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My Kids R Growing Up June 2017

June 20th, 2017 Comments off

“Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider & Mitchell Turner
are growing up on and off the court. 

My Junior Championship Team training together 2016 with Rocky Carson and Coach Fran Davis in So. CA.

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team,” led by Wayne, Jordan, and Mitchell are going to Junior National Championships in Stockton, CA this week, June 21-25, on a mission to earn a spot on the USA Junior National Racquetball Team and represent the USA at the Junior World Championships in November.

I began coaching all of them early in their careers:

  • Wayne since 2012 and 14 years old.
  • Jordan since 2012 and 12 years old.
  • Mitchell since 2013 and 13 years old.

My Junior Championship Team training/vacationing together with Coach Fran Davis in 2015 in Mt. Hood, OR.

It’s been a long and successful journey with Wayne being on the USA Junior National Racquetball Team 4X, Jordan 9X and Mitchell 2X…all with numerous Gold and Silver Medals from National and World Championships. At that time, they were all just kids, but now they have grown up to be such mature young adults:

  • Wayne 19 years old and graduated High School last year will be pursuing a career in racquetball while going to community college.
  • Jordan 18 years old and graduated High School this year will be going to a 4-year college to pursue a career as a veterinarian.
  • Mitchell 17 years old and a junior in High School planning to enjoy his senior year of high School.

This is Wayne’s and Jordan’s last year in juniors and you will see them at the National Intercollegiate Championships and dabbling in the IRT, WRT and LPRT professional events.

Mitchell on the other hand has 3 more years in juniors including this year and will focus on finishing strong in High School.

*Wayne, Jordan and Mitchell I am VERY PROUD of your accomplishments and how hard you all have worked throughout your careers and in school.

Here’s a trip down memory lane with my juniors:

Jordan Cooperrider and Coach Fran Davis celebrating her wins at 2016 Jr. Nationals in Minneapolis, MN,

Jordan Cooperrider Graduates High School 2017 in Palm Harbor, FL,

Jordan/Daryl Cooperrider w Coach Fran Davis after winning double gold at the age of 12 at Junior Nationals in Portland, OR.

Jordan Cooperrider and Coach Fran Davis at the 2016 US Open Championships in MN,

Mitchell Turner going to his Prom 2017 in Salem, OR.

Mitchell Turner and Wayne Antone after a long day of practice with Coach Fran Davis in Seattle, WA 2017.

Mitchell Turner and Coach Fran Davis winning his 1st medals at Junior Nationals at the age of 13.

Wayne Antone w Coach Fran Davis celebrating winning the Boy’s 18 at the 2016 Junior Nationals in Minneapolis, MN.

Wayne Antone and Coach Fran Davis at the 2013 Junior Nationals in Concord, CA.

…”Wayne Antone w Coach Fran Davis discussing strategies/mental toughness on the court in Salem, OR 2015.

***All USAR events are streamed on livestream, so go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball for details.

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Rocky Carson 2017 National Champion

June 7th, 2017 Comments off

CONGRATULATIONS to Rocky Carson winning the National Championships
2 years in a row

Rocky Carson, 2017 Male Athlete of the Year.

Rocky Carson wins the National Singles title celebrates with Coach Fran Davis.

Rocky Carson Earns Trio of Honors at U.S. National Championships Tempe, Arizona – May 28th , 2017

Rocky had quite the weekend in the Arizona desert at the 2017 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships. On the courts at the campus of Arizona State University, Carson won the Men’s Singles National Championship for the second year in a row.

The event served as the final stage for the selection of the U.S. National Team that will represent the United States at international competitions through 2018.

Rocky’s win in Tempe cemented his spot on the U.S. National Team, his 15th career team:

2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016, 2017 US National Champion

Coach Dave Ellis interviews Rocky following National Championship win.

2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016 US National Doubles Champion

On Saturday evening during the tournament, Carson was bestowed another honor as he was named USA Racquetball’s Male Athlete of the Year.

 Coach Dave Ellis interviews Rocky following National Championship win.All I can say is all the hard work we do together has really paid off…Rocky I am PROUD OF YOU.

A special thanks to his sparring partner back home, Don Richardson, for all the help and support he gives to me and Rocky.

 

My Amateur Racquetball Team fares well at the Nationals and brought home lots of medals of their own…see pictures below 

 

The HEAD Gang working the booth.

Dean Baer, from NYC, w Coach Fran Davis.

Nick Morgan, Portland, OR, and Coach Fran Davis.

Andrew Blasquez, CA, and Coach Fran Davis.

Sam Sorokin, San Francisco, CA, and Coach Fran Davis.

Heather Mahoney, No CA, and Coach Fran Davis.

Graci Wargo, Tampa, FL, and Coach Fran Davis.

****Stay turned for the WOR Outdoor Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA in July and the Fran Davis, Jason Mannino and Rocky Carson Elite Training Camp July 31-August 4 in Aliso Viejo, CA (So. CA)

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Paola Longoria April/May Update 2017

May 11th, 2017 Comments off

CONGRATULATIONS to PAOLA LONGORIA for winning the last two LPRT Pro Stops
in San Antonio, TX & Guadalajara,
MX

Paola Longoria, in San Antonio, TX, the World’s No. 1 female racquetball player, continued her dominance of the Ladies Professional

Paola Longoria wins the LPRT San Antonio, TX against Samantha Salas.

Racquetball Tour (LPRT) with yet another tournament victory at the 2017 Battle at the Alamo event at the Thousand Oaks YMCA.

The tournament victory in the Women’s Singles division became Paola’s 81st of her professional playing career and set her up nicely to capture her eighth year-end title. Her tournament winning streak in singles play is now at 24. At the San Antonio event, Paola also won the Professional Women’s Doubles division.

Paola Longoria wins semi’s against Rhonda Rasjich at the LPRT stop in San Antonio, TX to advance to the finals.

Paola Longoria, in Guadalajara, MX, the World’s No. 1 female Racquetball player, won the season’s final Grand Slam event on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) with a tournament victory in her home country of Mexico. The event, named after Paola, featured an all glass portable racquetball court.

Paola cruised through the Professional Women’s Singles draw at the Paola Longoria Open without dropping a single

Paola Longoria wins her own tournament in Guadalajara, MX without dropping a game in front of record crowds. Her team and family were all there to support her and witness her 8th season finishing # 1.

game. Paola dominated her opponents in Mexico by only allowing an average of just two points per game.

The tournament victory is Paola’s 82nd Women’s Singles title of her career. Her tournament winning streak in singles play is now at 25. After

the final LPRT event of the season in June, Longoria will be crowned with her eighth #1 LPRT Year-End Ranking.

 

****Stay turned for a busy May with Rocky and Paola playing in their IRT & LPRT events.

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Rocky Carson April IRT Year-End Update 2017

May 11th, 2017 Comments off

CONGRATULATIONS to Rocky Carson for making the finals of the IRT Pro Stop in FL

Rocky Carson w Jordan Cooperrider hanging out in Sarasota before his finals against Kane and Jordan’s finals against Christina.

Rocky Carson reached the finals for 6 out of 9 tournaments and took home 1st place in OH, in the 2016-2017 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season. Currently, Rocky finished ranked as the No. 2 player in the world.

Rocky’s stats are astounding:

  • Won 25 Professional Tournament victories of his career.
  • Has played in 231 IRT tournaments, placing him 2nd in the All-Time in that category.
  • Has 516 IRT career match victories, which now places him 3rd All-Time on that list.

Rocky has cemented yet another #2 year-end ranking, which will be the 12th consecutive in his professional career.

At the end of May, Rocky will attempt to defend his U.S. National Singles title in Arizona. With a good performance at the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships, Carson will make the National Team for the 15th time in his career.

****Stay turned for a busy May with Rocky and Paola playing in their IRT & LPRT events.

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Championship Racquetball Camp Series March Update 2017

April 13th, 2017 Comments off

My Championship Racquetball Camp Series presented by HEAD/Penn took to the road and

While in Vegas catching some R & R at the Michael Jackson One Circus Ole Show at Mandalay Bay…AWESOME.

stopped in Ocala, FL March 10-12, hosted by Rod Van Dyke at the Frank DeLuca YMCA and Las Vegas, NV March 31-April 2, hosted by AJ Palluck at the Las Vegas Athletic Club.

We had some very happy campers who learned all the aspects of the game from the physical skills, to the mental skills, to the strategic skills, to the conditioning skills, which are all integral parts of “becoming a champion”.

 

Fran Davis with the motley crew at the Las Vegas.

Here are a couple of testimonies:

  1. “Fran/Jason,Thank you for the camp experience last weekend.Fran, it’s no wonder you are a successful coach.
    Just the right amount of constructive criticism, but with positivity as a solid foundation.
    I’ve had many coaches in many sports; you’re at the top.
    I’m typically “the one” in the crowd that pushes back, but you made solid arguments that shut that down.Jason, I’m just as honored to have met you, to hear a couple of stories about you personally (from Fran and you) and to have been able to be on the same court.
    If I can wrap my head around all the good stuff I learned and put it to use, I just might make it to the A’s this year.”

    Chris
    Chris E. Beale
    Executive Vice President
    Benchmark Mortgage Companies

  2. Hello Fran,I just wanted to say thank you for such a great camp.

    The Ocala, FL Campers celebrating making it through the camp…Jason Mannino and Fran Davis teaching smart court position…a key component to being a champion.

    I learned so much and have many things to work on, but I know I will overcome these bad habits…anything is possible when you commit and take action. Thanks again for such a great learning experience.

    Regards, Dan

    **** Next stop for my Championship Racquetball Camp is in Warren, NJ, April 28-30 at The Warren Health and Racquet Club.

    If you are interested in attending the camp to learn “How to Become a Champion”, email me at camps@FranDavisRacquetball.com for a Special Promo Code to SAVE over $100 for this event.

     

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Rocky Carson’s March Update 2017

March 31st, 2017 Comments off

CONGRATULATIONS to Rocky Carson for winning the IRT Pro Stop in OH

Rocky Carson wins IRT event in OH.

Rocky Carson after reaching the tournament finals for the fourth time in the 2016-2017 International Racquetball Tour (IRT) season, the fifth time was the charm for Rocky Carson to become victorious. Carson, currently ranked as the No. 2 player in the world, beat his opponent, Daniel De Larossa in four games to win the 2017 “Raising Some Racquet for Kids” Tournament outside of Dayton, OH.

This was a great bounce back performance from Carson after losing a tough semi-final match in Chicago, IL, 11-9 in the tie-breaker, the weekend before. We made some great physical and mental adjustments from the weekend before which paid big dividends.

The tournament win became Carson’s 25th Professional Tournament victory of his career. His performance in the Buckeye State also highlighted some additional notable milestones. Rocky has now played in 230 IRT tournaments, placing him 2nd in the All-Time in that category. Carson’s 513 IRT career match victories now places him 3rd All-Time on that list.

With just two top tier events remaining in the current IRT season, Carson has cemented another Top 5 year-end ranking, which will be the 11th consecutive in his professional career.

The IRT next takes the court in mid-April in Florida and closes out the season in May in Oregon.

The IRT next takes the court in mid-April in Florida and closes out the season in May in Oregon.

At the end of May, Rocky will attempt to defend his U.S. National Singles title in Arizona. With a good performance at the USA Racquetball National Singles Championships, Carson will make the National Team for the 15th time in his career.

 

****Stay turned for a busy April with Rocky and Paola playing in their IRT & LPRT events as well as Paola representing her country at the Pan American Championships in Costa Rica.

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Paola Longoria National Champion Update 2017

March 27th, 2017 Comments off

Paola Longoria Mexican National Champion in singles and doubles.

Coach Fran Davis and Paola Longoria celebrates her 80th Pro Tournament victory after the match, in singles in Warren, NJ.

CONGRATULATIONS to PAOLA LONGORIA for winning the Mexican National Championships and the LPRT Pro Stop in Warren, NJ

Paola Longoria won the 2017 Mexican National Championships in both singles and doubles in Chihuahua, MX on March 9-12 for the 11th straight year.
She has been a part of her countries national selection process since 2006 and has represented her country of Mexico on the adult national team since she was 17 years old. She will be representing her country at the Pan American Championships in Costa Rica next month.

Paola Longoria celebrates her 80th Pro Tournament victory in singles in Warren, NJ

Paola also had another great win on the professional side just one week before in both singles and doubles in Warren, NJ on March 3-5. The tournament victory became Paola’s 80th professional singles win of her career. She now has more individual professional event titles than Tiger Woods (79), John McEnroe (77), Serena Williams (72), Billie Jean King (67), and Andre Agassi (60).

For the 2016-2017 season on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), Paola is undefeated in both singles and doubles play. Her tournament winning streak in singles play is now at 23.

****Stay turned for a busy April with Rocky and Paola playing in their IRT & LPRT events as well as Paola representing her country at the Pan American Championships in Costa Rica.

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National Doubles Championship Update 2017

February 16th, 2017 Comments off

CONGRATULATIONS to ROCKY CARSON for winning the Championship

Paola Longoria goes to AFL Championship Game and the Super Bowl

2 Successful Fran Davis Championship Racquetball Camps in GA & WA

Jordan Cooperrider, Mitchell Turner & Wayne Antone trained with me

in Seattle, WA

 

My Championship  & Junior Championship Racquetball Team

 

2017 National Doubles Champions Rocky Carson& Jose Diaz w Coach Fran Davis

2017 National Doubles Champions Rocky Carson and Jose Diaz with Coach Fran Davis

Rocky Carson teamed up with Jose Diaz to win the Men’s Doubles Team U.S.A. Qualifying Division in Tempe, AZ February 8-12. The duo won a thrilling 11-10 tie-breaker, after losing game 1, 5-15, in the Championship Final. It was a pleasure coaching them live court side and seeing the adjustments that we made work winning game 2, 15-12, then the 3rd game 11-10.

Rocky also won the Men’s Singles Team U.S.A. Qualifying Division contested at the event in Arizona. With his wins in both the doubles and singles division, Rocky has solidified his position on the U. S. National Team for the 15th time in his career and will represent the USA in all International competitions such as Costa Rica, China, etc.

All Rocky’s matches are archived on the www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball

 

Paola Longoria had much needed time off as at the last event of 2016 in Laurel, MD Paola cruised to yet another LPRT Professional Singles win. The title in Maryland became the 78th of her professional career and pushed her tournament winning streak to 22, spanning all of the 2016 calendar year.

Paola-Longoria's-Dream-Come-True...watching-the-New-England-Patriots-in-person-at-the-AFC-Championship-Game-&-Super-Bowl.

Paola Longoria’s Dream Come True…watching the New England Patriots in person at the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl.

Paola is feverously back training for her next Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour event in Warren, NJ, March 3-6.

Paola also was invited and attended the AFL Championship Game in Boston, MA and the Super Bowl in Houston, TX as she is an avid fan of the New England Patriot’s. Next time you see her ask her about her experience…amazing.


Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner, both came to Seattle, WA over the Christmas Break and spent a week of training with me and some of our local Open and Elite players Rick Charbonneau, Rocco Vega, Jerry Evarts and Estaban.

Jordan Cooperrider & Mitchell Turner with Coach Fran Davis at training camp during Christmas break.

Jordan Cooperrider & Mitchell Turner w Coach Fran Davis at training camp during Christmas break.

We covered every aspect of the game and made some much needed tweaks based on their play in the first half of the 2016/2017 season. We drilled lots, played some, watched valuable video of their matches from the World Championships and US Open Championships, looked over their journals, developed/revised their training schedules, and went over lots of mental toughness. It was a FABULOUS week of racquetball and fun times.

Wayne Antone was plagued with an elbow bruise from the Junior World Championships so came up to Seattle, WA later to train with me and be an assistant coach at my camp January 27-29.

Wayne-Antone-training-w-Coach-Fran-Davis-at-the-camp-in-Seattle,-WA,-January-27-29.

Wayne Antone training with Coach Fran Davis at the camp in Seattle, Washington, January-27-29.

We spent time on the court prior to the camp and worked on many aspects of the game and made some much needed tweaks based on his play in the first half of the 2016/2017 season, especially from the Junior World Championships.

 

My Championship Racquetball Camp Series presented by HEAD/Penn

I had 2 very successful racquetball camps held in Atlanta, GA January 20-22 and Seattle, WA, January 27-29. They were both great groups hungry to learn how to utilize the philosophies of my championship racquetball systems. It was a great fun-educational experience by all participants.

Fran-Davis-RB-Camp-in-Atlanta,-GA-January-20-22,-2017...Happy-Campers.

Training with Coach Fran Davis at the camp in Atlanta, Georgia, January-20-22….Happy-Campers.

Fran-Davis-RB-Camp-in-Atlanta,-GA-January-20-22,-2017...Happy-Campers.

Training with Coach Fran Davis at the camp in Atlanta, Georgia, January-20-22….Happy-Campers.

Camp in Seattle, WA January-27-29,-2017...Happy-Campers.

Training with Coach Fran Davis at the camp in Seattle, Washington, January-27-29….Happy-Campers.

Fran-Davis-RB-Camp-in-Seattle,-WA-January-27-29,-2017...Happy-Campers.

Training with Coach Fran Davis at the camp in Seattle, Washington, January-27-29….Happy-Campers.

My Championship Racquetball Amateur Team 

Everyone wants to hold a National Championship Title from the pro division all the way down to the amateur divisions, which is what makes it so competitive and exciting.

I had so many of my students and our campers attend this event. …CONGRATS to all of them:

Tammarrian Rogers – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
Louise Winter – 1 Gold
Carla Francis – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Paul Jubles – 2 Gold’s
Jeff Stark – 2 Gold’s, 1 Silver
Carter Jaynes – 1 Silver
John Wilson – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Andy Blasquez – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

2017 National Doubles Champion...Tammarian Rogers 3 medals including Gold.

2017 National Doubles Champion…Tammarian Rogers 3 medals including Gold.

2017 National Doubles Champion Paul Jubles walks away with 2 Golds.

2017 National Doubles Champion Paul Jubles walks away with 2 Golds.

2017 National Doubles Champions winning 3 medals is John Wilson & Andy.

2017 National Doubles Champions winning 3 medals is John Wilson & Andy.

2017 National Championships where Fran Davis was working the HEAD/Penn booth.

2017 National Championships where Fran Davis was working the HEAD/Penn booth.

 National_Doubles_Logo

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2017 National-Championship where Fran Davis was commentating with Coach Dave Ellis.

I had to wear so many hats such as coaching, run the HEAD Penn booth, commentate on the USA Live Stream production, sell our “Championship Products” …book, video and camps and and and, but I LOVED every minute of it.

 

****Stay tuned for a busy February and March with Rocky and Paola playing in their IRT & LPRT events as well as Paola playing in her Mexican National Championships.  Wayne is going to the WRT event in Seattle, WA, Mitchell is going to the H.S. National Championships in St. Louis, MO and Jordan playing in some of the LPRT events as well.

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2016 Year in Review

December 22nd, 2016 Comments off

“Rocky Carson had a STELLA year…finished # 2 IRT, 9X National Champion S/D, 4X World Champion, 11X WOR Outdoor Champion, USA Team Member for 20th Year”

“Paola Longoria was UNDEFEATED & finished #1 LPRT for 7thX, 10X Mexican National S/D Champion, 5X World Champion, 7X US Open Champion, Mexican National Team for 10th Year ”

“Wayne Antone does the UNTHINKABLE…Jr. National Champion Boy’s 18, 3X Jr. USA National Team, 2X Jr. World Championship Team”

“Jordan Cooperrider comes into her OWN…H.S. National Champion, Jr. National Champion Girl’s 18 S/D, Jr. Female Athlete of the Year, 5X Jr. USA National Team, 5X Jr. World Championship Team”

“Mitchell Turner busy taking his game to the NEXT LEVEL…Jr. National Team Boy’s 16 D, 2X Jr. USA National Team, 2X Jr. World Championship Team”

“Fran Davis & Jason Mannino Championship Racquetball Camp Series”

2016 World Champions Rocky Carson, Paola Longoria, w Coach Fran Davis

2016 World Champions Rocky Carson, Paola Longoria, w Coach Fran Davis.

 

2016 National Champion - Rocky Carson.

2016 National Champion – Rocky Carson.

Rocky Carson

“Never Give Up…Fight Until the End”, by Unknown

11 IRT Events with 2 Wins, 5 Finals, 2 Semi-Finals…Finished #2 2015-2016 Season

4X World Champion in Cali, Columbia

9X National Champion Singles/Doubles

11X Outdoor World Champion

USA Team Member for 20 Years

 

Paola Longoria

Paola Longoria finishes #1 2015-2016 and was UNDEFEATED in 2016.

Paola Longoria – finishes #1 in the LPRT and was UNDEFEATED in 2016.

“I Always Strive to be Better than I am Today”, by Unknown

13 LPRT Events with 13 Wins…Finished #1 for 7th Time, 78th of her professional career and pushed her tournament winning streak to 22

5X World Champion in Cali, Columbia

10X National Champion Singles/Doubles

Mexican Team Member for 10 Years

Awards Presented by the Mexican Government…Forbes Female Entrepreneur Award; La Plaza de Las Estrellas” to make an impression of her hands in the ground for all her successes as a female athlete (similar to what we do in Hollywood, CA with placing the stars on the ground for the famous and most prestigious actors/actresses); United Sportsman Fund

2016 Junior World Championships ...Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider & Mitchell Turner...1 Silver / 5 Bronze Medals.

2016 Junior World Championships …Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider & Mitchell Turner…1 Silver / 5 Bronze Medals.

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” led by Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner.

2016 Jr. National Champion Wayne Antone - Boys 18.

2016 Jr. National Champion Wayne Antone – Boys 18.

Wayne Antone

“Believe in the Process…Believe in Yourself”, by Unknown

Junior National Champion Boy’s 18

3X Junior USA National Team

2X Junior World Championship Team

Jordan Cooperrider,

2016 Jr. National Champion & H.S. National Champion -Jordan Cooperrider.

2016 Jr. National Champion & H.S. National Champion -Jordan Cooperrider.

“Dig as Deep as You Can and Never Stop Trying”, by Unknown

High School National Champion

Junior National Champion Girl’s 18 S/D

Junior Female Athlete of the Year

5X Junior USA National Team

5X Junior World Championship Team

 

Mitchell Turner & Fran Davis - doing Video Analysis as part of preparation.

Mitchell Turner & Fran Davis – doing Video Analysis as part of preparation.

Mitchell Turner

“Working Hard is NOT an Option, but a NECESSITY”, by Unknown

Junior National Team Boy’s 16 D

2X Junior USA National Team

2X Junior World Championship Team

 

My “Championship Racquetball Camp Series

“Preparation, Preparation, Preparation…How do you Prepare?”, by Unknown

Elite Training Camp w Rocky Carson & Fran Davis August 2016 - Learning surfing after a hard day on the courts.

Elite Training Camp with Jason Mannino, Rocky Carson and Fran Davis August 2016 – Learning surfing after a hard day on the courts.

10 Camps including Sarasota, FL; Seattle, WA; Las Vegas, NV; Warren, NJ; San Francisco, CA; Aliso Viejo, CA (with Special Guest Instructor-Rocky Carson); Claremont, CA; San Antonio, TX; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL

Fran Davis & Jason Mannino summarizing a great day at the Portland, OR camp October 2016.

Fran Davis & Jason Mannino summarizing a great day at the Portland, OR camp October 2016.

Enjoy your journey to your “championship game,” like my “championship team.” Hope to see you at one of my “championship racquetball camp series” real soon or pick up the book or DVD in the meantime.

**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

 

 

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October Update 2016

November 9th, 2016 Comments off

“Always have a Plan,” by Dadio

 “Rocky Carson makes it to the Finals of the US Open”

“Paola Longoria wins #7 at the US Open and takes home the 1st ever Boston Open Title 2 weeks later”

“Wayne Antone makes the finals of the Men’s Open Doubles in Salem, OR”

“Jordan Cooperrider wins 3 medals at the US Open”

“Mitchell Turner wins 2 medals at the US Open and follows it up with winning the Men’s Elite in Salem, OR”

 

My “Adult Championship Racquetball Teamled by Rocky Carson and Paola Longoria were busy the month of October as it’s US Open month and lots going on

Rocky, Paola and Coach Fran celebrating at the 2016 US Open.

Rocky, Paola and Coach Fran celebrating at the 2016 US Open.

Rocky Carson

“You have to hate to lose, more than you love to win,” by Unknown

Rocky came back this year to the US Open on a mission and he accomplished what he set out to accomplish…. Make it to Sunday. Last year he had a disappointing semi-final loss in a very close tie-breaker 10-12 against Daniel De LaRossa, but this year Rocky played strong throughout the event and beat Daniel in the semi-finals in the tie-breaker, 11-2, and advanced to the finals where he met up with Kane Waselenchek. Rocky lost to Kane in 3 games, but played well.

 

Paola Longoria

“Perfect practice makes perfect, practice does not make perfect,” by Unknown

Paola, the No. 1 female racquetball player on the planet, won her sixth consecutive and seventh overall United Healthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships Professional Women’s Singles title October 5-9, in Minneapolis, MN

Paola dominated the draw by not losing a single game all week and surrendering just over an average of two points per game! The win is Longoria’s 74th tournament victory of her career on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT). Paola also won the Women’s Professional Doubles title at the US OPEN.
Two weeks later for the first time in the history of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), the world’s best female racquetball players competed in Boston, MA, October 28-30, 2016.

In a town with a rich history of its own, Paola added to it by continuing her historic racquetball run. Longoria’s win in the Women’s Professional Singles division at the Boston Open became the 75th of her professional career and 19th in a row dating back to March 2015. Paola also holds a previous winning streak on the LPRT for three and a half years, from May 2011 to October 2014.

In-between all her tournaments the Mexican government honored her with a trip to “La Plaza de Las Estrellas” in Mexico City, MX on October 18, to make an impression of her hands in the ground for all her successes as a female athlete. This is very similar to what we do in Hollywood, CA with placing the stars on the ground for the famous and most prestigious actors/actresses.

Incredible accomplishment!

 

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team” are playing lots of Fall

Wayne Antone and Mitchell Turner training w Coach Fran Davis and local players in Seattle, WA getting ready for The 2016 Jr. World Championships

Wayne Antone and Mitchell Turner training w Coach Fran Davis and local players in Seattle, WA getting ready for The 2016 Jr. World Championships

tournaments as well as the Junior World Championships in San Luis Potosi, MX, November 14-20.

 

Wayne Antone

“Sweat more in preparation, bleed less in the battle,”  by Unknown

Wayne played the Salem, OR October 14-16, in Salem, OR and lost in the Men’s Open Doubles finals with John Lindsey against Jason Samora and his finals 11-9 tie-breaker.

This tournament was a tune-up for the Junior World Championships November 14-20.

 

Jordan Cooperrider and Coach Fran at 2016 US Open smiling after defeating Adriana Riveros the #11 women's pro.

Jordan Cooperrider and Coach Fran at 2016 US Open smiling after defeating Adriana Riveros the #11 women’s pro.

Jordan Cooperrider

“In order to SUCCEED we MUST believe we CAN,”  by Unknown

Jordan went to the US Open for the 2nd year. Jordan was in the LPRT pro main draw and did not have to qualify this year. Jordan showed why she deserved to be there when she knocked off the #11 seed, Adriana Riveros, in 4 games in the round of 32; in the round of 16 Jordan was up 1-0 in games against the #6 seed, Samantha Salas Solis, and put up an excellent fight pushing Samantha to 4 games before losing. Jordan is getting better and better with each passing tournament.

Jordan also played in the Women’s Open Division and played Lucia Gonzales, the #2 seed in the semi-finals, and lost a close battle in a tie-breaker 11-5 to win a Bronze Medal.

This tournament was a tune-up for the Junior World Championships November 14-20.

 

Mitchell Turner

“When I feel tired, I just think about how great I will feel, once I finally reach my goal,”  Michael Phelps

Mitchell also came back to the US Open for the 2nd year. At the age of 16, he moved up from the Men’s B Division, from last year, to play in the Men’s A & Men’s 24 A Divisions. He played his heart out and took home a Bronze medal in the Men’s A and a Silver medal in the Men’s 24 A, losing a heart-breaker 11-10 tie-breaker.

Mitchell played the Salem, OR October 14-16, in Salem, OR and won the Men’s Elite division for the first time ever.

These tournaments were a tune-up for the Junior World Championships November 14-20.

Also, Mitchell and Wayne trained with me as well as Jason Mannino October 20-22 and we tweaked a few things and sharpened their games strategically and mentally. They are training harder then I have ever seen them and their hard work is PAYING OFF.

Wayne, Jordan and Mitchell are all ready to head to the Junior World Championships in San Luis Potosi, MX November 14-20. Watch them play as it will be streamed live at the http://www.internationalracquetball.com

 

 

My “Championship Racquetball Camp Series” held at the MAC, Portland, OR October 21-23 with me and Jason Mannino both conducting the camp as well as Wayne Antone, Mitchell Turner and Richelle Kulju were our assistant coaches.

It was a tremendous success with the help of Hank Marcus allowing us to bring our camp series to the MAC for the first time ever. There were 15 hungry and eager campers with 4 high school kids, 11 adults including 6 women. We covered everything from the physical, mental and strategic parts of the game with lots of lectures, critiquing, playing with Jason, Wayne and Mitchell and video analysis with me. The pictures below say it all.

 

Enjoy your journey to your “championship game,” like my “championship team.” Hope to see you at one of my “championship racquetball camp series” real soon or pick up the book or DVD in the meantime.

 

**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.

 

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