Squash NS is pleased to announce that Joshua Rudolph has been selected as the Head Coach of the 2023 Canada Winter Games Squash Team

Josh is the current #2 ranked player in the province and is ranked #5 in M40+ nationally.  He led the Provincial Men’s Team to the last two Canadian Men’s Team Championships.  He is a certified squash instructor, is trained to the level of Squash Introduction to Competition and is committed to completing this certification and that of Squash Competition Development as soon as possible once courses and evaluations resume post COVID, with the support of Squash NS.  Josh also started down the path of towards becoming a Coach Developper last month, in a pilot project launched by Squash Canada.

Josh will develop, select and coach the Nova Scotia Squash team to be entered into the 2023 CWG in accordance with Squash NS Policies and under the general direction of the Board of Directors and the Squash NS Provincial Coach. He will be assisted by a team manager, who must be of the opposite gender to the head coach. The team manager will be selected via an open call for volunteers which launched today and closes on March 19th. Interested parties should register via the following link https://clublocker.com/tournaments/12422/info .

Please join us in congratulating Josh on his new role.

 

Squash and Squash57 – Two games one court and a heck of a workout in 40 minutes

Did you know that there is another kid on the squash courts?

Squash57, used to be known as racketball in the UK until it was rebranded Squash57 in August 2016 by the WSF which governs both sports.

Squash57 and Squash have very similar rules, are played on the same court using different racquets and balls.

The following videos highlight the differences.

Squash overview (courtesy of Olympic.ca)

Squash57 overview (courtesy of UKRacquetball)

So something new to try, either to introduce the sport to younger audiences, add variety to your workout or just try out something new.

Enjoy,

Phil

COVID Restriction update effective 8 a.m. on 5 Mar 2021

With the premier’s announcement of updated rules for sport today, the province goes back to harmonized squash operations effective 8:00 a.m. on March 5th 2021.

To summarize facilities across the province are operating under the following restrictions:

    • Squash clubs can operate.
    • Competitive play is  authorized, i.e.  organized matches and internal club ladders, leagues and tournaments (max 60 people inclusive of players, staff, spectators coaches and officials) can take place.
    • Squash training programs can take place limited to a maximum 25 people including, participants, coaches, volunteers and any parents and guardians that need to be present.
    • Spectators are permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their playing/practice group to 3-5 players.
    • Inter-region or inter-provincial competitive sport related travel is prohibited.
    • Players and coaches may travel to attend or host training.

Remember that facilities will implement the changes to the rules at their own pace consistent with their approval processes and level of risk tolerance so please be patient.

Remember to practice safe sport:

    • Respect – Facility rules
    • Prepare – Book in advance
    • Screen – Don’t play if you are exhibiting symptoms.
    • Play – Wear a mask to and from the court, come prepared to play including bringing water/sports drink. Don’t wipe hands on court surfaces during play
    • Sanitize on completion of play
    • Do not wipe sweat on court surfaces
    • Masked Spectators/team members allowed to watch within the revised gathering limits (50% of the normal capacity)
    • Exit the facility after play.

For reference the general return to play guidelines for players and venues are attached  for Players and Facilities/Coaches and Organizers.

Phil Jourdeuil

President of Squash NS

New sport restrictions 27 Feb-27 Mar 2021

With the premier’s announcement of updated rules for sport this week, there are some changes to what squash operations can take place between 8 a.m. Saturday Feb 27 to 11:59 p.m. and Saturday Mar 27  2021.

For facilities and within the HRM the following changes are in effect:

    • Squash clubs can operate.
    • Competitive play is not authorized, i.e. no organized matches, ladders, leagues or tournaments can take place..
    • Squash training programs can take place limited to a maximum 25 people including, participants, coaches, volunteers and any parents and guardians that need to be present.
    • Spectators are not permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their playing/practice group to 3-5 players.
    • After seeking clarification from the province, friendly matches can take place as part of training.
    • Travel into or out of the HRM for sport purposes is prohibited.

For facilities elsewhere in the province the following restrictions remain in effect:

    • Squash clubs can operate.
    • Competitive play is  authorized, i.e.  organized matches and internal club ladders, leagues and tournaments (max 60 people inclusive of players, staff, spectators coaches and officials) can take place..
    • Squash training programs can take place limited to a maximum 25 people including, participants, coaches, volunteers and any parents and guardians that need to be present.
    • Spectators are permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their playing/practice group to 3-5 players.
    • Inter-region or inter-provincial travel competitive sport related travel is prohibited.

Remember that facilities will implement the changes to the rules at their own pace consistent with their approval processes and level of risk tolerance so please be patient.

Remember to practice safe sport:

    • Respect – Facility rules
    • Prepare – Book in advance
    • Screen – Don’t play if you are exhibiting symptoms.
    • Play – Wear a mask to and from the court, come prepared to play including bringing water/sports drink. Don’t wipe hands on court surfaces during play
    • Sanitize on completion of play
    • Masked Spectators/team members allowed to watch within the revised gathering limits (50% of the normal capacity)
    • Exit the facility after play.

For reference the general return to play guidelines for players and venues are attached  for Players and Facilities/Coaches and Organizers.

Phil Jourdeuil

President of Squash NS

Couldn’t commit to six weeks of Group Lessons with Janet MacLeod at Cole Harbour Place?

Now you can join the group for single sessions for $20 per session!

Only the Mixed (2 spaces per week) and Women’s (5 spaces per week) sessions are open!

Register here https://clublocker.com/tournaments/12349/info

Squash NS Provincial Coach Janet MacLeod is offering a program of group lessons at Cole Harbour Place

Each session runs six weeks from Saturday Jan 23th to Saturday Feb 27th 2021. Each session is limited to 8 entrants each:

  1. A mixed gender session for players of all abilities from 12:30 to 1:30 pm 
  2. A women only session for players of all abilities from 1:45 to 2:45 pm
  3. A mixed gender session for Junior (U19) players of all abilities from 3:00 to  4:00 pm FULL

There is no multi-session discount.

All skill levels are welcome. Racquets and eye guards can be provided if required – please contact Janet directly to request.

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Looking to improve your game in 2021?

Then Cole Harbour Place has the program for you!

Squash NS Provincial Coach Janet MacLeod is offering a program of group lessons at Cole Harbour Place

The six week program (Saturday Jan 23th to Saturday Feb 27th 2021) offers three sessions limited to 8 entrants each:

  1. A mixed gender session for players of all abilities from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
  2. A women only session for players of all abilities from 1:45 to 2:45 pm
  3. A mixed gender session for Junior (U19) players of all abilities from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Players can register for up to two sessions. Each adult sessions costs $120, and the junior session costs $90. There is no multi-session discount.

All skill levels are welcome. Racquets and eye guards can be provided if required – please contact Janet directly to request.

Register at https://clublocker.com/tournaments/12349/info

New to Club Locker? – Please sign up for free at https://novascotia.clublocker.com/login

COVID-19 Update – 21 Dec 2020 – 24 Jan 2021

With the premier’s announcement of updated rules for sport this week, there are some changes to what squash operations can take place between 8 a.m. Saturday Feb 27 to 11:59 p.m. and Saturday Mar 27  2021.

For facilities and within the HRM the following changes are in effect:

    • Squash clubs can operate.
    • Competitive play is not authorized, i.e. no organized matches, ladders, leagues or tournaments can take place..
    • Squash training programs can take place limited to a maximum 25 people including, participants, coaches, volunteers and any parents and guardians that need to be present.
    • Spectators are not permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their playing/practice group to 3-5 players.
    • After seeking clarification from the province, friendly matches can take place as part of training.
    • Travel into or out of the HRM for sport purposes is prohibited.

For facilities elsewhere in the province the following restrictions remain in effect:

    • Squash clubs can operate.
    • Competitive play is  authorized, i.e.  organized matches and internal club ladders, leagues and tournaments (max 60 people inclusive of players, staff, spectators coaches and officials) can take place..
    • Squash training programs can take place limited to a maximum 25 people including, participants, coaches, volunteers and any parents and guardians that need to be present.
    • Spectators are permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their playing/practice group to 3-5 players.
    • Inter-region or inter-provincial travel competitive sport related travel is prohibited.

Remember that facilities will implement the changes to the rules at their own pace consistent with their approval processes and level of risk tolerance so please be patient.

Remember to practice safe sport:

    • Respect – Facility rules
    • Prepare – Book in advance
    • Screen – Don’t play if you are exhibiting symptoms.
    • Play – Wear a mask to and from the court, come prepared to play including bringing water/sports drink. Don’t wipe hands on court surfaces during play
    • Sanitize on completion of play
    • Masked Spectators/team members allowed to watch within the revised gathering limits (50% of the normal capacity)
    • Exit the facility after play.

For reference the general return to play guidelines for players and venues are attached  for Players and Facilities/Coaches and Organizers.

Phil Jourdeuil

President of Squash NS

Update on competitive calendar

 

Here is an update on the competitive season.  Squash Nova Scotia is still looking at the possibility of operating tournaments and leagues this season, but with clubs still operating with limited capacity, it is unlikely that this will happen before the new year.  Any competitive play we have will likely look different as we explore ways to limit the mingling of large groups of people, to operate within the risk tolerance of players, clubs and the province.  We will keep you updated on progress as we know more.

I also share the updated Squash Canada tentative competitive calendar

Squash Canada update on 2021 Canadian Championships