Squash BC supports a vibrant junior program that encourages children and teens to play squash. Squash is a fun, healthy and active way to meet other kids. Our programs and competition stream are aligned with Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) starting with kids as young as 4-5 years old and developing them until they turn 19. The Junior Squash Pathway, Provincial and Regional training squads, schools programs, Canada Winter Games squad/team, tournaments, and leagues are all example of programs that Squash BC proudly supports for our juniors.
- Director Player Development – Bruce Matthews
- Junior Committee Co-Chairs – Soraya Kurji & Simon Bicknell
- Junior Committee – Cindy Longley (past Chair), Chris Hanebury, Colin Brown, Laura Kuypers, Pat Toth, Paul Stevenson & Rob Eberhard
Parts of Squash BC’s Junior Pathways Development Program is funded through the fundraising efforts of the 2020 Fund and grants from the BC Gaming Branch.
The 2020 Fund was established as an endowment fund in the year 2000 by Squash BC to establish a stable form of sustainable funding for juniors and the establishment of Grassroots Programs in local squash facilities throughout BC.
The original goal was to raise $200,000 by the year 2020. After that goal was met, the program would then use the investment income from the capital to fund Grassroots Programs while continuing to raise more capital. The fund has been paying out dividends since the year 2010 and those dividends are increasing every year thanks to the generous support of our donors.
Gaming grants are applied for every year by Squash BC from the Gaming Branch of the BC Provincial Government. These grants subsidize programs Squash BC runs and are very beneficial to our members. Squash BC would like to thank the Gaming Branch for their support of squash in BC.
The last part of the funding comes from Squash BC general revenue which a large part comes from our membership programs. Both Club and Individual members contribute a large portion of Squash BC annual budget and without these membership dues, Squash BC would not be able to do what it does. Thank you to all Squash BC members for supporting Squash BC and the future of the game.
- Participants can be generally described as a player who has been participating in the sport of squash for less than a year and will not be on the Squash BC junior rankings list. Or, they will have not gone to an event outside their home club as there may be a level of anxiety leaving comfortable surroundings.
- The program is for club junior programs that generally run for 6 to 8 weeks.
- Clubs will be eligible for up to maximum of $1000.00 or 50% of the overall program budget. The budget can be for equipment, court costs, coaching costs etc.
- For Clubs to apply for grassroots funding please click here.
- After the event, please fill out this summary event form, click here.
- Participants can be described as a player who has attended a Fundamentals program for more than a year and has started to compete at lower competitive levels. i.e. Ladders/box leagues etc.
- Some developing players may be on the Squash BC junior ranking list.
- This program is a 2 to 4 hour program that is designed to bring junior players from surrounding clubs for them to play outside their home club and give them the next level of development.
- Minimum number, 8 participants, maximum 16 unless otherwise approved by Squash BC.
- Squash BC will set up and receive the applications for the event, then will send the club $500 once the event has been run and the follow-up report has been submitted. Please contact Squash BC to set up an event.
- New for 2017/18. This level of the program could be considered what Squash BC used to call “B” tournaments or Ontario calls “Bronze” events.
- These events can be organized the same time as some of the larger junior tournaments as long as the tournament is not in the area. i.e. If the Alberta Jesters is on a certain weekend then lets run Progressive events on the Island, Lower Mainland and Okanagan for the juniors that won’t be traveling to the AB Jesters. There are many other dates on the calendar that can be used to host Progressive events for the non-traveling juniors.
- Participants will be starting to go to their first full 1 or 2 day tournaments.
- Progressive participants will be on the Squash BC junior ranking list.
Competitive participants will be the athletes who are on the Squash BC Squads, competing in provincial national and international tournaments
The Junior Development Committee decides which athletes will be invited to participate in the programs/camps. Program selection will be performed through a transparent process ensuring all selection criteria are openly communicated to the parties involved. Athletes will be chosen based on a combination of factors, including Provincial rankings, head-to-head results, junior tournament participation in the prior season and demonstrated commitment to the sport and their training, with input from squash professionals and local club coordinators.
These programs/camps give the junior athletes:
- The opportunity to train with other athletes they don’t normally have the opportunity to train with.
- A measuring stick to see the extra work that is needed to get to the next level.
- The confidence and motivation to work hard to reach the next level.
- The opportunity to get to know their peers better and build life long relationships.
- A chance to train with different coaches, several of whom coach or have coached our national teams.
- Younger players are given a small taste of travel and billeting.
For complete information and criteria on these programs and camps please go to Policies & Procedures and go to Section 7.
- For Athlete Agreements please fill out this PDF. Athlete Agreement
- For a PDF Exemption Form click on the link. Squads Exemption
The 2018/19 Squads are as follows:
Every four years, the Canada Winter Games (CWG) is hosted by a different city within Canada usually in February. The CWG represents the pinnacle of sporting competition for many athletes in Canada and has been used numerous times as a springboard to International and Olympic level competition. For more information on the Canada Games, please visit their website at http://www.canadagames.ca/ . Squash has been involved in the CWG since 1991 and BC has a history of producing successful teams.
Team BC is the Provincial Governments sporting body responsible for all sports from BC participating in the Canada Games, (both Winter and Summer Games.) Team BC has in the past funded the last two years of training for Squash BC athletes. As funding levels change annually we will not know the exact amount until we get closer to the funding time frame. For more information on Team BC, please visit their website at www.teambc.org.
The Canada Winter Games and Team BC place certain stipulations and requirements for inclusion and playing in the games. Squash BC will adhere to those stipulations and requirements. Please click here for policies and information on the Canada Winter Games program.
The following are the Committee, Coaches and Athletes of the CWG Program.
- Canada Winter Games Committee: Rahim Jessa (Chair), Mark Robinson, Lee Clackson, Mike Tooley and Rebecca Vasilikakas
- Canada Winter Games Coach and Manager: Kevin Inouye (Coach) and Emma Parke (Manager)
- Year One Canada Winter Games Training Squad: Andrea Toth, Brooke Herring, Cynthia Cao, Anika Kurji, Yu Quan Ng, Lucia Bicknell, Sarah Cao, Julia Horsey, Alexandra Brown, Sam Scivier, Matt Bicknell, Mitchell Kahnert, John Dempsey, Sayeed Mavani, James Toth, Christian Yuen, Jacob Lin, Jordan King, Joseph Toth, and Rio Schafer
- Year Two Canada Winter Games Training Squad: Andrea Toth, Brooke Herring, Cynthia Cao, Anika Kurji, Yu Quan Ng, Lucia Bicknell, Sarah Cao, Julia Horsey, Alexandra Brown, Sam Scivier, Mitchell Kahnert, John Dembsey, Sayeed Mavani, Emilio Carrillo, James Toth, Christian Yuen, Jacob Lin, Jordan King
- Year Three Canada Winter Games Training Squad: Anika Kurji, Brooke Herring, Christian Yuen, Cynthia Cao, Emilio Carrillo, Gabriel Yun, Jacob Lin, James Toth, Julia Horsey, Lucia Bicknell, Matt Bicknell, Sam Scivier, Sarah Cao, Sayeed Mavani, Yu Quan Ng
2019 BC Canada Winter Games Team --
Girls U19: Team: Cynthia Cao and Yu Quan Ng, First Alternate: Anika Kurji
Girls U17: Team: Lucia Bicknell and Sarah Cao, Alternate: Alex Brown
Boys U19: Team: Sam Scivier and Matt Bicknell, First Alternate: Emilio Carrillo, Second Alternate: Sayeed Mavani
Boys U17: Team: James Toth and Gabriel Yun, First Alternate: Christian Yuen, Second Alternate: Jacob Lin
For more information on the policies and criteria for athletes to participate on the national team, Click Here.
Full member Clubs of Squash BC may sanction their junior programs in order to be covered under the Squash BC Insurance Policy. This insurance will cover the junior members of Squash BC when they are participating in the club junior program for “ON COURT” accidents/injuries. The policy will also give liability insurance to coaches and volunteers who are registered on the sanctioning form. Please fill out the following pdf form to qualify for this sanctioning. Squash BC Member Club Junior Sanctioning Form.
External Credits Program
The Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials program and the Sport Credits Portion of this program is administered and monitored by the Sport and Recreation Branch of the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.
To see which sports are involved in the program, eligibility standards and for more information see the Getting Credit to Graduate link at the Ministry of Education’s website http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/courseinfo/ select “External Credits” and go to External Sport Credentials Program .
The External Sport Credentials Program (ESCP) gives student squash players the opportunity to earn graduation credits for approved levels of competition as an Athlete 11 or Athlete 12.
Students can obtain External Sport Credits in these categories:
Athlete (11, 12)
- Students do not have to be in a specific grade to receive that grade’s credit. For example, a grade 10 student who is competing on a Canada Winter Games team going to a CWG will receive credit for Athlete 12. Likewise, a grade 12 student who was on a the PTS in grade 9 will receive credit for Athlete 11.
- Students who have participated in approved programs before they reach grade 10 can receive credit for their past participation by obtaining written documentation to verify their participation.
- Once a student has received credit for a particular level within the athlete 11 or 12 categories, he or she cannot receive additional credits for duplicate participation.
HOW TO EARN CREDITS
- Check to see if your course/program is approved to receive credit in the External Sport Credentials Program.
- Obtain written documentation from your provincial or national sport organization of your participation in the eligible sport program.
- Provide the documentation to your school counselor.