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June 24, 2009 > Surprise! World class racquetball is in Fremont

Surprise! World class racquetball is in Fremont

By Marty Friedman
Photos By Garyn Scott

Chances are that your dad or uncle grew up playing handball. That was then and this is now. From a standing start in the 1950s, and a slump in the '70s and '80s, racquetball is fast becoming one of the major indoor sports of the 21st century.

Take the big picture
Here are just two examples: Over 300 kids from across the country will compete in the USA Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships this month in East Lansing, Michigan; and over 70 players were finalists in the 2009 USA Racquetball National Singles Championships. All that barely scrapes the surface. Big enough for you?

Take the local picture
Club Sport in Fremont is literally a hotbed of racquetball with six courts frequently booked solid. (Not to worry. You can always get a court at 5 a.m.)

If you're lucky when you come in, you might see two budding superstar brothers in action, ages 7 and 10 (we kid you not).

An upscale whirlwind of so many other sports, Club Sport offers martial arts, volleyball (article coming on that in a future issue of TCV), basketball, competitive swimming, tennis, squash and even belly dancing - if you want to call that a sport.

The odyssey of a super athlete
The honcho behind all this nonstop racquetball action: Garyn Scott, all 6 feet 6 inches of him.

Scott started as a handball player in Brooklyn. When he saw racquetball, it was a natural switchover.

"The guy who explained it to me and taught it to me," said Scott with a wicked smile, "I beat him the first time out."

Wasting no time, he took lessons from Fran Davis, the US National coach. Certified as an instructor, Scott competed in California, Arizona and Nevada tournaments, while winning several gold medals in the Police Olympic Games. Both police and fire department personnel compete in the same kind of events as the Olympics.

Along with lessons, Scott hosts a major series of exhibition matches at Club Sport, inviting all the tournament players from the bay area to participate in exhibition matches, not mention the National and International stars exhibition matches, as well.

How Scott fits in a 24-year career as a police sergeant, along with all this, is anybody's guess.

Club Sport is located at 46650 Landing Parkway in Fremont. You can contact the club by calling 510-299-1907.

A final word
World class racquetball is yet another in the series on the out-of-the-mainstream sports you'll find in our area. Stay tuned for world class fencing, badminton, rugby, squash and much more in future issues of the Tri-City Voice.

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