Racquetball Info & Court Policies

Racquetball League Schedule

Registration has just opened for the Downtown Springfield YMCA 2017 Summer Racquetball League. Play is scheduled to start July 3 and go until about September 2, 2017. Registration will end June 30, 2017.

  • The Downtown YMCA now has 4 racquetball courts on the second floor. Three of the courts have a full back wall with a third floor gallery viewing area. Contact the front desk if the gallery door is locked. Another has a back wall with windows for viewing. If the courts are in need attention notify the front desk and the racquetball coordinator at rball@springfieldymca.org.

  • The racquetball courts are used for periodic competitive racquetball leagues, the ongoing racquetball challenge league, and non-league open racquetball and handball play.  The front desk should be asked about reserving the courts for OTHER USES to prevent damage to the courts.

  • Make court reservations with the front desk staff in person – or by calling 217-544-4943. You need to provide your full name and can only reserve a court for yourself. You may not reserve a court for others. The person that made the reservation MUST use the court at the reserved time. All players may be asked to leave a court if one of them do not have a reservation on that court and another person has reserved the court at the service desk.

  • Springfield, IL YMCA members and racquetball league registrants (members and non-members) may reserve up to 2 courts for the day of a match and 2 more days in advance (except for Court #2). For example, call Monday for courts on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday; call Saturday for courts on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, etc. Court #2 can be reserved 48 hours in advance for handball and 24 hours in advance for racquetball players.

  • Court reservations are made in 1 hour blocks, up to a maximum of 2 consecutive hours if available.

  • Y guests and A.W.A.Y. members may reserve courts the day of their visit.

  • Y staff may use the courts for other purposes and events, but will post signs and let the front desk staff know about these “blackout” dates in advance.

  • Occupy your court at the reserved time. Don’t reserve courts that you are not going to use. Courts will be held for 15 minutes following the reserved time, after which the reservation will be canceled for use by someone else.

  • The Y front desk may be called from the upstairs racquetball hallway court phone (Dial 24) to confirm, make and break reservations, or any emergency.

Competitive Racquetball League Sessions

  •  The Downtown YMCA hosts competitive adult (13 and over) co-ed racquetball leagues at several skill levels several times a year – usually 2 in the fall or winter and 1 during the summer.

  • Tell the Racquetball League Coordinator if you want to be notified in advance of league or tournament start dates and other racquetball information.  Email rball@springfieldymca.org or text 217-404-0008.

  • The adult racquetball League gives you the opportunity to play at your own level of comfort within one or two skill divisions: Expert (A), Advanced (B), Intermediate (C), and Novice (D). The League is open to both Y members ($10) and non-members ($50).

  • CURRENT COMPETITIVE LEAGUE STATUS – Players contact information, Skill Division level and roster, match schedule and results are found in the appropriate “Division” level tab (A, B, C, etc). The league standings and statistics are in the “Competitive League Rankings” tab.

  • A racquetball league session is scheduled to start July 3, 2017 and play through September 2, 2017.  Registration starts soon!

How to Schedule and Play Competitive League Games

Look at the league match schedule for your Division. The link to the schedule and roster appear here before the start date. During the session, each week the “Home” player contacts the “Away” opponent to arrange a time and date to play during the week as shown on the schedule. All Racquetball League matches are played at the Downtown facility. To be notified when the next league sessions are starting, questions, or to report ladder league game results, e-mail Mark Vassmer at rball@springfeldymca.org or text or leave a message at 217-404-0008.

Scheduling Matches

Please try to work around schedule conflicts. If you are unable to play for a period of time, let us (by text, voice mail or e-mail) and your opponents know so the games can be rescheduled, either playing an extra game one week or playing during the overtime week. We don’t like to give forfeits but will if necessary. While winning is always fun, players REALLY want to play all matches.

Skill Levels

Players select skill-based divisions in which to play when registering. Players are assigned by the league coordinator to a division(s) based on ranking from previous play at the Y, the league coordinator’s judgment, and the number of players registered. Players wishing to play an additional division must play at the skill level above the division assigned.

Scoring

Winners of each 3-game match must send all 3 game scores of the match, the division, and date played to the league coordinator (text or voice message to 217-404-0008 or e-mail rball@springfieldymca.org) as soon as possible. You should get a confirmation within a day. Please check the posting at the link above to make sure it is correct. In the event of a tie, points can make the difference in standings, so play all 3 games each time. Scores, game schedule, contact information (and updates), and player status will be posted at the above link as received . . . and on the upstairs bulletin board once in awhile.

Awards

At the end of the session, the top two ranked players in each division will receive awards like a spiffy Y T-shirt!!!

Safety

Please bring your own safety gear, racquets and fresh racquetballs, as we can’t guarantee the Y will have these on loan when needed. Always play it safe and follow the safety rules, using eye protection, wrist straps and calling “hinder” to avoid injuries.

Contact

Mark Vassmer, Springfield Y Racquetball League Coordinator
rball@springfieldymca.org
or text 217-404-0008

Ongoing Challenge League

  • A FREE ongoing racquetball “league” is available. Active YMCA members or current Competitive League contestant may compete with each other at any time during the year.

  • To compete, prior to the match, send a “challenge” accepted by both players to the YMCA Racquetball Coordinator (text or voice to 217-404-0008 or email rball@springfieldymca.org ). At least one of the players must already have a ranking on the posted list.

  • After the match is completed, send the results to the YMCA Racquetball Coordinator.

  • If the lower ranked person wins, they take over the higher rank of the opponent – moving the opponent down 1 rank. Otherwise there is no change in rank. Ranks will be changed by a player winning a match 2 out of 3 games each to 15 points.

  • Games must be played at the Downtown Springfield YMCA and reported to the YMCA Racquetball Coordinator for verification.

  • Both Challenge and Competitive League matches impact these rankings, except forfeits.

  • Players that have not reported any matches played in over 2 years, are not able to defend challenges within 30 days, or are otherwise unable or unwilling to play may be removed from the list.

  • Rankings are used for Competitive League Division placement and tournament bracketing – and just for fun.

  • CURRENT ONGOING CHALLENGE LEAGUE STATUS – See the “CHALLENGE LEAGUE” tab for players contact information and “Ongoing Racquetball” league rankings.

  • The Ongoing Challenge League is always open and FREE.

Springfield YMCA Racquetball League Rules

  • Matches are won by winning 2 out of 3 games to 15 points, with 1 point needed to win. Play all 3 games.

  • The winner of each match will be responsible for reporting the scores to the league coordinators at rball@springfieldymca.org.

  • Players with conflicts for a scheduled match must contact their opponent 24 hours prior to the match to reschedule.

  • Players not showing up for matches within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time forfeit that match at the option of the player that shows up on time. While the late or “no-show” player may contact opponents to reschedule, the on-time opponent has the option to reschedule or take a forfeit.

  • Eye protection with lenses is mandatory and must meet ASTM or CSA impact standards for racquetball.

  • All games must be played at the YMCA’s Downtown facility racquetball courts during regular hours of operation.

  • To determine first server, lob ball for the “short” line on service box; the closest serves first. Players alternate servers between first and second matches. The player who scored the most points in games one and two serves the third game. If all points are tied after two, lob ball for the “short” line to determine service on third game.

  • Play safe and call hinders when necessary.

  • Rules of play will be the United States Racquetball Association rules (http://www.usra.org) where they do not conflict with YMCA Racquetball League rules.

  • Forfeits are assigned at the discretion of the League Coordinator for Competitive League game only. Forfeits do not impact the master “Ongoing Challenge League” rankings.

  • Players not playing (or reporting results for) all Competitive League games will not receive a Competitive league ranking or be eligible for the Competitive league awards.

  • To get on the e-mail list to be notified of league activities and updates, or if you have questions, text the Racquetball League Coordinator Mark Vassmer at 217-622-9914 or e-mail rball@springfieldymca.org.