Your Emotional State Affects Your Game

[caption id="attachment_1646" align="alignright" width="150"] Coach Fran Davis[/caption]The greatest performances come from a state of enjoyment. We take risks, take chances, and are more creative in this state. If it feels great, we continue doing it. If it does not feel good, we stop the pattern. So you have to feel great out on the court all the time. If you are not enjoying racquetball, why are you playing? (more…)

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How Important Are Routines?

We are creatures of habit and perform best when there are no surprises. In order to obtain optimal performance levels, you need a pre-performance routine. All successful athletes thrive on routines that help their mind and body to relax and focus on the essentials of the upcoming competition. Everything in sports is a learned behavior, so each consistent pre-competition routine that an athlete does automatically sets up an ideal performance state. If these routines are performed regularly, then the athlete is on automatic pilot and enters each competition in the ideal performance state. (more…)

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2 Common Serve-Return Errors, and How to Fix Them

[caption id="attachment_5674" align="alignright" width="300"] Rocky in return of serve position during the 2014 US Open UnitedHealthcare championships. Photo by restrungmag.com[/caption] After you return a serve, one of your goals is to get back into center court (behind the dotted line that marks the safety zone and in a box about 6' x 6' toward the back) by moving forward as quickly as possible to regain control of that key area and the match. Basically, your returns should be ceiling balls and passes to get the server out of the middle and so you can cover the return to your shot. Where you stand in the

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Center Court: Positioning and Observing

When you are good center court position, down and ready, you are on defense and your opponent who is hitting the ball is on offense. You have put yourself in the best possible position to get to whatever ball your opponent hits that is left up and getable. Remember good center-court position is located approximately in a 6-foot-by-6-foot area behind the dotted line because 80 to 90 percent of all balls that are hit wind up in the back half of the court. Therefore, center court is in the middle of the back half of the court. There are a

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The Art of Doubles Service Game Strategy

With the National Doubles Championships just around the corner, I thought it would be apropos to cover some doubles “Service Game Strategy." Before you decide on what serve to hit, you want to know your opponents’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as your own, and take advantage of serving to your opponents’ weaknesses. (more…)

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Building Relationships Builds Champions

[caption id="attachment_5350" align="alignright" width="300"] Coach Fran Davis on her way with Jordan, Wayne, Mitchell and Jack to visit OSU and their dynamite Racquetball Program[/caption] I just finished a wonderful training camp with my Junior Championship Team in Salem and Mt. Hood, OR during the Christmas to New Years break, as there was NO school. Jordan Cooperrider flew from Tampa, FL to Seattle, WA on Christmas Night to begin a week long training camp with me. We wanted to make her feel at home so we started the night with “stocking stuffers” and a movie….oh what fun. (more…)

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The Art of Doubles Shot Selection

With The National Doubles Championships coming up in February 2016 I thought it would be apropos to cover some doubles shot selection. Shot selection is no different for doubles than for singles; you use the formula A (You) + B (Ball) + C (Opponent) + D (Score) = E (Shot Selection-choice of shot). Just remember there are two extra people on the court. Therefore your choice of shots needs to be smarter and more precise because you have to get the ball past two players instead of one, and you do not want to hit your partner. This makes doubles less forgiving—you have

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Overcoming Adversity…. a Critical Part of Mental Toughness

Nothing in sport or life is 100 percent predictable—the key is to create and adjust through all kinds of adversity. The first step is to change your attitude about what is happening. The optimist sees obstacles as challenges, and the pessimist sees challenges as obstacles. It is all in your perspective. And as an athlete, you always have a choice about how you view things.  (more…)

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Concentration and Focus….a Critical Part of Mental Toughness

Ideally, you want to get into a state of TOTAL CONCENTRATION and FOCUS on the court because that is when you play your best. Concentration is total awareness, giving your undivided or fixed attention to the game. Focus is the narrowing of concentration onto a specific thought, idea, or object to a central point. In other words, you concentrate on the game and focus on the ball and your opponent. (more…)

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The Road to The 2015 Junior World Championships in the Dominican Republic, November 2015

[caption id="attachment_4495" align="alignright" width="225"] Mitchell Turner, Wayne Antone, and Jordan Cooperrider (L to R) courtesy of Fran Davis.[/caption] It’s ALL ABOUT working hard and smart, being dedicated and committed and BELIEVING IN YOURSELF. Wayne Antone, Jordan Cooperrider and Mitchell Turner did just that when I began training/coaching them three years ago.  (more…)

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COVID-19 is Impacting the World

In light of the current events ALL scheduling of camps/clinics are currently on hold. If you have any questions please Click the button below to contact me. MOST importantly stay safe and Healthy