Save the Date!
Squash BC Annual General Meeting on June 1, 2019
Squash BC will be holding its Annual General Meeting on June 1 in Vancouver.  
Please save the date!  Our new leadership staff team is looking forward to meeting and speaking with members and discussing the direction that Squash BC is taking in growing our sport. 
Nominations now Open for Squash BC
Board of Directors and Zone Representatives

Squash BC has started the 2019/20 nominations process for its Board of Directors and Zone Representatives.
  • Board of Directors -- If you like to think creatively, engage in policy decisions, have a commitment to give back to the squash community and have a passion for squash, a role on Squash BC's Board of Directors might be a fit for you. We encourage you to read the Expression of Interest & nomination form and consider a Board role yourself.  Deadline to apply is April 22, 2019.
  • Zone Representatives - Zone Representatives act as a liaison and represent the interests of the individuals in their zone keeping a broad view of the overall structure, operation and objectives of Squash BC and its membership with the intent of promoting and growing the squash in BC and communicating with members more effectively. Zone representatives are appointed annually by the Board. We encourage you to read the Zone Representative information document and consider a Zone Representative role for yourself. Deadline to apply is April 22, 2019. Click here for the Zone Representative nominations form.
This is your Board and your organization!

Please spread the word to your squash community about these important volunteer roles or consider giving back to the great game of squash by volunteering yourself!

Upcoming Tournaments
Last chance to enter!  Deadline Apr 6 (5am)
Vernon RE/MAX Squash Tournament (Apr 12-14)

Rosters Sports Club and RE/MAX are happy to announce another huge tournament in interior BC and the return of Jonathon Power! 

Exhibition to all entries, squash clinic for all juniors entered in the event, open to D-level draws 3 matches minimum for all players

National Bank Financial BC Singles Championships
May 8-12 at Hollyburn -  Sign up now!
These are Squash BC's annual provincial singles championships -- highlighting BC players and rewarding a chosen few with the title of 'Provincial Champion'.

Hollyburn Country Club  will play host to all the matches. Entry includes Courtside Kegger Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Saturday appies during the semi's; souvenir and 2-match guarantee.

Events for all levels of play: Open, A, B, C, D, and we hope to highlight all ages too, 40+, 45+, all the way to 80+!  
$2,000 minimum prize money for Open winners.

Let's showcase of our province's best players from young to old and have a great time off court too! 
Many thanks to our Title Sponsor  National Bank Financial Wealth Management
Silver Sponsors Caposhie, Devencore and  Strange Fellows Brewing , Bronze Sponsors Rockingham Engineering, Orestone,  Kit & Coop National Bank Financial / Creed Capital Management Group , City Wide Mortgage, and Supplier Sponsors  Manta Sport Promosapien,  Asics Hollyburn Country Club

Whistler Haakon Classic 2019 (May 17-20)

Open to all levels of recreational play, A-D draws for both men and women. this event also Includes a 4 player pro invitational event, the Whistler Haakon is truly a classic having run for over 15 years!
Enter early and register a team for Go-Fest, a celebration of the great Whistler Outdoors. This will be about more than just squash. It will be an adventure.

Registration now open for U23 Nationals

The 2019 Canadian U23 Squash Championships are being held May 31 to June 2 at the Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club. Register Early for this great event!
Event Wrap ups
Nicola Wealth Management West Coast Squash Academy Junior Open
The 2019 Nicola Wealth West Coast Squash Academy Junior Open was a great and intense weekend of high-level junior squash.  Kids from Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver, Nanaimo, Delta and West Vancouver showcased their talents, abilities and speed.
It was fantastic and entertaining to see the young category mix U9 with 7 kids playing a round robin with event medals split on boys and girs U9 and U7.
In the Girls Gold draw, Yu Quan Ng showed her experience to beat Ocean Ma 3-0 in the final.  In the Boys' Pro category people really enjoyed a great Saturday semi-final where top seeded Emilio Carrillo beat Jacob Lin 3-1.  In the second semi-final James Toth, after losing the first two games, came back to win in five on extra points with Gabriel Yun.
This set up the final where Emilio Carrillo beat James Toth 3-1 to get the title at his home club for the second time.
Both champions Emilio and Quan will be going to study at prestigious universities next year with squash scholarships - Rochester University (Emilio) and Williams College (Quan). 
Many thanks to all participants, sponsors and volunteers!

Boys Pro
Emilio Carrillo
James Toth
Gabriel Yun
Boys Gold
Maria Min
Stanley Jiang
Razaan Lalji
Girls Gold
Yu Quan Ng
Ocean Ma
Spring Ma
Boy Silvers
Dylan Scott
Geoffrey Yee
Everett Forsman
Girls Silver
Sarah Aki
Amber King
Elizabeth Dicker
Boys Bronze
Norman Yue
Michael Longpre
Isaak Song
Girls Bronze
Veera Dhaliwal
Jayme Bracewell
Joelle Kim
Mix U7 & U9
Daniel Nakagawa
Theo Song
Girls U9
Lily Fan
Rachel Wang
Boys U7
Elias Kim
Marcelo Toriz
Girls U7
Mabelle Sy

2019 Junior Provincial Champions
There were some errors in our last newsletter regarding the 2019 Junior Provincial Champions.

Apologies for this. Below is the correct list which is also on our website here!

Congratulations to all!
Cynthia Cao
Brooke Herring
Mitchell Kahnert
Matt Bicknell
Lucia Bicknell
Sarah Cao
James Toth
Jordan King
Grace Huang
Kathryn Herring
Jacob Lin
Joseph Toth
Maria Min
Ocean Ma
Weihan Wang
Jens Bolder
Veera Dhaliwal
Zoe Lo
Yusuf Matti-Alvarez
Jake McAdam

Terrace Squash Junior Pathway
Our new Squash BC Club member, Terrace Racquets Association (TRA), partnered with the City of Terrace and held a Fundamentals / Developing Junior Pathway event which involved 4 x 45 minute sessions, introducing seven new juniors to: squash rules and scoring, training and skills, and basic technique. 

By all reports the event went really well and received many favourable comments from parents and kids. 

Apparently, the City of Terrace was also incredibly satisfied with the event and has expressed interest in being involved again!

Congratulations to TRA for running such a successful pathway event!

Springing into Summer!

The cherry blossoms are out and before you know it we will be into the full heat of summer! 

Squash BC and participating member clubs are ensuring there are squash opportunities for juniors as we close off the active season and go into the more relaxed summer vibe with pathway events and summer squash camps.
Junior Pathways

Squash BC has partnered with its member club coaches and pros to develop, implement and support a vibrant Junior Pathways Development Program that encourages kids to take up the sport, helps them develop their skills and progressively introduces them to competition. 
With financial support from the  2020 Fund , the program is a cornerstone to engaging, growing and maintaining a strong base of junior athletes. Member clubs have scheduled a pathway event each month until July as follows:
FUNdamentals Event at Vancouver Racquets Club (Apr 13)

Join in on the FUN! This FUNdamentals and Developmental Junior Pathway event being run by Andrew Mount will involve skills acquisition, drills, coach assessment and cooperative play with a focus on skills execution.

FUNdamentals/Developing at the Vancouver Lawn (May 11)

In conjunction with an Open House they are planning at the Vancouver Lawn, Viktor Berg will be running this pathway event. 

VLT's last pathway event included r ound robin play, and introduction to competitive play and refereeing with 3 draws and dodge-ball. Sign up now!
June Junior Pathway at River Club (Jun 16)

Shakiru Matti will cap off the Junior Pathways for the 2018/19 season at the River Club on June 16. Stay tuned for details in our next newsletter!
The 2020 Fund was established in 2000 by Squash BC to help protect the future of squash in British Columbia. As funding from government and other sources becomes less predictable, it is important to find alternative ways to ensure a sound financial future for the sport of squash. The income accumulated through the 2020 Fund is used to promote the growth of the game through the development of junior squash. By establishing a vibrant and well-financed junior program, Squash BC will take a major step toward a successful future for the sport in this province.  To donate to the 2020 Fund, click here .
The 2020 Fund was established in 2000 by Squash BC to help protect the future of squash in British Columbia. As funding from government and other sources becomes less predictable, it is important to find alternative ways to ensure a sound financial future for the sport of squash. The income accumulated through the 2020 Fund is used to promote the growth of the game through the development of junior squash. By establishing a vibrant and well-financed junior program, Squash BC will take a major step toward a successful future for the sport in this province. To donate to the 2020 Fund, click here.

Summer Camps
Squash BC's member clubs might be winding down the Spring season with their club championships, but they are starting to prepare for Summer fun with their summer camps. Squash BC posts summer camp information on its website as it is received from member clubs. Check it out here!

Coaches' Corner

Squash BC, in conjunction with Squash Canada, offers a variety learning to coaching programs via the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) throughout the province.  At most facilities there are opportunities for players to get certified coaching at their appropriate level.  Coaching certification offers consistency in the level of coaching throughout the province and country.
Upcoming learning opportunities for Coaches include:

Coaching Foundations (Jul 12-14) at Terminal City Club

Consider helping out the Squash Community and become a Certified Squash Instructor!
Squash BC is offering this Coaching Foundations Course which is the first technical squash coaching course required to achieve certification. The course will be conducted by Head Pro Barry Gifford at the  Terminal City Club  in downtown Vancouver from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14.

This course in combination with the applicable Multi-Sport Modules and
Coaching Evaluation will result in you being a Certified Squash Instructor or Certified Squash Assistant. Which is equivalent to the former Level 1 certification.  (See certification pathway here)

The cost includes the materials for the course, and the cost of the evaluation at a later date.  
There are only 8 spots available in this course so sign up by  clicking here !

The Whistler Coaches Summit (Apr 26 - May 5) at Whistler Athletes Centre
Hosted by Whistler Sport Legacies & CSI- Pacific, this summit is designed specifically to support coaches in the completion of several key NCCP Multi-Sport modules at the Competition Development level, in an environment that is truly multi-sport and interactive on the 2010 Legacy Campus.

Coaches can learn and network with a mix of classroom sessions, recreational activities, a welcome social and a BBQ.  Accommodation and meal packages available or choose which courses needed to complete certification and/or professional development points.

2019 Competition Development Modules offered include: Performance Planning, Advanced Practice Planning, Manage a Sport Program, Psychology of Performance, Prevention and Recovery, Mentorship, Developing Athletic Abilities, Advance practice Planning, Leading Drug Free Sport, Coaching and Leading Effectively, Managing Conflict. Click here for draft schedule.

Accommodation: Whistler Athletes Centre 1090 Legacy Way, call to get the coach summit discount. 604-964-0052 quote "Summit 2019"
Receive a 15% discount, if booked outside of 30 day's of summit
Receive a 5% discount, if booked within 30 day's of summit
Meals: Whistler Food Company will be providing lunches with each course that's over 4 hours. Welcome dinner reception for all participants and an optional BBQ night.

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