COVID Return to Squash Update

Squash BC has just updated the Return to Squash (R2S) Guidelines document to reflect the move on August 24th to sport's Phase 3 - Progressively Loosen. See the Sport Activity Chart from viaSport's Return to Sport Guidelines for BC. This move means that squash in BC is now in Level 5 of our Matrix of Sample Phased-in Squash Activities with Corresponding Risk Mitigations.

This new phase allows for a 50-player cohort model and a framework for returning slowly to competitive play, e.g. leagues and tournaments, with modifications. As we develop the roll-out plan, please be considerate of where your club or facility is at - not all clubs and facilities will move at the same rate. It's likely that competitive play will start in club with smaller than 50-player cohorts and grow slowly. Details are being worked out to get ready for the fast-approaching Fall season. No matter the pace of loosening restrictions/enlarging your cohort, key factors that will continue include:
  • Enhanced hygiene measures
  • Minimizing close physical proximity or physical contact - within a cohort only
  • Limiting the number and duration of contacts between different participants (when physical distancing is not possible)
  • Maintaining physical distancing when not on court (e.g. pre- and post-game, officiating, locker/change rooms)
2020-2021 Calendar of Events Update
"It is with regret that league and tournament organizers and Squash BC announce the cancellation of a number of events that would normally be scheduled this Fall" said Nancy Thompson, Executive Director, Squash BC.

"These decisions were not made lightly by the organizing committees and Squash BC. The ongoing pandemic poses a major risk, and the health and safety of athletes, spectators and all those involved is paramount in these unprecedented times."

"We look forward to the restart of tournaments and leagues, likely in modified formats, in 2021 and possibly late 2020." The Squash BC Return to Squash Task Force and our squash community are working together to develop a safe 'roll out' plan for intra and inter club play. Stay tuned.
Women's Squash Week 2020 -
Ten Week Challenge
This year's edition of Women's Squash Week is almost here, kicking off the week of September 21!

The 2020 Women's Squash Week will look a lot different this year due to Covid-19. The Ten Week Challenge encourages female players to get back on court and play squash.

Women's Squash Week will focus on four areas, aimed to get Women back on the court:
MENTAL FITNESS - Shift your Mindset / Improve Mood / Return to Squash Safely (R2S)
PHYSICAL FITNESS - Run/Walk for Women's Mental Health / Work-Life Balance / Avoid Injury
COURT FITNESS - Social Connections / Covid Safe Drills / Skills Training
PLAY SQUASH - More Females on Court / Friendly Matches / Coaching / Officiating

Follow along on Instagram @SquashBC / #WSW2020BC / #sheCANsquash and keep an eye on the Squash BC website which will be updated with more information as it becomes available. We hope you will join in on the fun!
Those Magnificent Women of Squash

Ruth Castellino, Laura Ramsay and Cathy Brown were recently interviewed by host Mary Labrie, for an episosde of the Women of a Certain Age radio show and podcast. Tune in and listen below!
Squash Canada Coach PD Webinars

Squash Canada has recently announced four webinars as part of their new "Coach Professional Development Webinar Series".

Topics include:
  • Building a successful Junior Program (Grassroots to High Performance)
  • Elevating High Performance Juniors to College/International Level of Squash
  • Gender Equity in Squash - Join the Conversation, Build Awareness & Grow Our Sport
  • Don't Be a Kid's Last Coach
2020 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Sportif Conference

The Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Sportif Conference is Canada's largest conference for coaches, researchers, sport executives, and administrators. Annually, the event gathers more than 500 delegates for three days of learning, professional development, and networking with the top minds and leaders of sport, business, and education communities in Canada.

This year's event will be held virtually from November 4-6, 2020, and is free to attend. The theme for the 2020 Conference is Courage by Design.
International Events Update
Scottish Squash have confirmed that the Scottish Junior Open 2020, scheduled to take place in Edinburgh from 28-30 December, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

England Squash has announced the British Junior Open 2021, scheduled to take place in Birmingham from 2-6 January, has also been cancelled.
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