2016 NMRA International Championships Portland

Racquetball Tournament 7/6/2016 - 7/9/2016
2016 NMRA International Championships Portland
Sunset Athletic Club - Portland, OR USA

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

Update July 4, 2016: Times and brackets are available, but we still hope you will join us Tuesday night for tournament check-in and appetizers at the club. We will take pictures of all the First-Time NMRA players, and try to answer all of your questions about the week's event. See you Tuesday! Don't forget to text or call our transportation concierge Joe Williams at 402.309.4260 if you need a ride. He will post a shuttle schedule in the hotel lobby. Parking at the club is limited and our group MUST take the shuttle or park far away. Call with questions.
Update June 23, 2016: A few people still wanted to sign up so I opened registration back up for today (Thursday). Call if you have any trouble getting in. I am still working on doubles pairings and roommates, etc. I understand there are still $114 rooms at the Shilo Inn. It's getting close!
Update June 15, 2016: After receiving an email about the Shilo Inn room availability from one of our players, I called them to ensure we have more rooms at the $114 rate. If you booked at a different hotel or a different rate, feel free to call the front desk and mention that Raymond, the hotel GM, extended the NMRA rate for our group! Cindy
Update June 12, 2016: The NMRA newsletter is out. Hope you read it.
Update April 18, 2016: One player told me that he called to get his room at the Shilo Inn and was told the rooms were sold. I checked on it and that is NOT THE CASE at all. There are still plenty of rooms available, so please contact them and stay at the Host Hotel! If you need help, Ray is our contact for rooms.

Hello 45+ Racquetball Players!!

Welcome to the 2016 NMRA International Championships, July 6 through 9, 2016. It has been about five years since we have been to Portland so it’s about time we went back! It is going to be a great time in Beaverton! We hope you will come out for the player information meetings at check-in night at the Sunset Athletic Club Sports Club in Beaverton at 5:15 pm and 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 5, to get all of your questions answered. We have identical meetings for the early and late arrivers.

If we need more courts, we have the Lloyd Athletic Club in Portland reserved.

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.

Maximum players for this event will be 165, then an online waiting list will be used. As always, the “Share a Room” and “Request a Doubles Partner” lists will be available too.

You may sign up for a maximum of two divisions. All divisions are round-robins and are self-refereed. Honesty, integrity and fair play are the themes of this tournament. You will get plenty of racquetball and make a lot of new friends.

In addition to men’s and women’s singles, same-gender doubles and mixed doubles, two special divisions will be offered. The first is Rotating-partner (jackpot) doubles for the 75+ crowd, up to a maximum of 16 participants. This was very well received in St. Louis, and we expect it to fill up quickly. It isn’t really available via the R2sports.com online registration, so please just use the regular doubles to represent your choice of jackpot doubles and note your preference in the comments. Call Cindy if you have any questions.

The second special offering will be an Ex-Pro/Amateur doubles division where the amateur invites the ex-pro to play and pays his/her entry fee. For this ex-pro/amateur division, there will be an upper age group and a lower one. That upper age will most likely start at 55, but it depends on who, if anyone, signs up for the division. We have not yet tried this but hope to make it happen in Portland.

Please plan to come out to the Portland area early for music festivals and other special Upper Northwest events! There is so much to do, as you will see on the Things To Do list.

For this four-day tourney, the first event is $165; second is $30. You don’t have to play a second division (which must be doubles), but we hope you will, as it makes the doubles stronger. You may request a doubles partner and/or a roommate and we will do our best. Enter online by June 20, or send in a US mail entry by June 17. 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 June 20, when shirts will have been ordered and matches scheduled.

One special note about the hotel (the Shilo Inn Suites Portland): PLEASE RESERVE YOUR ROOM EARLY. We have only reserved 30 queen-bed rooms, but we can get more if those fill up before our deadline. The hotel is about five miles from the Sunset Club, nine miles from the Lloyd Club, and the Friday night banquet will be at the hotel ballroom. You will find it easiest to stay at the host hotel, as there will be an hourly shuttle to both clubs, provided free.

The primary club will be the famous Sunset Athletic Club in Beaverton (West Portland). We are allowed to use all nine of their panel-walled courts. Thanks to Paul Maduell and his crew for allowing us to use the facility. Our second club, if needed, will be the Lloyd Athletic Club in Portland, providing an additional seven courts. Tera Costanza is our contact there, and we also thank her for hosting our group.

There is much more information available in the Info Sheet. In addition, there are many things to do in Portland, Washington and Northern California so I had Paul Maduell write 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=21975 We are still working on the Info Sheet and Things To Do but will be done very shortly.

Call or email us if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you in Portland at check-in night on Tuesday, July 5, 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

John Winings
NMRA Board Member/
Tournament Director
209.743.6487 Cell

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