Wednesday, October 14, 2020

6 months later

Hey there. How’s it going? Long time no chat. Or write, as it were. 

Six months since the last post on The Racquetball Blog, and where are we at? Much has been cancelled, and not much has been scheduled, as COVID-19 is still holding sway over much of the world, so sport, especially indoor sport, has been diminished. 

Locally, we’re not playing, but they are playing some places. Is that frustrating? Sure. But it’s understandable. Conditions vary across the world, and facilities have different priorities and their protocols for reopening also vary. 

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) has two events on its schedule for December, although that may be ambitious. The International Racquetball Tour (IRT) doesn’t have any Tier 1 events scheduled. 

Internationally, the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) has the Pan American Championships and the Junior World Championships on the schedule for December in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Whether either of those events happen is uncertain, of course. The IRF does have the proviso that the events may be moved to January, which still seems ambitious. Also, the IRF World Senior Championships are set for December - after those previous events - in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as usual. 

In lieu of matches, the LPRT and IRT have been posting interviews with various players, which is a nice feature. You can watch them via their respective YouTube channels: LPRT on YT - IRT on YT.  

2020 3 Wallball World Championships 

All that said, many of the best players are going to be competing this weekend at the 2020 3 Wallball World Championships in Las Vegas. Hopefully, everyone will stay safe, and no outbreaks will stem from that competition. It’s outdoors, so the likelihood of transmission should be reduced. 

Will we be going to Vegas this weekend? No, because local authorities advise not travelling unless necessary, and while racquetball seems necessary, it’s not actually actually necessary. And then there would be a two week self isolation on returning home. Not fun. 

We look forward to the days when we can travel care free to racquetball events or for any other reason. But those days aren’t here yet, even after six months. 

Follow the bouncing ball….

1 comment:

Todd Boss said...

I was set to go to Vegas myself; had grand plans to do interviews and watch matches and help on the broadcasts. But my kid got exposed, he's in quarantine, i'd be in quarantine upon return plus possibly come to town as a carrier (since you can't actually tell if you have the damn virus even if you test negative).

So I bailed. and it sucks. I'm frigging tired of this virus and want to get back to normal.