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
, 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!
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
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.
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 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
* 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.
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.