Provincial Open Championships
The squash season is now in full swing with many tournament registrations now open.

Squash BC's two Open Championships: The BC Junior Open 2019 (Oct 25-27) and the 2019 BC Open Singles Squash Championships presented by Nicola Wealth Management (Nov 20-24) are highlights in the first half of the season.

Both tournaments provide important competition opportunities for our junior elite players and for our competitive & recreational adults respectively.

Don't miss out! Sign up today!
BC Junior Open 2019
Deadline to Enter Oct 18th !
The junior competition season gets into full swing with the 2019 BC Junior Open Championships being hosted by the  Evergreen Squash Club .

The 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 from Squash BC's Regional and Provincial squad members.

While the competition promises to be intense, the tournament also 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!

Deadline to enter Oct 18 at 11:45pm!
2019 BC Open Singles Squash Championships presented by Nicola Wealth Management!
The Championships are being held at the beautiful Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club November 20 - 24.

The tournament is always well attended with competitive draws of men, women, masters and will feature a minimum prize purse of $3000 for the Open draws. Plus a Lighting Round tournament of $500.
Categories Men's & Women's Open, A, B, C, D, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+.

Entry includes a quality hoodie, food vouchers, Steamworks beer, prizes, lighting round and guaranteed two matches.

Early bird sign up special before Nov 6. $49 Juniors or $59 Adults. Regular $59 Juniors & $69 Adults

Out of town players can start Nov 22. Locals might have to start Nov 20.
Sign up and Play!
Jericho Open 2019
Nov 1 to 3
Based on the calendar this year and Halloween residing on Thursday, Jericho has decided to run this tournament from Friday (Nov 1) to Sunday (Nov 3).

As such, draw sizes will be limited to a maximum of 16 players per division with the OPEN draws being limited to the top 8 players only.

Draws will be organized with the assistance of SportyHQ points and players flighted by level. If absolutely necessary, some matches may be played on Wednesday evening for in town/local players only.
There are two options for registration for both men and women: Men's/Women's Skill Level are open to any level of play. Juniors are permitted to play, however they must have a minimum of 800 points to participate. This is designed so the lower recreational divisions of Novice, D and C levels will be left for adult players only.

Masters Men's/Women's are open to players over the age of 35+ only. Players will be flighted by skill level in groups of 4, 8 or 16 depending on the registration

We look forward to hosting you for a great weekend of squash here at Jericho Tennis Club! 
The 2019 Associated Property Management Kelowna Open will once again feature a 10K Professional Squash Association Challenger Tour event. The PSA tournament will begin on Wednesday Nov 6th, with finals on Nov 10th. Viewing of all PSA matches is included in the amateur tournament entry fee.

The amateur tournament will run from Friday November 8th to 10th. There may be Thursday matches for local competitors.
APM Kelowna Open
Nov 8 to 10
There will be Men's and Women's Open and A,B,C,D and Master's 50+ and 60+ divisions (divisions may be combined based on registration). And new for this year will be a Junior U14 silver draw.

Things to note:

- 3 matches guaranteed.
- Friday casual dinner and Saturday banquet and party.
- Viewing of PSA matches is included in registration.
- Quality prizes for all divisions from Oliver Sport.
- Quality Oliver tournament shirt souvenir.
- Silent Auction.
- Morning coffee, muffins, and fruit. And much more!
- This year's Saturday banquet will once again be held in a private room at Global Fitness
- preferred hotel rates are available at: Kelowna Sandman Hotel and Suites. Single queen room: $95.00, Double queen room: $106.00, All rates are subject to applicable taxes and are based per room, per night. Call 1-800-726-3626 or 1-250-860-6409 to book. Quote rate code: 621301
Junior Silver Tournaments
With many of the top junior players from BC away competing at the Alberta Jesters Junior Open on the same weekend, two Squash BC member clubs (Cedar Hill in Victoria and Hollyburn in West Vancouver) are hosting events to give the next level of juniors an opportunity to gain valuable tournament experience for future events down the road.
Vancouver Island Junior Silver
Nov 8-9
Please enter the "SUPERSTARS" category when you sign-up. You will then be sorted into tournament brackets based around skill level. This will allow players to get some great quality matches throughout the Friday evening and Saturday.

First Match times will be released on November 5th!

The tournament will run during the Friday evening (PIZZA NIGHT!) and Saturday morning and afternoon! Every participant will be getting a Gatorade too! There will also be prizes to be had as well!

Please feel free to email or call Ian Sefton at iansefton@gmail.com if you have any questions about this event.
Hollyburn Junior Open Silver Championships
Nov 9-10
If you have participated in one or more junior pathway events, this is a great opportunity to try some match play at your first tournament!

Draws will be created based on ranking with boys and girls players blended. Maximum draw size will be 16 players.

* Players aged 9+ will be placed into ranking based draws with all matches taking place on Fri from 6-9pm and Sat from 9am-6pm.

* Boys and Girls Under 9 (7&8 years old) are asked to enter the age specific category and will play all their matches on Saturday.

Entry package includes:
* smoothie voucher (valid Saturday only)
* Saturday pizza lunch
* Event prizes
* Draw prizes
* 3-4 match guarantee
Nelson No Frills 2019
Nov 22-24
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!
Howe Cup in Seattle! Nov 15-17
This year, the Howe Cup Women’s Team Championships, the United States’ largest squash event for women, will be in Seattle.
 
The tournament will be held at the Seattle Athletic club, just one block away from Pike Place market, from November 15-17.
 
This is a great opportunity for our BC Women players to form a team and go on a fun road trip to compete, have fun and form lasting friendships and memories!
Registration Open for Canadian Junior Open 2 019
Registration is now open for the 2019 Canadian Junior Open (being held Dec 6-10).

Click here to visit the tournament website.

Registration Deadline: Thursday November 14 th  at Noon EST.
Squamish Women Rock Women Squash Week Event!
From L-R: Aimee Mahnger, WSW Ambassador Jacqulin McNicol wearing Promosapien Ambassador Apparel, and Dara Sklar
Front to back: Emma Cox, Jen Hames Belliveau, Trina Zanni, Christina Kiperchuk 
The Squamish Squash Club held an extremely successful Women’s Squash Week event on September 18, 2019. This was its fifth annual such event and a record 58 women participated in the evening, 26 of whom were new players to the sport. 

There was an on-court demo, followed by hands-on drills for the new players, and then a social component to introduce those new players both to each other and to existing members. Giving new players a big pool of friends to contact for matches is an important step in cementing their engagement with the sport.
In order to capitalize on the interest shown in squash by so many women, the club offered a previously unavailable opportunity to new women players. The offer was a five-visit punch card for $45 that also allows them access to a women’s-only box league for six weeks (with the box league matches not counting against their five visits), essentially giving them 11 opportunities to step on court for the price of five! They can then optionally upgrade to an annual membership by November 30, with their punch-card purchase(s) put towards the $500 annual membership.
The women’s-only box league ended up with a whopping 41 players, including some women who didn’t even attend the Women’s Squash Week event but had heard about it! The club sold over 25 punch cards and welcomed several new 6- and 12-month female members as well.  

Squash BC is looking to hear about other successes with WSW2019 or other female driven activities to promote across the province.

Contact  office@squashbc.com to share your WSW2019 success stories.
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.
Ian Sefton reported in on the wonderful Progressive event held in Victoria on Oct 5th.
Progressive at Cedar Hill
"It was one heck of a Saturday down at Cedar Hill Squash Club! 19 children came to participate in one of Squash BC's Progressive Junior Tournaments!

There was lots of laughs and great sportsmanship amongst all the kids involved.

We had pizza and gatorade for lunch and all the kids recieved a prize at the end of the day courtesy of Squash BC!

Looking forward to the next one!"
Fundamentals / Developing at Vancouver Racquets
Join in on the fun!

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!

1 to 4 pm Saturday Nov 16.

Includes snacks, balls and souvenirs.
Above are participants who attended the Junior Pathway at Vancouver Lawn (VLT) on May 11. Junior Pathway's are super popular. VLT's Oct 19 Junior Pathway event is now full. Don't miss out on the next one at VRC!
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
Sport Leadership Conference
registration deadline Oct 24
The Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference (#SLS19) being held in Richmond, BC Nov 7-9, 2019 is Canada’s conference for coaches, researchers, sport executives, and administrators.

It consists of three full days of learning, professional development, and networking with the top minds and leaders of the Canadian sport, business, and education communities.

Conference Objectives
The conference will strengthen leadership in the Canadian sport system with the following objectives:
  • Educate delegates through collaborative and quality breakout sessions with tangible take-away skills;
  • Inspire delegates with topical and respected keynote speakers;
  • Unite colleagues from sport organizations and energize and broaden potential networks of interest; and
  • Recognize and celebrate Canada’s top coaches at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala.

2019 Conference Theme
MISSION: RESILIENCE
An athlete’s body must be strong but supple. A coach’s mindset must be firm but flexible. A sport administrator’s vision must be inspirational but pragmatic. Alongside their skills, it will be their ability to recover and return following an injury, a loss, or a challenge. Their  resilience  will lead them to success.

Our sport community must be resilient as well. Its success demands commitment, cooperation, and courage. Just as participants must overcome obstacles and recover from their setbacks in sport, so must we be resilient in the face of the challenges with our sport system. We can learn to be more resilient by learning from each other.
Build your squash confidence! 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
Other Announcements
Squash Canada announces team for World Men's Championship
Squash Canada announces squad to compete at the 2019 WSF Men’s World Squash Team Championships to be held in Washington, DC, USA from December 15-21, 2019.

Leading up to both the Pre-Trials and Trials qualifying events, a strong group of Canada's best men were ready to compete for a spot on the National Team. 
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