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Nicola Wealth Management BC Open Singles Championships are being held at the fabulous squash centre at the  Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club from Nov 23 to 25.
With competitive draws for Women, Men's A/B/C/D and 40+, 50+. 55+ and 60+ and $3000 in prize money for the Open Draws, these Provincial Championships also garners winners bragging rights.
Entry fee includes: 2-match guarantee, quality long-sleeve tournament souvenir shirt, Friday Night Food Fest and Beer Bash presented by Steam Works Brewery and the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club

University of Victoria Squash Open - entry deadline Nov 11

The 4th Annual University of Victoria Squash Open is happening November 16-18, 2018 in the CARSA Squash Courts!

This amateur squash event features beginner to advanced players from UVIC, the City of Victoria, around Vancouver Island, and the Lower Mainland. There will also be an Open event featuring some of BC's best squash players vying for top honors!

Players of all ages and abilities are encouraged to play in this friendly competition with some fantastic people. Draws will be based on your SportyHQ points. If you do not have a SportyHQ profile, please ask the Squash Club about what draw level we should place you in. 

Please contact with any additional tournament questions.

Entry includes a tournament souvenir, Friday night pizza, Saturday night social dinner (all ages), airplane prize toss on Sunday, and a minimum of 3 tournament matches!

Tonnes of Prizes and Great Times to be had!   Join the Fun!

Two Doubles Tournies!

Western Canadian Doubles Squash entry deadline midnight tonight!

Sign-up deadline for Western Canadian Doubles is midnight tonight. Players are still need players for Div. 2, Mixed Div.1, and Ladies Div.1 draws. Plus, it would be great to get a few more players into the 70+!  First time ever for this draw :)   
If you don't have a partner and want to 
play contact Cathy Covernton at LMK
This annual event held at Evergreen Squash Club on Vancouver's North Shore is open to all levels of play, maximum 2 events per player. $1,000 prize money in the open events! The tournament runs from Nov 13 to 18.

Entry includes Friday Pizza and HOWE SOUND beer, Fruit/muffins/coffee Saturday & Sunday mornings at Evergreen, Appies or light meal Saturday afternoon 5pm-7pm, T-shirt, prizes

Registration open for the Gamble 75 & 100 Doubles Squash

Vancouver Racquets Club and Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club are hosting the Gamble 75 & 100 Doubles Tournament which runs Dec 4 to 8.

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. 

And the $65 entry includes GST and a $20 donation to Autism Speaks Canada. Entries are limited to the first 16 teams for both the Gamble 100 and Gamble 75 events, so enter soon.

Sign up here.

Squash Etiquette... don't hog the ball!

A hot topic of discussion at a recent mini-rules clinic was how many players don't seem to learn good squash manners when taking up our sport.
  • Good etiquette:  hit the ball 2-3 times maximum to yourself during warm up, then hit the ball over to your opponent.
  • Bad etiquette: hitting to yourself 4 -10+ times before sending it over to your opponent.
This is particularly an issue on league nights or during tournament play where court usage is maxed out and / or on a tight schedule.  Warm up is formally 2 ½ minutes on each side, so sharing the ball is only fair and good sportsmanship.
If some of the above resonates with you, consider taking a mini-rules clinic so you learn the true rules of squash and dispel the mythological 'Molsen' rules of the game.
Mini-Rules Clinic at the Nanaimo Squash Club

Knowing the rules and the right call is critical to the safe, fair play and enjoyment of our game!  And understanding the rules will make you a better player, too.
The Nanaimo Squash Club   will be holding a mini-rules clinic on Nov 28 (6-8 pm).   Sign up now!  
The clinic is ideal for players who need to build confidence in making calls for in-house box matches, leagues and tournaments and will 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.   
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 .

Recognize the great Volunteers in our great game!
With the squash season fully underway, Squash BC invites you to take notice of the players in your community who are involved and giving back to the sport.
We offer several awards to recognize exceptional members of the squash community and encourage you to nominate someone who you think should be recognized for their efforts or achievements.

Please visit the Squash BC website for a full list of awards and nomination forms
BC Junior Open 2018

The BC Junior Open, held by the gracious volunteers at the Evergreen Squash Club from Oct 26 to 28 held many intense contests among the province's best juniors.
Tournament Director and Evergreen Head Pro, Thomas Brinkman, reported:

" We at Evergreen were very pleased with the number of participants of the tournament with more than 130 entries. Both Evergreen and Hollyburn were buzzing with excitement throughout the weekend with lots of the top talent from western Canada. 

Sunday had many great matches and was highlighted by both the Boys U19 final (won by Emilio Carrillo) and Girls U19 final (won by Yu Quan Ng) going to 5 games.

The Safiya Mawani Memorial Sportsmanship Award was awarded to Roman Bicknell. This is awarded annually to the Evergreen junior squash player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, determination and a positive attitude."

Many thanks to the volume of volunteers who kept matches going smoothly through reffing, court control and food replenishment.  
Sign up now for Junior P athway Events!

Squash BC has partnered with 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.

Recent successful events include:

Oct. 27th Progressive Event at the Cedar Hill Squash Club .

With 9 participants (1 girl and 8 boys), event organizer and coach Ian Sefton reported:

"We had a splendid time at the courts.

The juniors first played king/queen of the court where people were shifted around from court to court to play everyone in the first hour. 

We then had a pizza break complete with gatorade and halloween candy! Once lunch was finished the juniors were d ivided up into 3 levels with 3 kids in each level based upon their skill level demonstrated in the king/queen of the court session. They each played 2 matches with best of 5 scoring PAR 11.
Every child got a chance to practice refereeing for the first time and they all did a fantastic job! 
After the matches started to wind down, we played some squash tag games and lives to finish off the afternoon. There was even more candy that was given out as prizing!
Looking forward to the next one!"

A Developing Junior Pathway Event was wildly successful...
at the Bentall Centre Athletic Club on Nov 4 where 19 kids (4 girls and 15 boys) participated in timed games for an hour which determined round-robin groupings. 

After a short snack, the kids then played in round-robin format with best of 3 matches. 
There were a lot of sweaty, tired, smiling faces as the kids enjoyed lots of squash. 

Positive attitudes were on full display as everyone jumped right into keeping score on their courts.

Don't miss out on the fun! Join in on upcoming junior pathway events:

Dec 2 (1pm to 5pm) - Progressive Event at Jericho -  Sign up here

Dec 22 (noon to 3 pm) - FUNdamentals at Vancouver Lawn -  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 .
Fabulous Fun at Kamloops No-Frills tournament
The Kamloops Squash Association (KSA) and No Limits Fitness hosted a no-frills tourney over the Nov 2-4 weekend.
With 38 players, ranging from novice to advanced (D to A), and ranging in age from early teens to university students and upwards, the tournament saw excellent matches, at all levels.
Many thanks to all who played and supported the event. The KSA and No Limits are looking forward to their next big event which will be the women's squash weekend on Feb 1-3!
Women's Squash Week Winner tells her squash story
Women's Squash Week 2018 seems so long ago, but for many who participated, it is the start of re-engaging with our game and re-connecting with other women. Women's Week racquet winner, Donna Barker, shared her squash experience at the Arbutus Club:

"A couple of years ago I started squash lessons but like most busy people who have hectic schedules with their families, work and other hobbies, squash was one of the things that fell off my list.

I credit the Women's Squash Week Event and Ian Woodhead for motivating me to return to squash.

This event for every skill level definitely inspired myself and other women to reconnect and we all had a wonderful time.
Since that evening Ian has reserved courts for the Ladies on Thursday evenings and many of us plan to play now on a regular basis. (now since the event brought us together)

I like that Squash can be played at any age and is easy to learn but what I love most about it is keeping the "fun" as the main component."

Women's Squash Week is an annual event held to promote social play to inspire women to reconnect on the court and off. Through Women's Squash Week our aim is to help clubs increase membership, improve member engagement, increase lessons and participation in leagues, tournaments and other events and overall sustain squash at your club and in BC.

Thanks goes to Black Knight for providing squash racquets for Women's Week participant draws.

Many thanks to our Community Partners:         

Time to renew your Squash BC Individual Membership
The squash season is now in full swing.  If you haven't already, it is time to renew your Squash BC Individual Membership for the 2018/19 season!  
Squash BC membership is of great value and provides you access to a plethora of programming such as playing in sanctioned leagues and tournaments, receiving an official Squash BC ranking, access to officiating and coaching courses at reduced rates, supplemental sport accident insurance coverage, just to name a few.
To sign-up / renew and update your Squash BC membership profile, click on the "Join Squash BC" button on Squash BC membership page here

Professional Development Requirements for Certified Coaches

Certified coaches who earned their certification prior to January 1, 2014 are required to obtain between 10-30 Professional Development (PD) points
by December 31, 2018.
The number of PD points varies depending on your certification level.
Action required :
  • Sign into The Locker and view how many PD points you need for your level as well as how much you have already acquired these past 5 years.
  • If you are short, points can be earned by things like attending squash coaching clinics, online ethics exam, taking NCCP multi-sport training, etc.
  • A good resource in The Locker is the e-Learning tab. There are a number of online courses that you can sign up for. 
Did you know that you earn 1 PD point per year if you are an active coach? You just go The Locker and report it. And you can earn up to 3 PD points for self-reporting coaching related activities like university and college courses, first aid training, officials training, etc.
Note: This does not apply to High Performance level coaches nor coaches "in training" or "trained".

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