Here are the best approaches.
If you live near any city in the US, these steps will work; and if you try all the steps, you'll always be able to find someone to hit with.
- Hang around the courts practicing your shots at a time that is convenient for you, and whenever anyone approaches, be very outgoing and ask them if they want to hit for a while. You will meet other players very quickly this way!
- Speak with the local pro, if there is one at your courts or club, and see whether she/he can arrange for you to meet other players at your skill level.
- Join your state's racquetball association. USA Racquetball has a great list of state racquetball associations for all fifty states.
- Look at the court-side bulletin boards for notices and racquetball ladders or leagues. Many clubs have a listing of players who are looking for matches, along with their contact information and the times they are usually available to play. Add your name to the list!
- If you still can't find a partner, try going to the courts at a different time. You will find that different players use the court at different hours. Some players only play early in the morning, as their workout before work. Lunchtime, late afternoon, and early evening are typically good times to meet other players during the week. Weekends also bring out players who may not play as frequently during the week.
- Find out whether there is an established time when the local players gather for a 'round-robin' or 'mix and match'. These are times when players expect to play just one or two games against each of a variety of opponents. These times are ideal for quickly meeting a lot of potential racquetball partners. At many clubs, Friday and weekend round-robins add a social aspect to the gathering of racquetball players.
- If face-to-face opportunities aren't working at your court, try other courts or clubs nearby. You may need to switch clubs or courts to find a vibrant racquetball community that has many players at your level or better. That is the ideal setting you want.
- As a last resort, you may be able to find a partner online as there are beginning to be some useful Web-based tools to help racquetball players find partners. This might be necessary if you live outside a metropolitan area.