Happy Holidays!
Squash BC sends its warmest holiday greetings to all. May everyone have a restful and enjoyable holiday season and all the best in the new year!

Squash BC offices are currently closed until Jan 6, 2020.
Squash BC Announcements
Unused Air Miles or Aeroplan Points??
Squash BC has the perfect use for those points. We have several active programs supporting our BC athletes.

Consider donating your unused points to Squash BC to:
* help offset costs of travel for our athletes competing nationally;
* support coaches travelling across BC in the upcoming "roving coaches" program;
* to name a few.

For further information on how to donate to the two air rewards program please contact Nancy Thompson, Executive Director executive.director@squashbc.com
Squash BC Job Opportunity - Post Secondary Program Coordinator
Squash BC's focus is to increase participation in the game of squash. One of the key programs to support this mandate is the development and implementation of a Post-Secondary Squash Program to introduce and promote squash to post-secondary students as a life-time sport; to help maximize court usage at post-secondary institutes (PSI) where squash courts exist on campus; and to partner PSI without squash courts with nearly squash facilities. The program is primarily a grassroots initiative.
Squash BC is seeking a well organized, energetic individual to develop and implement the program starting in the early new year. This is a part time two year contract with potential for future opportunities. An honorarium is being offered.
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Skills sets being sought:
  • Experience developing and implementing programs or projects
  • Marketing and promotion experience to attract and retain participants
  • Understands the post-secondary experience
  • Has knowledge of squash as a player and/or coach
  • High energy and enthusiastic
  • Outgoing with excellent verbal and written skills
  • Well organized and detail oriented
  • Use social media
  • Able to work independently
If you are interested in the position please contact Nancy Thompson, Executive Director of Squash BC, outlining your interest in this position and your qualifications.
executive.director@squashbc.com  by January 15, 2020.
If you would like additional information please call the Squash BC Office at 604 737-3084.
BC Canadian Masters Teams
This fun national championship is being held at the beautiful Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (Jan 10-12). Since BC is the host province we are able to field 2 teams in the event.

Each team must be made up of made up of 3 women (one each at 40+, 45+, 50+) and 4 men (one each at 40+, 45+, 50+ and 55+)

The response was overwhelming as we sent a call out to the top masters players in BC. The selected teams have been slightly adjusted and are:

Team 1: Carolyn Russell, Lauren Wagner, Emma Parke, Richard Yendell, Andrew Lynn, Trevor Latimer and Bruce Matthews

Team 2: Cathy Covernton, Valerie Johnson, Karen Hawyes, Jeff Boag, Jay Anderson, Steve Hawyes and Thomas Clark
Master athletes who did not make the team are encouraged to be on the reserve list.

Other provinces may not be able to field a full team and entry rules allow us to back-fill their teams to support participation!

Congrats and good luck to the selected team. We invite all to cheer them on at the Vancouver Lawn in January!
New Years Resolutions! Get squashing in 2020!
Foundations Coaching Course (Victoria, Jan 10-12, 2020)
In recent years many BC Squash Coaches and Instructors have retired or made moves to other parts of the country or the world (Steve Lawton, Larry Armstrong, Chris Hanebury, Drew Henderson, just to name a few).

Coaches are one of the pillars to our squash community -- enabling players to reach their greatest athletic potentials.

It is critical to have a thriving coaching community to support our great game. So Squash BC is asking you to consider helping out by becoming 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 Ben Uliana at the Cedar Hill Squash Club in Victoria from Jan 10-12, 2020.

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.

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...
Above photo credit: Squash Australia
Sign up by email to Greg Desaulnier at greg@3des.net
Doubles Officiating Clinic!
Squash "Offi"icionados, Brian Covernton and Greg Desaulniers, will be running the annual doubles officiating clinic on Jan 18th, 2020 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.

* 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.
Pacific Coast Open Doubles 2020
Vancouver Racquets Club is pleased to host the 49th Pacific Coast Open Doubles Championships, Jan 24 -26, 2020 in beautiful British Columbia!

The tournament which rotates between Vancouver, Portland and San Francisco, brings together doubles enthusiasts from the West.

This is always a great event with a lot of teams following the tri-city tour and a lot of great competition!

Find yourself a partner and register today. Not only will you get a great tournament souvenir, exciting squash, but also the chance to meet and mingle with fellow players over the weekend.

We're looking forward to a fun-filled week!
Trend Diesel Nanaimo Open
Jan 24-26, 2020
Come and join us from Jan 24-26th for a fantastic tournament that includes:
  • Friday and Saturday dinner
  • Tournament T shirt
  • 3 Matches guaranteed
  • Top draw playing for a $2500 prize purse
  • Oliver equipment prizes

Ranking points will be used for draw placement. Those wanting to play in the 'Open' draw should have 1600 points or more.
2020 Summerland Squash Tournament
Feb 28-Mar 2
The 2020 Summerland tournament is the 2nd tournament being hosted at Lakeshore Drive. Last year's tournament was very successful with over 50 entries. We will be using 2 courts with a middle court for a Practice court.

The club is on Okanagan lake with spectacular views. The tournament hotel is also on the lake and a 1 minute stroll to the club. Hotel is a 4* resort and has hot tubs,pool, spas for a $99-$129 room rate ! Summerland waterfront resort - 1-877 494 98111

The tournament includes:
3 matches minimum
A category for All levels of players including over 55 and junior U15 event
Friday night pizza
Saturday Night Dinner with 1 hour Free Open bar which will include beer,wine and soft drinks.
Women & Girls in Squash
The Squash BC Emerging Female Leader in Squash has been recognized as one of the most progressive sport marketing programs in Canada.
The 2020 Squash BC Emerging Female Leader in squash Grant is now open for Nominations!
This year (2020) will be the second delivery of the province-wide program that recognizes two women and provides a $500 grant to their clubs from the Women's Squash Week (WSW) Ambassador network.

Only clubs that participated in WSW 2019 are able to take advantage of this remarkable opportunity.

The $500 grants help to further squash participation in women and girls and are to be used by the clubs to promote and deliver squash programs for this sector through the calendar year.
Event Recaps
Whistler Holiday Success
The Whistler Squash Club keeps having 1st after 1st. The Clubs Annual Christmas party was an amazing success. At one time we had over 24 people on 2 courts simultaneously playing squash in a unique game of Offence / Defence.

It was the clubs largest turnout ever for its Christmas party. “The best part about the turn out”, stated Ben Thomas, the Whistler Squash Club president, “was the sheer number of new members to the club.”

Ben credits a significant amount of the clubs success to Matthew Breen, a new member from New Zealand who has introduced a fantastic new beginners league to the club. Last year this league was able to more than double the clubs player participation rate in less than 2 months.

This in turn has started a flywheel effect bringing in more and more new players to the club. Matthew is one of the founders of a new startup called ActivScout, a company dedicated to the growth of facility based sports like squash.
BC Juniors
Jesters Jericho Junior Open
Jan 17-19, 2020
Early Bird ends Dec 31!
Jericho is proud to kick off 2020 with one of the best Junior Squash Events in BC!

Join us 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!

Don't miss out on the early bird entry!
Juniors need to play in their appropriate age category in this event.

To participate in Squash BC Closed Championships: Athletes must be members of Squash BC and must have physically resided in BC and maintained their primary address in BC for the 12 months preceding a Closed Championship or must be Canadian Citizens or have Permanent Resident status and must have a permanent address in BC.

[photo of various 2019 participants]
BC Junior Closed registration open!
The BC Junior Closed is being held at  River Club  on Mar 6-8, 2020. With a limit of 120 entries and Provincial Championship bragging rights at play, juniors need to sign up now.
These are Squash BC's annual junior (U19) singles championships showcasing BC's top junior athletic talents and providing critical competition opportunities for our emerging elite juniors.

Spectators enjoy high-calibre play from Provincial, Regional and Canada Winter Game squad members and fierce contests as these championship titles are on the line.

Don't miss the early bird rates!
Junior Pathways
Squash BC has partnered with our 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.
Grassroots Programs at Global Fitness (Kelowna)
8 kids took part in 6 weeks of Fall / Winter programming at the Global Fitness Centre run by Tom Van Unen. Fun was had by all as they worked to develop squash skills and partake in the great game.
Mission & Chilliwack Junior Programming
Meanwhile in Mission and Chilliwack Shawn Zwierzchowski along with newly certified squash instructor, Jessica Evans, ran grassroots programming in those communities, engaging 19 kids to the sport!
Sign up for Progressive Events!
Progressive Cedar Hill Feb 1
This is a tournament for juniors new to the tournament squash scene where they will be introduced to proper match play, reffing, and good sportsmanship habits.

This event will be running Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Cedar Hill squash courts from 12pm-3pm.

Along with getting tournament experience we will be giving pizza, gatorade, and a souvenir to all participants.
Van Lawn is a all white clothing club while playing squash. Please remember to wear 90% white clothing.

Parking is available anywhere on the premises.
Progressive VLT Feb 8
Join in on the fun! -- Juniors will play round robin games and then will be sorted into groups of similar level playing abilities for a mini fun tournament.

1 to 4 pm Saturday Feb 8. There will be a 'cups' theme tournament for this event. Hit the cups along the side walls to win extra points.

This Junior Pathway event being run by Viktor Berg will involve skills acquisition, drills, coach assessment and cooperative play with a focus on skills execution!
The Junior Pathway Program is funded through the 2020 Fund. Income accumulated through this endowment fund is used to promote the growth of the game through the development of junior squash. To donate to the 2020 Fund, click here .
Get the Basics! Take the Squash Canada Online Officiating Course
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.

To access click the  Online Certification Course  link  via this Squash Canada webpage
SquashTV Discount for Squash BC Members
SQUASHTV is the Professional Squash Association’s broadcast arm and covers over 20+ PSA World Tour tournaments a season.
You can buy a pass to watch the world’s best live in action on a wide range of devices whenever and wherever you want.

Included in a SQUASHTV subscription:
●      Live coverage of over 20 tournaments a season
●      Extensive on-demand replays
●      A huge archive that dates back to the 1980s
●      A growing selection of coaching videos
●      Daily highlights of all live tournaments
●      Features and interviews with PSA stars
Prices range from $13.99 USD per month to $119.99 USD per year for an annual subscription, allowing fans to stream as much squash as they want.

You can see what tournaments are coming up on the PSA World Tour website .
Squash BC and Squash Canada have partnered with SQUASHTV to bring members EXCLUSIVE discount codes to view top squash players as they compete on the PSA World Tour, all at a discounted price. 

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, you can get a half price annual pass! This means you’ll pay just $60 USD a year! These discount codes must be redeemed by the end of the 2019/20 season
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