COVID-19 Restriction Update – Effective 8 am 27 April -11:59 pm 20 May

With the premier’s announcement of updated rules for sport in the province today, there are some changes to what squash operations can take place between 8 a.m. Tuesday Apr 27  to 11:59 p.m. Friday May 21  2021.

For facilities and within the HRM (Halifax, Guysborough, Hants and Lunenburg Counties)  the following changes are in effect:

    • Squash clubs cannot operate.
    • Competitive play is not authorized, i.e. no organized matches, ladders, leagues or tournaments can take place..
    • Squash training programs cannot take place
    • 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 at 50% capacity.
    • Competitive play is  not 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  and practice programs can take place limited to a maximum 10 people including, participants, coaches and volunteers.
    • Spectators are not permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their playing/practice group to 3-5 players.
    • Inter-community 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

COVID 19- Restriction Update for HRM Between 23 April – 21 May 2021

With the premier’s announcement of updated rules for sport in the HRM  today, there are some changes to what squash operations can take place between 8 a.m. Friday Apr 23  to 11:59 p.m. Friday May 21  2021.

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

    • Squash clubs cannot operate.
    • Competitive play is not authorized, i.e. no organized matches, ladders, leagues or tournaments can take place..
    • Squash training programs cannot take place
    • 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

Intro to Squash 57 Webinar


A Must-See Webinar!

Attention Squash Pros, Coaches, Club Owners, Juniors, Singles/Doubles Players and Organizers. Don’t miss this upcoming FREE Squash Canada webinar that will introduce you to Squash57, an extremely popular version of squash that can drastically increase participation, extend playing longevity, offer alternative teaching tools, provide additional training options and more!!

Squash57 (originally known as UK Racketball), was often confused with the North American game of Racquetball (which is played on a court with different dimensions, no tin, a different ball, and different rules), so the name “Squash57” was coined to differentiate itself (the ’57’ relating to the diameter of the ball – 57mm).  There are many tangible benefits to this variation of squash that will be fully explained in the webinar. England Squash has over 20,000 Squash57 members alone, and they are keeping squash courts busy.

Details:
Date: Tuesday April 6, 2021
Time: Noon to 1:15PM
Location: via GoToMeeting (Webinar Online only – attendees must have access to a laptop, tablet, etc.)
Registration Deadline: Tuesday April 6, 2021 at 9AM EST
To Register: CLICK HERE

Note: This webinar is part of the Squash Canada Coach PD Webinar Series – NCCP Certified Coaches will receive 1 PD Point towards their Maintenance of Certification.

“I personally have been playing Squash57 for 12 years and I absolutely LOVE IT! Once you get past the stigma that it’s just not squash, you’ll quickly find that it’s enjoyable/entertaining and it massively reduces the skill gap between players, so you will immediately find many more people to play with/against,” stated Pete Goodings, Squash Pro at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, AB. “You can also easily play both Squash and Squash57 – one doesn’t negatively affect the other and they actually complement each other. In the UK, Squash57 has experienced HUGE growth and I for one have witnessed first-hand how it has been the savior of many small, standalone squash clubs and in many instances, it grew the member base significantly.”

This is a must-see FREE Squash Canada webinar for everyone! You have nothing to lose and tons to gain so please join us on Tuesday April 6th at Noon EST for the introduction of Squash57. And please remember you must register in advance using the above link (space is limited to 140 attendees – first come first serve).

Plan to have some Squash with your Thanksgiving!

This is a golden opportunity to relaunch and re-energize our sport after the tribulations of the past few months.

Even if we are unable to invite large numbers of people into our clubs, we can still promote the sport by holding small, COVID-compliant outdoor events.

The WSF’s whole focus this year has been to create the biggest social media campaign in the history of the sport, so at least the sport is gaining significant publicity for the sport free of charge.

Please read the World Squash Day Toolkit, which was designed with COVID restrictions in mind.

https://www.worldsquashday.net/world-squash-day-toolkit/

With so much sport missing from the agenda, this is an opportunity for squash to grab some headlines, so please try to engage with your local media outlets as well as sharing posts on the World Squash Day social media pages.

We hope to see hundreds of posts this weekend of Club Ambassadors hitting a ball against a wall outside some iconic locations and by players, coaches and parents posting about why they love squash.

Please remember to add the following hashtags to your posts #whyilovesquash    #NSIHadSquashInMyThanksgiving #SquashNS #SquashCanada

 

 

Updated – Squash Return to Play Guidelines for Nova Scotia

Hello everyone,

After consultation with Sport Canada, Squash Canada, Sport Nova Scotia, the Provincial Squash Associations in the Provinces and Territories, review by the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and approval by the Board of Directors of Squash Nova Scotia I am pleased to release the following Return to Play Guidelines for the sport of squash.

So what does that mean? It means that can we play again as soon as your club can prepare, approve and communicate a plan to operate under these guidelines and the provincial public health restrictions in force.

Although Squash Nova Scotia will not be inspecting facilities and monitoring compliance, Public Health will and clubs should be aware of the impact of non-compliance with fines of up to $1000 for individuals and $7500 for businesses being levied for each COVID-19 incident.With the Premier’s further relaxing of the COVID-19 Restrictions today I am pleased to provide an update on the implementation of the approved Return to Play Guidelines. Whereas before play was to be limited to solo play or drill and match play within a two family bubble.  We are now happy to announce that you could proceed to implement phase three of the guidelines which includes two strangers drilling or playing modified games which maintain the physical distance of two meters, but also of play between two members of the same 10 person social group who are not practicing physical distancing. We will let you know if anything changes.

Clubs are also reminded to check with their insurance provider as Squash Canada learned, for example, that their General Comprehensive Liability policy has an exclusion for pandemic, as they were advised is the case with most policies,.  Their Director’s & Officers Liability Policy does not specifically exclude claims relating to a pandemic.  Do you know what your policies might and might not cover?

Clubs should not reopen if they are not ready to do so safely. A risk assessment tool is included here. The recommended process to reopen a squash facility includes:
  • The facility’s Board or Management having discussions about how to provide a safe environment for your members within the context of Provincial Health and Sport guidelines and those of Squash NS.
  • Creating a plan to ensure that you provide an ongoing safe environment for your members and everything has been accounted for before opening the doors.
  • Ensuring that you clearly communicate to your members what is happening and their obligations to ensure they maintain a safe environment at your club.
  • Bringing your plan to life and ensure people are responsible for each ongoing action.
  • Routinely checking that your plan is being implemented as designed and based on good practice. If it’s not adjust it.

Here are the  Return to Squash Guidelines approved by the Board of Directors of Squash NS in two categories:

  1. Player guidelines
  2. Organizational guidelines for facilities and coaches

Some useful solo and socially distanced drills are included for coaches.

Please address questions on these guidelines to Phil Jourdeuil. Please address questions about your facility’s reopening plans to them.

People affiliated with Squash NS on ClubLocker and who have opted in to receive communications will have received an email with information on the reopening guidelines.

Many thanks,

Phil Jourdeuil,

President Squash NS

 

Zatzman Sportsplex hosts – Try Squash on 18 Feb from 11:30 – 2:30

The Zatzman Sportsplex, formerly the Dartmouth Sportsplex, will reopen on Feb 25th 2019.  As part of its pre-opening activities, it is hosting a Try Squash event on Monday the 18th of February 2019 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. during its Open House.

The event is supported by Squash Nova Scotia and Tom Calder has volunteered to run the event.

For more information on the Zatzman Sportsplex reopening please see their website.