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Remembering Jack Hughes

(July 23, 2021) Jack Hughes, 86, a long-time player and contributor to the sport of racquetball for over 50 years, passed away on July 15, 2021.

Jack was born in Amsterdam, New York, on September 10, 1934. He is survived by his loving lifetime partner and best friend Terry Ann Rogers, sister-in-law Janet Hughes, niece Dawn Hughes, and great-nephew Jorden Hughes. Terry’s family members were dear to Jack as well: Pat, Joe, David, Brenden, Michael, Katie, Jack, and Charlie. Jack also leaves behind many, many devoted friends who will carry him with them in heart and memory both on and off the court.


A graduate of Indiana University with a Master of Science in Physical Education, Jack also held a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from SUNY at Brockport. His career path led him in many interesting directions from high school science teacher, to assistant soccer coach at Buffalo State University (where he was referred to as the “Grand Old Master”), to positions in Security and Food Service with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Braves; manager of a camping resort; and office manager for a large concrete pumping company.

Although many would swear Jack lived and breathed only racquetball (which was true for the most part), he loved to fish anywhere: deep sea, rivers, and lakes. He also particularly enjoyed ice cream, McDonald’s frappes, weekly breakfasts with the guys, annual family trips, dinner out with friends, and watching his great-nephew Jorden excel at baseball!

In his playing years, Jack earned the nickname “Diving Jack Hughes,” to which Terry can attest first-hand due to the holes in the knees of every pair of sweatpants he owned.

Jack served two consecutive three-year teams as an elected USA Racquetball (USAR) Board Member (1999-2005). He was named to the USAR Hall of Fame Committee in 1999 and participated consistently until he passed. From above, Jack will undoubtedly continue to oversee the future proceedings of the committee.

Always ready, willing, and able to jump in wherever needed, Jack attended and volunteered in significant roles at every National Singles event since 1989 (30 consecutive years). At National Doubles, he did the same since 1992 (28 years in a row).

A founding Board member of the then-California Amateur Racquetball Association (CARA) in 1984, and as a Board member for the CSRA and CNRA as they evolved through the years, Jack served at different times in numerous capacities: Vice President, Treasurer, Tournament Chair, Junior and Collegiate Program Director, and Tournament Director of more than 50 State Championships and 25 Regional competitions.

Jack and Terry owned and operated Racquetball Plus, a small retail business inside a club, from 1990-2010. He was a Team Ektelon member and also served as a Regional Advisor for over 20 years. Later, he became a contributing member of Team Head.

Some of Jack’s proudest moments included receiving a Sportsmanship Award from the Western New York Racquetball Association in 1980 and USA Racquetball’s Joe Sobek Outstanding Contribution Award in 2017.

Jack was a Founding Member (2009) and ardent volunteer for the Military Adaptive Court Sports (MACS) / Military Racquetball Federation (MRF), where he assisted with many MRF Racquetball Rehabilitation Clinics and Demonstrations that employ racquetball as a means for helping disabled service members improve their fitness and quality of life.

For those who might wish to honor Jack’s memory with a donation to this very worthy cause, please visit: Paypal: Military Racquetball Federation in memory of Jack.

Should you wish to contribute by check to the Military Racquetball Federation or contact Terry with your condolences, please write to MRF c/o Terry Rogers, 8317 Divernon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89149.

Jack’s determination, dedication, and giving spirit has been a constant inspiration to his racquetball family over these many years. Until we meet again, dear Jack, thank you.

Serving on the Board of California/Nevada Racquetball Association / CNRA

Our mission is to perpetuate, improve, promote and expand the sport of racquetball in California and Nevada.

Our Election Committee is accepting applications for candidates who wish to be actively involved in the Mission of the CNRA by serving as a Board of Director. This job is your opening to use your leadership skills to have an impact on the opportunities and challenges our sport faces. Please submit your Board Candidate Statement of Interest, 200 words or less, to, or mail to Ruben Antilla/CNRA, 1563 Sycamore Ct., Banning, CA 92220 to be received not later than 5:00pm, Sunday, June 30th, 2021.

The Election Committee will review submissions and put together a slate of candidates. Candidates will be notified on or before July 23, 2021 of their acceptance to the slate.

Voting for the Candidates will take place August 2 - August 31, 2021. Results will be announced early September 2021.

CNRA Board of Director Criteria

As you prepare your written Statement of Interest, please keep the criteria noted below in mind so that the Election Committee can best assess our candidates. This is similar to a racquetball resume with examples of your experience matching up to the criteria we are seeking.

The Board is looking for members who will support the Mission of our association and strengthen our organization’s governance.

  • Leadership skills in program development to promote growth in the recreational player, junior, high school & Collegiate areas are highly desirable.
  • Committee participation is a substantial portion of this Board’s activities pertaining to Membership development, Communication, Media Utilization, Fundraising, Achievements & Acknowledgments, and Event Collaborations & Board Governance.
  • Participation in monthly conference calls and bi-annual Association face-to-face meetings is expected.
  • Applicant must be willing to be highly visible advocates for racquetball in word and deed and be prepared to identify potential conflicts of interest.
  • Must maintain a current USAR membership, and be a resident of California or Nevada.

CNRA Donation Letter

The California Nevada Racquetball Association (CNRA) is reaching out to our local businesses and business owners who may or may not be racquetball enthusiasts and might have a desire to support a local non-profit. A donation of any amount would help the association continue their programs for junior and collegiate players, our scholarship fund, and struggling tournament directors affected by the pandemic. Donations may be earmarked specifically for the junior fund, collegiate fund, and/or general fund. Donations can be mailed to Terry Rogers/CNRA, 8317 Divernon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89149.

Should you choose to support the CNRA you will be recognized on our website and FB page so that everyone can say thank you by supporting your business!

Here is our Mission Statement: The California Nevada Racquetball Association (CNRA) is a regional organization representing California and Nevada, which is chartered by USA Racquetball (USAR) as the governing body of racquetball in California and Nevada. The CNRA is responsible for sanctioning tournaments in California and Nevada under the guidelines set forth by the USAR. Our mission is to perpetuate, improve, promote and expand the sport of racquetball in California and Nevada. Our effort to educate current and prospective racquetball players will be done through our website,, FB, clinics, and the sanctioning of local tournaments.

CNRA Board of Directors:

Terry Rogers – President Jerry Hall - Media
Margaret Pederson – VP No. CA Shaun Haley
Dorcy Norton – VP So. CA Kouren Jouldjian
Jack Hughes – Treasurer Stacey Rabanal
Ruben Antilla – Secretary Advisory Board:
Brian Dixon – Junior Liaison Matt Hills - Webmaster
John Bardos – Collegiate Liaison

Take a look at the CNRA) website,, to learn more about the organization amd see what the states are doing and what we have to offer for our members including Junior and Collegiate Programs, Scholarship Opportunities, Upcoming Events, CNRA Partners, and other CNRA newsworthy items.

Check out the USAR website,, for further information and all the features available to members (Features, Programs, Events, Rankings, Instructors, Rules, Members, About, Donate).

Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship

(Sep 10, 2020)  The CNRA awards one or more financial scholarships to graduating high school seniors and/or already-enrolled college students. There is an application and selection process, including a short essay, “What I would like to do to promote racquetball at my school and/or collegiate racquetball team.” We are proud of our high school and collegiate players as they have the ability to play a huge part in the growth racquetball. The process began in early July and after careful consideration the recipients were announced just recently. We are lucky to have a strong state treasury to assist with this award supplemented with generous donations from Mike and Leslie Pawka and Reaching Your Dream Foundation. Each recipient will receive $1,000. Congratulations to Nikita, Julius, and Cody!


Nikita Chauhan – University of California, Berkeley, Cognitive Science major
‘UC Berkeley already has a racquetball club team and we have practices every week. We plan to attend the collegiate nationals this coming year. I am currently the co-president of this club and am excited to continue to spread the love of the sport that we all share. Racquetball has been such an important part of my life. ‘

Julius Ellis – California State University, Sonoma, English/Creative Writing major
‘My goal to help promote racquetball at Sonoma State University would be to start a racquetball club during my freshman year. Since there are not any racquetball courts on the campus, I would have to branch out to the various health/racquetball clubs in the area to see if they would support our program and allow us to use their facilities… Our goal would be to take a Sonoma State Racquetball Team to the 2021 USAR Collegiate Nationals, wherever they are!’

Cody Thomas – University of California, Santa Cruz, Computer Science major
‘Besides club days on campus, I will be spreading the sport by word to my friends. Then my friends will share it with their friends, and it will continue to cycle. I already have someone from high school that wants to get involved in the program because he is also going to UCSC. I will make sure racquetball is well known around the campus one way or another. My ultimate goal is to pour my future success into the sport of racquetball, educating the future youth about the sport and building more courts to play on around the world. Racquetball will live on and rapidly grow in my hands.’

CNRA Team Shirt Design Contest 3WB World Championships

We are currently accepting designs for a T-shirt to be given to registered CalNeva players at the upcoming 3WB World Championships in Las Vegas.

Shirt Design Contest

Please email your digital designs by September 11, 2020 to CNRA Board Member Stacey at Please include your name and contact information.

The CNRA board will choose the top 3 designs and all current CNRA members will be invited to vote for their favorite design September 14-18, 2020. The design winner will be announced September 21, 2020.

The Rules – Specifications of Finished Artwork
  • Size: Vertical format to be used for the back of the shirt
  • Color: Up to four (4) standard printing (PMS) colors
  • Design Features: The following must be included:
    • Unique design
    • Team Name – Team CalNeva
    • Event Name – 11th Annual 3WB World Championships (no date or month in case event cancels due to Covid-19)
    • Locations – Las Vegas
    • Images submitted with a background color will be used as our color. We will do our best to match as close as possible

Submit entries electronically, preferably EPS or AI, JPEG will also be accepted but not preferable. For specific questions or concerns contact Stacey Rabanal.

2020-21 US Junior Team Selection

2020-21 Junior Team

(Aug 31, 2020)  There is this annual trek in June of each year of Junior players, along with family members, to the USA Junior National Championships. These are held in different locations each year, with the last couple being in Portland, Oregon and Des Moines, Iowa… In 2020 it was to be in Fullerton, yes California.. Sometime in March/April of this year it was decided to cancel this event with no re-scheduling due to the Covid-19. One of the results of this event is deciding which players will be representing Team USA at the Junior Worlds… Top two finishers in singles and top team in doubles for each age group qualify.

Without the tournament, USA Racquetball had to come up with a different way to determine the team in case the Junior Worlds do happen (Currently on calendar for December in Bolivia). What happened was basically a three step process… 1) Players had to let USAR know they were interested in being part of the team 2) Players were given an application to complete that included tournament history, other sports interests etc.. 3) Players were asked to submit videos for 4 weeks showing what they are currently doing for training, play etc… After the first two weeks, the number of players was narrowed down, with remaining players continuing with video the next two weeks.. Team coach Charlie Pratt and others reviewed videos etc.. and came up with a team along with alternates (non point earners for Esprit). California is well represented on this list of players selected. Please see below… Congratulations to all that made the team and for all that put in the time end effort . Brian Dixon – CNRA Junior Director

World Cup
Boys 18s
#2 singles – Julius Ellis
Alt – Iain Dunn and Cody Thomas

Girls 18s
Doubles – Nikita Chauhan

Boys 16s
#2 Singles – Vedant Chauhan
Doubles – Krish Thakur

Girls 16s
#1 Singles – Heather Mahoney
Doubles – Alondra Canchola and Arya Cyril
Alts – Tess La Rue and Esha Cyril

Boys 14s
#1 Singles – Nikhil Prasad
Alts – Paul Saraceno and Advait Kartik

Esprit Cup
Boys 12s
#1 Singles – Nathan Rykhus #2 Singles – Eshan Ali
Non point earners – Alexander Pappas

Girls 12s
#1 Singles – Aanshi Thakur
Doubles – Victoria Rodriguez and Jordan Ellis
Non point earners – Camila Canchola

Boys 10s
Doubles and Singles - #1 Singles – Ashton Guiraud #2 Singles – Manav Raghuram
Non point earners – Ved Kartik

Girls 10s
Singles and Doubles - #1 Singles – Alea Guiraud #2 Singles – Natalia Canchola

World Cup Team – 8 players Alternates – 6 players
Esprit Team – 9 players Non Point – 3 players

Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award Announcement

(Jun 23, 2020)  The CNRA is pleased to announce the return of the Jack Hughes Educational Scholarship Award.

Scholarship Flyer

Any California or Nevada graduating seniors or undergraduate college students, who have demonstrated their desire to expand racquetball, may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must also be current USA Racquetball members.

The window to apply for this scholarship is July 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020. The Jack Hughes Scholarship will be awarded mid August. The Scholarship award will be paid directly to the recipients’ college.

For a complete Scholarship packet, please contact Shaun Haley, CNRA Board Member, at your earliest opportunity, to give yourself enough time to complete the application. The CNRA Scholarship Committee will review the information and announce the winner.

Return the completed package via email or mail to:

CNRA c/o Shaun Haley
2620 Royal Park Dr.
Cameron Park, CA 95689

USAR Announces 2020-21 U.S. National Junior Team Selection Process

Dear USA Racquetball Family,
While USA Racquetball intended (per usual) to conduct the 2020 USAR Junior National Championships to name the 2020-21 U.S. National Junior Team, unfortunate circumstances beyond our control changed that plan. It is uncertain whether the team will have the opportunity to attend an IRF World Junior Championships, but we still feel it is important to name our team.

Knowing that a creative approach would be needed to appropriately and fairly accomplish this initiative without a qualifier competition, the U.S. Team Committee and the USAR Board of Directors have approved an alternative plan for selecting the team.

The process will include:

  • Consideration of past competitive results at various racquetball events
  • An application that will include a number of "essay-type" questions
  • Video analysis: competition footage, drills, training, workouts, etc.

These components will be evaluated by a group to be comprised of the current US Junior Team coaches as well as several other qualified individuals who will support the coaches throughout the process.

Without spelling out all of the details in this letter, we are beginning the selection process without delay! The first step for all junior athletes interested in submitting an application for consideration is to send an email with the following:

  • Name, Birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy), Gender
  • City, State
  • Parent or Guardian Name
  • Parent or Guardian Email Address and Phone Number

This email is simply for the junior athlete to make contact and declare his/her intention to apply for a spot, for either the World Cup Team (18-, 16-, 14-) or the Esprit Team (12-, 10-). Once that communication is received, the junior athlete and parent/guardian will receive communication with detailed instructions for next steps.

Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2020
Email to both addresses: ,

Regardless of whether or not an athlete has been a member of the U.S. National Junior Team in the past, ALL juniors must participate in this process to be considered for the 2020-21 U.S. National Junior Team.

Please help spread the word of this process. This letter will also be sent to all State Association Presidents.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from all junior athletes who wish to apply.

Charlie Pratt
Head Coach, U.S. National Junior Team

CNRA State Singles Championships Postponed

(Mar 12, 2020)  With all that is going on with the CV the CNRA Board of Directors, Tournament Director John Ellis, and the In-Shape management, thought it would be in the best interest of our players and spectators to postpone the CNRA State Singles Championships scheduled for March 20 – 22, 2020. A new date has not yet been determined but we will keep the membership informed on the determination as soon as we can.

CNRA Welcomes Two New Board Members

(Oct 28, 2019)  The CNRA is excited to announce the addition of Shaun Haley and Kouren Jouldjian to the CNRA Board of Directors. Shaun resides in Cameron Park and Kouren resides in San Diego. Both are a great addition and it gives us northern and southern CA representation. As we look to expand our programs and assistance we could not be happier Shaun and Kouren have joined us.

Welcome aboard from the CNRA Board of Directors!

CNRA R2 Junior Development Fund Donation

(Oct 26, 2019)  First and foremost we would like to thank each and every CNRA member for supporting our junior development programs. Each year we are able to provide financial assistance to those CNRA juniors traveling to the Junior National Championships and the Junior Worlds. From 2016-2019 the financial assistance to our juniors participating in the Nationals and Worlds has been $25,000+. In 2017 we initiated the Junior Racquet Program and to date have been able to provide Head Junior Starter Kits, at no cost to the juniors, to over 70 junior players so they have their own equipment to practice and play with. Without your continued support we would not be able to do what we do. With this said upon a recommendation from the Junior Committee and agreement from the CNRA Board effective December 16, 2019 the $1 Junior Development Donation, upon registration for a CNRA tournament, will increase from $1 to $2.


The Junior Olympics (aka Nationals) finished a couple of weeks in Portland, Oregon. California had 50 players in attendance, the total 138. California players made a great showing placing 6 players on World Cup Team and 8 players on the Esprit Team qualifying them to compete in the 2019 World Championships in Costa Rica in November. Below is a list of players making Team USA with California players in red and having a "*" by their name. This includes both the World Cup and Esprit Team. At the end of the list is a link to all results. The picture is our best attempt to get ALL 50 California players in one picture, apologies to those few who are missing; it was a big group to get together.

2019--California-players-Jr-Nats TEAM USA:
WORLD CUP (14s, 16s, 18s)
Boys 14U Singles:
*Nikhil Prasad
*Vedant Chauhan

Boys 14U Doubles:
*Vedant Chauhan/ Josh Shea
Girls 14U Singles:
*Heather Mahoney
Ava Kaiser

Girls 14U Doubles:
Ava Kaiser/ Kareena Mathew

Boys 16U Singles:
*Antonio Rojas
Timmy Hansen

Boys 16U Doubles:
Timmy Hansen/ Andrew Gleason

Girls 16U Singles:
Annie Roberts
*Heather Mahoney

Girls 16U Doubles:
Annie Roberts/ *Alondra Canchola
Boys 18U Singles:
Ben Baron (replacing A. Rojas) -*Antonio Rojas – 1st
Micah Farmer

Boys 18U Doubles:
Dylan Pruitt/ Josh Shea
Girls 18U Singles:
Briana Jacquet
*Nikita Chauhan

Girls 18U Doubles:
*Nikita Chauhan/Erin Slutzky

ESPRIT (10s and 12s)
Boys 10U Singles:
*Nathan Rykus
*Ashton Guiraud

Boys 10U Doubles:
*Nathan Rykus/ *Ashton Guiraud
Girls 10U Singles:
*Andrea Perez-Picon
*Aanshi Thakur

Girls 10U Doubles:
*Andrea Perez-Picon/*Aanshi Thakur
Boys 12U Singles:
Joseph Marshall
*Angel Galvan

Boys 12U Doubles:
*Angel Galvan/ * Eshan Ali
Girls 12U Singles:
*Sonya Shetty
*Andrea Perez-Picon

Girls 12U Doubles:
*Sonya Shetty/ *Ava Naworski

For ALL results:

Serving on the Board of California/Nevada Racquetball Association / CNRA

Our mission is to perpetuate, improve, promote and expand the sport of racquetball in California and Nevada.

Our Election Committee is accepting applications for candidates who will be actively involved in the Mission of the CNRA by serving as a Board of Director. This job is your opening to use your leadership skills to have an impact on the opportunities and challenges our sport faces. Please submit your Board Candidate Statement of Interest, 200 words or less, to, or mail to Terry Rogers/CNRA, 8317 Divernon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89149 to be received not later than 5:00pm, Wednesday July 31st, 2019.

The Election Committee will review submissions and put together a slate of candidates. Candidates will be notified on or before August 8, 2019 of their acceptance. Should you not be included on that slate of candidates you will be notified and afforded the opportunity to petition the board to be added to the slate. You must have previously submitted your Board Candidate Statement of Interest by the July 31st deadline to afford yourself of the petition process. The petition forms will be provided with instructions and will be due back to the Election Committee Chair by September 9, 2019.

Voting for the Candidates will take place approx. September 14 – October 12, 2019. Results will be announced mid October 2019.

CNRA Board of Director Criteria

As you prepare your written Statement of Interest, please keep the criteria noted below in mind so that the Election Committee can best assess our candidates. This is similar to a racquetball resume with examples of your experience matching up to the criteria we are seeking.

The Board is looking for members who will support the Mission of our association and strengthen our organization’s governance.

  • Leadership skills in program development to promote growth in the recreational player, junior, high school & Collegiate areas are highly desirable.
  • Committee participation is a substantial portion of this Board’s activities pertaining to Membership development, Communication, Media Utilization, Fundraising, Achievements & Acknowledgments, and Event Collaborations & Board Governance.
  • Participation in monthly conference calls and bi-annual Association face-to-face meetings is expected.
  • Applicant must be willing to be highly visible advocates for racquetball in word and deed and be prepared to identify potential conflicts of interest.
  • Must maintain a current USAR membership, and be a resident of California or Nevada.
[Download This Info (2019_Election_Info.pdf)]

CNRA State Singles and Doubles Champions Crowned

Stockton was the site of the recent CNRA State Singles and Doubles and was also designated as a qualifying event for the USA Racquetball National Singles to be held in our own backyard, Pleasanton, CA, May 24-27. Tournament Director John Ellis and his group of fantastic volunteers did an outstanding job hosting this event from start to finish. Kudos to all!!! Congrats to all of the players and especially those crowned as our State Champions! Click here,, to view the results.

Now is the time to register for the USA Racquetball National Singles,

2019 CNRA State Championships - Congratulations to the CNRA State Champions!

[Tournament Results]

Photos from 2019 CNRA Championships Congratulations to all the participants of the CNRA State Singles/Doubles Championships held this weekend at the Meridian Club in Fullerton, CA. Victor Rodriquez was a gracious host and Dorcy Norton an awesome tournament director. A special thanks to all of those who lent their assistance throughout the event, you know who you are!!!! All of the results can be found at,, and enjoy the photos posted to the CNRA Facebook page.

Military Outreach Fundraiser a Resounding Success


Many thanks to the players and sponsors for their support of the Military Outreach Fundraiser Racquetball Shootout held at the beautiful Renaissance ClubSport Walnut Creek. The generous proceeds from this event will go to two 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, the Foundation of Human Understanding,, as they offer Coping Strategies for those dealing with PTSD, and the Military Racquetball Federation,, as they work directly with veterans throughout the US dealing with combat and service related injuries to promote healing through sport. A special thanks to the awesome planning and hard work event organizer Margaret Pederson, co-tournament director, Kimberly Randolph, and sponsors Head Penn, Al Muranaga (ProAm Sports), the RYDF, and many others who all made this possible. Click here to view the results of this awesome event, [Tournament Website on R2]

CNRA Junior Olympic Players Step Up To The Plate

This year the USA Racquetball Junior Olympics (aka Nationals) were held in Des Moines Iowa. These were held June 21-24th at the downtown YMCA, a very nice facility. There are 8 courts, all with glass backwalls, and with two having bleachers set up behind. Despite it being a long trip for California players, we had almost 40% of all of the players there (56 out of 141).

Play started early and went late every day, but always on time if not running early.

When it came to finals time, California was well represented with 9 players qualifying for Team USA, World Cup (18s, 16s and 14s) and Esprit (12s and 10s). Many of these players qualified for both singles and doubles…A list of these players can be found below.

To view ALL results, you can check them out at the [tournament website]

The annual Saturday night banquet was a packed room. Lots of acknowledgements, but the usual highlight is the awarding of the players of the year. The girls Esprit player of the year was Sonya Shetty from Fremont. Receiving the special Sportsman of the Year award was Ricky Diaz from Stockton. At the banquet, we attempted to get all California players in a picture. As many scrambled the minute the banquet wrapped up, we were still able to get a fair amount.

Lots of great finals matches on Saturday and Sunday. Fitting that the last match of the tournament was the Boys 18 and under final pitting NorCal (Ricky Diaz) versus SoCal (Dane Elkins). It was a tough match, but Ricky was in a zone winning in two games. His brother, Jose, is a previous winner of the 18 and under.

Another great event. Right now it has not been announced where the next one will be, but we are told this will be announced soon.

Brian Dixon – CNRA Junior Director


Team USA Qualifiers…

World Cup (18, 16, 14 Singles Finalists; 18,16,14 Doubles Champions)
  • Antonio Rojas (High School Champion)
  • Ricky Diaz (18 Gold)
  • Dane Elkins (18 Silver)
  • Sahil Thakur (16 Gold)
  • Nikhil Prasad (14 Silver)
  • Ricky Diaz/Dane Elkins (18 Doubles Gold)
  • Krish Thakur/Sahil Thakur (16 Doubles Gold)
  • Nikita Chauhan (18 Silver)
  • Heather Mahoney (14 Gold)
  • Nikita Chauhan (16 Doubles Gold)
  • Heather Mahoney (14 Doubles Gold)
Esprit Team (12, 10 Singles Finalists; 12, 10 Doubles Champions)
  • Nikhil Prasad (12 Gold)
  • Eshan Ali (10 Gold)
  • Nikhil Prasad (12 Doubles Gold)
  • Eshan Ali (10 Doubles Gold)
  • Jordan Ellis (10 Doubles Gold)

2018 High School Nationals

[[2018_HS_Nationals]] I've been a participant for the past 4 years at various tournaments including Junior Nationals and the US Open. Last week, I accompanied my son Bryan to his first High School Nationals. There were 347 Players from 9 different states that competed in Portland, Oregon. The most players came from Oregon (176) and Missouri (141). California brought 12 Players (8 Nor Cal and 4 So Cal). Out of the 33 Boys in the highest #1 Gold Bracket, 5 Cali boys made it to the top 9. There was an all Cali boys final featuring Sebastian Fernandez winning 1st (San Ysidro) and Antonio Rojas 2nd (Stockton). On the girls side, Nakita Chauhan from Nor Cal was a finalist and took home the silver medal. The boys doubles gold medal was won by brothers Antonio and Jesse Rojas (Stockton).

Overall it was a great tournament, 5 long days of non-stop high school racquetball action. I enjoyed hanging out and watching all the kids play. Attending the tournament has inspired me to help promote junior and high school programming. Exposing the younger generation to racquetball is essential for continued growth of our sport. A special thank you to the coaches, parents, players, sponsors, volunteers, and USAR Staff.

-Stacey Rabanal
Player, Parent, and CNRA Board Member

Congratulations to All Our California High School Players:
Bryan Barbera
Nikita Chauhan
Ricky Diaz
Julius Ellis
Sebastian Fernandez
Ivan Hernandez
Xavier Hernandez
Mansi Jain
Kashish Pandey
Antonio Rojas
Jesse Rojas
Reema Sreenivasan

CNRA Junior State Championships A Huge Success!

[ Tournament Results ] [ Photo Album ]

The California Nevada Racquetball Association (CNRA) Junior Championships took place January 20th at Primetime Athletic Club in Burlingame. It was a full day of play with over 70 players attending from across the state. This is the largest turnout for a Junior State Championship we have had in many years.

Jazmin Trevino, our tournament director, made sure players and referees were at their courts. Heather Mahoney and Dane Elkins also helped out at the desk, checking in players, finding refs, handing out shirts, and medals etc. Thank you Jazmin, Dane, and Heather!

The day began with the Multibouncers at 8:30am and continued non-stop through the day finishing at 7:30pm. Lunch was sponsored by the CNRA Junior Committee and went quickly.

We did a few things differently this year. Annually, the CNRA Board looks to assist players attending the Junior National championships. This year, only players attending this event (State Championships), are eligible for this assistance. Funds for players will be determined based on number of players attending Nationals and funds available. For the 18 and under, Boys and Girls, there was $1,200 offered as “Junior National Scholarship”. These funds are to be used to offset expenses in attending the Nationals to be held in Des Moines, IA this year. As there were no girls signed up in the 18 and under, these funds were allocated to the boys division only. The top 6 players were awarded, 1st – Dane Elkins ($400), 2nd Antonio Rojas ($300), Semis Ricky Diaz and Sahil Thakur ($150 each), 5th and 6th Ivan Hernandez and Bryan Barbera ($100 each). Thank you to Mike Lippitt and Reaching Your Dream for contributing $1,000 to this event.

As part of this event we had asked for sponsors of the CNRA Junior fund, which supports junior programs as well as players attending Nationals and Worlds. Thank you to new GOLD sponsor Darrell Vincent and Bronze Sponsor Premium Properties Sorokin Family. If you wish to also be a sponsor of the CNRA Junior fund, please contact me (707-766-9105)

Thank you to Primetime Athletic Club for hosting this event. Also, Dave George (Racquetball Director) for helping to set it up etc. Primetime is a terrific facility with 7 courts and a great overall atmosphere. Thank You!!!

Thank You to the parents and family members for attending and being supportive of many of the players. Many family members jumped in for reffing duties when needed, which was greatly appreciated.

Thank you all for a great event, and looking forward to next year’s tournament (s). If your club would like to host a junior’s tournament, please let us know how we can help.

- Brian Dixon
CNRA Jr Director | 707-766-9105

Junior World Racquetball Championships

California was well represented at the Junior World championships held November 5th-11th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event had players from 13 countries attending. There are two main levels of play, the World Cup (18 and under, 16 and under, and 14 and under) and Esprit (12 and under, and 10 and under). This year the CNRA was able to donate $300 to each California World cup member, $200 to each California Esprit member, and $100 to Non Pt Earners from California. In total the California Nevada Racquetball Association was able to donate a total of $4000 to the participants from our states, and we are very excited to share news about their success.

To qualify, the top two finishers at Nationals in singles and the top doubles team in doubles represent Team USA. In Esprit, this is expanded to top 6 singles and top 2 doubles, but only the top 2 singles and top doubles team are point earners for the final standings. There is also the Challenger group which allows players to participate for experience.

California Players:
team-cal-thumb World Cup – Daniel Rojas (18 and under singles and doubles); Sahil Thakur (16 and under singles); Julian Singh (16 and under doubles); Antonio Rojas (14 and under singles and doubles); Nikita Chauhan (16 and under singles); Heather Mahoney (14 and under doubles)

Esprit – Vedant Chauhan (12 and under singles and doubles); Nikhil Prasad (12 and under singles and doubles – non point); Angel Galvan (10 and under singles and doubles); Eshan Ali (10 and under doubles, 10 and under singles – non point); Bobby Singh (10 and under singles and doubles – non point); Advait Kartik (10 and under singles); Heather Mahoney (12 and under singles); Esha Cyril (12 and under doubles and 12 and under singles – non point); Arya Cyril (12 and under doubles and 12 and under singles -non point); Camila Gomez (12 and under singles – non point); Sonya Shetty (10 and under singles and doubles); Ava Naworski (10 and under singles and doubles); Adriana Perez (10 and under singles and doubles – non point).

Challenger – Armando Perez (14 and under singles); Cody Thomas (14 and under singles); Taij Singh (10 and under singles); Alexander Gomez (10 and under singles)…

Most players arrived Thursday to practice ahead of the matches that began Sunday. Saturday night had an Olympicesque opening ceremonies as the countries came out one at a time displaying their flags and team colors. Play began Sunday morning and continued through Saturday. The Lifetime Fitness facility was amazing, but with only 7 courts the schedule was tight and many times an hour or two behind. The kids did not seem to care and when the Sunday night World Cup dinner happened at 11:00ish instead of 8ish, it did not seem to faze anyone.

By the time finals were over Saturday, California was well represented in the GOLD. Team USA won 6 GOLD medals with 5 of those represented by California players…Daniel Rojas won the 18 and unders, Antonio Rojas (Daniel’s brother) won the 14 and under doubles with Akul Ramayani. Heather Mahoney won the 12 and under singles. Sonya Shetty won the 10 and under singles. Sonya Shetty and Ava Naworski won the 10 and under doubles.

Below is the list of California Medal winners:

TEAM USA Overall Results -- Individual -- WORLD CUP
Boys 14 Singles -- Antonio Rojas -- BRONZE
Girls 14 Doubles -- Heather Mahoney -- BRONZE
Boys 14 Doubles -- Antonio Rojas -- GOLD
Girls 16 Singles -- Nikita Chauhan -- BRONZE
Boys 18 Singles – Mauro (Daniel) Rojas -- GOLD

TEAM USA Overall Results -- Individual -- ESPRIT CUP
Girls 10 Singles -- Sonya Shetty -- GOLD
Boys 10 Singles Red -- Bobby Singh -- SILVER; Eshan Ali -- BRONZE
Boys 10 Singles Blue -- Angel Eden Galvan -- BRONZE;
Girls 10 Doubles -- Sonya Shetty/Ava Naworski -- GOLD; Adriana Perez (BRONZE)
Boys 10 Doubles -- Bobby Singh -- SILVER
Girls 12 Singles Red -- Arya Cyril -- SILVER; Camila Gomez -- BRONZE
Girls 12 Singles Blue -- Esha Cyril -- SILVER;
Girls 12 Singles Gold -- Heather Mahoney -- GOLD;
Boys 12 Singles Red -- Vedant Chauhan -- GOLD
Boys 12 Singles Gold -- Josh Shea -- BRONZE
Girls 12 Doubles -- Esha Cyril/Arya Cyril -- BRONZE
Boys 12 Doubles -- Vedant Chauhan/Josh Shea -- SILVER; Nikhil Prasad - BRONZE

TEAM USA Overall Results -- Individual -- CHALLENGER CUP
Boys 10 Singles -- Taij Singh -- GOLD; Alexander Gomez -- SILVER;
Boys 12 Singles -- Taij Singh -- BRONZE
Boys 14 Singles -- Cody Thomas -- SILVER; Armando Angel Perez – BRONZE

The coaching team was also represented by California peeps. This was an experimental year with Private coaches allowed to work along with the Team USA coaches. Team USA coaches from California…Jody Nance, Bobby Horn, and Robbie Collins. Private coaches – Elaine Dexter, Ken Stone, Brian Dixon, and Anwar Ali.

You can view the daily blog from the event at -

Congratulations to ALL of the players…..

Special Thanks to GearBox Racquetball!

2017_cnra_doubles_sm The CNRA Board of Directors wishes to thank GearBox Racquetball for hosting a terrific CNRA State Doubles Championships. The one day event was full of lots of racquetball and our State Doubles Champions were crowned. The competition was fierce, the food and awards outstanding, all due to a terrific tournament staff put together by our GearBox sponsor!!! Our hats are off to a job well done and we are looking forward to more of the same.

For a complete listing of the champions please visit the website at,

CNRA Supports the CNRA Juniors Traveling to the IRF Junior World Racquetball Championships

Thanks to our CNRA members the CNRA is proud to announce we will be providing $4000 in financial support to the 18 junior players traveling to the IRF Junior World Racquetball Championships. This prestigious event will be held November 5-11, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. We wish all the players good luck, play well and have fun!!

Our CNRA Junior Teams members are:

World Cup Team
Heather Mahoney – 14U doubles/singles
Nikita Chauhan – 16U singles
Antonio Rojas – 14U doubles/singles
Sahil Thakur – 16U singles
Julian Singh – 16U doubles
Mauro Rojas – 18U doubles/singles
Dane Elkins – 18U singles

Espirit Team
Heather Mahoney – 12U singles
Ava Naworski – 10U singles
Sonya Shetty – 10U singles
Angel Galvin – 10U singles/doubles
Vedant Chauhan – 12U singles
Arya Cyril – 12U doubles
Esha Cyril – 12U doubles
Eshan Ali – 10U doubles

Non-Point Earning Players
Bobby Singh – 10U singles
Advait Kartik – 10U singles
Eshan Ali – 10U single
Nikhil Prasad – 12U singles
Adrianna Perez – 10U ingles
Arya Cyril – 12U singles
Esha Cyril – 12U singles


(Sep 30, 2017) As the presenting sponsor GearBox will host the CNRA State Doubles at the Bay Club in Canoga Park, November 4-5, 2017. Head/Penn also sponsors the event. Please join the GearBox team as the event promises to be fun, exciting, and competitive. Bragging rights as State Doubles Champions are on the line! Enter online at,


(Aug 30, 2017)  The CNRA would like to announce a change to the R2 junior contribution option that will take effect September 1st, 2017 for indoor sanctioned events. The current model is staged to a $1.00 automatic contribution that can be altered up or modified down to zero by the player registering for sanctioned tournaments before they finalize their payment. The decision to make this option a mandatory $1.00 contribution was not easy, and upon the recommendation of the junior committee and concurrence of the board we feel a clear view of the processes, change in climate and final results/ramifications that led to our final decision may give our players a clearer understanding. The contributions go directly to the CNRA Junior Fund which supports Junior development in California/Nevada, including assisting players that go to the Junior Nationals and Junior Worlds. Let’s begin with an overview of the 2016-2017 contributions made on behalf of members of the CNRA:

  • 2016 – Jr. Olympics - $7800
  • 2016 – Jr. Worlds - $3090
  • 2017 – Jr. Olympics - $4300
  • 2017 - Jr. Worlds - TBD
  • *Junior Racquet Program - $1000
  • 2015 - JH Educational Scholarship - $1500
  • 2016 - JH Educational Scholarship - $750
  • 2017 – JH Educational Scholarship – TBD
  • Junior Program assistance as requested - $1000

*The CNRA implemented a free starter kit program that included a new Head racquet, goggles, etc. to new junior players who became first-time one- year USAR/CNRA junior. This program was able to provide 45 new junior players with not only a new racquet, but also a membership through the USAR to enter sanctioned tournaments for 1 year. There are a few other states that have implemented this donation program through R2, making the $1 donation mandatory and one state has recently raised it to $2, and they have been able to provide almost full financial support for their juniors programs.

In reference to the change in climate, members should be aware that R2 has eliminated the $4.95 fee originally charged to players entering on-line to play in sanctioned tournaments. Members should feel a little better when realizing that the total savings to the R2 player is now $3.95, but further dialog is still needed to achieve full stakeholder success. Board members recognize tournament directors who work tirelessly to showcase the top notch players at their sanctioned events throughout California and Nevada aren’t looking to increase their burden. The Junior Committee agreed unanimously, as did the CNRA board to change the voluntary $1.00 junior donation to a fixed $1.00 minimum donation. You can choose to increase the donation amount but cannot change to $0, to support the CNRA junior programs effective September 1, 2017. We also decided to provide the freedom to any R2 entrant who contests the $1.00 contribution they have made to be eligible for a full refund at the end of the fiscal year, if they write a statement of request to the board. As the world is often subjected to opinionated views, our racquetball community can fall prey to skewed perceptions and misinformed analysis. We have taken the time to make our decision process as transparent as possible, while showing concern to all members of the racquetball community and ultimately sticking to our vision of continuing to grow the sport which does ultimately require some financial support. We look forward to addressing any concerns anyone in our racquetball community would have and look forward to sharing with everyone the results of this decision throughout the year. Again, we want to stress that people have the right to decide what they pay for, whether it’s that $300.00 racquet, $40-100 fee for each division of that sanctioned tournament they entered into, the hotel fees they accrued to stay near the tournament facility, etc. Remember folks, we are talking about $1.00 here to support these kids who have risen to represent the top echelon of Junior racquetball, four quarters to keep families engaged, one George Washington to represent USA racquetball with pride and ultimately – just a buck to keep racquetball alive for our juniors.

CNRA Board of Directors
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Vegas Warm-ups Supports the CNRA Juniors

Rick the Soda Man is our raffle winner for the Vegas warm-ups in Irvine. Small crowd but we raised $50 for juniors that day and Soda Man won $50! A very special thanks to Jesus Ustarroz, Rocky Carson, and Cliff Swain for their support and Daniel Rojas and the Antilla family.


Team California/Nevada scores big at USA Junior Olympics

The USA Racquetball Junior country (aka National Championships) were held in Stockton this year from June 21st thru the 25th. There were 183 players from across the country battling for National Championships as well as the honor to be on Team USA for the World Championships. The top two singles players and top doubles team qualify for Team USA.

For most of the week temperatures were around 110, with some relief once inside either at In Shape West Lane or In Shape Quail Lakes. Players had a lot of play as most divisions were either Olympic style or Round Robin and most players played multiple divisions. Many finals were completed on Saturday with the remainder on Sunday afternoon.

The Saturday banquet has to be one of the best there has been for this junior event. Led by Nick Irvine, it was held outside at the host hotel, University Plaza. Nice buffet line, good seating, and cooperative weather made for a great time. Nick kept things entertaining and moving along. It was announced that the 2018 Junior Olympics will be in Des Moines, Iowa.

Team California/Nevada is well represented with qualifiers for Team USA with Boys representing in every age division, World and Esprit and Girls representing in every group other than the 18 and under. A total of 11 California players qualified for Team USA World or Esprit! Congratulations to all our CNRA juniors!!!!!!

Note: The CNRA provided financial assistance to the majority of the players based on those signing up by the deadline.


World Cup:
*18 and under
Boys – Daniel Rojas Silver Singles; Daniel Rojas Gold Doubles
*16 and under
Girls – Nikita Chauhan Silver Singles; Nikita Chauhan Gold Doubles
Boys – Sahil Thakur Silver Singles; Julian Singh Gold Doubles

*14 and under
Girls – Heather Mahoney Silver Singles; Heather Mahoney Gold Doubles
Boys – Antonio Rojas Silver Singles; Antonio Rojas Gold Doubles

*12 and under
Girls – Heather Mahoney Gold Singles; Arya and Esha Cyril Gold Doubles
Boys – Vedant Chauhan Gold Singles; Vedant Chauhan Gold Doubles

*10 and under
Girls – Sonya Shetty Gold Singles; Ava Naworski Silver Singles; Sonya Shetty and Ava Naworski Gold Doubles
Boys – Angel Galvan Silver Singles; Angel Galvan and Eshan Ali Gold Doubles

National Junior Olympic Championships

(May 21, 2017)  The 2017 California National Guard Junior Olympic Championships, presented by Penn and Visit Stockton is fast approaching. This event is hosted at In-Shape Health Clubs - West Lane & Quail Lakes.

In support of the CNRA juniors attending the National Junior Olympics the CNRA Junior Committee recommended and the board accepted the motion which will honor the first 30 players from California/Nevada to sign up by May 26th $100 to assist with tournament/travel expenses. Once the initial 30 players have been reached additional registrants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration travel distance. To be eligible players must sign up by May 31st.

Also as a reminder the first 100 First Time players (those who haven’t competed in a Junior Olympic event in the past three years) may enter 1 division at no entry cost. Try it, you’ll like it! So.... bring a friend!! To take advantage of this limited special offer, First Time Free entrants must register by May 31st.

CNRA Board Elections

(May 01, 2017) Are you up for the challenge? The CNRA is looking for qualified and interested candidates to fill 3 vacant positions on the current CNRA Board of Directors. Please click on the link to the pdf file which provides all the information you will need or contact Ruben Antilla, Election Chair, directly at

Tourney Director Profile: Steve Cook

(Apr 07, 2017)  Steve started playing as a kid when his dad would go to the club, he would hit the ball around in between their games and then try to get friends to play when they were on break from school. He played off an on until he was around 26 or 27, when his wife had a co-worker that wanted to play so Steve and he started to play on a regular basis. Soon after he was introduced to some other people that were playing at the club all the time and they were also tournament players. John Winings talked Steve into playing his first tournament, which was in Merced. He has been hooked ever since. He currently plays in either Open/Elite or the 50+ divisions.


Steve is currently the Club Pro and racquetball director at Twin Arbors Athletic Club in Lodi. In the past he has been a board member to the CNRA and the ERA for Team Ektelon and is currently an Advisory Board member of the CNRA

As the Racquetball Director at Twin Arbors he runs two tournament/shootouts a year, 2-3 leagues, clinics and junior classes. Over the years he has worked closely with John Ellis running IRT, LPRT, CPRT and WOR Champs tournaments.

Steve thanks his dad for introducing him to the game, John Winings for teaching him the game, Barbara Tibbons for getting him involved in running events and at the state level and last but not least, John Ellis and his parents Dave and Pat for all their help and passion that they give back to this great sport.

Congratulations to Dane Elkins and all our California/Nevada High School National Players

(Apr 07, 2017)  Dane Elkins recently achieved something that has only been done one other time in the 30-year history of the High School National Championships. Dane not only won the Boys #1 Singles but also partnered with Jared Anwar to win the Boys #1 Doubles and Atossa Rejaei to win the Mixed #1 Doubles. With his #1 Gold in the Singles Dane was appointed to the 2017 US Junior National Team. Congratulations Dane for this accomplishment and congratulations to Jared Anwar and Atossa for being great partners!

You can read more about the High School Nationals:


NorCal and SoCal Junior State Championships

(Apr 07, 2017)  Over 50 young players hit the courts at Prime Time in Burlingame and Los Cab in Fountain Valley for our annual NorCal and SoCal Junior State Championships. Tournament Directors, Kim Randolph and Dorcy Norton did an awesome job ensuring everyone had plenty of play and a great time. Most went home with one of our new championship medals for their efforts. Brian Dixon the CNRA Junior Committee chairman was responsible for making these championships a success. Pictures will be posted soon. Congrats to all of the juniors!!!!!

[NorCal results] [SoCal results]

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