Squash New Year's Resolutions are now in Play

Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be an awesome year. 

Our member clubs across the province are offering plenty of opportunities for players to push their skills, flex their muscles, and surpass their squash resolutions this year.
Tournaments Galore!
Deadline today (Jan 10 at 11:45pm) !
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 pointsor number of entries in the draw).
Please be ready to play at 3pm on Friday, Jan 18th.

Sign up now!
Novices & New Players Tournament - Jan 20 (1-4 pm) at VLTBC
Open to the public and geared towards adult novice / beginner-level players, this is an excellent way to introduce those new to our sport to the fun of competition.
This afternoon format will include round-robin play to determine draws. Players will then be grouped into draws with players of similar levels.
$20 includes prizes, balls and snacks!
Tell your friends and register now!
Nanaimo Trend Diesel Open 2019
Jan 25-27 Nanaimo Squash Club

Don't miss out! With a souvenir t-shirt, 3-match guarantee, Friday night pizza, Saturday dinner and music trivia night and prize money based on entries, this promises to be a fun tournament. 

Entry deadline is: Jan 18 at 6:00 pm .

2019 Women's Weekend in Kamloops
Kamloops Squash Association
and No Limits Fitness will continue the spirit of Women's' Week events that occurred in Sep 2018 in the New Year by holding a women and girls only squash tournament on Feb 1-3, 2019.
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 
Don't miss out!  Sign up now!
2019 Evergreen Annual Winter Open - Feb 1-3 Evergreen

This will be Evergreen's second annual SDA Invitational Event to go alongside the Evergreen Open. We have 8 Professional doubles players playing in both a Pro and Pro/Am throughout the weekend. 

The singles events will include A, B, C and D categories as well as masters age categories and a Junior Draw. You can register up to 2 categories. 

We will be serving Howe Sound beer and have lots of food/snacks for our participants. There is a 2-match guarantee for each category, tournament souvenir and kill the keg Saturday. You must be ready to play by 5:00pm Friday.
BC Jesters Doubles Squash Tournament - Feb 6-10 VRC

Partner not required. Players enter individually designating wall preference.
Guaranteed 4 matches, with and against 12 different players, over 4 days.
One event Novice to Class 'A' Players.

Entry fee of $35 (GST included). The tournament supports junior squash with 100% of each entry fee being donated to the 2020 Fund!
Entries close Friday, Jan 25 . To register or for more information please go to www.vrc.bc.ca/bc-jesters

Sea-to-Sky Tournament 2019 - Feb 15-17 Squamish Squash Club
The Squamish Squash Club is looking forward to welcoming you back (or for the first time) to beautiful Squamish on the Family Day weekend 2019 for another awesome squash tournament.
This is a fun-filled weekend with new and old friends, delicious food, cold beer, and of course - competitive squash matches!
Our squash club is located on the picturesque Sea to Sky golf course, and we're located right between Vancouver and Whistler.
Minimum 2 matches, Dinner Saturday evening, Souvenir shirt, 2 drink tickets, Friday evening chili, Saturday and Sunday morning coffee and muffins, prizes - 1st, 2nd, Consolation winner
Don't miss out! Sign up here!
BC Jesters Pacific Northwest Junior Squash Championships
Cedar Hill Squash Club (Feb 15-17, 2019)

With a 200-entry limit at this year's event, don't wait too long to enter.
$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
Hotel Rate $119.00 per night (Book before Jan. 22, 2019)
call: 1-800-663-7550 and quote: FEB19JESTERS
Register via:  www.jesterspnw.ca
2019 BC Closed Singles Championships - Feb 20-24 Hollyburn
These are Squash BC's annual provincial singles championships: highlighting BC players and rewarding a chosen few with the title of 'Provincial Champion'

The Hollyburn Country Club will play host to all the matches with kegs available on Fri/Sat and prizes for 1st, 2nd place and all those who win their last match! 
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+! 

Let's showcase of our province's best players from young to old and have a great time off court too!  Looking forward to seeing many new and old faces in late February
2019 Junior Pathway Events
Head Pro Viktor Berg of the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club capped off the Junior Pathway Program in 2018 running a merry Fundamentals/Developing event on Dec 22. 15 kids played and reffed 10-minute matches in a Paradise format for the first hour to determine draws and level of play. Winners got new eyeglasses and runners up got grip and ball. To mix it up, dodgeball was played, honing agility and generating laughs .
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:
Jan 20 - FUNdamentals @ Evergreen Squash Club - sign up here
Mar 3 - Fundamentals / Developing - @ Vancouver Lawn Tennis
Mar 9 - Progressive @ Cedar Hill Squash Club

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.
Referee resolutions!
No excuses - resolve to improve your reffing!

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!
Squash BC in conjunction with member clubs run mini-rules clinics to help players build confidence in making calls for in-house box matches, leagues and tournaments.

These clinics 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.   Upcoming clinics are being held at
Cedar Hill Squash Club Victoria Jan 14 (7-9 pm) - Sign up now!
Bentall Centre Athletic Club Jan 31 (6-8 pm) - Sign up here!

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 .

2019 Doubles Rules and Officiating Clinic
At the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club on Jan 12 (9am-1pm)
Be there, you know you need it!

* 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

Quintuple Doubles

Yes. We know this is term usually 
refers to a basketball achievement (and one that has never been accomplished before), but take a look at the 5 great offerings that the doubles community is providing to doubles players in the coming months:
Squash BC Website - check out the new Doubles page set up on the Squash BC Website. There are event videos recording your play at various tournaments! Many thanks to G ary Wong for all his work on putting this material together.

Pacific Coast Doubles (Jan 25 5 pm to Jan 27 3 pm) - San Francisco is honored to be hosting the 46th Pacific Coast Doubles Squash Championships at the University Club of San Francisco and Olympic Club. This tournament has a long-standing tradition, rotating between three West Coast cities; Vancouver, Portland and last year's host, San Francisco.

Players can register for up to two of the following divisions (
Women's Div A, Women's Div B, Mixed A, Mixed B, Men's Div A, Men's Div B, Men's Div C, 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, 80+) . The committee reserves the right to combine draws, as well as move teams into different draws that better fit their abilities. This is a U.S. Squash sanctioned event.

Registration deadline Thursday, Jan 15, at Noon. Register here:
Doubles officiating clinic - Jan 14 at Vancouver Lawn - details in story above. Sign up by email to Greg Desaulniers at  greg@3des.net
BC Jesters Doubles Tournament (Feb 6-10) - With proceeds going to the 2020 Fund this is great way to give back to the community. Entries close Friday, Jan 25 . To register or for more information please go to www.vrc.bc.ca/bc-jesters
Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships (Apr 26-28) Calgary Winter Club - Save the Date!
Eight top juniors to represent BC at Canada Winter Games

Eight of BC's top juniors will be representing the sport of squash and the province of British Columbia next month at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer Alberta February 15th to March 3rd.
"Selection for the Canada Games Squash Team was extremely competitive" said Kevin Inouye, coach for the BC squash team . "It is heartbreaking to watch so many strong athletes compete for a place on the team and fall just short of their goals and dreams. The depth of squash players in BC is continually improving, some of our youngest players challenged for a place on the 2019 Games team. "
Richmond Dominates Games Team Membership
Five of BC's the eight-member squash team are junior athletes from the City of Richmond:
Gabriel Yun, age 15 from Sport Central (West Coast Squash Academy). Gabriel will be hoping to repeat his 1st place performance from the 2018 Canadian Junior National Squash Championships.
James Toth, 16, a J.N. Burnett Secondary student. James earned a 2nd place in the BC Provincials U17 category last year.
Sarah Cao, 15 trains at the River Club (Shakiru Matti Squash Academy) and is a Magee Secondary School student. Sarah competed at the 2018 Junior Pan American Games and earned a 2nd place at the U15 Canadian Junior Nationals last year.
Sarah is joined by her sister Cindy Cao , 17 who trains at the River Club (Shakiru Matti Squash Academy). Cindy will be entering the multi-sport Games competition with a 4th place finish from the highly competitive Canadian Junior Nationals and a 6th place from the Canadian Junior Open last year.
Quan Ng, 17 also from Sport Central garnered a 2nd place finish in last year's BC Provincials U17 category. Quan is also a J.N. Burnett Secondary School student.
From the North Shore are siblings Lucia and Matt Bicknell.
Lucia Bicknell, 16 is a two-time Canadian champion, trains at the Evergreen Squash Club and is a Rockridge Secondary School student. Lucia will be looking to repeat her 2018 1st place winning performance from the Canadian Nationals in U15 and U13 categories.
Matt Bicknell, 17 also from the Evergreen Squash Club and a student at Rockridge Secondary School student earned 1st place at Alberta Jesters U17 event in 2017.
Rounding out the 2019 Games team from the city of Vancouver is Sam Scivier, 18 from the Jericho Tennis Club. In 2017 Sam secured two Championship crowns from his performance at the 2017 U19 BC Junior Open and the 2017 BC Junior Closed U17. The 11-year squash veteran currently attends the University of Birmingham.
The Canada Games are held every two years in Canada , alternating between the Canada Winter Games and the Canada Summer Games and is considered the single largest multi-sport games in Canada. Athletes are strictly amateur only and represent their province or territory .
Notification - Squash Canada National Ranking

As you may know, Squash Canada is now partnering with Club Locker for its national ranking systems - senior (adult), junior and masters. As a member of Squash BC you have the benefit of being a member of both Squash Canada and the World Squash Federation.
In alignment with our partnership with Squash Canada and to ensure our Squash BC members receive the maximum benefit of their Squash Canada membership, we will be sharing your basic member information and your match history to Squash Canada via Club Locker for the national ranking system. On an ongoing basis your match history will automatically be transferred to Squash Canada to keep your national ranking up to date.
Squash BC will be providing Squash Canada with the following information of its members:
  • first and last name
  • address
  • email address
  • birth date
  • match history starting September 1, 2017
No other information will be transferred. Squash Canada requires this level of personal information to set up your account for the national ranking system. 
This transfer of information will not require any action on your part or change your SportyHQ ranking.
For more information on Squash Canada's ranking system please go to the following links:
Squash BC and Squash Canada are very conscious of privacy issues and will be ensuring our member's privacy is fully secured. To view the Squash BC, Squash Canada and Club Locker privacy policies, please click on the links below:
If you would like to opt out of the sharing of your personal information to Squash Canada please contact the Squash BC office via email  office@squashbc.com  or phone 604 737-3084 by January 11, 2019 and we will ensure your name is taken off the list of member information being shared with Squash Canada and Club Locker.
World Squash Federation New Singles Rules - Effective January 1, 2019
A motion to amend some of the Rules were approved at the WSF AGM in Cairo which came into effect on 1st January 2019.
The new Rules can be found on the WSF website at: http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/rules-of-squash-2
For ease of reference, the changes approved were as follows:
·         Time period allowed for the Warm up in Rule 4 .1: changed to 4 minutes with half time to be called at 2 minutes.
·         Rule 8.11 amended to read: "Freedom to strike the ball to any part of the front wall" (leaving out the word entire).
·         Rule 8.1.4 amended to read: "the freedom to strike the ball to any part of the front wall" (leaving out the word entire).
·         A new rule added 8.9.3: "Where there has been no actual contact and the swing has been held by the striker for fear of hitting the opponent, the provisions of 8.6 apply."

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