Friday, April 30, 2010

Squash Ontario May/June E-Magazine

Check Out Squash Ontario's May/ June E Magazine.
Some Headlines:
Annual Charity Golf Tournament - Benefit Junior Squash
New League and Tournament Software Programs
Ontario Champions

Thursday, April 29, 2010

For The Kids - Junior Squash

This Junior Program has been specially designed to guide the committed and improving junior squash athlete through a program of skill and fitness development in a supportive, fun environment
Want to know more about Junior Squash Please Check Out This Link

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 Spring Squash A League - Summary

Well the Spring Squash League historically is a very small event compared to the Winter Squash League. The key reason being of course is that many of the big guns do not play. This year Dan “I Just Want to Play Squash” Van Morsel chose not to play in the Spring League and is instead teaching some of Chatham’s inner city youth kids the finer points of concrete. Mike “Doc” Connelly feared that if he played in the Spring League he might fail his final exams on the female anatomy. And Tim “Behr” Majocha felt that his golf game was primed to break 100 this year before August.

Anyhow, the hard core squash players were in action last night. Andrew “Beavis” Caille was in pretty good form against Shaun “The Franchise” Guay despite the fact that Caille was late for his match. Apparently, Home Depot had a 5 o’clock special on Duct Tape. Caille jumped out to a two game lead before Guay settled down and struck back in the third game. The fourth game proved to be a tight hard fought game but Caille’s patent front corner boast started to frustrate Guay and allowed Caille to escape with a 3 -1 win.

Stefan “Young Gun” Houbtchev has been playing so well that he is destroying all the competition. In this Spring League, Stefan made the big jump into A3A and was looking to draw blood. Houbtchev unfortunately ran into the wily veteran Rod “Rocket” Larson. Larson wanted no part of being Houbtchev’s latest victim. Although Houbtchev played Larson tough and kept the games tight . Larson’s experience in tight games was the determining factor that allowed him to prevail to victory.

Kevin “Kentucky Fried Chicken” Furmanek fresh off his A1 Winter League Championship was looking to continue his winning ways against Andrew “Silk” Little. Furmanek was able to control the flow of the game and constantly kept Little under pressure. As a result, Furmanek prevailed to win but Doug Fields who was watching the match said that he would have handled Furmanek differently.

Total Matches Schedule 20
Total Matches Played 11
Percentage of Matches Played On Time 55%

Top 20 Reasons to Date a Squash Player

1. We have perfect technique, good rhythm, and great leg lunges
2. We're used to having bruises on our knees
3. We're used to performing in minimal amounts of clothing
4. After 90 seconds we're ready to go at it again
5. We don't mind getting hot and sweaty
6. We're always open to new moves & positions
7. We perform to please the crowd
8. We love an audience
9. We show off our legs
10. We like being videotaped to improve ourselves
11. We enjoy doing hard things
12. We're always on top of the ball
13. We hit from any angle
14. We're good with our hands
15. We know how to play doubles
16. We like to be on top of our game
17. We know how to take it up the middle
18. We play the court until we score
19. We can do it forehand and backhand.
20. One word..FLEXIBILITY

Thursday, April 22, 2010

How A Racquet Is Made?

Check out this really cool video done by CNN – It shows how a racquet is made and features the HEAD R&D Department in Austria

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cross Border Challenge

I don’t know how it happened to us but we got are ASSES kicked badly during the Cross Border Challenge. I think we were over-confident. In the past all we did was show up for the event and the DAC team would crumble. Our favor trick of adding attractive women to our team to distract their players failed to work this time. They came ready to play. Some of their teammates even went to the wrong club and still beat us. How does this happen?

If you don’t know the history of the Cross Border Challenge, here it is in a nut shell: They won it the first time, but ever since than we have dominated the event. We won 7 times in a row!!!!!! This event has pretty much gone in our favor as long as we showed up. As a result of this dominance I think that this year, Mick Joint in a desperate attempt to regain some creditability in this event, resorted to some questionable tactics. First of all Mick called his buddies at US Customs to make sure that the tunnel was backed up so badly that our players were all late for their matches and were forced to rush on the court with no warm up. Secondly he fixed the beer keg to pour too much foam. This is deeply upsetting to any Canadian. Our guys could not concentrate on their matches knowing that foamy beer was waiting for them when they came off the court. Lastly Mick elected not to add players to his team who have repeatedly lost to our women - not mentioning any names but where were Chip McDaniel, Pat Petz and Jim Stroh? In the past they were regular participatants in the Cross Border Challenge!?!. Due to these reasons, I am protesting the results!!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated and remember that we have 6 months of hard training ahead of us. Congratulations to the DAC. I guest every blind squirrel finds a nut once and a while.

A Desperate Man

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2nd Annual MSRA Junior Benefit

This fun event is also a serious fund raiser. All money raised will be going towards the $100,000 challenge grant secured by National Urban Squash and Education Association ( ) that is launching the Detroit program this year!
This program combines squash, academic, mentoring and focuses on changing the lives of Detroit's least advantaged kids and that the program is modelled after nine very successful programs in other U.S. Cities. Truly a dream come true for many of us. Please help us obtain this grant by either buying tickets or making donations. I encourage all MSRA members to support this event by attending, donating, or marketing this event to others. Sponsorships are available starting at $250.This event is also a family event. Beyond seeing the promising juniors playing, there will be Prince door prizes, and beer, pop and snacks will be provided.
Click on the promotion above for all the details of the event. For more information on the junior development program in Michigan and how you can help make a difference, you can contact MSRA president Hugh Stalker at

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hey Ladies - Squash For Women

Starting Friday April 23/10 is Ladies Night at WSF. Mark Porter will be giving instructional work designed to help all Ladies impove their squash game.
Also this is a great program to network yourself for future matches with other women.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Guide to Squash Etiquette

Since the topic of recent at WSF has been about conduct or etiquette on the squash court. Please read the 101 don'ts of squash below. I have been a victim of or seen someone else be the victim of the following etiquette violations. Be honest with yourself and review them. You will understand that "we all need to improve our etiquette".

I’ve been guilty of several of these myself. All of these 101 hinge on self-respect, respecting your opponent, honesty, and safety. In many cases, the etiquette violations you see on the squash court reflect the perpetrator’s character at home or at work, too. So, Be Good!

101 Things Not to do in The Game of Squash…
1) Arrive late to your match
2) Fail to arrive to your match without informing your opponent well in advance
3) Leave the court without thanking your opponent
4) Fail to shake hands before and after the match
5) Say “lucky shot”
6) Decline to offer lets or strokes when you obstruct play
7) Challenge your opponents’ retrievals or “gets”
8) Make excuses for losing or missing shots
9) Complain about your host’s squash courts, lights, locker room, court dimensions, cracks, walls, temperature, floors, ceiling, humidity, or etc.
10) Pump your fist after a rally, game or match
11) Cheer when a player hits a tin
12) Shout in the court or within earshot of players in a court
13) Wear street shoes on a squash court or wear squash shoes outside
14) Intentionally hit your racquet on the wall or floor
15) Consistently arrive to your match without a squash ball or with an old ball
16) Coach a player during or between points
17) Question a referee’s calls during a game
18) Try to converse with a referee while he or she is refereeing a game
19) Neglect to call your own double bounces, out-of-court shots, and carries
20) Intentionally add to your points or deduct from your opponent’s points when calling the score
21) Expect a let or stroke without requesting a let
22) Hit a bad shot, then ask for a let
23) Stall excessively between points and between games
24) Wipe your hands on the walls of the court
25) Sign up for a league or ladder and fail to play a majority of your matches 26) Slam the door to the squash court
27) Negotiate calls and rulings with the referee and your opponent
28) Hit more than 50% of the warm-up shots to your side of the court
29) Repeatedly fail to clear
30) Fail to clear without offering a stroke to your opponent
31) Coach players when you are the referee or a tournament official
32) Throw your racquet
33) Play only with players who are better than you
34) Neglect to offer to over-rule a referee when you know that the referee has erroneously ruled in your favor
35) Wear dirty or stinky clothes on court
36) Play with a contagious illness
37) Grunt loudly for every difficult shot
38) Give unsolicited advice
39) Refuse to accommodate reasonable match re-schedule requests
40) Push off of an opponent to reach a shot
41) Fish for lets by calling lets when you’re out of range or unprepared
42) Ask your opponent for a stroke
43) Threaten to hit your opponent with the ball to prove a referee wrong
44) Refuse to lend a racquet to a player who needs one
45) Hit your opponent with the ball to show her that she’s blocking
46) Decline to vacate a court when a player who has reserved that court waits
47) Employ an excessive swing, and neglect to attempt to reduce it
48) Bring badly behaved children (or adults) to an important match
49) Stop to discuss every point at its end
50) Repeatedly solicit advice, but fail to follow it
51) Brag
52) Curse loudly on court
53) Habitually foot-fault
54) Complain about tournament favors, shirts, food or prizes
55) Criticize a squash association without attempting to make a meaningful contribution to it
56) Fail to referee the tournament match which follows a match you won, unless you find an acceptable substitute referee or have been dismissed by the director
57) Decline to seek a replacement referee when you reasonably know that the match or players you are to referee are beyond your referee capabilities
58) Neglect to encourage a new player or a junior player
59) Stomp your feet when your opponent is preparing to play a shot in front of you
60) Wring the sweat out of your headbands or grips onto the floor
61) Transfer your sweat onto the ball to change its movement
62) Purport to arrive to your match on time, then excessively delay entering the court to prepare the racquet, adjust clothing/eyewear, or stretch
63) Play a hard match smelling strongly of smoke, alcohol, perfume or cologne
64) Use a cell phone between games or interrupt play to answer a cell phone
65) Decline challenging matches to avoid the risk of losing
66) Record/videotape a game without your opponent’s knowledge or consent
67) Treat club staff members disrespectfully
68) Leave lights on or turn lights off if either violates club practice
69) Await your opponent or a spectator to fetch a ball that you hit out of court
70) Fail to offer to replace or restring a racquet that you borrowed and damaged
71) Publicly criticize the technique of a player who consistently beats you
72) Eat or drink on the court
73) Double-book opponents for a match without obtaining approval from both
74) Hit the ball hard in the court after a point concludes
75) Fake a swing during a rally
76) Beg to play “just one more game” with a player who is obviously done
77) Insist on a disputed stroke or no-let without compromising with a let
78) Persist in a fruitless debate about a let ruling, long after the point, game or match
79) Fail to post ladder, league or tournament results in a timely fashion
80) Leave towels, old grips, food wrappers or other refuse outside the court
81) Decline to wear safety glasses, yet complain when an opponent cleans or adjusts hers
82) Argue playing without safety glasses in the presence of a minor
83) Doubt your opponent’s integrity by asking: “Did you get that?”
84) Shout “TURNING”
85) Swing at a ball after you turn in the back court
86) Promise “I’ll play better next time” every time you lose, then repeatedly fail to play better 87) Use your station as a squash official to displace spectators to improve your own viewing position at a match
88) Intentionally arrange match locations to impose guest fees on your opponent
89) Spit in or around the court or in or around drinking fountains
90) Face the rear to gesture to spectators during a match while your opponent is on court
91) Persistently ask how a player fared against another named player
92) Put your bags, racquets or towels on chairs or benches when seating is limited
93) Place your bags, racquets or dark towels outside the court near the bottom of a glass back wall where they can obscure players’ sight of the ball
94) Idly watch your guest clean your court’s floor or walls to make the court playable
95) Handle food or drink when watching from a viewing area directly above the court
96) Bounce the ball excessively as a serving ritual
97) Ask a professional to play without offering to pay
98) Perpetually whine about your lack of improvement, but fail to take lessons and train harder 99) Blame a loss on your age
100) Sign up for a tournament division below your skill level (aka “sandbag”)
101) Coach or parent a juvenile (aka “junior”) without correcting them when they behave as enumerated above

By Sean Sunderland
Originally Posted at Seattle Squash

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cross Border Challenge

The Cross Border Challenge is Saturday April 17/10 at the Detroit Athletic Club. We have won this challenge so many times in a row I can’t remember the last time we lost. The DAC Guys are such gracious losers it almost breaks my heart when we win especially after they feed you with plenty of beer. Maybe this time around they will form a team that might make us break a sweat. The last few times we placed women on our roster so the matches might be a little closer but that back fired because our women beat them too. Anyhow we still need to form a roster to keep the Cross Border Trophy in Windsor where it belongs. I have attached a photo of the trophy for the DAC guys to show them what it looks like. Players of all levels are welcome to play. Anybody interested in participating in this year's Spring Challenge please contact me We are looking for players of all skill levels. Females are welcome. This is a social event so you must be 19 years of age to participate