The In-Shape WPRO Championships presented by Ektelon is being held next weekend, April 23rd-25th. The deadline is quickly approaching so please do not wait until the last minute and either get charged a late fee or even worse, miss the deadline altogether.
FULL RANKING WPRO STOP: That's right, this is our third year out of the past four that we've hosted a full ranking WPRO event. This year we're adding Women's Pro Doubles and Mixed Pro Doubles to our list of divisions. There isn't another event in racquetball where you'll see most of the top 8 players playing in three professional divisions!! SEATING IS FREE OF CHARGE TO ALL PLAYERS FOR THE WPRO MATCHES. That's part of the reason for the more expensive entry fee.
EKTELON RACQUETBALL: Ektelon is now the Official Ball & Racquet of In-Shape Sport Clubs, and along with that title they are also the Presenting Sponsor of this event. This new partnership between In-Shape and Ektelon will guarantee that the In-Shape WPRO Champs will take place in 2011 and 2012. ALL DIVISIONS WILL BE USING THE EKTELON FIREBALL. Please be prepared for this change by practicing with the Fireball before the event begins. The Fireball will play considerably faster than the Ektelon Classic but the bounces are true and the ball will not break easily.
RACQUETBALL WAREHOUSE: Kyle and Ben will be back in Stockton and Racquetball Warehouse has once again signed on as the Official Retailer of the In-Shape WPRO Championships. The guys will have their traveling racquetball store up in the front lobby of In-Shape Sport: West Lane beginning on Thursday night during the sponsor doubles. Please order your Fireballs from Kyle or Ben and mention that you're getting ready for the In-Shape WPRO Champs. If you have any other product needs, feel free to give them a call so that they may have your product waiting for you in Stockton. Their number is 800-824-1101. Use the code of ELLI for a special gift along with your order.
SPONSORS: Many thanks to our current sponsors of this event in addition to the two mentioned above. Mike Lippitt (Mike Lippitt Racquetball) and Harold Jagoda (J&D Painting) have once again sponsored this event along with my longtime friend and rival, Dave Powell (Pacific Painting & Decorating). Ruth Flowers of Grupe Real Estate has graciously decided to support women's racquetball. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and we are a bit desperate to attain more support. If you're interested in sponsoring this event, advertising with In-Shape Racquetball on a yearly basis or just simply want to make a donation to this event, I'd love to speak with you. Please call me at (209) 969-4497 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DJ ORLANDO MAYO: The beats will be blasting throughout the racquetball portion of the In-Shape Sport: West Lane facility beginning Saturday morning. Orlando Mayo will bring his skillz to our event so you can bet the WPRO ladies will be pumped up to play as the get announced to their favorite song pre match. Orlando does an awesome job of setting the mood for a fun day of racquetball no matter what event he is at. On top of it all, he does it for the love of the game!! Thanks O!!
HOSPITALITY: We'll have plenty of "old school" hospitality in Stockton as my mom has graciously come out of racquetball tournament retirement to take the lead on the hospitality for the weekend. We'll serve an awesome homemade dinner on Friday night, continental breakfast Saturday morning, a long lunch on Saturday afternoon, which will then lead into the big party. "The Latin Party Under The Pavillion" will take place on Saturday night at the home of Dave & Pat Ellis. This party will feature a DJ from 7PM-?, an authentic mexican taco bar manned by Senor Jose Diaz and blenty of spirits for all to enjoy. To enjoy dinner on Saturday night, you'll have to venture over to the party at some point as we will not be serving dinner late at the club. I sincerely hope that I'll be able to end the tournament on Saturday night with last matches at 7PM so that all may attend the party. I'll be working on a shuttle serviced to a from the host hotel for this evening. Hospitality will conclude on Sunday with a continental breakfast and mexican lunch.
HOST HOTEL: This leads to the hotel information. The hotel is Ramada Plaza Stockton, which is the closest hotel to the club. The rate is $64.95 per night and the code is In-Shape Tournament. Please start making your reservations now as this tournament is on the same weekend as Stockton's Asparagus Festival and rooms may begin to go soon. All of this information is now on the sign up site.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: We've got some cool things happening during this event......... Celebrity Trainer & Flexibility Specialist J.R. Rogers will be offering his services to prepare your bodies for battle and relive your aches and pains after each match. FYI, last year Kristen Walsh used J.R.'s services before and after every match en route to her one and only WPRO Stop win. For a look at J.R. visit his personal website at www.jrbody.com. You'll notice he's the trainer on the new show about Kirstey Alley. If you have not seen the episode with J.R. in his speedo by the pool with Kirstey then you probably want to check that out. It'll give you a good idea of who J.R. is!!......... The one we call "Cuerno" will be set up to string throughout the weekend. Just visit the Racquetball Warehouse booth to drop off your racquet.......... This event will play the No Court Hinder Rule in every division. The wood on the top of the courts is out but all funny bounces will be live during the matches. This rule is in place to cut down on the number of "conversations" between players and refs. Speaking of refs, this is a losers ref tournament. Please do not walk out on your responsibilities. Help keep our tournament stay on time by coming up to the tournament desk right after your loss and picking up your scorecard. You can cool down in between card pick up and the start of the next match. We will provide tournament shirts at check in so again, please do not walk out on your responsibilities if you lose. Thank you!!
Well that's all for now. I'll send one more blast out this weekend as a last reminder. I hope to see the numbers grow for this event over the next five days. We're planning on hosting a great event, but part of that is having a large number of amateur players so that the vibe is awesome in the club. I realize the pricing is higher than the In-Shape Shootouts and most weekend tourneys here in Nor Cal but hopefully the reason is obvious to most of you, it takes money to get the best women racquetball players in the world to all come to Stockton next weekend. We'll do our absolute best to make your tournament experience here in Stockton as enjoyable as possible. See you in Stockton, keep em rollin...................