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The Racquetball Show

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The Racquetball Show Podcast is a resource for racquetball fans to:

-Hear from some of the biggest names and most interesting people in racquetball.
-Discover the habits, routines, workout regimens, diets, mindsets, and more from top athletes in the sport.
-Learn top-notch instructional advice.
-Find out our answers to your mailbag questions.
-Hear hilarious and exciting stories from the world of racquetball.
-Listen to discussions on recent events and hot topics.

We hope you enjoy!
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Episode 11 – Scott McClellan

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Episode 24 - Bobby Horn
On episode 24 of the podcast, we bring on Bobby Horn.  We discuss Bobby's fitness regimen, his racquetball origins and transition from basketball, and playing racquetball in Stockton.  We also talk about Bobby's favorite stories, the mental aspects of the game, trash talking, and Bobby's favorite players to play. Enjoy episode 24 of The Racquetball Show!
1:18:51
April 27, 2020
Episode 23 - Alvaro Beltran
On episode 23 of the Racquetball Show, Dylan, Charlie, and Tim speak with Alvaro Beltran.  We ask Alvaro about the coronavirus, his life outside of racquetball, and his origins in junior racquetball.  Then, we dive into the beginning of his professional career and how he was able to find success early on.  Alvaro talks about his toughest competition, specifically the less well know players who he competed with upon entering the pro ranks.  We discuss Alvaro's fame in Mexico.  Finally, Alvaro discusses the Mexican team's decision to exclude Alex Landa, and his opinion on the issue.  Enjoy episode 23 of The Racquetball Show podcast!
59:34
April 13, 2020
Episode 22 - Charlie Pratt and Tim Prigo
Episode 22 of the Racquetball Show features Charlie Pratt and Tim Prigo.  This is a reunion of the group from the very first episode of the show!  We talk about the coronavirus and its effect on racquetball, along with some predictions, and how to train while quarantined.  We then discuss Charlie's experience coaching the US Junior Team, the current state of the sport, racquetball on the internet, favorite racquetball stories, and more.
1:37:18
March 30, 2020
Episode 21 - Cliff Swain
On episode 21 of the Racquetball Show podcast, we begin with an instructional segment on swing mechanics.  It covers the three keys to a great swing: low, flat, and hard.  It also dives into how you can make those three keys happen.  Then, 6-time #1 IRT player and current coach Cliff Swain joins the podcast.  Cliff discusses competitiveness, mindset, how to hit a great serve, his rivalry with Sudsy, his background in hockey and other sports, who would win between prime Cliff and prime Kane, his brief hiatus from racquetball to play tennis, his favorite racquetball story, and much more.  Enjoy episode 21 of the Racquetball Show podcast!
56:28
October 24, 2019
Episode 20 - Fran Davis
On episode 20 of the Racquetball Show, we open up with an instructional segment about the strategy of racquetball. Then, Fran Davis joins the show and we discuss a variety of topics.  Fran shares what it's like coaching Paola Longoria and Rocky Carson, discusses Paola's fame, and talks about how racquetball lessons are really life lessons.  She talks about her favorite coaching moments and the tools she uses to coach people. Then she shares how she was able to make a living as a racquetball coach and her thoughts on how to grow racquetball and how we should follow the model that golf uses.  Finally, Fran shares her favorite racquetball story. Enjoy episode 20 of the Racquetball Show podcast!
55:23
September 30, 2019
Episode 19 - Doug Ganim
Episode 19 begins with an instructional segment on one of my personal favorite topics (although not an obvious racquetball topic): meditation!  Then, Doug Ganim joins the show to discuss his racquetball origins, the US Open and how he was able to create such a massively successful event, what he would do to help grow different branches of racquetball, his favorite racquetball story, and much more.  Please enjoy episode 19 of the racquetball show podcast!
51:51
July 2, 2019
Episode 18 - Rhonda Rajsich
On episode 18 of the Racquetball Show, the episode opens up with an instructional segment about the importance of using the proper grip.  Rhonda Rajsich joins me to talk about her racquetball origins, her basketball history (and potential future), her intense mindset, her dad and the impact of his death, the attack that she experienced in 2008, things that racquetball people don't know about her, and much more.  Enjoy episode 18 of the Racquetball Show podcast!
1:02:47
June 4, 2019
Episode 17 – Mike Wedel
Mike Wedel joins the podcast after recently being named Executive Director of USA Racquetball.  Mike discusses his background in the sport, plans that he intends to execute, the biggest challenges facing USA Racquetball, his favorite racquetball stories, and much more.  Enjoy episode 17 of The Racquetball Show!
34:14
November 20, 2018
Episode 16 – Dan Whitley
Episode 16 features a second interview with Dan Whitley.  Things have been a bit hectic with USA racquetball lately, considering the recent change in leadership.  The interview begins on that particular issue.  We also address a variety of other topics in the sport, including the Executive Director search, USA Racquetball’s desire for transparency, and several questions that were submitted via Facebook.  Please like “The Racquetball Show” page on Facebook if you would like the opportunity to have your question(s) featured on a future episode!
59:47
October 7, 2018
Episode 15 – Sudsy Monchik
In this episode, five-time world champion Sudsy Monchik joins the podcast.  Sudsy talks about his dominance as a player, his new tattoo, his coaching experience, his favorite stories, his relationship with Veronica Sotomayor (the top Ecuadorian female player), how he got the nickname “Sudsy”, ways to market oneself as a player, and much more. The Racquetball Show is also sponsored by Gearbox.  Gearbox offers a variety of amazing gear for all of your racquetball needs – racquets, gloves, eyeguards, bags, accessories, and more.  They also have outstanding customer service and a team that truly cares about racquetball and its players.  Full disclosure: I am a Gearbox sponsored athlete, but this is by choice, as I feel that they have awesome products and do a fantastic job.  If you’re interested in purchasing racquetball gear, please visit gearboxsports.com. The racquetball show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, and racquetball players get lower rates on their life insurance.  Health Iq uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people.  Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health iq saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle.  To see if you qualify, to learn more, or to get a free quote on life insurance, you can visit healthiq.com/TRS.  
52:59
September 7, 2018
Episode 14 – Kane Waselenchuk
Kane Waselenchuk joins for episode 14 of The Racquetball Show Podcast!  We begin by talking about his recent retirement announcement and his reasoning for making that statement.  We then talk about the reasons he was able to become so dominant in racquetball, his early racquetball years, interesting on-court habits, his favorite racquetball stories, his life off the court, his proudest accomplishment, changes that he would like to see in racquetball, ways of marketing himself and the sport, and much, much more.  I absolutely loved this conversation with Kane and if you’re a racquetball enthusiast, you will too. The racquetball show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, and racquetball players get lower rates on their life insurance.  Health Iq uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people.  Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health iq saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle.  To see if you qualify, to learn more, or to get a free quote on life insurance, you can visit healthiq.com/TRS.   The Racquetball Show is also sponsored by Gearbox.  Gearbox offers a variety of amazing gear for all of your racquetball needs – racquets, gloves, eyeguards, bags, accessories, and more.  They also have outstanding customer service and a team that truly cares about racquetball and its players.  Full disclosure: I am a Gearbox sponsored athlete, but this is by choice, as I feel that they have awesome products and do a fantastic job.  If you’re interested in purchasing racquetball gear, please visit gearboxsports.com.
57:07
August 6, 2018
Episode 13 – The Peck Brothers
In episode 13 of the podcast, I have on Dave and Gregg Peck.  Dave was the #1 player in the world in 1982, he is a racquetball Hall of Famer, and coached Cliff Swain, Mike Guidry, and of course Gregg.  Gregg was the 1981 Rookie of the Year, the 1985 Player of the Year and national champion, and coached the USA Junior Racquetball Team.  We talk about the game today vs. in their era, Kane’s dominance and how they would coach against him, their relationship as high-level competitors and brothers, on-court strategy, advice for professional players today, their favorite racquetball stories, and much more! Enjoy this conversation with the Peck Brothers! As a side note, you may notice that the thumbnail picture for this post is a picture of the skype call!  I recorded the video for this episode and plan on posting it – along with those of future episodes – on YouTube.  I’ve had people tell me that they’re not podcast people, that they’re not tech savvy, or that they’d like the visual aspect.  So…it’s coming right up! The racquetball show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, and racquetball players get lower rates on their life insurance.  Health Iq uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people.  Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health iq saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle.  To see if you qualify, to learn more, or to get a free quote on life insurance, you can visit healthiq.com/TRS.   The Racquetball Show is also sponsored by Gearbox. Gearbox offers a variety of amazing gear for all of your racquetball needs – racquets, gloves, eyeguards, bags, accessories, and more. They have outstanding customer service and a team that truly cares about racquetball and its players. Full disclosure: I am a Gearbox sponsored athlete, but this is by choice, as I feel that they have awesome products and do a fantastic job. If you’re interested in purchasing racquetball gear, please visit www.gearboxsports.com.
1:02:28
July 12, 2018
Episode 12 – Todd Boss
Episode 12 of the Racquetball Show podcast begins with an instructional segment covering footwork. Then, Todd Boss of Pro Racquetball Stats (www.proracquetballstats.com) comes on for the interview segment. We discuss Kane’s retirement announcement, statistics in racquetball, overrated and underrated players throughout history, Todd’s favorite racquetball stories, ideas for growing racquetball, and more. Enjoy episode 12 of the Racquetball Show! The racquetball show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, and racquetball players get lower rates on their life insurance. Health IQ uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people. Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle. To see if you qualify, to learn more, or to get a free quote on life insurance, you can visit www.healthiq.com/TRS. The Racquetball Show is also sponsored by Gearbox. Gearbox offers a variety of amazing gear for all of your racquetball needs – racquets, gloves, eyeguards, bags, accessories, and more. They have outstanding customer service and a team that truly cares about racquetball and its players. Full disclosure: I am a Gearbox sponsored athlete, but this is by choice, as I feel that they have awesome products and do a fantastic job. If you’re interested in purchasing racquetball gear, please visit www.gearboxsports.com.
52:20
June 8, 2018
Episode 11 – Scott McClellan
Episode 11 of The Racquetball Show podcast features a news segment where we discuss Kane Waselenchuk’s retirement announcement, an instructional segment on how to develop power, and an interview with IRT head referee Scott McClellan. Tim Prigo returns to the show for the news segment to discuss Kane’s retirement.  We summarize the announcement, theorize as to his reasoning for leaving the sport, discuss Kane’s legacy, and talk about what this will mean for the future of the IRT. In the instructional segment of the episode, I discuss techniques you can use to develop power in your swing. Finally, IRT head referee and #24 ranked player Scott McClellan joins for the interview portion of the show.  We discuss: * Scott’s lifestyle as a full-time employee who also referees and plays at all IRT events * What it’s like being the head referee on the IRT * Common mistakes of amateur referees * Practicing with Kane in Austin, TX * His role as coach for the UT Austin college team * Thoughts on how to grow the sport * Tips for a beginning/intermediate level player I hope you enjoy episode 11 of the Racquetball Show podcast! The Racquetball Show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, and racquetball players get lower rates on their life insurance.  Health IQ uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people.  Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle.  To see if you qualify, to learn more, or to get a free quote on life insurance, you can visit healthiq.com/TRS.   The Racquetball Show is also sponsored by Gearbox.  Gearbox offers a variety of amazing gear for all of your racquetball needs – racquets, gloves, eyeguards, bags, accessories, and more.  They also have outstanding customer service and a team that truly cares about racquetball and its players.  Full disclosure: I am a Gearbox sponsored athlete, but this is by choice, as I feel that they have awesome products and do a fantastic job.  If you’re interested in purchasing racquetball gear, please visit gearboxsports.com.
59:43
May 9, 2018
Episode 10 – John Ellis
Episode 10 of The Racquetball Show podcast features an instructional segment on how to optimize your racquetball conditioning plan (0:52-9:14).  John Ellis comes on for an interview (10:25-58:54), where we talk about racquetball in Stockton, Jose Rojas’s status, Kane, how to build a great program and put on awesome events, John’s training routine when he was a pro player, his favorite stories, and much more.
59:25
April 18, 2018
Episode 9 – Dan Whitley
Episode 9 of the podcast features Dan Whitley.  Dan is the president of USA racquetball and the president of the Missouri Racquetball High School Association.  He is one of the smartest people that I know in the sport of racquetball and I really enjoyed this discussion with him.  We discuss USA racquetball, how to grow a racquetball program, his favorite racquetball stories, and much more. This episode also features an instructional segment about how to improve your serve.  Plus, I bring on Mark Kissel and Brendan Giljum to tell the story of Mark’s hilarious and awesome proposal to his fiance Amanda, which occurred in the middle of their mixed doubles match. Check out this video to see the proposal in action! Amanda and Mark’s Racquetball Engagement On February 2, at the 2018 USA Racquetball International Racquetball Tour Pinchshot.com Midwest Championships presented by Missouri Racquetball at Vetta Sports (12320 Old Tesson Rd, St. Louis) in the first round of the mixed open doubles division, Mark Kissel proposed to his partner Amanda Maloney in the middle of the first game. These two have been long time members of Vetta Sports (12320 Old Tesson Rd, St. Louis), but they first met at the USA Racquetball High School National Championships in Portland, Oregon in 2016. Mark was a coach for St. Louis University High School and Amanda was a coach for Lindbergh High School. Now nearly 2 years later, just before Valentine’s Day and at the start of National #racquetballmonth, decked out in brand new matching lululemon St. Louis clothes, garnishing HEAD Penn Racquetball racquets, Mark proposed with a ring from Shane Co. in a HEAD Penn Racquetball, funded by his salary from Bertarelli Cutlery, Bertarelli Paper Co and Vetta Sports (12320 Old Tesson Rd, St. Louis). She said yes! The couple then headed to Three Kings Public House (Ronnies) to celebrate with friends, family and members of the #racquetball community. We wish them a lifetime of happiness both on and off the court! lululemon LPRT International Racquetball Tour World Racquetball Tour USA Racquetball Missouri Racquetball Mohsra HEAD Penn Racquetball WintertonRacquetball.com Fran Davis Bertarelli Cutlery Bertarelli Paper Co WearRollout.com Love What Matters TheKnot.com ABC St. Louis KDNL South County Times Newspapers Brit + Co St. Louis University High School Lindbergh High School Shane Co. St. Louis Post-Dispatch KSDK News KMOV Fox2Now 101 ESPN Radio St. Louis WXOS insideSTL.com 590 The Fan Three Kings Public House Vetta Sports Vetta Sports Vetta Sports Vetta Sports West Newsmagazine Timothy Michael McKernan Rene Knott Doug Vaughn Charlie Marlow FOX 2 Sports Frank Cusumano St. Louis Public Radio Posted by Vetta Sports on Saturday, February 3, 2018   The Racquetball Show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, and racquetball players get lower rates on their life insurance.  Health IQ uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people.  Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle.  To see if you qualify, to learn more,
58:20
March 20, 2018
Episode 8 – Adam Manilla and Nick Riffel
Episode 8 features an instructional segment (0:49-9:11) covering the 10 steps to master any skill.  Adam Manilla and Nick Riffel join for the interview segment (10:21-55:22).  We talk about what their experience going through their first year on the tour has been like, what their workout schedules look like, other sports they’ve played, interesting habits that they have, their thoughts on the recent IRT scoring change, their thoughts on Kane’s game and dominance, and much more.  It becomes clear that Nick and Adam have very similar thoughts on basically everything and love giving each other a hard time.  Enjoy episode 8!   The racquetball show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, AND RACQUETBALL PLAYERS get lower rates on their life insurance.  Health Iq uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people.  Health IQ can save customers up to 33% because physically active people have a 56% lower risk of heart disease, 20% lower risk of cancer and a 58% lower risk of diabetes compared to people who are inactive.  Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health iq saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle.  To see if you qualify, to learn more, or to get a free quote on life insurance, you can visit healthiq.com/TRS, link in the podcast description.  This is a great way of supporting the podcast and of potentially getting great savings on your life insurance.
56:21
March 2, 2018
Episode 7 – Rocky Carson
In episode 7 of The Racquetball Show podcast, we have an instructional segment (0:58-8:01) about thinking of the swing as a “kinetic chain” of movement, rather than as separate pieces.  Rocky Carson joins the podcast (9:11-50:01) to discuss life off the court, his training routine, playing other sports as a kid, advice for new players, his favorite players to watch, his favorite racquetball stories, and more.  Finally, we have a mailbag segment (50:06-58:48) with questions about mixed doubles at the pro level and how to prepare for a match.  Enjoy! The Racquetball Show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, and racquetball players get lower rates on their life insurance.  Health IQ uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people.  Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle.  To see if you qualify, to learn more, or to get a free quote on life insurance, you can visit healthiq.com/TRS.
59:18
February 6, 2018
Episode 6 – John Scott
Episode 6 of The Racquetball Show podcast features an instructional segment where I give my 8 best tips for having an amazing practice (1:06-10:30).  It also features an interview with IRT CEO John Scott (11:42-56:52).  John shares his thoughts on: leading a group of investors to purchase the IRT, his future vision for the IRT, the WRT vs. the IRT, marketing the tour, growing the sport in general, favorite stories and players to watch, and much more.  Enjoy episode 6 of The Racquetball Show!   The Racquetball Show is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclists, weightlifters, vegetarians, and racquetball players get lower rates on their life insurance.  Health IQ uses science and data to secure lower rates on life insurance for health conscious people.  Like saving money on you car insurance for being a good driver, Health IQ saves you money on your life insurance for living a health conscious lifestyle.  To see if you qualify, to learn more, or to get a free quote on life insurance, you can visit healthiq.com/TRS.  
57:10
January 18, 2018
Episode 5 – Jose Diaz and Daniel Rojas
In episode 5 of the Racquetball Show Podcast, we summarize and comment on the Reaching Your Dream Foundation’s article on Markie Rojas (1:01-7:35).  This week’s instructional segment is on the mental game, and 4 main concepts are highlighted (7:41-16:44).  Finally, the interview segment features Jose Diaz and Daniel Rojas (16:50-56:11).  We discuss racquetball in “The 209” (Stockton, CA), their training schedules, the next #1 player, their lives outside of racquetball, the RYDF, and ideas to grow the sport.  The two rivals (especially Jose) trash talk each other throughout.  Enjoy episode 5 of the Racquetball Show!
57:23
January 3, 2018
Episode 4 – Jim Winterton and Thomas Carter
Episode 4 of The Racquetball Show features: * A recap of the most recent pro stop, The Tournament of Champions in Portland, OR * An instructional segment about how to dominate center court * An interview with Jim Winterton, the coach of Kane Waselenchuk, and Thomas Carter, the #20 ranked IRT player * We discuss how to improve one’s game, what it’s like coaching Kane, how Thomas improved significantly in just a few years, and ideas to grow the sport * A mailbag segment with questions from two St. Louisans Enjoy episode 4!
1:12:01
December 16, 2017
Episode 3 – Wendall Pelham of the Live Like John Foundation
In episode 3, we interview Wendall Pelham.  This is a bit of a different episode.  There are no racquetball tips or segments.  Instead, this is an inspirational and emotional story regarding Wendall’s son, John Pelham.  John was an avid racquetball player with high aspirations. For more details about John, you can check out Prigo’s great article here. From the article: “On February 7, 2014 he wrote on his Facebook page, ‘I can’t wait to play racquetball again.’ On February 12, just five days later, Army Specialist John Alexander Pelham passed away due to wounds he sustained from small-arms gunfire in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan. He was 22 years old.” Wendall talks to us about the Tournament of Champions here in Portland, Oregon where he is a tournament host, the Live Like John Foundation, his son John, his hope to help veterans through racquetball, and much more.  If you’re interested in donating to or learning more about the Live Like John Foundation you can visit their website: https://www.livelikejohn.us/. Enjoy episode 3 of The Racquetball Show and strive to Live Like John! .
30:22
December 2, 2017
Episode 2 – Daniel De La Rosa
In episode 2 of The Racquetball Show podcast, we get into: * Tim Prigo’s lessons learned as a first time tournament director * Our take on the two men’s pro tours, the IRT and the WRT * The 3 keys to a great racquetball swing * An interview with Daniel De La Rosa, where we discuss: * Daniel’s life off the court * His fame in Mexico * Other sports he’s played * His favorite players to watch * His training routine * His take on the next #1 player Enjoy episode 2!
59:46
November 28, 2017
The Racquetball Show Podcast – Teaser
In this teaser, we are giving you a taste of what’s to come from our podcast. The Racquetball Show Podcast is a resource for racquetball fans to: -Hear from some of the biggest names and most interesting people in racquetball on our podcast. -Discover the habits, routines, workout regimens, diets, mindsets, and more from top athletes in the sport. -Learn top-notch instructional advice. -Find out our answers to your mailbag questions. -Hear hilarious and exciting stories from the world of racquetball. -Listen to discussions on recent events and hot topics. We hope you enjoy!
01:34
October 4, 2017
Episode 1 – Charlie Pratt
Featured in this episode: -News Segment: Racquetball in the Olympics -Instructional Segment: How to make every shot a “set up” -An interview with professional player Charlie Pratt, where we discuss: -Life on the tour -Being the IRT head referee -Life outside of racquetball -Vegan lifestyle -Training regimen -His guess for the future #1 player in the world -Listener mailbag questions Enjoy!  
1:06:44
August 31, 2017