August Update 2016
“Winning Isn’t Everything, but Wanting to Is” by Vince Lombardi
“Rocky Carson, Jason Mannino & Fran Davis run Elite Training Camp in Aliso Viejo, CA”
“Paola Longoria at the Olympic Games in Rio serving as a media correspondent”
“Wayne Antone in pursuit of becoming a Junior World Champion”
“Jordan Cooperrider wins first ever WO/Pro Doubles Championship at the LPRT stop in Atlanta, GA”
“Mitchell Turner attended back to back training camps in pursuit of becoming the BEST”
My “Adult Championship Racquetball Team” led by Rocky Carson and Paola Longoria were busy this month, but not with tournaments.
Rocky Carson teamed up with me and Jason Mannino to run our first ever Championship Racquetball Elite Training Camp with the theme, “How to Become a Champion.” It was designed to start to get my junior players ready for the Junior World Championships in November, as well as the 2016-2017 season. It also allowed Elite/Open players to come and train with the best 4 hours a day.
It was an amazing week as we mixed education/playing-drilling/training/game planning-strategizing/mental toughness with outside group activities. We went surfing with Rocky, had a workout with Rocky, played in a Reaching Your Dream Foundation Pro/Am Fundraiser Shootout, attended a BBQ at Rocky’s place and it all culminated with a little mini-tournament at the end of the week with Rocky playing everyone for extra points. Check out the pics, as they say, “A picture is worth a thousand word.”
Rocky is now finally going to enjoy the summer for a few weeks before he starts getting ready for the 2016-2017 season on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT). Rocky won three professional tournaments en-route to a No. 2 finish in the 2015-2016 season long rankings race. Rocky has not finished a professional season outside the Top 5 ranked players in the world in more than a decade.
Paola Longoria is currently down in Rio at the Olympic Games serving as a special
media correspondent for one of the top broadcast companies in her country, Clara Sports. Paola is on the morning show every day with another Co-host and does interviews and brings news back to her home country of Mexico. VERY VERY exciting.
Upon her return at the end of August she will start getting ready for the 2016-2017 season on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT). Paola finished the No. 1 ranked professional player in the world for 2015-2016, and she has not lost a match in more than a year and holds 70 career professional titles.
My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” is now training hard for the Fall tournament season as well as the Junior World Championships in San Luis Potosi, MX in November.
Wayne Antone is the current Boy’s 18 National Champion and came to train with me, Rocky Carson and Jason Mannino at my Elite Training Camp in So. CA the first week in August. He is now at the Junior National Team Training Camp at the USOC training with the Junior National Team en-route to getting ready for the Junior World Championships in November.
Jordan Cooperrider, is the current Girls 18 National
Champion in Singles and Doubles and came to train with me, Rocky Carson and Jason Mannino at my Elite Training Camp in So. CA the first week in August. She unfortunately could not attend the Junior National Team Training Camp at the USOC as her first week of school started August 15th.
She is currently getting ready for the Junior World Championships in November as well as the LPRT pro stops.
As a matter of fact she just came back from the first LPRT pro stop in Atlanta, GA and she definitely made some noise. Jordan took first place with Alexandra Herrera in the
WO/Pro Doubles. In the Pro singles she took Regina Franco, from Mexico, to a 12-14 5th game tie-breaker. In the Women’s Open she beat Adrienne Fisher Haynes (#17 Pro) in 2 games, before losing to Susy Acosta (# 9 Pro) in the semi finals. Keep an eye out for Jordan she’s moving up fast.
Mitchell Turner came to train with me, Rocky Carson and Jason Mannino at my
Elite Training Camp in So. CA to get ready for the 2016-2017. He is now at the Junior National Team Training Camp at the USOC to train with the Junior National Team.
Enjoy your journey to your “championship game,” like my “championship team.”
**All IRT Tier 1 and Grand Slam events are streamed live on the IRT Network.
***All LPRT Tier 1 and Grand Slams are streamed on Livestream.com.