Markie Rojas

RYDF Congratulates Jose and Markie Rojas

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It was an epic U.S Open win for RYDF mentors Jose and Markie Rojas, taking first place in the Pro Doubles Division. This was the first US Open win for the Rojas brothers, widely celebrated by their many fans, particularly those in the “209” (the greater Stockton area code). Their win is a tribute to their hard work and long time commitment to nurture underserved members of the Stockton community.

Markie and Jose

Markie and Jose

Jose and Markie are part of an enormously successful racquetball community in Northern California, started and developed by Pat and Dave Ellis, and continued through their son John. Community key contributors include Jodie Nance and many others, including a racquetball club owner deeply committed to growing racquetball for 20 years at In Shape Athletic Clubs in Northern California.

RYDF’s Fitness Forever Program has partnered with the Ellis’ to provide a dynamic community engagement program targeting underserved youth and adults. Key help comes from RYDF supported players including Daniel Rojas, Robbie Collins, Tatoe Rojas, and Ricky Diaz, and others. They provide health and fitness activities at In Shape Athletic clubs.

Jose and Markie are long-time leaders, role models and mentors in the Stockton racquetball community to younger players in the successful juniors program at In Shape’s clubs.

RYDF’s goal is to help young players both on and off the court. We're equally proud that Jose and Markie are recent graduates from the University of the Pacific.

Jose and Markie will continue to provide leadership, support, and mentorship on behalf of the Reaching Your Dream Foundation. Additionally, they'll continue playing professional racquetball and representing the United States on the world stage.

RYDF thanks and congratulates Josie and Markie for their community service on top of their hard work and training, culminating in their US Open doubles victory.

Becoming a Professional Player - Part 1

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There are two prominent ways to win in amateur racquetball, (1) overpowering your opponent by striking the ball with extreme power throughout the rallies; and (2) by retrieving everything, keeping the ball in play, until your opponent makes a mistake.  Many outstanding junior and collegiate players enter the pro tour with histories of winning with one or both of these qualities. 

To become a successful professional, however, a player has to realize that at the highest level these strategies are faulted.  At the highest level, you will not be able to overpower your opponents.  You will not be able to retrieve your opponent’s shots continuously. 

A prospective professional player has to realize that he/she will need to add major new elements to his/her game.  It will perhaps take some losses to convince our prospective pro that this is the case, but this realization must be made to have the correct mental attitude to move forward.