Racquetball is not available during the Phase 2 Reopening. We will update you when this feature returns to the Westerly-Pawcatuck Branch. Thank you
The Westerly-Pawcatuck Y Racquetball League
A League plays Tuesday nights.
B League plays Wednesday nights.
Starting times: 5:30 PM/6:30 PM/7:30 PM Please email your desire to participate in future leagues to the below email address.
It’s important that we have your email address since that is our sole way of communicating league information.
Submit your email address to get on the email notifications for future sessions.
Get on the email list
To get on the racquetball email list or to request to play in the league, submit your request to Danny Lee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you sign up for the league, you are making a commitment to play most, if not all, of your assigned matches. If you cannot make a match, notify your opponent as early as possible, and then re-schedule (see League Rules). Not being able to play a match (but giving proper notification) is forgivable, just not showing up, is not. Players with repeated no-shows will be banned from the league.
A Special Thanks…
We want to recognize and thank Bill Randall for volunteering to teach the juniors on Monday afternoons in beginning racquetball. Art Hotchkiss did it last session.
The future of racquetball depends upon getting youths and young adults involved. Without more players, all the courts may one day disappear.
Farewell to Dave Sisson
Dave Sisson passed away on December 27, 2012. He was an avid racquetball player at the Westerly Y. A memorial event was held on June 26, 2013 in the Westerly Y racquetball area. Below is Art Hotchkiss’ remembrance: “We recently lost Dave Sisson, at age 91. I started playing racquetball with Dave about 1967. It was then one-wall. You can see the remnants of the court where the far wall is smooth to the right of the entrance to CT 2. Dave was playing with our M-W-F AM group until he was 88 or 89, usually my partner. One of his claims to fame was being the champion ping pong player in the North African Army Command during WW II. Dave’s family directed contributions in his memory to the Y. I would ask that when you contribute to the up-coming” Reach Out To Youth” campaign, which you do so generously, that you note that it is in Dave’s memory. May we all have as good a run on the racquetball courts as did Dave.” – Art Hotchkiss
Happy 50th Birthday, Racquetball…
Did you know that racquetball was invented in Connecticut fifty years ago? Did you also know that at that time, the very first racquetball racquets were developed up the road in North Attleboro, Mass? That’s right. Joe Sobek, commonly referred to as “The Father of Racquetball” started with an idea of paddle rackets with strings in 1950 at the Greenwich YMCA. Joe was both a tennis pro and handball player. He got the idea of developing a game that was easier to learn than tennis, but faster, with a racquet, than handball. Knowing there were many handball courts across the U.S. to play on. He then fused the concepts from squash, handball, and paddleball. In 1950, during the Korean War, Joe asked NJ Magnum Co. (North Attleboro, Massachusetts) to make up 25 racquets during their downtime due to the war. They were very primitive compared to today’s technology, made of wood with leather grips.
Kudos to Coach Russ Palazzo…
Did you know that Russ Palazzo is the coach of the UConn Racquetball Club Team? He’s brought them from somewhere near the bottom of the Eastern Collegiate Racquetball Conference (ECRC) to close to the top. At the Intercollegiate National Championships held in April 2010 at Missouri State University, UConn finished 1st out of all the ECRC schools at the tournament and 17th overall out of 40 men’s teams. For more info, visit: University of Connecticut Racquetball Club Team.
Little Known Health Benefits of Racquetball
In an average game of 20 minutes, a player will run a distance of approximately 3,650 feet or over two miles in one hour of play. In an intense league match, you can expect to burn off roughly 800 calories an hour. Racquetball players work at a constant rate of 75% to 85% of their maximum heart rate for the duration of a typical racquetball game, which is considered the ideal heart rate training zone. Most interesting is that racquetball is considered an anaerobic activity. Anaerobic exercise stimulates your body’s natural production of human growth hormone. Humane growth hormone is considered the “youth hormone” which stimulates lean muscle mass building, weight loss, and anti-aging.