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How to Live Vicariously in Racquetball
This is a world championship-building article. After you read through this article you will know what it will take to begin to be the best in the game. The only drawback for you is the fact that you can read this article. If you can read, it’s too late for you!
The number one player in the world today is Kane Waselenchuk. Kane started playing racquetball at age 2 and never stopped. You may remember from an earlier tip that it takes about 5,000 hours of practice early in life to be a pro at most sports. It takes 10,000 hours to be one of the best in the world. What happens when you get to 12,000 hrs plus? You get to make the best in the world look like amateurs…over and over and over. Kane just captured the US Open title for a record fifth time and the critics say there is no real competition today. They say the players of yesteryear would have given him problems. You don’t hear golfers say that about Tiger Wood and I think a very similar, if not yet recognized, situation exists in racquetball today. In short, if you get a chance to see Kane play…take it…you will not be disappointed.
I mention Kane because he has laid out the map to be the best. All you have to do now is travel the path. I’m the bearer of bad news though…this path will not be yours but it can be your children’s. You may be a background player but it will be you that starts them on this path and, in that, there is some credit.
“It’s never too early” should be your mantra. Step number one (and I learned this via my nephew, Aiden) would be to tape some on court racquetball sounds and play them while your baby is still in the womb. This will allow the racquetball court to be a very welcome environment. Or you could have your nephew scream “the ball is too loud” and “I hates racquetball” at age 2 never to return. (see how you can learn from my mistakes)
Step number two…racquetball emersion. Take a look at this.
With so many requests, we finally had to do something. The old adage that physically fit people have more sex has a corollary…physically fit racquetball players are having more babies. I have never seen more little bundles of joy in carriers or on leashes in my life as I now see at racquetball events.
I have to alert many of you newbie racquetball playing parents. You all have the same mindset ….my kid will be the best future player…period! There is only room for a few on that pedestal. If you teach your kids their colors by using racquetbaIls or you explain to them to stay out of other people’s way or it’s a hinder, you’re on the right path. However, if they can read before they can hit the front wall, or you don’t secure a coach by age 5…you’re falling behind.
I have never seen happier parents (even mothers) as when their kid comes off the racquetball court victorious or is named to the US Racquetball Junior Team. These goals are attainable and your vicarious life is only 10,000 hours away. The sooner you start them, the sooner you’re wearing vicarious future Olympic colors.
In these times, it’s getting tougher and tougher to leave something to your kids. I say leave them racquetball…it’s a gift that will last a lifetime. It’s a gift that comes with physical fitness, friends and comrades, a sense of fairness and is it’s own international language.
For an FYI, this article was written for one of our employees who is expecting his first child soon. He seemed a little stressed (around here with the holidays, it’s the norm) so I wanted to at least let him now I’ve been working on the new baby clothing…this was the long way of telling him. Good luck buddy!