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Championship Racquetball Camp Series August Update 2017 with Fran Davis & Rocky Carson

August 12th, 2017 Comments off

Championship Training Camp 2017 w Fran Davis & Rocky Carson at Rocky’s house for Welcome Party.

My Championship Racquetball Camp Series presented by HEAD/Penn was a special edition this month, as Rocky Carson (#1 in the World & #2 IRT Pro Player) joined me July 31st-August 4th at the Club Sports Renaissance in Aliso Viejo, CA for an Elite or higher level training camp. I have been Rocky’s coach since 2010 and together we brought a wealth of knowledge, years of experience and tons of information about how to develop a “championship game.”

Players flew in from all over the country like, Wayne Antone & Mitchell Turner (OR), Jordan Cooperrider & Gracie Wargo (FL), Luis Avila, David Hester & Henry Morales (CA) and Ethan Janson (WA).

The camp was designed with lots of high level drilling, playing, critiquing, one-on-one sessions with Rocky and me, video/video analysis, footwork drills, mental toughness skills, as well as designing game plans and training schedules.

Championship Training Camp 2017 w Fran Davis & Rocky Carson
…One on One Instruction and Group Lectures

As a bonus we had so many fun activities planned for the campers like a Welcome Party hosted by Rocky & his family, pickleball, outdoor racquetball, surfing, beaches, relaxing by the pool and a farewell BBQ at Rocky’s house.

   
   
Championship Training Camp 2017 w Fran Davis & Rocky Carson Campers doing fun activities like pickleball, outdoor Racquetball, surfing and even ping pong.”

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.”

Championship Training Camp 2017 w Fran Davis & Rocky Carson…Campers playing w Rocky.

Here are a few testimonies and pictures that tell the story:

  • “The Fran Davis Championship Training Camp is one of a kind, not only do you get to work with some of the greatest current pro players, Rocky Carson, and past pro players, Jason Mannino, but you also get to work with Fran Davis, the BEST COACH on the planet. Not to mention the activities outside of racquetball was great fun as well.”
    Wayne Antone, Eugene, OR – Boy’s 18 Champion 2016 & 2017
      • “This camp and these videos are a huge help, and I know this will help me make that leap into the pros in no time. Thank you Fran for your time and letting me pick yours and Rocky’s brain for the sport I love and that I wish to spread to the young kids.”
        Luis Avila – So. CA
      • “So many GREAT THINGS about Coach Fran’s training

        Championship Training Camp 2017 w Fran Davis & Rocky Carson…Campers playing each other.

        methods and camps!  Last week’s Camp not only elevated my game, but has given me a clear path to train and succeed.  It is so awesome to have things “click” on the court after drilling and playing the game as Coach Fran inspires.  Thank you, Coach, for teaching me how to train correctly and elevate my AWARENESS on the court.  Too many times, I’ve watched you open the eyes of players, including pros… enough to know that your training and camps are fit for everyone.  It’s no coincidence that I’ve moved up a level AND won tourneys each season under your guidance!  One of the best decisions I ever made was to take one of your camps only 3 weeks after trying racquetball for the first time.  THANK YOU!!!!
        Ethan Janson – Seattle, WA

  • “Fran Davis Championship Training Camp is guaranteed to elevate your game. Getting to work with as well as see the lifestyle of the top professional player, Rocky Carson, as well as getting pro expertise from Coach Fran Davis shows you what it takes to be on top. I definitely recommend this camp to anybody looking to take their game to the next level.”
    Mitchell Turner, Salem, OR – Boys 16 Doubles Champion 2016 & 2017

Championship Training Camp 2017 w Fran Davis & Rocky Carson last day of camp and they survived.

 

**** For my Championship Racquetball Camp Series schedule of Cities/States and Dates check out my website www.FranDavisRacquetball.com . If you are interested in attending a camp to learn “How to Become a Champion”, email me at camps@FranDavisRacquetball.com for a Special Promo Code to SAVE $$$.

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July Update 2017-WOR National Championships

July 17th, 2017 Comments off

“Rocky Carson wins the WOR (World Outdoor Racquetball) National Championships in Doubles”

17 Titles since 2002…12 in Singles and 5 in Doubles…KING of Outdoor

 

CONGRATS TO Rocky Carson for winning his 5th WOR National Championship in doubles July 6-9 in Huntington Beach, CA.

Rocky Carson won the World Outdoor National Championships in Doubles held July 6-9, 2017 in Huntington Beach, CA for the 5th time (2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 & 2017).  Rocky was crowned the World Outdoor National Doubles Champion and was runner up in singles.

The WOR National Championship is the most prestigious WOR (World Outdoor Racquetball) event of the year with the most history and showcasing the top Pro’s from WOR, IRT, LPRT and the CPRT. Marina Park has the biggest courts in outdoor racquetball. 

Rocky is now finally going to enjoy the summer for a few weeks before he starts getting ready for the 2017-2018 season on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT). Rocky 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 en-route to a No. 2 finish in the 2016-2017 season. Rocky has not finished a professional season

Team Rocky Carson and Jesus taking on their opponents, Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa. Coming up big to be named 2017 WOR National Champions in doubles.

outside the Top 5 ranked players in the world in more than a decade.

**All IRT Tier 1 and Grand Slam events are streamed live on the IRT Network.

 

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Jr. National Championship Update 2017

July 5th, 2017 Comments off

“CONGRATULATIONS…Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner who are ALL 2017 Junior National Champions and Qualified for the USA Jr. National Team”

Coach Fran Davis w her Racquetball Family…The Antone’s, The Cooperrider’s, The Turner’s, Kevin Vasquez and Felix Hernandez. One Happy Family over the years.

 

My “Junior Championship Racquetball Team,” led by Wayne, Jordan and Mitchell went to the Junior National Championships in Stockton, CA on a mission to bring home some hardware and they all did just that…3 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal. Wayne, Jordan and Mitchell are now members of the USA Junior National Racquetball Team. They all walked away with a one-year appointment to the USA Junior National Team. They will all be going to the United States Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in August to train for the 44th IRF Junior World Championships in the Minneapolis, MN in November.

 

National Champions, Wayne Antone Boy’s 18 and Jordan Cooperrider Girl’s 18, w Coach Fran Davis after sweet back to back victories.

Wayne Antone & Jordan Cooperrider won top 18 & under singles divisions

HEAD Penn’s Wayne Antone (Eugene, OR.) is the latest addition to the HEAD team and didn’t disappoint in his Junior Olympic debut wearing the famed HEAD ski tip logo. Antone captured the Boy’s 18 & Under Singles National Title in Stockton by beating Justice Benson in the semi-finals in 2 games and Daniel Rojas in an 11-10 victory in the tie-breaker after being down 4-9 in the breaker. It was the match of the tournament. At the event’s award ceremony, Wayne was named the 2017 USA Racquetball Male Junior Player of the Year.

Jordan Cooperrider (Palm Harbor, FL.) successfully defended her Girl’s 18 & Under Singles National Title from a

year ago. The back-to-back effort pushed Jordan’s number of career Junior National Titles to 16. In the Girl’s 18 &

Mitchell Turner and Coach Fran Davis celebrate winning the Boys 16 Doubles National Title.

Under Doubles division she finished second. Cooperrider was the female recipient of USA Racquetball’s 2017 Collegiate Scholarship.

Mitchell Turner (Salem, OR) won the Boy’s 16 & U Doubles National Title.  Mitchell and his partner, Julian, had a great come from behind semi-finals win. They squeaked it out 11-10 in the tie-breaker after being down match point, 8-10, and had to fight off 3 match points before inching their way to a victory.

 

My Jr. Championship Team, Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner, w Me 1st night of tourney.

*Wayne, Jordan and Mitchell I am VERY PROUD of your accomplishments and how hard you all worked this year to make your dream a reality. Glad I am a part of your journey to your “championship game.”

**But remember as I used to tell Jason Mannino all the time, “It is easier to become #1, then to stay #1, as everyone is gunning for you.”

***All USAR Jr. national Championship matches are on line at USAR.org

 

Rocky Carson is preparing for the WOR Championship held in Marina Park in Huntington Beach, CA July 6-10. The WOR Championships is the biggest of all the Outdoor Racquetball events as well as having the most players, and the top pro’s from WOR, IRT, LPRT AND THE CPRT.

Rocky is WOR 2017 Doubles Champion.

 

Enjoy your journey to your “championship game,” like my “championship team.”

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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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