Junior Pathway Events Dec 2018
 
Squash BC has partnered with 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.
 
Progressive Pathway Event at the Jericho Tennis Club
 
On Dec 2, 2018 the Jericho Tennis Club welcomed 32
young juniors from several clubs on the lower mainland for a great afternoon of squash.  

Head Pro Richard Yendell reported:
 
"We started with 30 minutes of 'Paradise' in order to evaluate and assess the different level of players that attended here at Jericho.  From there we created eight Monrad draws which provided 3 additional best 2 of 3 matches for everyone in attendance.
 
All of the kids enjoyed the format and had the opportunity to meet and compete against new players who they will undoubtedly meet again as they continue their junior careers! 

Snacks and draw prizes were awarded to all participants and young Jake McAdam was lucky enough to walk away with the grand prize of a brand new Salming racquet!"
 

Sign up for the last Junior Pathway event of 2018!

FUNdamentals/Developing on Dec 22 at Vancouver Lawn 


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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 .
 
Good Luck to our high-performance juniors &
Congratulations to the 2019 Canada Winter Games Team
 
Jacob Lin winning at 2017 CJO [photo credit: delta-optimist]
We are now in the thick of the squash season and our juniors are attending big national and international competitions including the 2018 Canadian Junior Open and the 2018 US Junior Open.
 
Good luck to those who are participating at these events!
 
We'd also like to take this opportunity to congratulate those elite juniors named to represent British Columbia at the 2019 Canada Winter Games (being held in Red Deer, Alberta in February 2019). Our Team includes:
  • Girls U19:  Team: Brooke Herring and Cynthia Cao, First Alternate: Yu Quan Ng, Second Alternate: Anika Kurji
  • Girls U17:  Team: Lucia Bicknell and Sarah Cao, Alternate: Alex Brown
  • Boys U19:  Team: Sam Scivier and Matt Bicknell, First Alternate: Emilio Carrillo, Second Alternate: Sayeed Mavani
  • Boys U17:  Team: James Toth and Gabriel Yun, First Alternate: Christian Yuen, Second Alternate: Jacob Lin
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.
 
Events: 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

Accommodations:
Hotel Rate $119.00 per night (Book before Jan. 22, 2019)
call: 1-800-663-7550 and quote: FEB19JESTERS
 
Register via: www.jesterspnw.ca
 
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 35 spots left with 5 weeks to go before the January 6th deadline, so all players are encouraged to sign up now to avoid disappointment!

 

2019 Doubles Rules and Officiating Clinic
At the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club on Jan 12 (9am-1pm)



* 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.

Sign up by email to Greg Desaulniers at  greg@3des.net
 
Congrats Jimmy! Officiating Provincial Certification
 
Big congrats to Jimmy Valliere on meeting the requirements and becoming Provincial level squash referee.

Jimmy attained this certification after many years of reffing practice and experience at Squash BC sanctioned events and getting assessed by Provincial or National level evaluators. 

Jimmy has moved through the certification pathway from Club to Local and now Provincial referee.

Jimmy achieved his Provincial qualifications recently at the Nicola Wealth Management BC Open Singles Championships 2018 where Tournament Referee Diane Grady was able to assign Jimmy matches and line up National Referee and Provincial Evaluator, Chris Yap, to assess his refereeing.  These evaluated matches helped him to meet the required number of assessments for the Provincial level.

Congratulations, Jimmy on this great accomplishment!
 
Mini-rules Clinics - Vancouver Island
 
Knowing the rules and the right call to make is critical to the s afe, fair play and enjoyment of our game! 

And understanding the rules will make you a better player, too.
 
Recently players attended a mini-rules clinic at the Nanaimo Squash Club where Provincial Referees John Roche and Jimmy Valliere clarified the rules of squash.
 
Participants enjoyed learning the line of thinking process, seeing video examples / scenarios of plays and calls and getting a good overall view of the rules.

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.  

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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 .


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 Fund.

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"
 
Natasha Doucas
 
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
 
In season fitness reflection 

In a previous post by Physio David Carter, he discussed the transition to in-season training. Most squash BC players are now six to eight weeks into their season.

Don't wait until the new year to reflect, do it now.

How is your training going? 

What can you improve? 

Are you focusing on the right things? 

With these questions in mind, let's run through ideas for training from a fitness and squash lens... (click here to read more).



First Block Capital Jericho Open (Nov 1 to 4) - 

a Great Success!
 
Jericho Tennis Club was jammed packed for the final of the First Block Capital Jericho Open 2018.  There was a great buzz in the squash section as everyone was trying to get a seat for the matchup between Finland's Henrik Mustonen and Canada's Mike McCue.

Spectators in the know expected that Henrik was going to open the court up and put pressure on Mike from the get go and that's exactly what happened.  Henrik likes to use his working boast often to get his opponent scrambling up into the front court.  He hits it with a flat face to keep the ball down maintain the pace of play and then looks to jump on his opponent's retrieval to send them running back into the backcourt.

Meanwhile, Mike kept his length tight and cross courts wide to avoid this treatment from the Finn.  But as the rallies continued it was inevitable for Henrik to get on top of something and begin pressuring the Canadian.

The final result was Henrik Mustonen defeated Mike McCue 11-7, 11-6, 11-6. The score does not do justice to the intense play on court.  For a view of the action check out this video!


A special thank you to Sean Clark and First Block Capital as the tournament's title sponsor.  Sean has started Canada's first regulated PM, IFM and EMD crypto investment firm. FBC provides a diversified on-ramp for exposure to the digital currency asset class. Their investment interests range across the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, facilitating direct investment in cryptocurrency itself and investment in companies creating, implementing and adopting blockchain solutions.

Also, to the West Coast Fishing Club who is no ordinary fishing destination! They operate three luxury fishing lodges located on the remote shores of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, on the northwest coast of Canada. Their exclusive wilderness destinations offer the best Salmon and Halibut fishing in the world, while offering guests a five-star luxury experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Thank you also to Salming, Promosapien and Lush and of course the volunteers and staff of JTC who all contributed to the success of this great event!
 
Nelson No-frills (Nov 23-25)

Over the Nov 23-25th weekend, the Nelson Squash Club had 50 players in five divisions compete in their Fall No Frills Tournament. Players from Kelowna, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm and Trail competed. 


Results were:
  • Open Div saw Kevin Limbert defeat Cam Martyna
  • Flight 1 was Peter Ward over Connor Silverthorne
  • Flight 2 was Jeremy Neufeld over Shane Hainsworth
  • Flight 3 was Wil Fairbank over Peter McRory
  • Flight 4 was Renee Kelly over Carolyn Thomson 
A great time was had by all and Nelson invites everyone to our upcoming spring classic in March 2019 which will be another great event with double the participants!
 
Holiday Season wishes and Squash BC office closure

The holiday season is just around the corner 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!






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