamentals of racquetball fun and exciting. As an adult participant, you will have the opportunity to add a friendly edge to your game, or go big stepping up your ranking as a competitor; this clinic provides an excellent opportunity to learn and put into practice all in one weekend.
So, plan to leave the heat and grab your bags for a weekend, bring your family, and pack your skills for this high altitude challenge! Challenge your endurance and put your abilities to the test; for fun or to fight to be this year's flagstaff champion is on! You will be provided plenty of food, exciting competition, and $2000+ GUARANTEED awards and prizes!
The Flagstaff Classic racquetball tournament has been a tradition for many years.
Mens Open Champions
2012 Mike Orr def Arthur Schmeiser
2011 Charlie Pratt def Arthur Schmeiser
2010 Mike Orr def Damian Zamorano
2009 Mike Orr def Janson Allen
2008 Mike Orr def Jason Conway
2007 Tony Carson def Darrin Schenck
2006 Thomas Fuhrmann def Mike Orr
2005 Patrick Gonzales def Jason Bronson
2004 Thomas Fuhrmann def Rob DeJesus
2003 Patrick Gonzales def Darrin Schenck
Experience what it's all about. July 26-28, 2013.
Become part of the tradition- Help grow the sport of racquetball and spread the word.
AmPRO Instructors Course
Sign Up Now for September 6-8, 2013 Course
September 6, 2013 Friday: 6-9pm
September 7, 2013 Saturday: 9am-6:30pm
September 8, 2013 Sunday: 9am-2:00pm
AmPRO is a 14 hour instructional clinic which will go over everything you ever wanted to know about racquetball and more. This course will offer instruction on proper and advanced fundamentals, the rules of the game and refree tips, shots, serves and set up skills to improve your game along with giving you the knowledge to be to a certified instructor. AmPRO is providing many hours of course instruction for only $225.00 which also provides you with insurance coverage when instructing. Also included is the AmPRO instructional manual with up to date drills and informaion for your continual access.
The course is dedicated to those who really want to take a time out to know the game of racquetball. Often players buy book, watch videos maybe take a lesson or two or get tips from friends. This course is all of that and the powerful knowledge and confidence you can now share with others.
Contact Karen Key
AmPRO Clinician if you are interested in this October Instructors Course or a future one.
"You'll Never See It Coming"
During the 35 years I've played racquetball, I suppose that I've heard all of the excuses. I even used some of them in the early years myself. You know the ones. The mantras like "I'm always watching what the other guy is doing", and "I'm fast enough to stay out of trouble", or even more foolish, "I don't look back at the other guy", "safety glasses are too much hassle", and "I've got some in my bag but they fog up." It's a lesson in matching ignorance with ego. When you see someone on the court without eye protection, you're seeing a person with insufficient experience.
After a couple of close calls in my time, and witnessing a few mishaps (a couple with permanent eye damage), I finally got my incidence of "never saw it coming" a few nights ago. I was playing a guy who's size makes him prefer to cut the ball off rather than chase it. A strategy I understand fully in my old age. I wasn't playing great, but holding my own. I was slightly in front of him as the ceiling ball came down towards both of us in center court. Following the ball, I glanced over my left shoulder to see where my opponent was moving. I didn't expect him to cut the ball off, nor did I expect him to try to shoot it over my nearby head. His shot didn't do what he'd intended. It came full force and only a few feet, directly into my left eye. The impact was hard, forcing my glasses across my face and off my head. As this happened, the nose bridge gave way, leaving a small cut on my nose, and the same feeling you get when you've been punched.
It was wonderful! Absolutely thrilling! Why? Because I could walk off the court with my vision fully intact. The profuse apologies from my opponent made it clear that he rued taking the shot. And while I appreciated his genuine concern, we all know it can happen. But the point is you'll never see the one that gets you coming. That's how it got you.
There is no mistaking the value of those safety glasses. Without a doubt, they saved my eye from irreparable destruction. I was so pleased and felt so lucky, that I happily bought a round for everybody at my favorite bar that night. And I immediately ordered two more pair of glasses.
There are enough styles, shapes, looks and fits on the market to satisfy anyone. Fogging is just no longer an issue, and headbands keep the sweat from dripping down.
And if you're still insistent on not using them, well, be glad you read this while you could still see.