Fear of Failure

Coach Fran Davis and Rocky Carson

“Championship Racquetball” Sports Racquetball Triangle - Tips from the Coach! By Fran Davis  Fear of Failure           I decided to write about “Fear of Failure” as it is something that all my athletes have had to face on their way to becoming a CHAMPION and they may experience it after getting back to tournaments after this 5+ month layoff due to the pandemic. Both Rocky Carson and Paola Longoria had to face it at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru…on the way to bringing home medals to their respective countries. So many people that compete

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The Power of Visualization – Part II

Paola Longoria Image

THE POWER OF VISUALIZATION…from my book, “Championship Racquetball” Article also featured on the IRT website • IRT Articles Part II (How do you visualize?) In the last article I covered Part I of “The Power of Visualization” and defined what visualization was and how it worked. Today I am going to discuss Part II of “The Power of Visualization” and teach you how to visualize using 3 techniques. Method #1 – From the Outside In The first way to practice visualization is to pretend that you are watching yourself on TV.  See yourself on the TV screen of your mind (blue sky) as if you

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The Power of Visualization – Part I

Rocky Focus

THE POWER OF VISUALIZATION…from my book, “Championship Racquetball” Article also featured on the IRT website • IRT Articles Part I (What is visualization and how does it work?) In these trying times of the COVID 19 pandemic we are all struggling to be safe, stay healthy and stay afloat yet stay in our routines as best we can. Of course we are all up against many different challenges, but for sure we do have this in common…”WE LOVE RACQUETBALL”. So how do we stay engaged in our routines and keep up as much as possible so when we are able

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Continuing The “Making of a Champion”-Racquetball Magazine Spring Issue

2020 Spring Racquetball Magazine

Have you read the 2020 Spring USA Racquetball Magazine? (click the link to view) Let’s continue my proven philosophy of “Making You a Champion” using the core principles of “Building Your Racquetball Dream House” as you build your championship racquetball game one assessment at a time. In this issue I am going to discuss “Coming Back in a Match.” Paola Longoria was playing Maria Jose Vargas in the finals of the LPRT Christmas Classic on December 15, 2019, and they were in the tiebreak- er. Maria went out to a 6-0 lead on Paola, and Paola decided to call a

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Make Your Opponent Uncomfortable

Your objective when you are playing is to make your opponent uncomfortable, end of story. The more uncomfortable you make them feel, the more mistakes they will make. The more mistakes they will make; the more opportunities you will get. The more opportunities you will get, the more you can take advantage of those situations by going offensive to end the rally and/or score a point, or force your opponent to go defense.                                                       

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Bouncing Back

Bouncing back after losing a match is not easy to do, but it is a MUST if you want to be successful and build your championship game. It’s inevitable that we ALL win and lose matches, but it is what we do when we lose a match that counts the most. Losing should be a learning experience, NOT beating yourself up experience. Just ask yourself, “Did I play well and lose? Or did I play poorly and lose?” The key is to learn from your mistakes and remember your successes. Let go of all the negative thoughts, and remember your great

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Playing the Percentages

“Playing the Percentages” is what I teach, preach and live by. It is how I coach Rocky Carson and Paola Longoria and how I coached Jason Mannino and Sudsy Monchik and ALL my other students. No matter what level of player you are, pro or amateur, “playing the percentages…in other words playing the odds” is a philosophy I have always supported and encouraged players to play by. It not only works in racquetball, but in many other sports…let’s take a quick look: 1-Basketball – If you had one second left in a game and you were down by one point

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Staying Cool, Calm, & Collected

How do the Pros stay cool, calm and collected during a match? That is the million-dollar question, but it can be answered. The more relaxed and at ease you are, the better you will play. The more uptight you are, out of control, and full of rage, the worse you will play. Just take a look at these professional athletes and you will see what I mean: In the finals of the US Open Paola Longoria, the #1 Player in the World, played against Frederique Lambert. There was a questionable call in the 3rd game that resulted in a side

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Fran Davis: Playing When You Are Behind in a Game/Match

We have all been in this type of situation before when we are losing the game/match and are “playing from behind.” We try to get back to good form and even up the game/match or possibly forge ahead. It is critical at this point in the match to play smart strategy as there is very little room to make any mistakes. (more…)

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Game Evaluation: Championship Racquetball…Tips from the Coach!

[caption id="attachment_7045" align="alignright" width="300"] Rocky Carson holds center court against Jose Rojas during the 2017 Shamrock IRT Shootout. Photo by Juan Martinez.[/caption] Detectives investigate a situation and gather information before they can make a determination of what happened or what they need to do to solve the mystery. A “racquetball detective” is no different. You, the racquetball detective, must analyze your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses as well as your own strengths and weaknesses to determine the game plan you need to beat your opponent. Here’s a simple formula: (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