BC is the poster child province for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic, evidenced by the exciting move to Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan on June 24th. With sport being a big part of both physical and mental health, Squash BC has and will continue to communicate information related to our sport's return to play, promoting safety and well-being for all. Our newly formed Task Force, composed of subject matter experts including representatives from law, medicine, squash professionals and club administrators will help guide us with strategies for returning to both the singles and doubles courts.
As a funded sport organization, Squash BC has produced Return to Squash (R2S) Guidelines for Clubs and Organizers, approved by our Board of Directors on June 24, 2020, providing a framework and pathway for the return to squash. This document is intended to help guide an understanding around balancing risk and return to play. Squash BC recognizes that facilities around the province are in various stages of re-opening, we are here to support you.
See the Resources section below for links to Provincial and National guidelines, sample templates, posters, and Squash BC's one-pager of Tips and Recommendations for Players.
On June 24th, BC moved into Phase 3 of the BC Restart Plan.
What does Phase 3 mean for sport in our province? The BC Restart Plan takes a phased approach to the reopening of the province, allowing sectors and activities within the phases to open when the evidence and data tells us the time is right, and as protocols and guidance are in place for them to do so safely. Phase 3 of the plan indicates that guidelines and extra safety precautions for sectors returning in Phase 2 are still in place for sport activities, which means that for the present time, recommendations for the sport sector remain as they were in Phase 2, namely following the Transition Measures outlined in the Return to Sport Activity Chart from viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines.
We are hoping for clarification from the government of how sport will be able to progress safely within our stages over the coming months. Squash BC’s Return to Squash (R2S) Guidelines document recommends that we are still in Level 2 with a gradual move to Level 3.
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
Videos coming soon!
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.