What’s Wrong With Pro Racquetball? (1883 National Racquetball)

April 20, 2014

I wrote this piece 31 years ago right after attending the 1983 Ektelon Nationals, held 5/1/1983 in Anaheim, CA during the 1982-3 season. Some things just don’t change… It was published in the July 1983 edition of National Racquetball.

2013 Year In Photos

January 1, 2014

Click On Photo To Play Slideshow Photos from indoor and outdoor racquetball tournaments in Las Vegas, Huntington Beach and Arlington, VA.

Kane can recapture #1 ranking with win

December 10, 2013

When Kane Waselenchuk steps onto the court this weekend at the ROLLOUT New Jersey Open he will hear an unfamiliar announcement as he is introduced as the number two ranked player on the IRT Pro Racquetball tour. This may not … Continue reading

My Last Racquetball Photo Shoot

September 17, 2013

When I began photographing racquetball 5 years ago, my goal was to help promote this game I have played for most of my life and to improve the quality of racquetball’s image in commercial marketing and in social media and … Continue reading

Will Kane Waselenchuk Break Cliff Swain’s Record of “Most Tournament Wins”? (currently at 70**)

September 2, 2013

Kane Waselenchuk currently holds just about every major pro racquetball record. At the upcoming Ghost of Georgetown  IRT Tier 1 tournament (Sep 12-15), Kane can break yet another record of “Most tournament Wins” currently held by Hall of Fame Legend … Continue reading

My unbiased reporting on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge

August 3, 2013

For those who do not know, my life took a big turn in the road on Mother’s Day of this year. After experiencing some very minor stomach cramps over a course of 3 days, my loving wife convinced me to … Continue reading

The Kane Announcement…

May 3, 2013

Was accurate! My ranking points calculation was based upon the published IRT tournament schedule and the published rankings as of April 23rd, 2013.  When calculating the points I correctly dropped the lowest scores for both Rocky and Kane and I … Continue reading

Kane Waselenchuk Wins 8th World Racquetball Championship Crown

April 28, 2013

40By20.com April 28, 2013 Kane Waselenchuk (Austin,TX) captured his unprecedented 8th  International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Professional World Racquetball Championship title yesterday by winning the Ektelon Tournament of Champions IRT Tier 1 racquetball tournament at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, … Continue reading

Mega Week for Racquetball & Paddleball!

April 22, 2013

If you are craving world-class tournament competition this week you are in for a real treat! We have a Tier 1 IRT/USAR Regional Qualifier tournament in Portland, an LPRT Tier 1/USAR Regional Qualifier tournament in San Antonio, the CPRT Championships … Continue reading

Kane is a marketing promo genius!

March 31, 2013

We have all heard the comments…the IRT is boring because Kane Waselenchuk winning is almost the “default” outcome.  I for one enjoy The Great One’s dominance, but I was there when Hogan dominated his era and people said the same … Continue reading

Is Racquetball Really The “Worlds Fastest Sport”?

February 3, 2013

First let me start out by stating that this is a non-scientific editorial. We have all heard the claims of racquetball being the “world’s fastest sport“.  Even the official logo of the International Racquetball Tour (IRT)  makes this claim as … Continue reading

#1 Kane Waselenchuk vs #2 Rocky Carson

January 6, 2013

#1 Kane Waselenchuk vs #2 Rocky Carson #1 versus #2. Notre Dame vs Alabama Djokovic vs Federer Vitali Klitschko vs Alexander Povetkin Pro racquetball’s top two heavyweights competing against each other in the Finals of a tournament should bring visions … Continue reading

“Photo Credits” – The New World Currency?

January 2, 2013

©2013 Mike Augustin | Game Changer Photography, LLC I believe I may have discovered a brand-new world currency that may be used for all debts public and private. First, let me give you some background on how I first learned … Continue reading

Aimee Ruiz to be Inducted into NJAR Hall of Fame

December 11, 2012

40by20.com Press Release: Aimee Ruiz has been elected to the New Jersey Amateur Racquetball Hall of Fame. Her induction ceremony and presentation will be on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at The Racquet Club at Warren, NJ in conjunction with the … Continue reading

Kane’s 8th U.S. Open Title Notches New Record & Place in Racquetball History

November 15, 2012

Written by Jim Winterton Host of Coach’s Corner on 40By20.com 11 November 2012 Kane Waselenchuk took home an unprecedented 8th U.S. Open title, which is just one of the startling statistics that will put this man’s place in racquetball history … Continue reading

LPRT to Participate in 2012 3 Wallball World Championships-Las Vegas

August 10, 2012

The newly formed Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) has agreed to officially participate in the 3 Wallball World Championships at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Sep 19th-23rd. 3 Wallball Cup Series organizer Mike Coulter has confirmed in an exclusive interview … Continue reading

Racquetball 1st: Racquetball Legend Marty Hogan honored with a Topps card.

July 27, 2012

Marty Hogan is being honored by Topps Baseball Cards in their classic Allen & Ginter Collection honoring the “The World’s Champions” as well as the best baseball players in the world. He’s in very good company too… (Note the 40By20.com … Continue reading

40By20 Exclusive: Q & A with Andy Kulback, LPRT Deputy Commissioner

July 21, 2012

40By20.com reached out to Andy Kulback, the Deputy Commissioner of the newly organized Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) to conduct an exclusive interview regarding the recent formation of the new governing body for women’s professional racquetball.  Here’s what Andy had … Continue reading

The Race for the National Championship

April 22, 2012

Rocky Carson may be down but not completely out in his quest for the coveted professional racquetball National  Champion title.  Rocky, currently ranked #2 on the IRT tour, did not help his cause for a 2nd National Championship title this … Continue reading

Things Pro Racquetball Can Learn from Pro Squash

January 15, 2012

Professional squash uses a glass court very similar to the type used by the US Open. They use a large jumbotron type screen that is on top of the court to enhance  viewing.  I also like the way pro squash … Continue reading

OneShot Sports Announcement

January 14, 2012

Athletic apparel manufacturer and distributor OneShot Sports has joined forces with John Scott of EnetLive.tv/IRTNetwork in a deal that gives Mr. Scott a majority ownership stake in the popular Huntington Beach, CA based company. OneShot Sports designs and manufactures apparel … Continue reading

Thoughts on the 2nd Half of the 2011–2012 IRT Season

January 1, 2012

As we begin a New Year as well as the 2nd-half of the 2011–2012 International Racquetball Tour season, I thought I would take a look at the current stats for the currently active Top 30 ranked players for the tour. … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2011

2011 was kind of a mixed bag for me. I did my third corporate relocation in 7 years (San Francisco Bay Area, Raleigh, NC and now Philly). I am thankful I have skill sets that employers find valuable. All this … Continue reading

The Kane Dominance

September 18, 2011

Current World Champion and #1 ranked Kane Waselenchuk’s  impressive Finals victory today at the 2011 Novasors Kansas City Open racquetball tournament dictates the course of the brand new 2011-2012 IRT season, and further solidifies Kane’s complete and unquestionable dominance of … Continue reading

WPRO Boycotting 3 WallBall Championships

August 28, 2011

***40By20.com  News & Info Blog Exclusive*** WPRO Boycotting 3 WallBall Championships Las Vegas Sunday, 8/28/2011 40by20.com has learned that the governing body of women’s professional racquetball (WPRO) has elected to boycott the 2011 3 WallBall Championships in Las Vegas, Sep … Continue reading

Jack Huczek Retires From Racquetball

May 25, 2011

NOTE: AS WE PREDICTED ON FEB 12TH The sport’s most decorated player moves on to dominate the telecommunications industry Fullerton, Calif. – May 24, 2011 – Team HEAD/Penn’s Jack Huczek today officially announced his retirement from the sport of racquetball. … Continue reading

Commissioner Message Regarding the WPRO Ranking System and Season Ending Rankings

May 22, 2011

The WPRO’s ranking system is based on a 12 month cycle. That means that the season ending ranking points include the points earned for all tournaments on the schedule for the previous 12 months. Let’s use this season as an … Continue reading

Kane Waselenchuk – 6th World Racquetball Championship Title

April 10, 2011

Kane Waselenchuk has won his 6th professional racquetball World Championship title. Kane wrapped-up his sixth World Championship title with his impressive win today over Rocky Carson at the 2011 Mexico Open from Tijuana, MX.  Kane defeated Rocky in 3 straight … Continue reading

Marty Hogan Comeback Tour

April 1, 2011

We have learned that racquetball Legend and Hall of Fame member Marty Hogan will soon officially announce his pro racquetball comeback tour. Marty has been retired from pro racquetball since 1992. Marty Hogan’s last pro tour win was on April … Continue reading

Kane Waselenchuk Makes Racquetball History By Winning 100th Consecutive Match

March 20, 2011

#1 IRT ranked Pro Kane Waselenchuk made racquetball history tonight by winning his 100th consecutive match by defeating #2 ranked Rocky Carson in the Finals of the Salt Lake City ProAm. Kane defeated Carson in three straight games (11-1, 11-3, … Continue reading

March Madness-Not just for college hoops!

March 6, 2011

March is a great month for tournaments on the 40 by 20.  For the indoor racquetballers there are no less than 3 IRT T1 events and 2 WPRO tournaments.  Not to be outdone, the WOR Outdoor Racquetball tournaments for March … Continue reading

IRT Top 10 Shakeup and the Future

February 12, 2011

The 2010-2011 IRT season is just at the two-thirds mark and the possibility of a “new” Top 10 looks more likely with some recent and anticipated future events. The first is the retirement announcement by #7 IRT Pro Mitch Williams. … Continue reading