Get your game face on and go for the title!

We are now into the thick of it and closing fast onto the Squash BC Provincial Championships where titles are on the line!
 
National Bank Financial Wealth Management Squash BC Singles Championships - Feb 20-24 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'.

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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! 
 
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Many thanks to our  Title Sponsor  National Bank Financial Wealth Management
Silver Sponsors  Caposhie and Strange Fellows Brewing Bronze Sponsors  Rockingham Engineering,  Orestone, Kit & Coop National Bank Financial / Creed Capital Management Group, and  Supplier Sponsors  Manta Sport Promosapien,  Asics Hollyburn Country Club
 

2019 BC Open Doubles Championships
 
Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (VLTBC) is hosting the 2019 B.C. Open Doubles Championships
 
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors - Buntain Insurance, Haebler Construction, Windsor Plywood, Promosapien and our Beer Sponsor Steamworks, VLTBC is able to put on a fantastic tournament for a low entry fee. The Social is a Wine and Beer and Cheese event that will be held with the awards immediately after the Finals.  
 
Enter up to two events which include Men's, Women's, Mixed, Age & Open categories.

Early bird entry by February 17 will guarantee your shirt size!
 
Out of town players can start Friday, March 8. Please contact Viktor Berg at squash@vanlawn.com if you require a partner
 
Play in this 45-year strong competition! Sign up here!
 
2019 BC Junior Closed Singles Championships (Mar 8-10) River Club
 
The BC Junior Closed is being held at River Club on Mar 8-10. With a limit of 120 entries and Provincial Championship bragging rights at play, juniors need to sign up now (click here)!
 
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.
 
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.

Out-of-town players should be ready to play by 3pm on Friday March 8, 2019
Local players please be prepared to play on Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tournament Hotel: Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport 1-800- SANDMAN (1-800-726-3626).  Group Reference: Provincial Squash Championship Group # 995117 Sandman Signature, to get group nightly rates on ($129 Standard Rooms, $159 Corporate Suites, $179 Loft suites) Rates are being held under name "Provincial Squash Championships" until February 15, 2019.

Sign up now  (click here)!

Registration now open for March tournaments!
 
Summerland Squash Tournament (Mar 1-3) - sign up here
 
We are very excited to hosting the first Summerland squash tournament ran through Lakeshore Racquet ClubThis year we will be attracting players from the interior and all over BC.
 
The Club is an amazing venue and we will only be using 2 of the courts for this event and the middle court as a fun court and warm up court. There will be Pizza Friday night and a Saturday night dinner included in the Entry fee. 3 Matches minimum. Open, A, B, C and Ladies event.
 
There is a room special at the waterfront hotel on the lake this is a very exclusive hotel and a rate of only $99 for a studio, hot tubs, bar, saunas and heated pool, please call to book your room +1 (877) 494-8111
 
 
Nelson Spring Classic (Mar 8-10) Sign up here!
 
The Nelson Squash and Social Lounge invites you to come to their sanctioned event March 8-10th in Nelson.
The tournament will fill up quickly and is capped at 64 entries so signup asap !

There will be a pro exhibition plus 4-5 amateur divisions all to a max of 16 players and we reserve the right to place you in the appropriate division depending on your ranking points.

Long sleeved cotton souvenir shirt, prizes, dinner, coffee/muffins, pizza and you will dance the night away to live music performed by world famous - Dallas Wolbaum !

For hotel/motel rates please contact either The Best Western, The Alpine Inn or the North Shore Inn and just tell them you are here for our squash tournament. Also I have 2 Airbnb rooms one has a double bed, 3-piece bath, coffee maker for $100 total including tax for both nights and the larger suite has a queen bed, 3 piece bath, coffee, etc for $150 total including tax for both nights and they share a mini fridge so first person to contact Paul at 1-250-551-2714 gets it ! CASH only and this is a 50% off deal FYI.
 
 
King of the Courts (Mar 13-16) at Bonsor Sign up here!
 
Join the fun at the 27th annual King of the Courts squash tournament at Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby, BC. 

This is a Squash BC "AA" sanctioned event that brings in players from all over the lower mainland. 

The tournament includes 3 guaranteed matches, a tournament t-shirt, a banquet dinner, door prizes, placement prizes and more! 

Sign up here!

Successful at Mission Junior Program
 
By all accounts Squash Pro Shawn Zwierzchowski ran a successful junior program out at in Mission from September 13th to December 13th

Three girls and four boys participated in his 13-week long program that helped introduce kids to our great game. One participant shared why he likes squash (cuteness warning! click here to access audio file).

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. 
 
With financial support from the  2020 Fund , the program is a cornerstone to engaging, growing and maintaining a strong base of junior athletes. Upcoming Pathway Events include:
 
Mar 3 - FUNdamentals / Developing @
Vancouver Lawn - Sign up here!
 
Join in on the FUN! This FUNdamentals and Developmental Junior Pathway event being run by Viktor Berg will involve skills acquisition, drills, coach assessment and cooperative play with a focus on skills execution!
 
Mar 9 - Progressive Cedar Hill Squash Club  -  sign up here
 
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. 

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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.
 

Revelstoke Racquets Den needs our help.

They are exploring an exciting opportunity to build a new squash facility and as part of that they need information and are doing a non-resident/visitor survey. 

It is really important that Squash Players everywhere support us by saying they would play squash when visiting Revelstoke.  
 
Best news ... it only takes 30 seconds Click here to take survey.
 
It's 30 seconds well spent to support the growth of squash in BC.
 
Please share this with your friends.
 
The 10th annual Penticton tournament (Jan 11-13) provided plenty of excitement
 
A sold-out event, 5 different draws, prize money and speed guns kept players and 
spectators on their toes throughout! 

Click here for a full tournament recap and pictures from Tournament Organizer, George James who said:
 
"I would like to thank the players, supporters and staff for all their help over the weekend. It was particularly enjoyable watching the improvements made by all the juniors, especially Ian Heck and William Rutter both of whom played some great squash in their first A draw.
 
Thank you to the Interior squash academy for bringing so many juniors, many of whom I fully expect to be climbing the squash BC rankings fast over the next 12 months."
 
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to Penticton Racquet and Fitness Club owners, Ken and Tricia Roy for running a the successful 10th rendition of this competition.
 
2019 Canadian Masters Team Championships
 
Squash players from BC really know how to do a road trip!


A group of dedicated, fun-loving squash masters went to the Masters Team Championships (Jan 11-13) in Gatineau, QC. In addition to tearing up the courts, they tore up the stage with an award-winning skit.
 
You can check out the day-by-day, play-by-play written by Squash Blogger extraordinaire, Max Hakh - Click here!
 
Many thanks to Team Captain, Brook, for pulling the group together!

L to R: Team BC -- Steve Hawyes, Dominic LaFlamme, Brook Parkin (Captain), Maegen Giltrow, Max Hakh, Rudy Rodriguez, Bill Holdyk
 
Novices & New Players Tournament Fun

Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club hosted a New Players and Beginners Tournament Jan 20 from noon -4pm. The tournament was open to adult squash players who are new to the game or are still learning. Head Squash Pro, Viktor Berg, reported:
 
"We had 15 players registered with more than half of them being females.  The tournament players played with each other in a semi - competitive fun environment, while the others refereed their games. 
 
Thanks to everyone that came out and played and hope to see everyone by the squash courts soon!"
 
Nanaimo Trend Diesel Open (Jan 25-27)
 
According to the tournament summary provided by a Nanaimo Squash Club member (click here), the arrival of a player new to Vancouver Island created quite a stir in the Men's Open.

It is great to see the competition growing on Vancouver Island!
 
Congratulations and thank you to Nanaimo Squash Club, its volunteers and to sponsor Trend Diesel for running another successful tournament!

Kamloops Women's Weekend (Feb 1-3)
 
Kamloops Squash Association  and  No Limits Fitness  ran a small, but successful women's weekend which included play, snacks, dinner and door prizes and lots of fun!   Many thanks to the Club for continuing to support women in squash! 

Coaching Foundations (Mar 29-31) 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, March 29 to Sunday March 31.

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!

Mini-Rules Clinic Bentall Centre Athletic Club (Jan 31) 

Squash BC partnered with the Bentall Centre Athletic Club to run a mini-rules clinic on Jan 31st where seven participants got a full walk through of content including "why we have rules" through "Code of Conduct" to "Interference". One participant said:
 
The course is useful for first timers, and also serves as a good refresher for people who have already taken the online course (i.e. Club Referees). The Q&A session on different interference scenarios is particularly helpful. The most useful aspect of this course is to actually get in touch with experienced - PSA-level referees - who were able to answer more in-depth questions and personal experiences into the certification process, and what it takes to move up the ladder. Both of these are something you are not able to get from the online course alone. It is a course that I would recommend to all club level squash players.

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. 

These clinics help players build confidence in making calls for in-house box matches, leagues and tournaments and cover 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.   Upcoming clinics are being held at
 
If you are interested in getting a mini-rules clinic organized at your club, please ask your club pro or manager to contact us at Squash BC to organize a date. We will work with your club to provide a qualified clinic facilitator with the Squash Canada-approved presentation material.
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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 .






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