Director’s Message End of Year 2020
A current theme thrust upon us is that we are experiencing different, difficult, and weird times. As a result, we all must hang together to move through it. In order to uphold the numbers in our group of sports that compliment and compete with each other, diligence, smarts, and a little luck need to be part of the equation. Figures from the following sports show: Pickleball is the sole beneficiary of positive growth over the past two decades. With about 2.8 million players, it spiked up 100% from a decade ago. Squash Racquets has settled in at about 1.7 million. In 2008 racquetball grew to a new peak of 5 million. Since then, it has declined to about 3.5 million. These data are drawn from Statista, an online platform. Figures are not available from the NSGA (National Sporting Goods Association).
Pickleball may overtake racquetball in numbers shortly. Therefore, it behooves those of us in leadership positions to: 1. Accept this reality 2. Work together with the pickleball community to help grow both sports. 3. Call in other governing bodies to encourage cross-pollination. Due to age, finances, injuries, waning infrastructure, and more; racquetball players have been moving into the pickleball fold in significant numbers. While pickleball offers a host of reasons for participation, racquetball arguably outweighs it with excitement and fitness benefits. Hopefully there will be room for all of the court/racquet sports to thrive.
Programming is critical! Encourage multi-sport festivals. Encourage instruction in all activities. Advise management teams how to access additional income centers augmenting dues and court fees. The marketplace is fragile and our infrastructure needs to be preserved. Courts must be energized, filled, and safely maintained. Smart maintenance is not costly and can paint a picture of ‘curb appeal.’
Year 2020 reviewed---Most US events were canceled or postponed until 2021. The 3wallball outdoor tournament in Las Vegas, NV was held in October. International events were cancelled/postponed, and some may be part of a hybrid next year. National Masters and the World Senior Championships were cancelled.
Certification courses in coaching, instruction, officiating, and programming were all placed on the back burner. Some of our group were proactive with virtual training. Hopefully, the coming year will provide access and opportunity. Thank you to all who continue to support us and remain current.
Happy Holidays to All Gary
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