Racquetball Ireland are currently seeking interested applicants for Coach Developers. We encourage all members to register interest.
The programme will be based in Limerick and will start on September 5th and 6th 2020. Coaching Ireland are now seeking nominations put forward by Racquetball Ireland.
Applicants must be available for all the following course dates:
Weekend 1 – September 5th & 6th 2020 (online)
Weekend 2 – October 3rd & 4th 2020 (online)
Weekend 3 – October 31st & November 1st 2020
Weekend 4 – November 28th & 29th 2020
Weekend 5 – January 9th & 10th 2021
These dates may clash with RAI tournaments.
Cost of the Course
The course fee is €1,000 per person. Racquetball Ireland will cover the cost of the course alongside travel & accommodation expenses as well as a out-of-pocket expenses.
What does a Coach Developer do after the five weeks of training?
Deliver Racquetball Ireland’s Coaching Pathway Foundation Course to future coaches (usually only one/two weekends per year).
Read more here about a RAI Coach Developer.
How to I register Interest?
You can let us know you are interested here.
Interest can be registered on a rolling basis but to be considered for the 2020 course, please register interest by Sunday, July 26th.
Sport Ireland have updated their Covid-19 Online e-learning Course which now includes certification and Covid Officer Training.
Section A of the Course builds on the previous Awareness course and has been updated with the current government advice and guidelines in relation to covid19.
Section A of the Course
This is targeted at supporting administrators, volunteers, coaches and players & participants.
Section B of the Course
Aims to support those who have been nominated to fulfil the Covid Officer Role in their NGB, LSP, Club or Community Group.
This section will include specific modules in relation to that role – Responsibilities, Management Plans, Venue Layouts, Dealing with a Breakout, Emergency First aid etc.
Participants can choose to complete Section A only or both sections A & B.
Nominated Covid Officers are recommended to complete both sections.
Both sections will include a test/quiz and a Certificate of Completion. The cert can be saved or printed out afterwards.
Clubs should ensure every player/member/parent/volunteer should have this certificate before returning to play.
You can log on to the course HERE
The course is free and takes less than 30 minutes
The World Senior Championships usually held in September have been moved to 16-19 December 2020 at its usual venue Alberqueque, New Mexico, USA.
Racquetball Ireland has now published its Protocols & Procedures for Return to Play for both Clubs & Players/Members along side our Return to Play Roadmap.
Carefully read the Protocols for Return to Play Clubs to ensure your club is prepared to restart.
Racquetball Ireland advises every club to appoint a Covid Officer who will be responsible for managing issues and queries relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare/implement a club response plan. Sport Ireland will offer an online training course in the next two weeks for Covid Officers.
A Club risk assessment should be completed before return to play
Carefully read the Protocols for Return to Play Players/Members to ensure you are informed and prepared to follow the required guidelines.
Complete a Personal Assessment Declaration.
All information can be found: Here
Always remain mindful of your own health and that of your fellow players and ensure guidance with the National Government and HSE guidelines. We are in this together and are equally responsible for ensuring that we protect the health of ourselves and that of others and for ensuring that best practices are followed and implemented.
Due to the evolving nature of Covid-19 & changing Governmental Guidelines, documents are subject to change. Please check our website and social media platforms for updates regularly.
As we look closer at the return to sport, we highly recommended that ALL involved complete Sport Ireland’s online COVID-19 Awareness e-Learning Course available on their website.
It is essential that ALL Clubs, Committees, Groups, Coaches, Parents, Volunteers & Participants inform themselves and prepare for the return to play in a safe way that can help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
It is a free course and takes only 30 minutes.
The course is available at: https://www.sportireland.ie/covid19/course
This Sport Ireland COVID-19 Return to Sport e-learning resource is intended to supplement Government advice through the Roadmap for the Reopening of Society and Business with specific reference to sport and physical activity. At all times, the health of those participating in and facilitating sport and physical activity is priority. Whilst risk in relation to the spread of COVID-19 cannot be eliminated, it can be minimised.
Share now with your club and club members.
The Racquetball Association is currently finalising a protocol document on the return to play.
As at the current date, no indoor sport has received permission to return to play yet. At present, return to sport protocols for all indoor sports in Ireland are being examined by Sport Ireland and work is underway to produce recommendations for same.
Due to the confined space in which racquetball is played and the difficulty in ensuring social distancing in competitive play, it is viewed as a higher-risk sport for the contraction of Covid -19. Also, protocols need to take in to account of the age profile of a large percentage of players.
The Association hopes racquetball will return in the shortest timeframe possible but also by the safest means possible.
Further updates will be made in the coming weeks.
Sport Ireland are undertaking a study to gather the most up to date information from female coaches in Ireland, both current and former, to inform the development of future plans, programmes and initiatives for female coaches in the country.
The findings from this survey and the subsequent study will enable Sport Ireland to develop resources, programmes and strategies that can support the ongoing work of Irish Racquetball and National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs), as well as advising on future work plans in the topic of females in coaching.
We hope that as a result of this survey we can
Complete the Survey
The Racquetball Association of Ireland are currently preparing protocols for a return to play. A draft protocol is being prepared with reference to current government guidelines.
In brief, we envisage that a return to ‘solo’ racquetbal (one player only per court) is feasible in Phase 3 of the Irish Government’s ‘Roadmap to re-opening business & society’ (published May 1st). Updates from the UK Government with respect to easing of restrictions in Northern Ireland will guide re-opening of racquetball clubs there.
The Association do NOT recommend any re-opening of racquetball courts before Phase 3 of the Roadmap has been reached.
Clubs are also advised to check out the newly-published “Roadmap for reopening society and business”, where relevant, for guidance on managing the club environment HERE.
Not all sports centres will be open by Phase 3. Players should check with their local facility regarding reopening, bookings and local protocols.
The roadmap sets out Ireland's plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in five phases:
18 May (phase 1)
8 June (phase 2)
29 June (phase 3)
20 July (phase 4)
10 August (phase 5)
The Racquetball Association of Ireland announce the cancellation of the All Ireland Singles & Doubles Championships on the 18th & 19th April and the Fermoy Open due to be held on 16th & 17th May.
The Association also advises clubs to cancel all activities until further notice.
It is hoped the All Ireland Singles & Doubles Championships can be run in the Autumn when the new season begins. The Association will monitor the situation as regards Covid-19 over the coming months and may be able to re-shedule cancelled events in the Autumn.
In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow HSE guidelines and stay safe.
Corona Virus (Covid-19) Update
The Racquetball Association of Ireland in view of government advice have decided that the following tournaments will be cancelled:
The All Ireland Singles & Doubles on the 18th & 19th April will be reviewed as the situation develops.
Please follow updates on the HSE website on Covid-19