As our province continues to reopen in Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, on August 24, 2020, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture announced that viaSport’s proposal, for sport to move into Phase 3 – Progressively Loosen, has been approved. As a funded sport organization, Squash BC has updated the Return to Squash (R2S) Guidelines for Clubs and Organizers approved by our Board of Directors on September 1, 2020. This new phase allows for a 50-player cohort model and a framework for returning slowly to competitive play, e.g. leagues and tournaments, with modifications and restrictions.
Our R2S Task Force, composed of subject matter experts including representatives from law, medicine, squash professionals and club administrators continues to help guide us as we define this next phase of our sport, both singles and doubles. We are also working closely with tournament and league organizers across the province to build our new strategy for competitive play.
See the Resources section below for links to Provincial and National guidelines including viaSport's revised Return to Sport Guidelines document, sample templates, posters, and Squash BC's one-pager of Tips and Recommendations for Players.
With the move to sport’s Phase 3 – Progressively Loosen, squash moved into Level 5 as described in the revised Matrix of Sample Phased-in Squash Activities with Corresponding Risk Mitigations, in the updated Return to Squash (R2S) Guidelines document. Based on your feedback, we added clarity and better aligned each Level, including a “Criteria” section to be applied to the rest of the matrix, and are also providing this matrix as a one-pager for easy reference.
Next steps include the roll out of more resources to support the gradual return to competitive play with expanding player cohorts. These include revised Sanctioning Rules, and the plan for how leagues and tournaments will run. With the fast-approaching fall season we are working hard to get this next phase defined and approved by mid-to-late September. The key factors that will continue into Phase 3 of sport include:
- Enhanced hygiene measures
- Minimizing close physical proximity – any sport that has close proximity or physical contact should be done within a cohort
- Limiting the number and duration of contacts between different participants (when physical distancing is not possible)
- Maintaining physical distancing when not participating in the sport activities (e.g. pre- and post-game)
Socially Distanced Squash Drills and Modified Games
Need some ideas for when you get back on the court? Watch the Arbutus Club Squash Pro Drew Henderson, and club member Luke Elliott in these videos on solo practice and socially distanced partner drills and games.
Watch this video for some at-home solo racquet-skill drills to prepare for returning to the court!
Need some motivation? Check out this video from current Squash BC junior and future superstar Daniel Tiwana, showcasing his quarantine squash training!
Socially Distanced Doubles Drills and Modified Games
Watch these videos featuring Cathy Covernton from Evergreen Squash Club and Viktor Berg from Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club, showing you some solo doubles drills and socially distanced doubles drills.
Provincial and National Guidelines
Squash BC has been communicating with member clubs and facilities as we navigate through COVID-19 and its impact on squash. See below for the complete record.