Hardball Doubles Squash was invented in Philadelphia, PA in 1907 and was standardized in the early 1920s. Hardball doubles has been a fixture of Canadian Squash since the early 1930s. Five Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec) house all 45 courts in the country. The Canadian Doubles National Championships were first played in 1934 and, with the exception of 1938, have been played every year since then. Provincial Championships are held in four of the five provinces and over 1,100 players participate in Doubles Squash leagues across the country. It is estimated that there are over 4,000 hardball doubles players in Canada.
Squash BC has an active and engaged doubles community. If you want to receive information about goings on in our doubles community, the Doubles Committee Chair, Gordon Pybus, would be happy to include you on the Doubles Community Email Contacts list. Simply email Gordon at [email protected] to be included on the contacts list.
Squash BC's Doubles Committee is a Standing committee responsible for promoting and furthering the game of doubles squash in all facilities. The Committee is responsible for encouraging the orderly development of all levels of doubles squash players in BC. Committee Members are:
- Gordon Pybus (Chair)
- Gary Wong (Technical)
- Randy Mottus (Vancouver Racquets Club)
- Lynn Broman (Evergreen)
- Laura Ramsay (Evergreen, Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club)
- Cathy Brown (Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club)
- Bill James (Hollyburn)
- Brian Covernton (Officiating)
- Cathy Covernton (Tournament Calendar)
- Rachel Au (Squash BC Director at Large: Doubles)
- World Squash Hardball Squash Doubles Rules
- Squash Canada Doubles Officiating program
- BC Doubles Officials
- Fair Play
- Scoring Methods
- Addition of "Hash Marks" at the 15' mark from front wall
- Rule Interpretations
- Referee’s Line of Thinking
There are 3 Doubles tournaments held annually in the Metro Vancouver area. Each tournament is hosted by a local club given access to all 4 hardball courts. Depending on the number of registrants, a tournament may begin on Tuesday with final matches held either on Saturday or Sunday.
There are four major doubles organizations overseeing more than 15,000 players in North America: Squash Canada, U.S. Squash, the Squash Doubles Association (SDA) and Women’s Doubles Squash Association (WDSA). These four groups manage all aspects of doubles play, from beginner to elite professional, and work together to grow and promote the game.
The North American doubles community maintains a very busy schedule: