Congratulations to Ashley Cullis – The Team Manager for the 2023 Canada Winter Games Squash Team

The Board of Directors of Squash NS are pleased to announce that Ashley Cullis has been selected as the Manager for the 2023 CWG Squash Team for Nova Scotia, joining Head Coach Josh Rudolph.

Ashley Cullis has been playing squash for 19 years and credits her passion for the sport to the inclusive and social squash communities on the East Coast. She started playing in Mill River, PEI in 2002 but has been playing out of Halifax, NS since 2008, with a few years spent in Ottawa and Vancouver.

Ashley is currently ranked No. 10 in the Nova Scotia Women’s Rankings.  She represented Nova Scotia at two national tournaments and has been involved in various volunteer roles locally and with Squash Canada. A highlight of hers was serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Women’s World Team Championships in 2014. She was the recipient of the 2019-2020 Support 4 Sport Senior Female Athlete of the Year award for squash.

Ashley brings her professional experience in Human Resources and Operations management, primarily in start up environments, to the team, which will help document and build the processes and policies for the team.

Implementation of Squash NS Coach Licensing Standard

The measures outlined below will be implemented by 31 Aug 2021 as part of our implementation of Safe Sport practices and the Responsible Coaching Movement.

SC is developing a National Coach Licensing policy which will identify the standards that coaches must comply with to be allowed to coach at events under its jurisdiction or Canadian Teams under its control. In the interim, Squash NS has created its own Squash Coach Licensing Standards which were approved by the BoD in Feb 2020 and which states that coaches are required to adhere to them by 31 Aug 2021 to be licensed. The standard requires licensed coaches to:

  1. Hold a valid Squash Canada coaching certification[1]. One of or more of Intro to Squash, Squash Intro to Competition or Squash Competition Development. For more information please see https://squash.ca/coaching-program/
  2. Be registered with the Coaching Association of Canada (Free), which entails obtaining an NCCP #. Anyone who has completed an NCCP certification or a coaching course or has successfully challenged the coach certification process since 2005 in any sport already has an account at the Coaching Association of Canada and does not need a new one. Please see https://thelocker.coach.ca/account/login?ReturnUrl=%2fhome
  3. Have a current competitive membership with Squash NS, the provincial sport governing body for squash https://novascotia.clublocker.com/login. This membership provides access to screening resources, subsidized professional development opportunities and liability insurance as well as a listing as a coach on the Squash NS Website, for active coaches. Only Squash NS member coaches have the opportunity of being nominated for SC coaching opportunities, and to coach Squash NS athletes and teams in competition
  4. Meet the requirements of the Squash NS Screening Policy available at https://nssquash.ca/about/policies-and-regulations/
  5. Agree to abide by the tenets of the Responsible Coaching Movement https://www.coach.ca/3- steps-to-responsible-coaching-p161376

If a coach does not choose to be licensed, they may still assist other players in improving their game. However, they will not be endorsed by Squash NS, will not not insured and will not be eligible to offer programs in Squash NS clubs or coach Squash NS teams or athletes.  The SNS website will also indicate that any who employ unlicensed coaches do so at their own risk.

[1] Coaches who trained outside of Canada or who received certification under the old NCCP program (prior to Dec 31, 2005), or High Level PSA players seeking to challenge one or more certifications please see the revised Squash Canada Coach Challenge Process https://squash.ca/coaching-program/ for more information on how to do this.

Squash NS Screening Policy

As part of a national initiative by Squash Canada (SC) and Squash NS to implement safe sport practices, Squash Nova Scotia recently adopted a Screening Policy modelled on the SC Screening policy for all people associated with the sport in an official capacity and are beginning its implementation. This screening policy http://nssquash.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2020-10-28-Screening-Policy.pdf applies to board members, employees, travelling team staff, volunteers, coaches, officials and players. In addition, there are a number of other policies that were approved to support a safe sport environment. They are available https://nssquash.ca/about/policies-and-regulations/

Initial Screening priorities will be for Coaches and Board members and the CG Team manager, followed by officials and volunteers.

Affected members will receive an invitation to begin the screening process in the coming weeks.

Squash NS is seeking volunteers to serve on the board for the 2020-2022 term

Please consider volunteering on the board! Registration deadline is June 13th!

The Board of Directors needs your input and your passion for squash.  We are seeking to:

    • Fill the positions of President, VP, Treasurer, Director of Competitive Programs, Membership and Volunteer Development and Communications and Advocacy positions as well as two or three members at large.
    • Receive at least one nomination from each of the five regions in which there are clubs:
      • Cape Breton – CBSquash/Coast Guard College
      • Highland – Highland Squash/StFX
      • Fundy – Truro (Dal AG Campus)
      • Valley – Greenwood/Kings County/Acadia
      • HRM – SMU/Dal/CHP/Zatzman

For information on the various roles please see:

    1. Our Constitution http://nssquash.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2018-06-05-SNS-Constitution-and-bylaws-revised.docx
    2. The Board Orientation Document http://nssquash.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Squash-NS-Board-Orientation.pdf

Eligibility requirements. Be a competitive member of Squash Nova Scotia, have a passion for your sport as well as having skills and interests to bring to the board.

Process. Register by going to Club locker and signing up for a specific role.  If more than one person volunteers for a particular role, a run-off election will be held during the virtual Squash NS AGM on the 27th of June 2020. In the case of an election please be prepared to make a five minute pitch to the membership to support your election.

To volunteer please go to https://clublocker.com/tournaments/12041/info by end of day on the 13th of June 2020 and sign up for the role you wish to volunteer for.

Current Board Members and terms

    1. President (term expires Jun 2020): Phil Jourdeuil
    2. Vice President : vacant
    3. Past President : Gail Lethbridge
    4. Treasurer (term expires Jun 2020): Beth Cole
    5. Director Competitive Programs: vacant
    6. Director Developmental Programs (term expires Jun 2021): Marwan Abouelela
    7. Director Membership & Volunteer Development: vacant
    8. Director at Large (term expires Jun 2020): Sam Zhang
    9. Director at Large (term expires Jun 2020): Ryan Dwyer
    10. Director at Large (term expires Jun 2021): Evan McNicol
    11. Director at Large (term expires Jun 2021): Cameron Reid

Call for volunteers 2020 Dalhousie Open 16-19 Jan

Hi everyone,
The 2020 Dalhousie open is fast approaching (Jan 16-19 2020), and we are looking for volunteers to help with desk duties. The main role of the desk volunteers is to get the score sheets prepped for upcoming matches,  keep the games moving along in a timely fashion, and entering the scores once the games are done and to have fun! There will always be someone around for support, so don’t worry if you’ve never done it before. It’s a great time to get some experience! Also, if you volunteer then you don’t have to pay the tournament fees.
Shifts are usually 3-4 hours long, but time passes by quickly. You get to meet all the players and referees and get enjoy the free food 😉
Let me mention this again: As an added incentive, Volunteers will get free tournament entrance fees!
If you are interested, please email:
Elvira Mitraka – elvira.mitraka@gmail.com
Hope to see you down at the courts!
Cheers,
Elvira

You’re Invited to the Squash NS AGM on 12 June 2019

I am pleased to invite you to the Squash NS Annual General Meeting which will be held in room 211 of the Homburg Centre at SMU, 920 Tower Road, Halifax, NS beginning at 7:00 p.m.

You can attend in person and join us afterwards for networking at a local pub or you can join us by Video teleconference by registering at the following link https://zoom.us/meeting/register/392405e6504d58f4dc2040ba88984b7b

The information package for the meeting is available here https://nssquash.ca/agms/

Everyone with an interest in squash is welcome to attend the AGM. However only people with a valid Squash NS recreational or Competitive membership can vote at the AGM. Memberships can be purchased here https://novascotia.clublocker.com/login

We are looking forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Squash NS Needs Your Help!

Please consider joining the board!

Squash NS is looking for volunteers to join the Board of Directors. We are looking for a Director of Competitive Programs, A Director of Developmental Programs, a Director of Communications and Advocacy, a Director of Membership and Volunteer Development and four Directors at Large. The organization of the board, its operation and the duties of and eligibility criteria for the various positions can be found at https://nssquash.ca/board-activity/board-orientation/(opens in a new tab).

To join the board, please send an email identifying which position you are applying for, a short summary of what you bring to the board and how you meet the eligibility criteria to mtaylor@sportnovascotia.ca by 4pm Monday June 3rd.

Your candidacy will be presented to the membership at the AGM. Positions with more than one applicant, will proceed to election, after candidates are given the opportunity to address the membership.