Featured Facility Friday

The most frequently asked question I see about racquetball in any of the online forums, is where (& when) can I find a game when I travel to (or move to) city XYZ?

Depending on the location, I usually reply with a link to the state association, any known tournament facilities from R2Sports, any discussion groups specific to that area on Facebook, and even specific individuals to contact when I know them.

Very frequently, I don’t have anything to add and the people from that area aren’t in the specific forum (or Facebook discussion group) that the question is being asked in, and so the traveler / new resident is left without the racquetball information that they need.

On February 18th, I sent out a trial balloon to see if there would be any interest in a ‘Featured Facility Friday’ series of articles for DailyRacquetball.com. I had 4 responses on Facebook (and no responses on different Facebook groups) and 2 responses on Reddit.

What do I want to know about your facility?

1) Name
2) Location
3) Phone number
4) Website
5) Facebook page, if any
6) Number of courts
7) Pro shop, if any
8) When players play during the week, broken down by days and times
9) Is there a league or challenge ladder there
10) Are there tournaments held there

Here’s the example I provided:

LA Fitness Austin – S. Lamar Blvd.
4001 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 652-5779
https://www.lafitness.com/Pages/clubhome.aspx?clubid=1036&Austin-Texas+GYM
https://www.facebook.com/LA-Fitness-Austin-S-Lamar-Blvd-319388271570003/
– 4 courts, 3 can be reserved
Monday – Friday early morning group 5-7 am, lots and lots of doubles
Monday – Friday 11 am – 1 pm, players get together, not as consistent as the early morning crowd
Monday & Wednesday 6 pm and 7 pm, League play
Monday – Thursday 4 pm – 6 pm, lots of players at this time of day, great time to get worked in
Saturdays 8 am – 10 am, doubles everywhere!
Saturdays 11 am – 1 pm, singles
Sundays? Couldn’t speak for any regular players here.

What would you want to know about a facility that wasn’t in my list above or in my example?
Would you be interested in this type of feature coming out on a regular basis?
Would you be willing to provide the info for your club?

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JT RB

I am a racquetball enthusiast in Redondo Beach, California.