Squash BC Annual General Meeting

Over thirty avid squash players, coaches and volunteers participated in Squash BC's Annual General Meeting at  The Arbutus Club  on June 1st.  

The meeting started off with a welcome and introductions by Squash BC President, Na
tasha Doucas, before Executive Director Nancy Thompson provided an overview of Squash BC highlights and awards this past season.  After a status update on Squash BC's operational programs and marketing and communications efforts, various Committee chairs in attendance spoke about the efforts in areas such as the Women and Girls in Squash, Doubles and the 2020 program.

A highlight of the meeting were speakers from Squash Alberta, Squash Ontario and Squash Canada who shared what was happening in their region and nationally.    
  • Executive Director Ken Cross described issues arising in squash officiating inAlberta and what their plans were to tackle these challenges.
  • Executive Director Jamie Nicholls then described an initiative they undertook in Ontario  to address a drop off of clubs and courts they were observing.  The Ambassador program was designed as a targeted approach to identify at-risk facilities, reach out to club managers to discuss needs, and then to pair up coaches with facilities to show them the benefits of squash programming as a way to build participation and generate revenue. The program is a province-wide initiative that has helped stem the decline in squash club membership and the loss of courts.
  • Board Director Sandra Thompson provided an update on goings-on at the national level, first highlighting the Safe Sport Initiative that the Ministry of Science and Sport at the federal level is undertaking.  Squash Canada is devoting a significant amount of time to learn how the government will be deploying this initiative.  She then shared her observations of the Canada Winter Games held in Red Deer, Alberta in February 2019.  Lastly, she outlined High Performance programming which Martin Heath has created and which will be deployed as soon as it is finalized.
After these engaging discussions voting members got their voting racquets ready to support various motions into effect.  Lastly, Nancy Thompson outlined Squash BC's strategic direction to the membership before the meeting was adjourned.

Many thanks to the speakers for sharing their experiences with Squash BC members and to all of those who attended for participating.  The presentations will be posted onto the Squash BC website next week.

Junior Pathway
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.

June Junior Pathway events are:
June 8, Cedar Hill Progressive Event

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. 

This $15 event will be running Saturday, June 8  th at the Cedar Hill squash courts from noon to 3 pm. 

Along with getting tournament experience we will be giving pizza, gatorade, and a prize to all participants.

June 16 (11 am to 2 pm), River Club Progressive Event
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. 
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.

Summer Fun!
Doug Hawkes (Jun 21-22)

This is the 5th annual Cedar Hill Summer Tournament Event. We wanted to make it something special and different and thought it would be good to give the Juniors their opportunity to run an event. They are in charge and giving back to all the people that have helped them through the years. Draws of 8 people based on squash BC rankings. 1 match Friday and 2 matches on Saturday. Saturday afternoon there is a BBQ outside court 4 on the grass area put on by the club.

Doug Hawkes was a devoted player, tournament organizer and passionate advocate for Squash development in Victoria from 1960 through to the 1980's. During that time, Doug mentored a number of local Junior players and it was fitting after his death in 2005 at the age of 82, that a fund benefitting Junior Development at his home club be established in Doug's name. 

Net Proceeds of this event will be used to help perpetuate the Doug Hawkes fund for the benefit of aspiring young Squash players at Cedar Hill.

The cost to play is $30.00  --  
Sign up here.
Vancouver Lawn Tennis - Open House June 15 (1pm to 4pm)

There will be squash exhibition matches, round robin play, club tours, food and beverages. everyone is welcome to attend!
Hope to see everyone there!
Summer Fun Singles & Doubles Squash Tournament June 20-22 at Van Lawn
The 2019 Summer Fun Singles & Doubles Squash Tournament entries are now live!
Categories: Men's & Women's Singles, Doubles, Mix & Juniors under 19
Entry deadline June 16
It will be another great tournament where all matches are best out of 3 games with no ranking points. 
$500 Lighting Round, pro matches, Steamworks beer keg, tournament souvenir, guaranteed two matches and prizes all for $29 per entry ($15 for 2nd entry). 

Jericho Sun and Surf (August 14-18)
Sun and Surf is back for another action-packed weekend of squash that includes lots of fun social events, our legendary Saturday night theme dinner and dance party including prizes for the best costume. 

This is a non-ranking event which provides a great opportunity to get on court, play some squash and have some fun this summer!
Experience the best of Vancouver in the summer with our prime beach front location literally steps from the squash courts! 

Jericho is truly one of the most picturesque beachfront clubs in the world! 

Enjoy your apr├Ęs squash on one of our patios on the pool deck overlooking the ocean and north shore mountains.

Coaches' Corner
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.
Upcoming learning opportunities for Coaches include:
Coaching Foundations (Jul 12-14) 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, July 12 to Sunday, July 14.

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  !
Squash Canada Officiating Development Symposium
This free event is being offered:
  • Saturday June 15, 2019 (4pm to 8pm) at Mayfair Lakeshore (801 Lakeshore Blvd East, Toronto)
  • Sunday June 23, 2019 (9am to 3pm) at the Novotel Toronto Centre Hotel (45 The Esplanade, Toronto)

For more details click here.

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