NMRA International Championships 2015

Racquetball Tournament 7/22/2015 - 7/25/2015
NMRA International Championships 2015
Highlands Ranch Rec Center - Highlands Ranch, CO USA

(Check back here often for tourney updates as they happen.)

Update July 22, 2015: The first day of the tournament is over and everything went pretty well. We got the gold windbreaker jackets and everyone liked them a lot. Tomorrow we start matches at the Littleton YMCA and more great racquetball at the Northridge Rec Center. Our masseuse, Tiffany Shocklee, was busy all day with sore players. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all fabulous, thanks to Bill Fearing and his volunteer staff. Can't ask for more than...lots more racquetball tomorrow!
Update July 20, 2015: Everything is set for check-in night at the Northridge Rec Center, starting about 5:00 pm near courts 1 and 2. There will be sandwiches and a player meeting after we get some people through the line to get their player packets. For our fabulous Hilton Garden Inn Hotel guests, there will be two shuttle runs before the check-in night, in case you want to practice on those courts early, and two later in the evening to get back. Remember that you can walk from the club to the hotel on a sidewalk, but it's just over one-half mile. Shuttle leaves the hotel at 2:30 and 3:30, then 6:30 and 7:30. It leaves Northridge at 2:40, 3:40, 6:40 and 7:40---the last shuttle. If you miss that, someone will give you a ride! Match schedules will be open soon. TRY TO COME TO CHECK-IN NIGHT to save confusion and extra work on Wednesday before your matches. THANKS.
Update July 12, 2015: Patrick is doing the scheduling today. There are 25 ladies and 88 men players in the tourney. We will use the Littleton Family Y Thursday and Friday--not sure about Saturday yet. Lunches will only be served at the Northridge Rec Center, but you will get all of that information when you check in to the tournament.

Update July 10, 2015: Patrick Gibson will be scheduling matches tomorrow, so if there is anyone who still wants to try to get in, call me NOW at 303.888.4461 and I might be able to get you in. Shirts will be ordered and banquet meal numbers will be set this weekend.

Here is a link to the picture of the Gold tournament wind jacket. Women’s sizes are available, so I will contact ladies about sizes. Men, I hope your USAR profile size is right! I’ll order a few extras, too. http://www.zoomcatalog.com/catalogs/591708#/186/

Inexpensive bus route trip planner from the airport here is an alternative to cabs and shuttles. It estimates over two hours for the trip, with some transfers, but I wanted to make you aware of it. Skyride leaves Denver International Airport on Level 5, Door 506, of the West side of the terminal (due to construction of a transportation hub) The hotel might be able to pick you up if you get close.

UPDATE July 6, 2015: The last day to sign up is today, but I do need some more doubles partners, if you want to play doubles! Call or update your entry with a second divisions.

Hilton Garden Inn only has rooms left for the first part of the week, and they will be $140 per night. Feel free to contact Amanda directly at 720.479.6522 if you want personal attention--perhaps someone might cancel. Thanks to everyone who is staying at the host hotel. You have saved us lots of money! Thanks!

Hello 45+ Racquetball Players!!

Welcome to the 2015 NMRA International Championships, July 22-25, 2015. It is going to be a great time in Denver! We hope you will come out for the player information meeting at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 21, to get all of your questions answered.

For all the information you need on this tournament, you can click here to go to the www.nmra.info site and see the Information Sheet for the tournament. We recommend you download it and bring it with you as you plan your trip and make your reservations.

Please plan to come out to Colorado early to get used to the altitude and dryness. In addition, you’ll find the bounce is crazy, but every shot is gettable!

For this four-day tourney, the first event is $165; second is $30 and one of these must be doubles. You may request a doubles partner and/or a roommate and we will do our best. Enter online by July 6, or send in a US mail entry by July 3. You’ll get food and fun all week, in addition to our famous banquet slideshow and a great tournament shirt.

No refunds will be allowed after July 13, when shirts will have been ordered and matches scheduled.

One special note about the hotel (the Hilton Garden Inn): Denver in July is very popular and we are lucky to have our hotel for $119 per night. In fact, the NMRA and our sponsors are subsidizing each room to bring it down to that rate, and we are happy to do it to have more people able to attend the tournament and stay at the host hotel. Please take advantage of it, as there will be shuttle service from the host hotel(s) only. There are 10 one-bedroom suites available at the Residence Inn (owned by the same family that owns the Hilton Garden Inn) for $184 per night, but we think the Hilton Garden Inn rooms will be the most popular. Book your rooms early, as there are only 45 rooms blocked off for us at the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotels are only one-half mile from the club, and the Friday night banquet will be at the Hilton Garden Inn ballroom.

The club will be the fabulous Highlands Ranch Rec Center Northridge. If we need it, we will also use the Littleton Family YMCA up the street. All courts are cement-walled with back glass. The Highlands Ranch Rec Center will also be used for USA Racquetball National Singles in May. Thanks to Matt Anderson and his crew for allowing us to use the facility. Marcia Richards is our contact at the Littleton Family YMCA, and she had been the President of the Colorado Racquetball Association for many years and is now the Vice President.

There is much more information available in the Info Sheet. In addition, there are many things to do in Colorado so I have written up a list of just a few. If you prefer to enter via US Mail, there is a downloadable entry here too. http://www.nationalmastersracquetball.org/articles.asp?articleID=10296

Call or email us if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you in Denver at check-in night on Tuesday, July 21, at about 5:00 pm. Thanks for considering playing our tournament. We think we have a great formula for providing the best bang for your travel tournament dollar, but we are always open to suggestions.

Cindy Tilbury
NMRA President/
Tournament Director
303.888.4461 Cell

Patrick Gibson
NMRA Co-Treasurer/
Tournament Director
617.319.0080 Cell

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