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12/28/07 Hillsborough Tournament Gladitorial Games
12/28/07 Rutgers Racquetball Listserv Audit Underway
I was proud of the 214 for a while, but as time went on I suspected it just cannot be true. Already about twenty six messages bounced and a lot more may be on a kill filter or ignored. I hope there's strong support and a need for what I'm proposing to develop, but if the turn-out isn't there then their might be other projects that can have more of an impact. Always have to look for the right shot at the right time.
12/24/07 Three More NJO Vidoes Posted
I wanted to thank everyone that viewed the videos and supported the NJO event. I know it's probably not as fun as watching the Pro's play, but I think it's important to get it out there. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. (Picture at left: Mark Kane, Wayne Suggs (shooting), Steve Aguirre, and Wayne's partner Jim LaSala (Team E-Force) in the Men's Doubles 40+ Final.)
12/17/07 NJO Video Coverage
With my complete setup, I record directly to my laptop (tapeless) in DivX format and just chop out the dead space and run it through a software converter. Saves me a lot of time compared to what I used to do. (Picture at left: Robert Caime [air] vs. Peter Holden in the Men's 50+ Final.)
12/12/07 NJO. A Great Tournament!
People cheered and clapped for the second seeds (Aimee and Sanjay) and some rallies were played out on the floor. With Pat diving in the front court keeping the ball in-play. Aimee covering deep and taking anything off the back wall. Sanjay picking off anything Pat left up front. Ruben was a blur and covered the rest of the court. Aimee and Sanjay played a great game, but for the third time in a row (that I know of) it wasn't meant to be. They lost in straight games. Check out the results.
11/12/07 Twenty One Players Showed Up to the Rutgers Head Demo w/Aimee Ruiz
I stepped up this time and played Aimee. I walked away with three points and some advice. Think about the placement of your lob serve and take a deep breath before serving to focus. Felix Ruiz and I played some doubles. I also played doubles with Tina Davitt, Team Head, and Jon Panno, Team Ektelon.
11/11/07 Patriot Games Pictures from Hillsborough
11/06/07 Racquetworld.com 2007-08 Racquet Ratings
10/27/07 Team Head Demo at Rutgers Busch Campus on Monday 11/12/07 featuring Aimee Ruiz
We can really use the support to send a message to the administration that Racquetball at Rutgers is still strong and to give us our court back! I look forward to seeing you and please email me if your coming. If you're new to racquetball we especially want you to come out, try the sport, and get some expert advice. I plan on being there about 7 PM, more details to follow.
10/26/07 The Return of Joe's League!
10/04/07 How To Article: General Safety
9/15/07 Article on Why I play with Head Racquets?
9/11/07 Never Forget!
I'm proud to have known him, he gave his life protecting people. A True Hero. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and to everyone else that lost someone six years ago.
9/11/07 Tournament App for Patriot Games (10/5 to 10/7/07) at Hillsborough Posted
8/31/07 Article on Mental Toughness
8/07/07 NJAR Tournament Schedule
8/04/07 New Jersey Clubs Listing Added
7/24/07 Aimee Ruiz New Head/Penn Regional Marketing Coordinator for New Jersey
Her goals are to increase the number of Head Sponsored Players in New Jersey and participate in more Head demos as the "Play the Pro" like she did at my demo last year at Rutgers. A lot of people showed up and tried racquets which was awesome. Picture (from left to right): Gloria Fidecaro (Team E-Force), Joe Camiolo (Team Head), Aimee Ruiz (Team Head RMC), Felix Ruiz, and Joe Delgado (Team Head).
06/29/07 Fran Davis Racquetball Camp, July 27 to 29th at Woodbridge
The second time, some things were reinforced, and since then I reference her video and try to intergrate one small step each time. I had a rare chance to play with Jim Fay on Wednesday. I haven't played with him since the time I took my first Fran Davis camp. To have him say "You got a lot better." Is a validation of the work I put in and what Bill Serafin and Fran Davis have taught me.
If you want to learn the correct fundamentals, then Fran's Camp is the place to go. If you want to make it a pernament part of your game...her camp is just the first step. Also you get out of the camp what you put into it, so don't be a wall flower. Fran Davis, Jason Mannino, and the other staff at the camp are there to help you, but you really need to check your ego at the door and give up everything you learned about the sport on your own. Check Fran's website for camp details. The Club at Woodbridge is near Woodbrdige Center Mall off U.S. Route 1.
06/04/07 New Leagues Page
I've been running leagues at Rutgers since 2002. I kind of let things slip during the last league and will work on some measures to keep things on track for the next one.
05/26/07 World Outdoor Racquetball Doubles Tournament at Hudson County Park!
Anyway I'm not going to be able to make this one. My son has another birthday party on June 2nd. I wouldn't mind trying some Outdoor and seeing the park, and the people who play there. Sounds like a good crowd. Here's the app for more info.
05/26/07 My Kind of TV after a Hard Day!
I lucked out and watched the semi-final between Mitch Williams (Team Head) and Rocky Carson. The sound the ball made after Mitch hit it didn't seem real, commentators were saying it's like 150 or 160 MPH! Anyway Mitch destroyed Rocky in the first game 15-4 and squeaked out game two 15-13 or so. Rocky was skipping about nine balls per game, so he wasn't playing his best or kept getting busy signals trying to dial into Mitch's power and wide-angle passes..
Overall it was nice to see, but at 15 frames per second the ball was kind of jumpy, the commentary was so-so to ok, and the USA Racquetball website coverage was pretty lame compared to all the stats, radio, and other features of the Tennis US Open site. Overall a nice step forward. Hope you get a chance to tune in and watch. Think it's the first time some new faces are in the National Final! Think it starts at 2 PM Texas time.
05/12/07 Learning...Learning...and Learning some more!
04/10/07 Predator's Peril Pictures on the Hillsborough Site
Joe Camiolo caught one of my best forehands during an actual game. My knees are actually bent! Still a little off balance, my back foot lifted off the ground, and my racquet should be more in line with my right elbow, but I've seen a lot worse. And yes I think I killed that shot cross court!
Got another third place finish in A's, if I remember correctly, and actually did pretty good with Tito Sharma in Open Doubles, 9th out of 11 teams. A personal best for Open Doubles.
03/31/07 Microsoft Interent Explorer 7 Wins Over Firefox here
03/24/07 One of the Best Tournaments in Jersey and I'm on my butt!
03/20/07 NJAR State Singles Looks Promising 101 Signed Up!
03/03/07 First Video Posted Online. Gonzalez/Pedraza vs. LaForest/Ruiz
It's about thirty eight minutes and pretty intense, so click on the picture or head over to Stage6. Let me know how it works out for you and I'll post more. I think racquetball needs to be out there more.
02/09/07 PHP and a Wider View!
02/04/07 Double Kill Surpasses Expectations! 2nd Place in NJ State C's!!
We watched some of our old matches Friday night and I remembered the one thing that could give us a fighting chance. Chemistry! Leigh is a very competative and emotional guy and I feed off that. I come out of my shell and probably surprise people that know me. It hasn't work with other partners. Just something doesn't create the same zone.
We played B's and C's at Fairfield this weekend. B's was a single round elimination and I feel back into my old habits. Lack of Focus. After the loss, I was pretty angry at myself. Basically thought is another year going to by suffering from the same problems? Did Leigh step up just to lose with me? I talked to Leigh about it and basically said no more! I was going to attack C's with everything I had. We took a game or two from everyone in the robin even the Champs. I think we could have done better if we focused on their backhands Leigh! They were signifficantly weaker. Leigh's pinch wasn't up to snuff and I rushed a lot of shots in a berserker rage, but our focus was there most of the time and we played our hearts out. By the last couple of points in the last game, my legs had reached their limit.
We came back on Sunday to video some matches and take some pictures. Leigh asked Bill about the results and we wound up getting 2nd place with 100 points. First place had 104. A couple of things didn't add up. First, the 2nd place trophies for C's were missing. Second, if one team out of the robin dropped out and the games they played were nullified. How can we still have 100 pts. playing three teams two games to 15 each? It doesn't matter, we played as hard as we could. I kept a better focus, even if it was inconsistent at times, and even switched roles with Marshall and became even more competative then he was at the time. As a team, Mental Toughness is an obvious weakness, but also can be our greatest strength. If we can level out the highs and lows--we'll be even better! Have a safe trip back to Taiwain until the next time Leigh!
01/01/07 Happy New Year
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