A Christmas Message from Racquetball Ireland President Martin Lawless:
After a very unusual year, I would like to wish all our racquetball family and friends, a happy and healthy Christmas.
It had been without a doubt, a difficult year for Irish Racquetball. The pandemic has caused us to pause and halt play, cancel tournaments and postpone international play/teams. We appreciate your patience and your understanding during the current situation. We are unsure what the New Year will bring but our main priority is to keep our players, clubs, volunteers and families safe. And return to play when it is safe to do so. This return we will indeed need your help and support as we all want to get back on the courts and play racquetball once more.
But for now, it is the time to keep safe and look out for one another. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and to a better and happy New Year.
President Racquetball Association of Ireland
The Racquetball Association of Ireland are delighted to confirm the receipt of a grant of 33,000€ following an announcement from the Government and Sport Ireland(SI) under 'Scheme Three’ of the Covid 19 Fund which has been implemented for NGB’s to address related losses from the Covid 19 pandemic. The grant will benefit clubs and our sport as we proceed forward through these challenging times. Arrangements to distribute the grant to clubs who made applications in October are now underway.
A small fund has been set aside for clubs who weren't in the position to apply in October. For further information on how to apply and for an application form.please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Racquetball Association of Ireland will be held on Wednesday 9th December 2020 beginning at 7pm to
From midnight on Wednesday 21st October, the Irish government will impose Level 5 restrictions nationwide.
This means that gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools and indoor courts must close for a peroid of 6 weeks. Outdoor individual exercise is permitted but you must remain with 5 kilometres of your home.
It still remains a difficult time for all indoor sports including racquetball with all indoor activity now cancelled until further notice.
The following tournaments in October have been cancelled due to Covid-19, Galway Open 10th & 11th October and Kilkenny Open 17th & 18th October. The Ballinrobe Irish Open which was due to be held on 7th & 8th November has also been cancelled. Decisions on the The All Ireland Junior Championships and the All Ireland Singles & Doubles Championships will be announced later.
Phase 4 in our Return to Sport commenced on the 31st August 2020
The following restrictions will be in force until further notice.
The maximum number of people permitted indoors is six, if social distancing can be achieved. Where social distancing cannot be achieved only the players and referee are permitted inside. Spectators are not permitted at a venue so viewing areas should be closed off.
Changing rooms and showers also remain closed until further notice.
For players under-18 years of age, a parent or guardian is permitted to attend matches or training.
Strict social distancing and the wearing of masks should be adhered to at all times.
A parent or guardian is not considered a spectator. A parent or guardian as well as all players must complete the Covid-19 Declaration before attending any tournament or training session. https://www.racquetball.ie/declaration.html.
The declaration should be made immediately before playing.
The first tournament of the season, the Fermoy Open will be a one day event and will only offer singles divisions, no doubles. Changing rooms and showers will not be available for this tournament. Payment of entry fees must be done online. To Enter & pay the entry fee online go to https://www.racquetball.ie/fermoy-open.html
These protocols are in line with government recommendations as issued by Sport Ireland.
For full Racquetball Ireland protocols visit https://www.racquetball.ie/covid-19.html
A limited Fermoy Open will be held on Saturday 12th September at the courts in Fermoy, Mitchelstown and Araglen. The tournament will be singles only, no doubles. It wil be a one day event and limited to 30 entries. Covid-19 protocols will be in force and no spectators are allowed at any of the venues. Entry fees must be paid online, no cash payments.
To enter online click HERE