Get out there and Play!

2019 is moving so fast. 

Already it is the end of January and time is running out to get into upcoming tournaments!

Register now before the deadlines pass!
2019 Evergreen Annual Winter Open (Feb 1-3)
Entry deadline Jan 25

This will be Evergreen's second annual SDA Invitational Event to go alongside the Evergreen Open. With 8 Professional doubles players playing in both a Pro and Pro/Am throughout the weekend, it will be a tonne of fun to watch and play.

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. 

Howe Sound beer is being served along with 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
Entry deadline Jan 25

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!
To register or for more information please go to 

2019 Women's Weekend in Kamloops (Feb 1-3) Entry deadline Jan 28!
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!

Sea-to-Sky Tournament (Feb 15-17) @ Squamish Squash Club
Entry deadline Feb 8
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, you have to enter now!   $80 entry includes 3 guaranteed matches, tournament souvenir hoodie, Friday night pizza, lunch Saturday and Sunday at  Cedar Hill  and prizing for 1 st , 2 nd  and 3 rd  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:
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 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.

Getting back to the gym? Here's food for thought on Core Training from Physiotherapist Dave Carter. Click here.
Nelson Squash Community featured in Shaw Spotlight
The Nelson Squash Club and Community were given an opportunity to share their story via a Shaw Spotlight resulting from the Women's Squash Week event in Sep 2018.
Originally, Squash BC worked with participating clubs to arrange media for Women's Squash Week, but when the Shaw person wasn't available in time for the Nelson event, she asked if a they could do a longer segment on the club as a whole! Check it out here!

Nelson Squash Club will be holding their 2019 Nelson Spring Classic Tournament in March 2019. Keep an eye out for upcoming registration info.
Squash BC's Regional and Provincial Squads train hard to finish the Season Strong!
On January 12th and 13th both the Regional Coast and Provincial Training Squads were hard at work training for upcoming tournaments and competitions.
The winter Regional Training Squad camp was run at Evergreen by Lead Coach Thomas Brinkman and Assistant Coach Max Gillanders. Ten top-notch athletes attended the camp where there was a heavy focus on game-play and strategy. With the national standard of squash being so high today, this strategy was based on the ability to string together multiple attacking shots at a high pace, which is required to play at the national and international level.
[ Regional Training Squad members Jacob Lin (centre) & Christian Yuen (2nd from right) did great at 2018 Canadian Junior Open]

Meanwhile, Lead Coach Viktor Berg and Assistant Coach Drew Henderson put nine of the very best juniors in B.C. through their paces at the Provincial Training Squad camp at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.
The Camp included almost everything to improves one's game including match play, drills, condition games, one-on-one coaching, technique, tactical and pre- and post-game management. All the juniors worked extremely hard.
[ Regional Training Squad member and 2018 Canadian Junior Champion U13, Maria Min (centre)]
Both squads were treated to an hour of sports psychology training from guest speaker, Carl NienHuis. In talking about the mental side of sports Carl captivated his audiences and the kids learned a lot. The mental side of squash is essential to learn if you ever want to reach your full potential.
Thomas and Viktor relayed how amazing juniors in BC are right now (with so much depth and so many top ranked juniors in Canada). As well, how it was such a great pleasure to work some of the future talent of BC.
Many thanks to Thomas, Viktor, Max and Drew for running these camps. Congrats and continued success to squad members!
Coaching Congratulations to Drew Henderson & Gabe Wong!  
A big congratulations to Drew Henderson (Bentall Centre Athletic Club) and Gabe Wong (Terminal City Club) for successfully completing the requirements and becoming Certified Squash Instructors!
Drew, who helped as Assistant Coach at the Provincial Training Squad Camp at Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (see article above), took foundational course and multi-sport modules a few years ago to get this certification. He recently completed the online evaluation "Making Ethical Decisions" to get the final requirement that got him this certification.
Meanwhile, Gabe took the Foundational Course in 2018, completed multi-sport modules over the summer and then passed his evaluations (both technical and Making Ethical Decisions) just a week ago!
There are four levels of certification in the Coaching Program: 1) Squash Instructor, 2) Club Coach, 3) Provincial Coach, and 4) National Coach. In order to be a certified coach in Canada a coach must have completed all the requirements for that level.
Coaches are a critical component to the success of our sport! We applaud and thank those who take the time to get this training and provide coaching services and support to our athletes.
Congratulations Gabe and Drew!
Squash BC, in conjunction with Squash Canada, offers a variety learning to coaching programs via the National Coaching Certification Program, (NCCP,) throughout the province.  At most facilities there are opportunities for players to get certified coaching at their appropriate level.  Coaching certification offers consistency in the level of coaching throughout the province and country.   To learn more about Coaching, check out the Squash BC and Squash Canada websites.

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!

2019 Junior Pathway Events

Jr Pathway Event at Bentall Feb 25, 2018
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 26 - FUNdamentals @ Evergreen Squash Clubsign up here
Mar 3 - Fundamentals / Developing - @ Vancouver Lawn Tennis
Mar 9 - Progressive @ Cedar Hill Squash Club - sign up here

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.
Rules about bleeding found to be intriguing at the Mini-Rules Clinic at Cedar Hill (Jan 12)

Ben Uliana, Head Pro at Cedar Hill Squash reported on the mini-rules clinic held Jan 12 at Cedar Hill:
"We were honoured to have both Jim Valliere and John Roche to present the Mini Rules clinic at Cedar Hill, January 14th.  Eleven people came out (with 4 juniors) to complete it the Squash Canada refereeing certification. 
Lots of side discussion ensued over the bleeding rules.  Make sure that you stop that bleeding the first time, re-bleeding could cause the loss of a game / match.   Did you know that you cannot continue a match if you have blood on any part of your clothing? "
It is amazing what can be learned and the myths debunked when attending these mini-rules clinics. Sign up for our next mini-rules clinic at...

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 this upcoming refereeing clinic!

The clinic helps 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
  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 .

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