Holiday Season Wishes
The holiday season is now upon us and Squash BC sends the warmest of wishes to the squash community!
Squash BC offices will be closed from December 19, 2018 to January 6, 2019 to rest, recoup, and get ready for the 2019 portion of the squash season.
Cheers and Happy Holiday Squashing to All!
Don't be left out in the cold! Be sure your Squash BC membership is renewed going into 2019!
We Belong Together!
You love the sport of squash and Squash BC is the absolute best resource for squash in BC.
Be sure that you are ready for the second half of the busy squash season and that your membership has been renewed.
This holiday season give yourself or a loved on a gift of great sport and fitness with a Squash BC membership.
Squash BC membership is your all-access pass to sanctioned leagues and tournaments, official ranking and supplemental sport accident insurance coverage, just to name a few of our membership values.
To renew and update your Squash BC membership profile, click on the "Join Squash BC" button on the Squash BC membership page here
2018 Canadian Junior Open & US Junior Open Results
Our high-performance juniors have had busy, back-to-back weeks competing at the Canadian Junior Open (Dec 8-11, Niagra-on-the-Lake) and then the US Junior Open (Dec 15-18, Boston).
2018 Canadian Junior Open Congratulations
- Maria Min for winning the GU13
- Jacob Lin for placing 2nd in the BU15
Other top 10 finishes included:
--GU13 Ocean Ma # 6 & Spring Ma #7
--GU15 Grace Huang #8 & Alex Brown #10
--GU17 Lucia Bicknell #4 & Sarah Cao #6
--GU19 Cynthia Cao #6
--BU15 Christian Yuen #4 & Joseph Toth #5
--BU17 James Toth #6
--BU19 Emilio Carrillo #6
2018 US Junior Open Congratulations
on top 20 finishes to:
- GU13 - Maria Min #8
- GU17 - Lucia Bicknell #14
- GU19 - Brooke Herring #13
- BU11 - Yusuf Matti Alvarez #16
- BU15 - Jacob Lin #18 & Christian Yuen #20
Well done, Everyone!
Have yourselves a wonderful holiday break and see you in 2019!
Registration is now live for 2019 Jesters events!
Jesters Jericho Junior Open 2019 (Jan 18-20)
Jericho is proud to kick off 2019 with one of the best Junior Squash Events in BC!
Join in at the beautiful Jericho Tennis Club for a fun weekend of squash and social events. There will be lots of great squash, prizes and excitement throughout the weekend!
There will be divisions for all levels and ages ranging from U11 to U19 as well as Silver divisions for new and progressing club junior players. (The Tournament Director reserves the right to adjust player divisions based on Sporty HQ points or number of entries in the draw). Please be ready to play at 3pm on Friday, January 18th.
Sign up now!
BC Jesters Pacific Northwest Junior Squash Championships
Cedar Hill Squash Club (Feb 15-17, 2019)
With entries already starting to come in from Alberta and a 200 entry limit at this year's event, don't wait too long to enter this 50th (?!) annual event.
$80 entry includes 3 guaranteed matches, tournament souvenir hoodie, Friday night pizza, lunch Saturday and Sunday at Cedar Hill and prizing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
BU11 - U19 (Open & Silver Draws) and GU11 - U19 (Open & Silver Draws)
Be ready to play:
Thu., Feb 14:
5:00pm to 9:00pm - Possible Local play Victoria Residents Only
Fri., Feb 15:
Play begins at 9:00am, NO EXEMPTIONS
Hotel Rate $119.00 per night (Book before Jan. 22, 2019)
call: 1-800-663-7550 and quote: FEB19JESTERS
10th Annual Penticton Racquet and Fitness Club Squash tournament...
is being held on January 11-13, 2019.
This event sells out every year so don't wait too late to sign up!
$80 tournament entry includes: guaranteed 3 matches, squash souvenir shirt, Saturday night dinner, $1500 open draw prize money (if sufficient entries).
Draws include a 60+ (if enough), 50+, ladies draw and a main draw (to be determined based on entrants)
As of this point there are only 5 spots left with 2 weeks to go before the January 6th deadline, so all players are encouraged to sign up now to avoid disappointment!
Get your reffing up to snuff in 2019!
No excuses now! The New Year will start off with some excellent opportunities to learn the rules of our great game and best practices in refereeing!
Knowing the rules and the right call to make is critical to the safe, fair play and enjoyment of our game.
And understanding the rules will make you a better player, too. So, sign up for upcoming refereeing clinics!
2019 Doubles Rules and Officiating Clinic
* Learn the rules of doubles squash and start the process to becoming a certified referee.
* There will be a powerpoint presentation with lots of discussion and questions.
* A written exam will be completed by all participants and reviewed at the clinic - everyone passes!
* Once one completes the clinic and exam, the participant will become a certified provincial referee after passing a practical test by refereeing a league or tournament match with a National Referee assessing the participant.
A pass will be achieved if the participant applies the rules consistently and is able to make 10 correct calls and keep proper score.
* Cost is $10.00 (cash at the door) which includes coffee and muffins, rule book, guidelines and some referee tips.
Cedar Hill Squash Club Mini-rules Clinic Jan 14 (7-9 pm)
The clinic is ideal for players who need to build confidence in making calls for
in-house box matches, leagues and tournaments and will cover the practicalities around ref'fing including:
- The aims of the rules of squash
- Tips on making your calls
- What is a let and who gets to ask for it
- What is interference and player's obligations
- How to make decisions
The session also includes demonstration & discussion on areas like: strokes,
lets and no lets; playing drop shots, wrong footing, tickle boasts; turning; boasting; further / second attempts at hitting the ball.
This 2-hour mini-rules clinic is free for Squash BC members who have passed Squash Canada's Online Officiating Course (see info below). $25 for other Squash BC members.
Squash Canada Online Officiating Course ($35, about 1 hour to complete) includes
HD videos of challenging Referee decisions that help you become a better Referee.
When you pass the online test at the end (80% to pass), you will be certified as a Squash Canada Club Referee.
2019 Women's Weekend in Kamloops
Players will get three guaranteed matches, snacks, Saturday dinner, and door prizes for their entry fee!
And there will be coffee and fruit in the mornings and pizza on Friday night.
The Seattle Athletic Club is hosting the Seattle Open tournament from Feb 1
to 3rd, 2019. The tournament entry includes refreshments, souvenir t-shirt and Saturday night social.
The event will also coincide with the Seattle Open PSA tournament with some players ranked between 68 and 130 in the world! The PSA semi's fall on the Friday night and their finals are on the Saturday night. So, there will be a lot fun playing and watching at this tournament!
Entry deadline is January 27th. Sign up by clicking here.
Bentall Centre Athletic Club - No Frills Tournament a Great Success!
By all reports the No Frills Squash Tournament held Dec 5-8 at Bentall Centre Athletic Club was a terrific success!
The tournament format featured small draw sizes (mostly 8 player draws or 4 player round-robins) to keep categories competitive and the final count had over 2/3 of all the matches going to either 4 or 5 games!
Feedback from the participants was extremely positive:
"Awesome tourney! Wish there were more like this one!"
"Don't change a thing!"
And in the post tournament survey, all categories (Overall Experience, Level of Competition, Value for Money, Facilities, Communication and Atmosphere) were given 5 out of 5 ratings!
Many thanks to our tournament sponsor, Joey Restaurants, for providing gift certificates to our division winners.
Division 1: 1
- Andrew Lynn (Bentall)
2nd - Hamid Khosrow Kiani (Bentall)
Division 2: 1st - Adam Radziminski (Bentall)
2nd - Rory Johnston (Bentall)
Division 3: 1st - Marc Andre Seguin (Bentall)
2nd - Jeff Young (Sports Central)
Division 4: 1st - Reza Askari (Bentall)
2nd - Tomas Restrepo (Bentall)
Division 5: 1st - Mike Worsley (UBC-Kel)
2nd - Justin Bye (Fitness Unlimited)
Division 6: 1st - Kieran McGrath (Bentall)
2nd - Steve Vertes (Bentall)
Division 7: 1st - Razaan Lalji (Evergreen)
2nd - John Cooney (Terminal City)
Division 8: 1st - Sebastian Munro (Bentall)
2nd - Eric Rossi (Bentall)
Division 9: 1st - Sandy McVey (Bentall)
2nd - Kelsey Lobsinger (Bentall)
Women's Div 1: 1st - Hermione Cao (Jericho)
2nd - Kim Ross (Bentall)
Women's Div 2: 1st - Donalda Meyers (Bentall)
2nd - Chie Kim (Bentall)
Fun and fundraising at the Gamble Doubles 2018
Gamble doubles is a handicap tournament based on age with two categories the "100" for older players and the "75" for younger players.
38 participants enjoyed a calcutta and dinner at VRC on Dec 4 to bid on 19 doubles teams. 20% of the bidding pool goes to Autism Speaks Canada and $20 of each entry (38) also was a donation. Play started on Wed, Dec 5 and finals were played on Sat, Dec 8 at VRC.
Congratulations to the winners:
Gord Pybus and Doug MacDougall who defeated Rick Ng and Glenn Sorensen 3-2.
Gamble 75 (round robin)
- Mike Neilson and Randy Mottus 1st
- Ryan May and Mark Levey 2nd
The tournament raised $2,215 for Autism Speaks Canada. So special thanks to all participants in supporting the tournament and the charity.
Everyone had a great time.
[from: Brian C Covernton, Chair]
Building the Future of Squash in BC
Last month, Squash BC launched a member-directed fundraising campaign, the first in close to a decade.
A huge thanks to all who contributed to
the Building the Future
With your donation, you are making a difference to the future of the sport of squash.
Our future is only sustainable through individual donations and corporate support. As a non-Olympic sport, Squash BC has limited access to external grants. Every single donation from players, parents, refs and volunteers will help us to build organizational capacity so we can deliver the programs, build membership and create a future for the game we love.
Last year I wanted to do something to show my appreciation to a sport that has given so much to me over the years.
I saw a great opportunity through a financial contribution to the Building the Future Fund through Squash BC. I hope my donation will help to grow the game that I have enjoyed over these years"
With your donation, the future of Squash in BC thrives
It is a future where there is capacity to grow the sport so that squash thrives in every aspect with:
- a wide base of coaches and officials, critical to the game and made possible through a robust suite of professional development programs
- increased participation as a result of strong programming in squash facilities across BC
- greater awareness of the game of squash through promotion of the benefits of playing and being part of a welcoming, engaged community
- coaches who are well supported and the game flourishing as a result
- more accessible, active and vibrant courts
- youth who are connected to the game -- a byproduct of our enhanced sport development programs
- strong athletic performances in regional, national and international competitions
- strong, diversified leadership -- focused on success
Building the Future
is one of three funds that supports the growth of squash in BC.
To learn more about our funding programs and / or to make an impact in the sport, please consider making a donation to the Building the future fund visit: Building the Future Fund
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