Final prep for a Super 2018/19 Squash Season!  

All around the Province Squash BC Member Clubs have been gearing up for the 2018/19 Squash Season.

Activities are abuzz with league registrations and scheduling underway, squash clubs hosting 'Opening Squash Day / Week' events, and tournament directors setting up their competitions for player sign-ups.


All these efforts are driving towards October 13th, 2018 which marks Squash Day in Canada and World Squash Day. These campaigns are an effort to join the rest of the country and the rest of the world in celebrating our healthy, fun and accessible sport.

Get squash ready by attending a Mini-Rules Clinic!

 promote our great game by hosting a mini-rules clinic on World Squash Day (October 13, 2018) from noon to 2 pm at its wonderfully renovated squash centre.

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?

Attend this mini-rules clinic which 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. Registration is limited so sign-up today!
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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 .


2018 Shawnigan Lake Junior Open

The junior competition season opened with vigour, as Shawnigan Lake School played host to the 2018 Shawnigan Junior Open on September 21-23.
 
Featuring some of the best players from BC and beyond, this year's tournament saw 80 players converge on the Shawnigan Sportsplex for three days of non-stop action.
 
In girls' play, two-time Canadian champion Lucia Bicknell (Evergreen) defended her crown in the Girls Open bracket beating Anika Kurji (Evergreen) in straight games. Third and fourth placements went to Alex Brown (St. Michael's University School) and Maria Min (Jericho) respectively.
 
Meanwhile, Mitchell Kahnert (Jericho) won the Boy's Open beating Matt Bicknell (Evergreen) in four games. Emilio Carrillo (Sport Central) and Sayeed Mavani (Evergreen) placed third and fourth respectively.
 
Shawnigan Squash Coach Mike Johnson says he was thrilled with the high level of squash played throughout the tournament. Many thanks go to sponsors Todd Blumel, One Cent Realty, the Taiji Brand Group, and Ms. Delphine Wu.
 
BC Junior Open Championships (Oct 26-28)

The junior competition season gets into full swing with this season's highly anticipated Squash BC Junior Open Championships being hosted by the Evergreen Squash Club from October 26 to 28, 2018.

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 Provincial, Regional and Canada Winter Game squad members.

While the competition promises to be intense (this is one of the final junior competitions leading up to the Canada Winter Games team selection), 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!

Don't miss out! Click here to sign up!
 
Vancouver Island Open - registration deadline Sep 30!

The Vancouver Island Open (VIO) running from October 12 to 14 at
Cedar Hill Squash is one of the region's most popular events and is a perfect way to get into the spirit of Squash Day in Canada and World Squash 
Day!
 
With men's and women's draws for all levels, masters draw for the 50+ and $3000 in prize money to be split between men and women in the open events, Cedar Hill Head Pro Ben Uliana continues to host an excellent annual event. 

Play is sure to be fun to participate in and to watch!
 
Entry gets you a tournament souvenir, Friday Night Pizza and Saturday Wine and Cheese, during Open Semi-Finals. 

Register now by clicking here!

 
Events around the Province to schedule into your calendar!

Bear's Den Classic 2018 (Oct 19-21) - Revelstoke

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.

 
The No Limits Fall Squash Open (Nov 2-4) - Kamloops

The Kamloops Squash Association is hosting this casual, no-frills tournament with the emphasis is on fun!  

The entry fee includes: a minimum of three matches, pizza Friday evening, casual Saturday dinner (probably bbq burgers at the courts), coffee, juice, bagels and fruit Saturday and Sunday mornings, and 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!



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

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!
 
Success at Women's Squash Week 2018

The numbers are still being tallied, but from the squash tales told, women all over the province had a blast during Women's Squash Week 2018!

With events that ranged from drop-ins and coaching clinics to Queen of the Court and round-robin play, participating clubs did an awesome job of introducing the sport to new women players and providing socializing opportunities to create fun-filled memories.

Thank you to all our fabulous squash clubs, coaches, pros, managers and ambassadors for making Women's Squash Week such a success.

Look out for our follow up stories in our next newsletter on the Success of Women's Squash Week 2018!

Many thanks to our Community Partners:         





Clubs around the Province engaging Juniors

The Squash BC Calendar is filling up with tournaments, camps and junior pathway events. The full 2018/19 event calendar will continue to be fleshed out as officiating and coaching clinics become organized.
 
But not everything can be captured on Squash BC's calendar and we wanted to highlight some great efforts by several Squash BC members to engage and develop junior play in various BC regions.
 
Victoria Junior Squash League
 
Calling all Victoria Junior Squashers

Join in on this fabulous junior squash league being organized by Squash Coach Giselle Delgado (St. Michael's University School)  which is open to kids under 19 years old of all playing levels. 

This is a great way for juniors to enjoy regular matches throughout the season and experience the fun league format!

Deadline to sign up is October 7 with the first league matches on October 20.

Cost is approx. $100 (depending on sign up) for 10 matches through the season. 

Email: VictoriaJrLeague@gmail.com with name, age, contact number, email and t-shirt size.

Junior Squash Try Day (Sep 27) Lakeshore Racquets Club, Summerland
 
Summerland Squash BC member, Lakeshore Racquets Club, held a 'Junior Squash Tray Day' today from 4 to 5 pm, giving an opportunity for youth (ages 8-17) to try out the game of squash for free.
 
Global Grassroots Junior Program 2018 - Kelowna
 
Squash Coach Tom van Unen has started a 6-week junior program at Global Fitness in Kelowna engaging the interest of juniors in the area to the game of squash. Through its junior pathway programs, Squash BC provides support to these types of grassroots efforts to establish interest in our sport amongst youth and grow the sport across the province.
 
Thank you to our Squash BC member clubs, coaches, pros and managers for your continued efforts to grow the game amongst juniors in your communities.
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Squash BC supports a vibrant junior program that encourages children and teens to play squash.  Squash is a fun, healthy and active way to meet other kids.  Our programs and competition stream are aligned with Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) starting with kids as young as 4-5 years old and developing them until they turn 19.
 
If you would like to highlight a junior program you are running at your club, please email office@SquashBC.com and we will endeavor to communicate it in the Squash BC newsletter.
 
 
The Interior Regional Training Squad gets ready for this year's competition

The Interior Regional Training Squad (RTS - Interior) made up of seven of the region's top juniors had their first training camp at the Lakeshore Racquets Club in Summerland, BC on Sep. 15-16.

Coaches Adam Terheege (Rosters Sports Club) and Tomos Edmonds (Penticton Racquets and Fitness) conducted the two-day session which included fitness and strength on the first day and lots of condition and tournament-like matches on day 2.

Have a great season kids!
 


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.
  • During Coaches Week (which runs until Sept 30) online courses are free
 
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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