To all ESRA Autumn 2017 pennant players,
Some of you will have received an email from Paul Vear dated 8th May announcing updated rules for Australian Racquetball to apply as from the 15th May 2017, or noticed the corresponding update on the Squash and Racquetball Victoria website, where the rationale behind the review and subsequent rewrite is clearly explained.
The ESRA committee discussed the revised rules at the last committee meeting and while fully supportive of the review and changes feel it is impractical to introduce them in the middle of a pennant competition. The Australian Racquetball Rules as at 15th May 2017 will therefore apply to ESRA pennant competition commencing from Round 1 of the 2017 Spring pennant season, currently scheduled to kick off the week of the 7th August, 2017.
There is one significant change to the Doubles Rules which can be found on Page 2 of the rules document, which states, “The Australian Racquetball Association requires all Doubles Racquetballers to wear protective eyeware, manufactured to an appropriate National Standard, properly over the eyes at all times during play, including the warm-up …”
The ESRA committee is fully supportive of any steps taken to improve safety and reduce the risk of injury. We are uncertain as to whether it is practically possible to introduce these rules in time for Doubles Mania, currently scheduled to commence the week of Monday 12th June, 2017. The ESRA committee is currently investigating costs of sourcing a bulk purchase of complying eyewear and will communicate the results of our investigations as quickly as we are able to do so.
In the meantime, I ask that all players read the revised rules documents and familiarise themselves with the changes.