Last chance to register for Mini-Rules Clinic!

Need to build confidence in your reffing calls for leagues and tournaments this coming year? Need a better understanding on the rules of squash so you can be a better player?
Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club (VLTBC) is hosting a Mini-Rules Clinic this Saturday, October 13th from noon to 2 pm at its wonderfully renovated squash centre. This clinic reviews the practicalities around officiating and covers:
  • The aims of the rules of squash
  • Tips on making your calls
  • What is a let & who gets to ask for it
  • What is interference & player's obligations
  • How to make decisions
  The format also includes on-court demonstration & discussion on areas like:
  • Strokes, lets & 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 others.

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 .

BC Juniors on top in Squash Canada Junior Rankings
The Squash Canada Junior Rankings were updated on October 1st and BC players hold the top spot in 5 out of the 10 age categories!
Congratulations to:
Boys U11 #1: Yusuf Matti-Alvarez (River Club / Shakiru Matti Squash Academy)
Girls U13 #1: Maria Min (Jericho Tennis Club)
Boys U15 #1: Jacob Lin (Sport Central / West Coast Squash Academy)
Girls U15 #1: Sarah Cao (River Club / Shakiru Matti Squash Academy)
Girls U17 #1: Lucia Bicknell (Evergreen Squash Club / Shawnigan Lake School)

What is also exciting is seeing the strength and depth we have in our BC junior ranks.  We'd also like to make this shout out to our other BC junior athletes who are in the top 30 in the country:
  • U13 Girls: Amber King, Sarah Aki, Madeline Wilson, Caitlin Ng
  • U13 Boys: Weihan Wang, Ethan Wong, Roman Bicknell, Tristan Bracewell, Gavin Burns
  • U15 Girls: Julia Horsey, Alexandra Brown, Grace Huang, Kathryn Herring, Sofia Quon, Ava Bicknell, Rya Burns, Bernice Xiao, Lialah Mavani, Sage Eberhard
  • U15 Boys: Christian Yuen, Joseph Toth, Rio Schafer, Moven Liu
  • U17 Girls: Sophie Dorrius and Juliana Angel
  • U17 Boys: James Toth, Gabriel Yun, Ismael Matti Alvarez, Kiyan Dhanani, Jason Herring, Matias Totz, Jordan King, Darren Markus, Aaron Lakhani, Gosha Iazvenko and Sam Hardie
  • U19 Girls: Andrea Toth, Brooke Herring, Cynthia Cao, Anika Kurji, Yu Quan Ng, Meira Padda and Josephine Adams
  • U19 Sam Scivier, Matt Bicknell, Mitchell Kahnert, Emilio Carrillo, Sayeed Mavani, John Dempsey, Kellan ONeill and Jonathan Fan.
Well done to you and to your coaches for all the hard work and time put into training to get these results!

Coast Training Squad Camp focuses on Positive Thinking!

Many of the top BC and Canadian juniors are members of Squash BC's Provincial, Regional and/or Canada Winter Games Training Squads.
On September 29-30 the Regional Training Squad - Coast had a training camp hosted at Sport Central by Head Pro Marco Toriz with assistance by Antonio Carrillo.
With good energy and enthusiasm from all the kids, the workout sessions included warm-ups, eye-hand-feet coordination exercises, flexibility and balance work, core strengthening, squats, pushups along with fun team games.
Time was spent on mindset -- to play more positive, to take the ball earlier and putting that mindset into games... simplifying the swing and racquet preparation, using more momentum and weight transfer into the shot, and to have more efficient footwork when approaching to the corners.
Specific drills, situations and pace were incorporated so kids could think, feel and apply the positive mindset into practice. Other key elements to the session were efficient movement, being able to read the game, dictate rallies and apply more pressure on opponents. A mini-tournament (best of 3 games, up to 9 points with no tiebreak) was conducted with 4 pools of 4-5 players, along with playoffs and consolation draws.
Sounds like it was a lot of work and a lot of fun! Have a great season, kids!
Oct 17 Deadline to Enter BC Junior Open Championships

With our BC Juniors topping the national rankings and our Provincial, Regional and Canada Winter Games Squads training hard for the season, the BC Junior Open Championships are promising to be intense.

Being hosted by the Evergreen Squash Club (October 26 to 28), t he BC Junior Open Championships showcase BC's top athletic talents and provide critical competition opportunities for our emerging elite juniors.  Spectators will enjoy high-calibre play as these Championships lead into the Canada Winter Games team selection.

Off-court the tournament has a fun, cozy and homespun vibe with its contingent of warm and welcoming volunteers. 

Entry fee includes a Friday night meal, Saturday lunch and snacks, plus lots of great draw prizes!

Don't miss out! Click here to sign up !

Talking about Open Championships......

Early Bird Registration now open for the BC Open Singles Championships!
The 2018 BC Open Singles Championships will be hosted this year at Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club from Nov 21 to 25).
This tournament is always well attended 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.
Get your Early Bird registration in which not only saves you a bit of money, but also guarantees your shirt size.
Entry fee includes: 2-match guarantee, quality long-sleeve tournament souvenir shirt, Friday Night Food Fest and Beer Bash presented by SteamWorks Brewery and the Vancouver Lawn & Tennis Club

Junior Pathway Events begin for the 2018/19 Season!

BC's great showings in the Canadian Junior Rankings are no accident. It culminates from long-term investments in junior programming.

For  several years, 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.

There are four stages and event types in the Junior Pathways program:

FUNdamentals, Developing, Progressive and Competitive.

Our Squash BC member clubs are now scheduling a number of these events in the coming months including:
Progressive Tourney at Cedar Hill on Oct 27!

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, October 27th at the Cedar Hill (Victoria) squash courts from 12pm-3pm.
Along with getting tournament experience organizers have pizza, gatorade, and a prize to all participants.

Bentall Junior Pathway Developmental Event - Nov 4

Bentall Centre Athletic Club will be holding a Developmental Pathway Event on Sunday, November 4 from noon to 3 pm.

Ideal for kids who have attended FUNdamentals programming for more than a year and who have started to compete at the lower competitive levels (i.e. ladders / box leagues), this developmental event will enable kids will participate in timed games for the first hour to determine round-robin groupings. After a short break for a snack, kids will play in a round-robin format with best-of-3 matches.

Join in on the fun! Sign up here
More upcoming Junior Pathway events

Squash BC member clubs will be setting up about one Junior Pathway Event each month for the season, so keep an eye on the Squash BC calendar and on our newsletter for more announcements. Upcoming Junior Pathway events are tentatively marked for:
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.

Tournaments for all Tastes!

Oct 15 entry deadline for Revelstoke's Bear's Den Classic 2018

Join the  Revelstoke Racquet Den for some great squash, tasty food, great times and lots of fun.

And local Mt Begbie K├Âlsch will be on tap all weekend as well.

2018 Jericho Open (Nov 1-4) - Vancouver

Head Pro and Tournament Director, Richard Yendell, invites you to the beautiful Jericho Tennis Club (Nov 1-4) for a week of great squash and social events!
The 2018 Jericho Open will feature a 10k USD Men's PSA World Tour event in conjunction with the amateur tournament. 

With a plethora of categories to choose to play in from Open to a Mixed (co-ed) Novice / Recreational draw (geared towards new players or players with little tournament experience) this Tournament caters to squashers of all types. Your entry into the amateur event gives you a 2-match guarantee, tournament souvenir and access to the PSA event!

No Frills with an Emphasis on Fun at the No Limits Fall Squash Open!   (Nov 2-4) Kamloops

There is great value to be had at the No Limits Fall Squash Open. 

The Kamloops Squash Associationis hosting this casual, no-frills tournament which includes:
  • a minimum of three matches
  • pizza Friday evening
  • a casual Saturday BBQ dinner
  • coffee, juice, bagels and fruit Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • door prizes!  


2018 APM Kelowna Open (Nov 8-11) - Kelowna

Organizers in the Okanagan are holding the 2018 Associated Property Management (APM) Kelowna Open -- a tournament which will feature a $10K Professional Squash Association (PSA) Challenger Tour event (Nov 7-11)!

The amateur tournament will run from Fri. Nov. 9th to 11th and will include Men's and Women's Open and A, B, C, D and Master's 50+ and 60+ divisions.

Entry includes: 3 matches guaranteed, Friday casual dinner and Saturday banquet and party, viewing of PSA matches, quality prizes for all divisions from Oliver Sport, Quality Oliver tournament shirt souvenir, silent auction, morning coffee, muffins, and fruit. And much more!

Nelson Fall Classic (Nov 23-25) 

The Nelson Squash Club is hosting their annual Fall Classic Tournament from November 23 - 25.

It regularly draws top players from the interior of BC, but also welcomes players from the coast to make a road trip to historic Baker Street.

Entry includes: Guaranteed two matches, pizza Friday night, coffee/fruit/yogurt/muffins Saturday morning, dinner Saturday evening and Nelson's famous afterparty.

Success stories from Women's Squash Week 2018
The numbers are in. 18 Squash BC Member Clubs held 21 events to make Women's Squash Week 2018 an unqualified success!
We are still gathering participant numbers, but we estimate that we had 310 women come out and make the most of this celebration of squash and women. Some of the clubs shared their squash stories:
Kamloops Squash Association ran two event sessions! Turnout was solid, with 13 players and two coaches. Two players had played before and the rest were new to squash. We have some follow-up sessions planned - we look forward to getting these new squashers back to the courts! 
Nanaimo Squash Club 
had 12 women come out for the event and 11 of them returned for free clinic held after the event.

The Club handed out a 60-day pass and four 30-day passes along with lunch bag "prize" from Squash BC. 

Participants were offered additional promotional club membership passes which proved popular. The club is looking forward to seeing these women continue with our great game!

Cheam Leisure Centre
 had 17 women participate in their intro coaching and round robin event and enjoy some socializing afterwards with a glass of wine.


Bentall Centre Athletic Club
's event had an exhibition match, skill development, and game play! 12 women participated and had lots of fun!
Squamish Squash Club " Our event was a great success... we had 6 new women sign up to attend our Ladies' Squash 8-week program that starts up this week which is great for our membership."
The Victoria Squash Club
welcomed 20 women to their Women's Intro to Squash event on Saturday, September 22. There were four instructors on hand to show them the ropes and organize the round robins and between all the laughter and wine and appies, a good time was had by all! 
Bonsor Recreation Complex
- 17 wonderful women attended the mini-coaching sessions, played games, enjoyed pizza and had lots of fun!

Vancouver Racquets Club  held an exhibition match followed by 2 hours of drop-in/ round robin play and a reception afterwards in our bar. Result? 20 new/returning women interested in squash!  Added to the 15 volunteers = a total of 35 participants at VRC for the WSW 2018 event!
The Arbutus Club
"The women's squash evening was a huge success... I counted 22 keen, athletic women during the evening, and Ian had all 5 courts buzzing with action. At the end of the night, many of the women seemed interested in creating an informal women's drop in on Thursday nights which would be fantastic."
The Jericho Tennis Club  hosted two 'sold out' Women's Squash Events as part of the province wide BC Women In Squash Week. 
On Saturday Sept 15th, 10 women from both squash and tennis joined an Intro to Squash session.  These ladies had an opportunity to pick up a racquet and learn about the basics of the game.  It was a great time for everyone who had fun running around the court and meeting some new friends!
On Tuesday Sept 18th, 41 women (14 years to 60+!) came out for a round robin, reception and an intro to refereeing thanks to our very own Dara Sklar!  This was a great way for women of all levels to come together, have a laugh, and celebrate this beautiful game!
Huge thanks to our Squash Professionals Richard Yendell and Sarfaraz Ahmed for pulling this together as well as Promosapien for their support of this province wide initiative.
Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club  celebrated women's squash with a mini tournament on Sep 22 and a free coaching clinic for any new players.
We had a good mix of 15 fantastic ladies that took part. New players were involved in the free coaching clinics while the other players took part in a mini tournament. One of the highlights was seeing Debbie Hungerford playing squash again for the first time in 30 years!
Thanks to Kristen Goldsmith, Laura Ramsay and Carolyn Russell for helping out and making this a terrific event!
Bayside (Parksville): " We had a great time...small community but it looks like we have seven new women interested in playing either in league or socially until they feel strong enough for league. We covered everything we said we would with lots of sharing and interaction from court to court."
Draw Winners!
Squash BC's Women in Squash Committee arranged a few draw prizes for Women Squash Week 2018 participants. We are excited to announce that:
Joanne Reaka, Megan McMillan, and Donna Barker who attended events held at Nelson, Jericho and Arbutus respectively have each won a racquet courtesy of Black Knight and Squash BC.
We will be reaching out through the Clubs to get these prizes to each of the winners!

Overall, we are thrilled at this year ' s Women ' s Squash Week. Again, thank you to participating clubs, coaches, pros and women ambassadors!
We also wish to thank our Community Partners:         

Queen of the Court (Nov 9-11) - Whistler

Women's events have not ended!

Whistler Squash  has announced this one-of-a-kind weekend designed
 specifically for women, featuring top athletes, training sessions, tournament play, all perfectly paired with the social festivities of Cornucopia, Whistler's premier food and wine event.

One of the many highlights will see Victoria Lust, PSA World #13 pit her skills against Lauren Wagner, Masters World #1 Women's 50+. Participants will be coached and provided squash instruction lead by Victoria Lust. Lululemon Athletic Ambassadors will run strength and conditioning training along with morning yoga and an exclusive shopping spree at the Lululemon Whistler Store.

Play. Learn. Drink wine!   Sign up now!

Seeking Head Squash Professional - Vancouver Racquets Club
The Vancouver Racquets Club (VRC), a member run, not-for-profit squash and badminton club located in Vancouver, BC, is seeking a Head Squash Professional to work closely with the General Manager, office team, Squash BC and other relevant stakeholders to create and ensure member engagement through strategic Squash programming at Vancouver Racquets Club. The Head Squash Professional will work to build membership, including and focusing on junior development while ensuring resources and coaching opportunities are available to all members.
With five singles courts and one doubles court, VRC is the most active club in British Columbia and has about 450 members. Membership demographics range from juniors to seniors, with the doubles court providing a great outlet for its oldest members. World class development, coaching and training opportunities are available to all levels and members are encouraged to take advantage of all resources. VRC has a fun, inclusive and community driven vibe, and hosts a variety of provincial, national and member tournaments. The Club's amenities also include a pro-shop, Grub Gourmet, the in-house restaurant, and the "Last Serve" bar where many members can be found post-match.
For information about this role and how to apply click here.


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