IRT-WOR Announce Partnership
The WOR and Racquetball Warehouse Championships presented by Ektelon in Huntington Beach, California last weekend marked the first event since World Outdoor Racquetball (WOR) and the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) announced a strategic partnership aimed at growing outdoor racquetball.
This eighteen (18) month agreement is the first time that the indoor professionals and outdoor players have formalized a relationship to create a true outdoor season. The growth in popularity of outdoor over the last five years and new leadership at the IRT made this a necessary and easy partnership that will grow the sport while increasing the income potential of the pros during the summer.
The new relationship will have implications beyond opportunities to compete in summer, according to IRT President, Jason Mannino. “Although there has always been camaraderie and support between IRT and WOR, we are very happy to announce a formal partnership. The IRT players are excited about the opportunities presented by outdoor racquetball, and look forward to continue to be a part of its growth. You can expect several additions such as a joint ranking system, defined outdoor season, prize money increases, more events, and true collaboration between IRT and WOR to create and promote events as well as the sport.”
Most importantly, the agreement will solidify a defined outdoor season for the professional players. “WOR is excited to have a formal partnership with IRT and it’s players,” commented Hank Marcus, WOR Executive Director. “Having the best players in the world competing with and against the top outdoor players is a spectator’s dream. The most important part of this agreement is our partnership in scheduling to define a true outdoor season for the pros.”
WOR and IRT will be launching a joint ranking system for professional outdoor players in addition to cross promotion on websites, Facebook, and all media outlets. Look for many of the top IRT professionals on the outdoor circuit this summer.
The IRT is the governing body of Men’s Professional Racquetball. For additional information contact Jen Sinclair Johnson, IRT Director of Communications, [email protected]; 39252 Winchester Road, #107-413, Murrieta, CA 92563
WOR is the governing body of Outdoor Racquetball. For additional information contact Hank Marcus, WOR Executive Director, (503) 320-4443; [email protected]