IMPORTANT UPDATE – NOVEMBER 27, 2020
As we move through this second wave of COVID-19, viaSport continues to work with the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to create clarity for sport in BC. Given the dynamic nature of this second wave, we can expect the updates and revisions to be frequent.
SQBC’s commitment is to provide timely updates and guidance to our members based on the most current information that we have. As a start, we have revised Return to Squash (R2S) Guidelines document, with key changes being the replacement of the R2S matrix with Squash BC’S (R2S) Return to Squash Status as of November 27, 2020, and the Tips and Recommendations for Players.
We continue to leverage our R2S Task Force, composed of subject matter experts including representatives from law, medicine, squash professionals and club administrators to help guide us through this second wave of the pandemic, defining what this means for our sport, both singles and doubles.
All of these resources and more can be accessed in the Resources section below, with 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.
In recognition of the importance of sport for both physical and mental well-being the current Provincial Health Office (PHO) order states under the title of Sport Games, Competitions and Practices:
"Sport games, competitions and practices can continue with no spectators and no travel for teams outside of their community. We are in viaSport's Return to Sport Phase 3 Progressively Loosen guidance with the exception of no spectators and no travel. viaSport is currently reviewing the guidance and working with public health to ensure the best options for this period of the pandemic ..."
With the guidance provided in viaSport’s Phase 3 Progressively Loosen stage, Squash BC has revisited our status of play at this time. See the attached chart, Squash BC’S (R2S) Return to Squash Status as of November 27, 2020, for current recommendations to help guide your facility’s squash activity.
Squash BC recommends that clubs/facilities consider the overall intent of the November 19th restrictions, for all of us to significantly limit our contacts and maintain physical distancing whenever possible.
A reminder on the key factors that continue for sport across all of BC include:
- Enhanced hygiene measures
- Maintaining physical distancing when not participating in the sport activities (e.g. pre- and post-game)
- Ensuring complete occupancy information should contact tracing be required
Socially Distanced Squash Drills and Modified Games
To help players affected by the November 7th Public Health Order, check out Play Partner Drill Matrix courtesy of Richard Yendell, Head Squash Professional at Jericho Tennis Club, and the rest of these links and videos.
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.
“How to Avoid Injury” Squash Physio Tips with Jamie Sonego
A proper warm up before getting on court is so important! A dynamic warm-up can help to improve your athletic performance and also prevent injury. The purpose of a dynamic warm up is to increase blood flow to the areas which will be working and to wake up the nervous system.
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.