There has been a few important changes made to the Rules & Regulations of the Association most notable is that a C player can now win 3 C&D Singles divisions before being promoted to B. This rule comes into effect at the 2019 Galway Open next weekend.
Full Copy of the Rules & Regulations HERE
The players promotion rules are as follows:
3.0 Player Promotions
3.1 The promotion process is confined to singles divisions at sanctioned Open Tournaments. All promotions must be approved by the Seeding committee. The normal process is that when a player wins a division he or she is promoted to the next division. Exceptions are listed below. (see 2.4 & 2.5)
3.2 a Novice player who wins a singles division or an overage singles division at an open tournament is promoted to the D grade and becomes a D player
3.3 a D player who wins a c/d singles division at an open tournament is promoted to the C grade and becomes a C player
3.4 a C player who wins a c/d singles division at an open tournament for the 3rd time is promoted to the B grade and becomes a B player
3.5 a player who wins a B Singles at Open Tournaments which is a division comprised of first round losers from the Open Singles division will not be promoted.
3.6 Players winning promotion are promoted immediately after the tournament is completed.
3.7 Players cannot be promoted during a tournament, only when the tournament has finished will promotions apply.
3.8 A player who wins a division at an Open Tournament which has 6 players or less competing will not be promoted. a. (note 2 - at Open tournaments players are promoted one grade at a time e.g a novice player winning a novice singles is promoted to D, a novice player winning a c/d singles at an Open tournament is promoted to D) b. (note 3 - a C player who wins a c/d singles will become C1, on winning a second c/d singles will become C2 and on winning a 3rd c/d singles he/she will become a B player) c. (note 4 - a player who wins 2 singles divisions at the same Open Tournament will be promoted according to the promotion rules above)
4.0 Player Promotions at National Championships
4.1 A player winning a singles division at National Championships is promoted to the next grade.
a. (note - irrespective of the players current grade, a player winning a singles division at the All Ireland Singles Championships is promoted to the next grade e.g a D player on winning a C Singles All Ireland title will be promoted to the B grade)
4.2 Players are promoted at All Ireland Championships irrespective of the number of players competing in the division that he or she won.
On Saturday 28th September 2019, the Racquetball Association of Ireland celebrated 40 years at the Newpark Hotel. A great night was had with friends new and old, with great memories shared and fun had.
Our MC for the night was the wonderful Johnny O'Keeney, including an address from our current president Martin Lawless followed by a brief history of racquetball from John Comerford.
Over the 40 years, thirteen men served as president of Racquetball Ireland and these were recognized for their fine service to the sport. They have served the committee in the highest regard. Awards sponsored by Mayo Crystal.
A number of athlete and special recognition awards were presented. These included Special Recognition Awards: Joe Devenney (Ballinrobe) Outstanding result in the 2018 World Senior Championships, Eoin Tynan (Fethard) Outstanding Result in the 2018 US Open, Noel O'Callaghan (Fermoy) 24 National Titles. Our Player of the Year Winners included Ken Cottrell (Kilkenny) 40+ Player of the Year, Billy Walsh (Kilkenny) 50+ Player of the Year, Mark Murphy (Kilkenny) Mens Player of the Year, Aisling Hickey (Rossmore) Ladies Player of the Year. A 2019 Special Recognition Award was awarded to Mick Cunningham (Araglen) for his contribution and tremendous work with Junior racquetball.
Araglen Racquetball Club were presented with 2019 Club of the Year. A new award presented by on behalf of Racquetball Ireland in recognizing the hard work at local level, their attendance at RAI tournaments and their work with junior racquetball. Well done to all at Araglen Racquetball Club
Award sponsored by Brendan Carey.
2019 marked the first year of the 2019 Racquetball Association of Ireland to recognize and honor athletes and contributors of the sport who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in competition, or in the development, leadership, and advancement of the sport.
Six inductees were introduced on the night:
A final and surprise award was presented by Racquetball Ireland, 2019 Special Contribution Award for Overall Contribution to Irish Racquetball, to longstanding committee member Michael Haverty, who will in 2020 will have served on the Racquetball Ireland board during three decades. Haverty was presented with the award for his knowledge, dedication and contribution to Irish racquetball.
A special thank you to everyone that celebrated 40 years of racquetball and to those that supported our Junior National Racquetball Team.
A big thank you to our sponsors: Martin Lawless & Mayo Crystal, Corragh Trophies, Jimmy Gannon of Arklow Racquetball Club, Brendan Carey of Araglen Racquetball Club & Castlebar Racquetball Club