Racquetball Club Returns to MSU
By Carmen Scruggs
From Underwater Hockey to Quidditch Club, Michigan State University provides a diverse selection of clubs to choose from. Ranked as one of the most intense sports, racquetball however, has not been an option until this semester. Quick, agile players can expend over seven calories per minute according to www.livestrong.com, making the sport great for core conditioning.
Rob Oshnock, president of the racquetball club, along with cofounders Nick Reusch, vice president, Matt Lederer, activity coordinator and Evan Shields, club director, have started the racquetball club at MSU.
“I thought it was surprising to hear that racquetball wasn’t a club at MSU since there are 500 – 600 clubs already. I figured if I’m having this problem [of not finding other players] then someone else is too,” said fisheries and wildlife junior Evan Shields.
Biomedical laboratory diagnostics sophomore Rob Oshnock also found it surprising that a racquetball club did not exist.
“We basically played since freshman year, but wanted more people to play with,” said Oshnock. “I knew my Residential Advisor was on the team when it existed and he told me to look into making it.”
In order for the racquetball club to be official, the founders were required to find a teacher sponsor for the club- they chose Samuel Forlenza- as well as create a constitution.
“He helped us with what we wanted to accomplish and what is required to become a member,” said Oshnock.
The founders started the club to provide players and those interested with the opportunity to compete, meet new people and have fun playing the sport. All skill levels are welcome and anyone can join the free club. Beginners or those lacking equipment may rent racquets and goggles from IM West.
Tournaments will conveniently be set up for the Spartans at MSU, although Reusch hopes to eventually compete against other colleges.
“Competitions will be set up if a member wants to compete,” said sophomore Matt Lederer. “Members can either compete or play just to play.”
Members will also be able to choose their level of dedication.
“We will have courts for two days a week and members can really just come as often as they want or can,” said accounting sophomore Nick Reusch.
The creators believe the club will have considerable interest and as more people hear about it, popularity for the sport will grow.
“Racquetball is just as fun as basketball or football, but people don’t know about it,” said Lederer.
With the start of the free, new club these guys are on their way to help one of the lesser practiced racquet sports gain status around campus.