Upcoming Tournaments!
US Junior Open
Sep 10 entry deadline
Squash Canada Selection Criteria
US Squash has made a recent entry policy change to the 2019 U.S. Junior Open. Specifically:
  1. Entries by non-U.S. countries will be limited to 8 players per division.
  2. Non-U.S. entries will require an endorsement from the player's National Governing Body
Previously, there was no limitation on the number of Canadian entries in any one division, and National Governing Body endorsement was not a requirement. In recent years there have been more than 8 Canadian players in certain age divisions.
Squash Canada has therefore developed a Selection Policy to outline the player eligibility requirements for Squash Canada endorsement and the process by which the association will decide which eight players per division will receive endorsement in cases where there are more than eight eligible players who express interest in participating in the event.
In order for an eligible player to be considered for selection to the U.S. Junior Open, a player must be duly registered for the event online by 4:00 am EST on Tuesday, September 10 th . Visit the tournament information page .
US Squash’s online registration will require that non-U.S. players pay their entry fee which will immediately place the player on a wait-list.

Paying the entry fee starts the eligibility process, but the entry is not complete or approved until the player receives an endorsement from Squash Canada and sends his or her age verification document (passport) to US Squash.
The Squash Canada Selection Policy details what happens, i.e. in the case where:
  1. Eight or fewer eligible players have registered for a particular division, Squash Canada will endorse each of the entries.
  2. More than eight eligible players have registered for a particular division, Squash Canada will use specified criteria to select which eight athletes it will endorse. Players will be advised by September 18 if they have been endorsed so that there is ample time to make arrangements.
Women's Squash Week
Sep 14-22, 2019
Many clubs across the province have joined in on Women's Squash Week to host events that celebrate Women in Squash!

Find an event near you and sign up!
Lunch & Learns at Sandcastle (Sep 14-Oct 5)
Sandcastle Fitness in White Rock South Surrey is kicking off the squash season with a Squash Lunch & Learn. This is a free event for everyone in the Surrey area to come out & play squash Saturday afternoons at Sandcastle.

Whether you’re new to squash or a squash veteran, come join the squash crowd at Sandcastle for Lunch & Learn from noon to 2pm every Saturday from September 14 – October 5.

This is open to young & old, male or female. Racquets, balls & instructors will be provided along with refreshments.

It’s all free!

If you’re a veteran squash player, it’s a good opportunity to get on court with people you haven’t played with before.

We believe in the many benefits of playing squash, not least of all, that squash is the best way to get that 45-minute cardio work-out and have fun doing it.
If you have children who are looking for a sport that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives, bring them by for Lunch & Learn at Sandcastle.

For more information, contact Tom Bedore at squash@sandcastle.com.
VRC Early Bird Sep 23-29
Early Bird Squash Tournament
1st sanctioned tournament of the season offering Singles & Doubles events
Deadline for entries : Wednesday September 18th @ 11:30 PM
Doubles: September 23 – 29, 2019
Open, Div 1, Div 2, Womens Open, Womens Div 1, 50+, 60+, Mixed Open, Mixed Div 1 & Div 2
Singles: September 25 – 29, 2019
Open, Mens all levels & Womens all levels
Absolutely no time restrictions allowed
(be prepared to play from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm each weekday night and from 8:00 am during the weekend)
Juniors 14+ are welcome, or please have your coach e-mail  Andrew  to ask for consideration.
1 Event $50
2 Events $60
Juniors: one event $35, two events $45
Please direct all inquiries to:

Shawnigan Lake Junior Open Sep 27-29
Come and enjoy the first Junior Tournament of the season!

With track pants and T-Shirt souvenir -- Great event prizes -- Draw prizes -- Meals Friday night, Saturday lunch, ongoing snacks... the event is a great pleaser!
Participants will be scheduled for a minimum of 3 matches.

As this event limits entries and fills quickly, it is important to register early to secure your participation
World Squash Day
World Squash Day was launched by a group of squash friends following the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

Many New York squash players were killed in the World Trade Center, including Derek Sword, a former Scottish junior international from Dundee.

World Squash Day was launched in their honour, and also to do something tangible for the game. 

Peter Nicol, a former junior international team-mate of Derek’s, agreed to become President of World Squash Day.
Registration opens September 1st
Vancouver Island Open
Oct 18-20
The VIO is one of the Island premier events to kick of the squash season

In accordance with Squash BC policy, player divisions will be based on Squash BC rankings or National rankings if applicable. There will be an Open Men's event. To qualify for this draw, players must have a minimum of 1550 Squash BC points or equivalent National ranking

There will be a Women’s Open Event based on the ranking of the Women entered in the Event, To qualify for this draw, players must have a minimum of 1250 Squash BC points or equivalent National ranking

Masters Divisions will be offered in this event. We endeavour to ensure no more than 3 matches for the players in the Masters Division

LOCAL PLAY ONLY - Thursday, October 16th
OUT OF TOWN players must be available by 5:30 pm Friday, Oct 18
Revelstoke Bear's Den Classic (Oct 18-20)
Join us for our 13th edition of the Bear's Den Classic!

There will be a 3 match guarantee, Friday and Saturday Dinners, Tee Shirt, snacks and of course our famous Mt Begbie Brewing Company on tap all weekend.
BC Junior Open Oct 25-27
The junior competition season gets into full swing with this season's highly anticipated 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!

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!
Mini-Rules Clinics - Fall Tour!
Squash BC is excited that Kevin Kydd, a Provincial Certified Referee, will be offering mini-rules clinics as he travels through parts of BC this Fall.

The mini-rules clinic is a great way to start your squash season.

Need a better understanding on the rules of squash so you can be a better player? Need to build confidence in your reffing calls for leagues and tournaments this coming year?

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

To make the most of these clinics we recommend that participants take the online referee clinic course (see details below) before attending the mini-rules clinic.
Details for each event are still being finalized, but sign up below!
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
Women and Girls
Squash BC is proud to present Women's Squash Week 2019
Awards & Recognition
Phil Croteau has been a longtime volunteer and champion for squash in BC spanning over 20 years.

Phil began his squash volunteerism at his home club, now called Global Fitness, and then on to the organization of the Okanagan Squash League - a league that now boasts 15 teams and almost 100 players in 4 clubs in 4 different cities – Kelowna, Vernon, Summerland and Penticton. Phil was instrumental in growing the league and building a strong volunteer base of team captains and mentored future organizers.

From there Phil moved to the realm of Squash BC where he was elected as a Zone Representative for the Okanagan Thompson region, a position he held for at least 10 years. The Zone Rep is an important liaison between the regions' clubs and individual members and Squash BC, and acts to exchange information and ideas from the region to Squash BC.

Phil was on the Squash BC Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016. He was a very active and engaged Board member and held several important portfolios including Operations, Post-Secondary and Code of Conduct.

Phil Croteau receives Squash Canada
Certificate of Achievement
Highlights during Phil's Board tenure include:

--leading the Executive Director search in 2014
--growing Post-Secondary squash in the Kelowna area
--overseeing the Post-Secondary provincial championships and hosting them in several different locations around BC
-- re-writing several key policy documents
--designing a regional coach based out of the Kelowna to serve interior communities

When he retired from the Board in 2016, Phil continued as the Chair of the Squash BC's Code of Conduct Committee for another 4 years. It’s a role that requires a great deal of fairness and tact which Phil has plenty of.

On the personal side, Phil always has a ready smile. He has the innate ability to get people engaged and the foresight and ability to coach and mentor them to make the transition to their new roles.

Phil is a true champion of our game locally, regionally and provincially and one of the main reasons squash is thriving in the Okanagan.

Congratulations, Phil, on the well-deserved award.  
Other Squash News
The Victoria Squash Club closed August 1, 2019 and hopes to re-open either in the same location or different location.
A group of individuals are working at finding a new home the club - but it may take time.

In the meantime, a fundraising effort has been created and interested people can contact us at:

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