Don't Let the Reality of a Busy Life Impact your Squash Lifestyle
Do you know that the average adult has only 3-5 hours of free time a day? This is meaningful leisure time away from work, familial obligations and other necessities of life.

Squash BC recognizes that a detail such as renewing a membership represents one more obligation.

But let's put this detail into perspective - this particular obligation is the one that leads to meaningful leisure - your squash lifestyle.

Squash season has begun and with the new season are membership renewals. Squash BC memberships expired on Oct 31, 2019. As many of you know, this will hamper league captains from entering your match scores. As well, your hard-won ranking will drop off the BC ranking list if you don't renew.
We encourage you to renew your membership to continue to enjoy your active squash lifestyle.

But values of a Squash BC membership do not stop there. Below please find some of the values highlights of a Squash BC membership. 
SquashTV Discount Available for Members
SQUASHTV is the Professional Squash Association’s broadcast arm and covers over 20+ PSA World Tour tournaments a season.
You can buy a pass to watch the world’s best live in action on a wide range of devices whenever and wherever you want.

Included in a SQUASHTV subscription:
●      Live coverage of over 20 tournaments a season
●      Extensive on-demand replays
●      A huge archive that dates back to the 1980s
●      A growing selection of coaching videos
●      Daily highlights of all live tournaments
●      Features and interviews with PSA stars
Prices range from $13.99 USD per month to $119.99 USD per year for an annual subscription, allowing fans to stream as much squash as they want.

You can see what tournaments are coming up on the PSA World Tour website .
Squash BC and Squash Canada have partnered with SQUASHTV to bring members EXCLUSIVE discount codes to view top squash players as they compete on the PSA World Tour, all at a discounted price. 

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, you can get a half price annual pass! This means you’ll pay just $60 USD a year! These discount codes must be redeemed by the end of the 2019/20 season
Women & Girls in Squash
Date: Nov 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Includes a free drink

Event is free, but please RSVP by clicking on button to the right
Vancouver Squash League Women's Forum (Nov 25)
The VSL would like to invite all Women’s Squash players to a public forum facilitated by Squash BC. 

The VSL is looking to facilitate feedback from the Women’s Squash community regarding some new initiatives and ideas to sustain and grow women’s squash in Vancouver.

Topics will include:

--Stakeholders review
--Divisional alignment
--Team/Club composition
--New Opportunities for Play
Upcoming Action!
Amazing play expected at 2019 BC Open Singles Squash Championships presented by Nicola Wealth Management
Squash BC is thrilled to see participation for this year's BC Open Singles Squash Championships presented by Nicola Wealth Management reach new heights as 147 players have entered this prestigious tournament.

The Women's Open draw promises to be a barn burner featuring: BC#1 and 2019 BC Closed Champion Giselle Delgado ; BC#2 and silver winner at the 2018 U23 Canadian Championships Grace Thomas , BC #4 and 2019 Canada Winter Games female U19 gold winner Lucia Bicknell and BC#6 and World Masters Champion Lauren Wagner , along with other BC Provincial Squad 'up and comers' like BC#11 and U15 2019 BC Closed Champion Grace Huang and BC#13 and U13 2018 Canadian Junior Open Champion Maria Min vying for bragging rights!

Meanwhile the Men's Open is packed with a wonderful mix including BC#5 and Canadian Men's Team member Ryan Picken (who won his age category for every BC Junior Closed he competed in during his junior years), BC#5 Duncan Maxwell and a number of BC Provincial Training Squad members who are fresh off of wins at the Alberta Jesters.

So, come down to the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club to watch the action. Given the size of the draws, locals are likely to start play on Nov 20. Out of town players are expected to start Nov 22.
Nelson No Frills 2019
Nov 22-24
Deadline to enter Nov 17!
This is the first of Nelson's two main squash tournaments held each season at the Nelson Squash Club and Social Lounge.

Players from all over congregate in Nelson for fun and very competitive squash.

From last year's photos, people had a great time! Don't miss out!
Western Canadian Doubles
Champs (Nov 26 to Dec 1)
Registration is now open for the Western Canadian Doubles Squash Championships. The tournament is hosted by Evergreen Squash Club and starts Tue, Nov 26 to Sun, Dec 1. 
Find a partner, or two, and enter up to 2 events: Men's Open, Men's Div.1 & 2, Women's Open & Div. 1, Mixed Open, Div.1 & (NEW) Mixed 50+. Also age categories 40+, 50+, 60+ and 70+.  
Entry fee will include a great PROMOSAPIEN t-shirt, awesome HOWE SOUND beer, OLIVER goodies and prizing, VROOM to keep you hydrated, and of course, lots of good squash!
Don't miss out on this fun event
2019 Gamble Doubles 100/75
Vancouver Racquets Club is hosting the annual Gamble 100 & 75 Doubles Tournament which runs Dec 3 to 7 in honour of former VRC member Ross Gamble.

The tournament uses a handicap system based on the combined ages of the team. 
With a Calcutta auction, exhibition match, social activities and more, this tournament is full of fun!

The tournament has always been a charity event with the Gamble 100 running for 29 years and the Gamble 75 for 8 years.

The $65 entry includes GST and a $20 donation to Autism Speaks Canada. Enter soon as entries are limited!
BC Juniors
The Junior squash competitive season is in full swing and given the results from last season, the bar is raised high for British Columbia's top juniors this year.
Alberta Jesters Results
Many BC Juniors have just returned from competing at the Alberta Jesters Junior Open (Edmonton, AB).

Congratulations to many top finishers including: BU11 #3 Daniel Tiwana, GU11 #4 Joelle Kim, BU13 #1 Kamran Gwadry, #2 Yusuf Matti-Alvarez and #3 Dylan Scott, GU15 #1 Sarah Aki and #5 Kira Gwadry, U17 #1 Ocean Ma and #4 Spring Ma, BU19 #2 Mitchell Kahnert, GU19 #1 Lucia Bicknell and #3 Sarah Cao. For full results click here .
BU13: Kamran (L), Yusuf (R)
BU19: Mitchell in action
BU19: Lucia (L)
On deck for our junior talents is the Canadian Junior Open in Niagra-on-the-Lake (Dec 6 to 10). Good Luck to all those who will be travelling to the tournament!
Jesters Jericho Junior Open
Jan 17-19, 2020
Jericho is proud to kick off 2020 with one of the best Junior Squash Events in BC!

Join us 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!

Don't miss out on the early bird entry!
Junior Silver Events
Squash BC works with its member clubs to provide competition offerings to all levels of our junior players.

Silver events are designed for juniors who may have played in pathway events for 1-2 years, want to get more involved in tournament-type play, and want more tournament experience
Hollyburn Silver Series
During last weekend's Alberta Jesters Junior Open in Edmonton, Squash Director Jeff Boag hosted the first of Hollyburn 's Silver Series competitions, providing the next level of juniors an opportunity to gain valuable tournament experience for future events.

The kids had a great time and got in a full day of matches.

The event proved so popular that Hollyburn 's Silver Series #2 Championship has been scheduled for Dec 7th!
Junior Pathways
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 events include:
Developing Event @ VRC
Nov 16 (1-4 pm)
This Junior Pathway event being run by Andrew Mount at the Vancouver Racquets Club Club will involve: skills acquisition, drills, coach assessment and cooperative play with a focus on skills execution!
This is a perfect event to get ready for the next-level event (the Progressive at Jericho further below)
Progressive Event @ Jericho Dec 1 (1-4 pm)
This mini-tournament for juniors new to the tournament squash scene where they will be introduced to proper match play, reffing, and good sportsmanship habits.
The first hour allows will include timed games and round robin (allowing kids to play everyone and coaches to 'seed' kids into groups).

The remaining time will involve competitive play based on the results of groupings, playing 2-3 matches.
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 .
Coaching & Officiating
Foundations Coaching Course (Victoria, Jan 10-12, 2020)
In recent years many BC Squash Coaches and Instructors have retired or made moves to other parts of the country or the world (Steve Lawton, Larry Armstrong, Chris Hanebury, Drew Henderson, just to name a few).

Coaches are one of the pillars to our squash community -- enabling players to reach their greatest athletic potentials.

It is critical to have a thriving coaching community to support our great game. So Squash BC is asking you to consider helping out by becoming 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 Ben Uliana at the Cedar Hill Squash Club in Victoria from Jan 10-12, 2020.

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.

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...
Above photo credit: Squash Australia
Sign up by email to Greg Desaulnier at
Doubles Officiating Clinic!
Squash "Offi"icionados, Brian Covernton and Greg Desaulniers, will be running the annual doubles officiating clinic on Jan 18th, 2020 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club.

* 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.
Get the Basics! Take the Squash Canada Online Officiating Course
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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