Congratulations to our new leadership!

On behalf of the Board and the members of Squash NS I would like to congratulate:

Dave Thomson on his assumption of the role of President of Squash NS

Marwan Abouelela on his assumption of the role of Vice President and

John MacPhail on his acclamation as a member at large.

Phil Jourdeuil on his assumption of the role of Treasurer and

Cameron Reid and Evan McNichol on their return as members at large for another two year term.

Dave and Marwan agreed to co-lead the Board after the call for volunteers and the AGM produced no candidates.  They and the Board will continue to lead the sport in its recovery post covid and will be refreshing the strategic plan for Squash NS in 2021-22.

In other news the AGM approved a restructure of membership classes and fees that eliminated the recreational class of membership and reduced membership fees. Details are here.

We are also actively planning the 2021-22 Competitive season.  We plan to restart the HSL in September and expect that Premier League will also start in the fall. I would would ask clubs/individuals who are planning tournaments to indicate their interest and tentative dates to Mallory. So far we have no news on tourney dates in the other provinces but for NS we have tentative bookings for the:

    • Cole Harbour Team Tourney – 14-17 Oct
    • NS Jr Open – 19-21 Nov
    • Dal tournament planned for 13-16 Jan
    • NS Open 24-27 Mar

Also we would like to start a four tournament Junior Circuit for new, improving and competitive juniors. With tourney dates in Sep, Oct, Jan and Feb and each held at a different club in the province.  Details of the circuit can be found here.  Again Clubs should indicate their interest to Mallory.

I would like to thank the board and the squash community for your support over the last three years and hope you will work as hard to support our new leadership going forward.

Signing off,

Phil

Update to COVID 19 Restrictions for Squash effective 8 a.m. 14 July 2021

With the Province’s announcement that we are entering Phase 4 of the NS reopening plan effective 8:00 a.m. on July 14th 2021, the following changes to operations of facilities offering squash are approved.

To summarize facilities across the province can operate squash courts under the following restrictions:

    • Squash clubs can operate
    • Contact tracing, mask use, physical distancing and other public health measures remain in effect within the common areas of the facility.
    • Competitive play is authorized  i.e. Organized matches, internal club ladders and box leagues.
    • Singles, Doubles and Cut-throat play is authorized
    • Tournaments are authorized.
    • Squash programs can take place limited to a maximum 25 people indoors including participants, coaches and spectators
    • Spectators are permitted within the overall indoor and program gathering limits.
    • No social activity is permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their social/playing/practice group to a consistent group of no more than 25 people.
    • Inter club leagues can take place, if all of the host clubs are willing to participate and each of the divisions each stay under the 25 player cap including players and officials.
    • Players and coaches can travel within NS to train.
    • Players are authorized to travel to play remembering that they must meet any entry/re-entry requirements for quarantine of the host province and NS.

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 sweat on court surfaces during play
    • Sanitize on completion of play
    • Masked Spectators allowed to watch within the current gathering limits
    • 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 COVID Restrictions for Squash – Effective 8a.m. 16 June 2021

We have confirmed with the province that Phase 2 of the NS reopening plan permits competitive play within a club effective 8:00 a.m. on June 16th 2021, like has been authorized for Tennis and Golf.

To summarize facilities across the province can operate squash courts under the following restrictions:

    • Squash clubs can operate
    • Contact tracing, mask use, physical distancing and other public health measures remain in effect.
    • Competitive play is authorized between club members  i.e. Organized matches, internal club ladders and box leagues.
    • Tournaments and Inter-club and team leagues are not authorized.
    • Squash training programs can take place limited to a maximum 10 people indoors including participants, coaches and spectators
    • Spectators are permitted within the overall indoor gathering limits.
    • No social activity is permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their social/playing/practice group to a consistent group of no more than 10 people.
    • Inter-club, inter-regional and Inter-provincial competitive play is not authorized, including travel to competitive events outside of your home club
    • Players and coaches can travel within NS to train.

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 sweat on court surfaces during play
    • Sanitize on completion of play
    • Masked Spectators allowed to watch within the current gathering limits
    • 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 – Effective 2 June

With the premier’s announcement of updated rules for reopening yesterday, the province goes back to limited harmonized squash operations effective 8:00 a.m. on June 2nd 2021.

To summarize facilities across the province can operate squash courts under the following restrictions:

    • Squash clubs can operate with a maximum of two people on court at a time i.e. players or one coach and one player per court
    • Contact tracing, mask use physical distancing  and other public health measures remain in effect.
    • Competitive play is not authorized, i.e. No organized matches, internal club ladders, leagues and tournaments.
    • Squash training programs can take place limited to a maximum 2 people
    • Spectators are not permitted.
    • Within the context of minimizing individual social contact circles, players should restrict their social/playing/practice group to a consistent group of no more than 10 people.
    • Inter-region or inter-provincial competitive sport related travel is prohibited.
    • Players and coaches may not travel into or out of HRM or CBRM 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