Wednesday, December 28, 2011

3D Squash Simulation PC Video Game

World Squash Federation Launches First 3D Simulation PC Video Game
Squash enthusiasts will now have the chance of enjoying the sport they love in the comfort of their own homes following the launch of WSF Squash, the official squash simulation video game of the World Squash Federation.
Using the most modern software and hardware, the game is a realistic representation of the sport with great tactical aspects – and all shots can be played, including drives, corkscrews, boasts and more. Players can also play online matches against each other, or play at iconic locations – and an offline tournament mode allows users the chance to organise virtual tournaments during real events.
It is easy to connect wireless controllers to the game and link to a big screen, so that squash clubs can host a virtual event. Details of this are available from the game’s dedicated website – where a trailer, screenshots, and more, can also be seen.
There are 12 real top squash players in the game. Users can choose between four different top tournaments at iconic locations – either selecting their favourite player or creating their own player, choosing equipment, skin colour, hair colour, posture, playing style, etc.
Following four years of development, WSF Squash will be launched at the beginning of November.
“For me, Squash is a much faster, aggressive, raw and also responsive game than, for example, tennis,” said Team6 Games CEO Ronnie Nelis. “For WSF Squash, gamers will not only need to have much faster reflexes than for any other sports game, but they will also even have to think about their strategy during the game. All this made a very good reason for us to make a game that nobody dared to make before.”
WSF President Mr N Ramachandran commented: “Our hope, of course, is that in endorsing this game we will see a significant number of newcomers to squash trying it – who may then feel that they would like to try the real thing on court, and boost grass-roots numbers as a result.”
The game can be pre-ordered with 35% discount as an introduction offer only till the 31st of October for 1st November distribution.
There are further plans to develop the game for Nintendo Wii and xBox.

Friday, December 23, 2011

DAC Squash Classic – February 9-12

The DAC Squash Classic is February 9 -12.

Singles categories are 2.5 through to 5.5, and the three doubles events are A, B, and C. Numerous times I have been asked about adding a mixed doubles category, but alas, we simply do not have the court space to do it. And anyway, the women players from Canada have proven on more than one occasion they can hold their own!

Because entry numbers are limited and court space could not be at more of a premium, it is extremely important to take note of the following restrictions and the expected availability of all the players:

Ø Maximum 16 teams in any one doubles category
Ø Maximum 40 doubles teams allowed spread over the 3 categories
Ø Any player entering the ‘A’ doubles category is NOT allowed to enter the ‘C’ doubles category, regardless of partner
Ø One match guaranteed in any doubles draw
Ø Maximum 32 players in any one singles category
Ø Two matches guaranteed in any one singles draw
Ø Maximum 145 registrations for the entire event
Ø Walkovers / forfeits count as a match
Ø Minimum age to enter the tournament is 13
Ø All singles matches will use PAR scoring to 11

For Complete Tournament Details

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Racquets Up Detroit

I had the great pleasure on Thursday Night to attend a great after school program that is making a difference in many inner city youths in Detroit. It's mentoring many children in the game of squash to improve their grades in schools.

Derek Aguirre the Executive Director of Racquets Up Detroit was kind enough to invited me to attend a session on Thursday. It was truly a very rewarding experience. Please watch this video and see how squash is making a difference.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Squash Social

Squash Friends

It is that time of year again to get together and celebrate the holiday season. For those that joined us last year we had a great time and we hope you can attend once again. For those that were not able to attend last year we hope you find yourself available this year as we are sure to have another great night. This year’s event is open to you and your spouse (or date) so we ask when you RSVP to indicate ONE or TWO people attending

The plan is to play squash before from 4-6:15 (courts will be reserved) then get ready and meet for 7 for drinks, appetizers at 7:30 with dinner at 8:00PM. The date is Friday, December 16th, 2011 and this year’s event will be held at Mezzo ristorante on Erie street. Below you will find directions

Directions from Tunnel

Directions from Bridge

Directions from Club

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Paul Gebrael and Mark Eugeni so we can let the restaurant know. Last year we had over 30 people attend and we hope to have even more this year at a great restaurant with drinks at the bar afterwards for those that want to continue the night.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Buffalo Invitational Doubles Tournament

Please set aside the following dates on your calendars and plan to join us for North America’s Second Oldest Squash Doubles Tournament (but the best event going), the 56th Annual Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club Invitational Doubles Tournament to be held on January 13-15, 2012.

Divisions included in this year’s edition of the tournament include:

*Men’s Open, B, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s

*Women’s A, B

The entry fee is $95 per racket and $180 for a player with a guest. Please complete the attached entry form and mail your check (U.S. funds) payable to the Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club. We would be very appreciative if you decided to be a Patron of the tournament for an additional donation of $50.00. We also have other levels of sponsorship if you would like to further support the tournament. They are as follows:

*Gold Sponsor ($500) - includes entry fee, guest and 2 tournament giveaways

*Silver Sponsor ($350) - includes entry fee, guest and tournament giveaway

*Super Buff ($195) - includes entry fee and giveaway

*Non-Player Super Buff ($100)

Tournament play will start Friday afternoon, January 13th. Please, contact the club anytime after noon on January11th for your start time. The entry deadline is January 6th.

Our tournament hotel is the Hampton Inn Downtown. The rate is $119/night and must be booked directly through the hotel by the date of December 27th, 2011 to guarantee this rate. The hotel number is (716) 855-2223. If you would prefer a billet, we will make every attempt to house you with one of our members. Contact Bart Chambers (716) 884-6048 to arrange billeting.

Plan to be entertained throughout the weekend with the following events:

*Complimentary beer and soda throughout the weekend

*Friday evening Dinner Party at the Tennis & Squash Club

*Saturday lunch at the Tennis & Squash Club

*Saturday evening Dinner Buffet at the Tennis & Squash Club

*Sunday brunch at the Tennis & Squash Club

Please arrange to have cash for purchases at the club (for wine, mixed drinks, Pro Shop purchases etc.), since the Tennis & Squash Club cannot offer reciprocal billing to your home club.

On behalf of the Tournament Committee, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Buffalo Tennis & Squash Club for an exceptional weekend event!

Peter D. DeRose, Co-Chairman

Richard G. Lynn, Co-Chairman

Bart Chambers, Squash Professional

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Gary Waite Junior Squash Tour

Is a series of one day tournaments hosted by clubs within and surrounding our region. The grand prix point format entices kids to travel around the region to accumulate tour points. This tour provides kids the opportunity to develop their skills locally and progress towards Squash Ontario Silver events held throughout Ontario.

Tour Divisions
13 and under & 14 and up

Regarding age, players will finish the season in the division that they start in. That is, even if they start in the 13 and under division and turn 14 they will finish in the U 13 division.

Tour Dates

Sunday, October 17th 2010 - Huron Oaks Squash Club - Bright's Grove, Ont
Sunday, November 7th 2010 - Fitness Forum - London, Ont
Sunday, December 12th 2010 - Windsor Squash and Fitness Club - Windsor, Ont
Sunday, January 9th 2010 - The Country Club - Clinton, Ont
Sunday, February 13th 2010 - London Squash Club - London, Ont

For Complete Details

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Michigan Squash Association - New Format for Travel Leagues

The Michigan Squash Association is trying a new format for their travel leagues.

Rather than play one night each week rotating between home and away, they are switching to playing approximately
one Saturday per month.

Their would be four locations/clubs to host matches, Birmingham Athletic Club, Detroit Athletic Club, Franklin Racquet Club
and Windsor Squash. You would play two matches each Saturday against two different teams. With the exception of
Birmingham play would start at approximately 1:30pm. It will be a slightly later start at Birmingham after their Junior Program
has finished at approximately 3:00pm.

As in the past the teams will have four players. Rosters however should ideally have six players. The six players will be listed
1 thru 6 on the entry roster in order of ability. Regardless of which four players are used per match they will always play in
the order they are listed on the entry roster, this will guarantee that all matches are pitting the best player vs best player at
each level.

All level of play from 3.0 through 5.0 will be accepted if enough teams at that level enter. Therefore if you are interested please
contact Dave Guthrie as soon as possible since rosters are due October 14th.

This promises to be a very exciting change with an emphasis on both competitive play and camaraderie based on three teams being
present at each scheduled Saturday.

Friday, September 30, 2011

2011 Fall Down Classic

Book This Weekend On Your Calendar

- November 4th – 6th/2011 -

The Best Bargain of a Squash Tournament $65 + HST
That Includes: 2 Events
Tournament Souvenir
Friday Snacks
Sat/ Sun Muffins and Coffee
Draft Beer (While It Lasts)
Cash Prize Of Open
Prizes For All Other Draw

Open, A, B, C, D, 50+
and Juniors
Doubles: A, B, Mixed
(Consolation Draws For All Singles Events)
(Cash Prize of OPEN)

Sign Up Today!!!! Contact Brian Porter or Myself to Sign Up

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Doubles Squash League

Fall Doubles Squash League - Begins the Week Of October 10/11

$30 + HST - Divisions A, B and Mixed

League Format: Flex Style - One Match Weekly for 8 Weeks - Plus Playoffs

If you need a partner we will find one for you.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Squash Ontario - September E-Magazine

Squash Ontario is pleased to announce the release of the September issue of Squash Ontario E-Magazine!The E-Magazine features the latest squash news, informative articles, and event listings pertinent to all squash enthusiasts across Ontario! From recreational to competitive; junior to senior; singles to doubles; coach to official - this E-Magazine is for you!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Squash Ontario Needs Your Help with a Demographic Survey

As part of their continuing partnerships with government funding agencies, members and corporate sponsors, they need to be able to provide as accurate demographic information as possible on the status of the game and who plays it.

This is a very short survey which they would ask you to complete. It is part of a nation-wide demographic survey in which all provincial squash associations are participating as well as Squash Canada. I filled out the survey in less than 2 minutes. Thank you for your help.
Click on the Link

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday Nights Is Ladies Night at WSF

Starting on Friday October 7/11 and every Friday until December 2/11 will be Ladies Squash Night with Megan McEachern.

This is a great program for ladies only. It will provide them the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of squash in a social environment. Sessions will include instructional work, drills and round robin games.

The Program will run 10 weeks at $80 or nightly drop in rate of $12.50

If you have any questions please contact or 519-966-2141.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Die Hard Cup Final Results

The Results are in and the Winners of the 2011 Die Hard Cup is................THE VETS


The Vets - Captain Tom Porter
Anis Khan
Tim Autterson
Dave Porter
Maresq Child
Mike Tomkins

Please See Me to Get Your Prize
Weekly Results Are Posted At:

I would like to thank everyone who played in the league. Don't Forget to Sign Up For the Fall Squash League.

Finals Results - Click On Picture to Enlarge

Thursday, September 1, 2011

2011 Fall Junior Squash

This is an excellent program for any child to learn the basics and fundamental of squash in a fun and exciting environment. Juniors will learn squash through group lessons with goal oriented drills and games.

Boy and Girls under the Age of 16 are encouraged to play. For full details click on the link

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fall Cross Border Challenge

The Cross Border Challenge is Saturday September 17/11 at the Detroit Athletic Club. We won the challenge last time and I would like to keep the streak going. The DAC Guys are always gracious to us and feed us with plenty of beer. 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. Anybody interested in participating in this year's Fall Challenge please contact me

This is the what we are playing for!!!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

2011 Fall Squash League

I hate to say it but it is getting close to the end of the summer and kids will be returning to school. So it is time to start thinking about returning to the Squash Court. What better way than joining the Fall Squash League. The Fall League will be starting on September 19. Deadline to sign up is September 15. So Dust off the racquet and get ready to play. I hope to see everyone back on the court.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2011 Battle of the Border Results

Over the Weekend, Stefan Houbtchev of WSF played for Team Ontario in the Battle of The Border at White Oaks in Niagara Falls. The Battle of the Border is an annual event between the top juniors in Ontario against the top juniors in the United States. Each side fields teams of 24 – 4 boys and 4 girls under 13, under 15, under 17. This year the United States prevailed 16 - 8 over Team Ontario. Despite this the matches were tough and very competitive. Good Job Stefan.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Look For Squash Canada

OTTAWA (ON) – Squash Canada Executive Director, Danny Da Costa, announced today the unveiling of Squash Canada’s new corporate identity.
Its centrepiece is a new logo that features a stylized maple leaf embedded with a squash racquet. The maple leaf, which symbolizes national pride, has a flame shape to show competitive excellence.
Da Costa says that the rebranding of Squash Canada will better represent the significant role the organization plays in the growth and promotion of the sport of squash. “It is imperative to build a strong brand, which is easily recognizable and marketable to our stakeholders across Canada”, he says.
“When we reviewed the history of our Squash Canada logos over the past 60 years, it became apparent that two features stood out over time: The Maple Leaf and the Squash Racquet. With our logo redesign, we felt the importance of preserving our rich history as we embrace excellence by including these two long lasting features.”
The logo was designed by Ottawa-based ACART Communications, a Social Issues Marketing agency whose experience includes branding assignments for many association, not-for-profits and NGO clients, as well as Sports and Entertainment organizations such as The Ottawa Senators, The Ottawa 67’s and Calypso Theme Waterpark. “We chose to work with ACART because they were very experienced working with non-profit organizations, and have very strong ties to sports marketing and branding projects,” said Da Costa.
The rebrand includes a new Squash Canada website ( which is expected to launch prior to the upcoming competitive squash season and will feature enhanced content and better navigation and search capabilities, as well as greater exposure and visibility for partners, athletes, coaches and officials. Squash Canada also plans to embrace social media with greater use of media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Squash Canada is working with National Team clothing provider and National Rankings sponsor Harrow Sports on a line of Squash Canada branded products including three different racquets and various clothing items. (The current line can be viewed at

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Playing Squash At Sea!!!

In a groundbreaking innovation made possible by ASB, the world leader in glass squash courts and AIDA, the German cruise company, squash is reaching new frontiers by taking to the high seas.

In future squash enthusiasts will be able to pursue their favourite hobby while crossing the ocean on a modern cruise liner.Currently undertaking her maiden voyage after a spectacular launch ceremony in Hamburg, the AIDAdiva set sail with a permanent all-glass, open-air court installed on her top deck, just behind the funnels.With all parts specially designed for sea-worthiness, the court, which features ASB's groundbreaking glass floor, offers spectacular views of the other sports facilities of the liner, as well as the ocean, the sky, and any passing landmarks.The anti-skid floor, mounted on a sprung aluminium base, is just one aspect of the newly developed court. The large wall panels are made of safety glass and are elastically fixed to a newly-developed supporting frame, designed to cope with the extra demands places on the court by life on the high seas.

Oddly enough this is not the 1st Time that a Squash Court was built on a cruise ship. The Titanic which made it's maiden voyage in 1912 had a Squash Court as well. Unfortunately we all know how that turned out.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Inflatable Squash Court

A couple of weeks ago I posted a story about Steven Polli and his outdoor squash court. Well Phillip Romm of Germany has taking it one step further with his Inflatable Squash Court. Romm has created a new mobile solution for squash with the AirSquash Court, a four-wall squash court with inflatable frame and extra layers on the inside wall, which are tensioned and form a flat surface. The AirSquash Court can be placed on any flat and solid surface and fits into every estate car boot. The construction of the court takes less than five minutes and can be handled by two people. A specially designed Softball is used in order to achieve good rebound results off the front and side walls.The AirSquash Court offers an inflatable four-wall frame with around 65% of the original court dimensions - 6 meters length (inside), 4 meters width (inside),3 meters height (front wall),2.20 meters height (back wall) (original height) and three highly tensioned layers on the inside front and side walls. There is no floor integrated, so you make use of the subsurface you put the court on. Gym floors may provide perfect conditions but any surface that is clean and even proves suitable. A constantly blowing air fan supplies the court with the necessary pressure.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Squash and Revolution in Egypt

Of the top fifteen men players in the world, seven are Egyptian. The country has emerged as a squash powerhouse in the past decade. This is a result of the sport having an influential booster: deposed president Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak was a strong supporter in developing the game during his 30 years as President. Many Egyptians squash players have acquired great wealth as players but were more than happy to see Mubarak deposed as president. Check Out this Interesting Article and See why these players had such conflicting views

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Squash Terminology: Boast Forehand

Generally this is a shot used too often and at inappropriate times. The boast should be used to exert pressure and to attack your opponent. As a defensive shot it should be your last option. The two wall (side wall – front wall) boast should be the most common shot in your boasting armoury. The three wall (side wall – front wall – side wall) boast should only be used as a last resort when you are unable to straighten the ball.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Ridiculous Rally

I don't normally post videos of professional squash players but after watching this rally I just had to share it with you. This rally is from last year's World Open in Saudi Arabia between Australian David Palmer in white and France's Gregory Gaultier in red. And who says lunging is not important.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Windsor Squash And Fitness Club Commercial

I am going to be on vacation next week so I will not be posting any new material next week. In the meantime enjoy this new Windsor Squash and Fitness Club Commercial that will be airing on Cogeco 11 in the near future. As well check us out on Facebook at!/WindsorSquashFitness and if you "like" us give us the tumbs up.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spring Squash League 2011 - Results

The Results Are In and The Winners Are!!!!

A League

A1 - Champion Mike Twiner - Runner Up Craig Guthrie

A2 - Champion David Guthrie - Runner Up Al Valente

Al Valente Wearing All White Preparing For His Finals Match

A3 - Champion Rob Roy - Runner Up Tim Autterson

A4 - Champion Shabazz Saleem - Runner Up Rafal Kulinski

A5 - Champion Phil Blagdurn - Runner Up Barry Garant

Barry Garant Resting After His Finals Match

B League

B1 - Champion Guy Hallifax - Runner Up Joe Atherton

B2 - Champion Carlyle D'Souza - Runner Up Colin Bateman

B3 - Champion Curtis Botcheller - Runner Up Sav Lambardo

Thank You To Everyone For Playing in the Spring Squash League and Hope To See Everyone in August for the Die Hard Cup.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

WSF Juniors In European Junior Squash Super Series

Three of WSF's top juniors had a chance of a lifetime to compete in two events of the European Junior Squash Super Series. David Mill, Berto Mill and Stefan Houbtchev. The Super Series attracts some of the top Junior Squash players from across the world and allows participants eligibility for a World ranking. These events would mark the first time that David, Berto or Stefan have played in outside of North America.

The first event for them was the Pioneer Cup in Colonge, Germany on June 30 to July 4/11. Only 576 Players were registered playing. Wow!!!!

David Mill was placed in tier B of the Under 15 division because he lacked international competition experience. Despite this David preformed excellent and reached the semi finals. Well Done David!!!

Berto Mill played in the Under 13 Division performed equally as well as his brother David. Berto placed 20th after losing a tough match in the 2nd round to the 7th seed from England. Good Job Berto!!!

Stefan Houbtchev placed 21th in the Under 15 Division . Stefan could easily have moved up a few spots as he lost a very close 5 game match to the eventual 17th place finisher. Nice Work Stefan!!!

The Second Event for these juniors was the Dutch Open in Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 7 to July 10/11

Berto Mill in the Under 13 Division drew a tough qualifying match and lost in 4 hard fought games. Berto than competed in a round robin for 33rd place where he dominated the competition with a record of 3 wins to 1 loss.

David Mill's strong performance in the Pioneer Cup insured that he did not have to play in the tier B draw for the Dutch Open. In the main draw for the Under 15 Division David got a tough draw and encountered some serious competition!!!! David finished with 1 win and 6 losses. This record does not reflect that couple of the matches went 5 games. Good Work David!!!

Stefan Houbtchev in the Under 15 Division had an equally tough challenge as David. Stefan had a tough draw as well got off to a slow start by losing three straight tough matches before regrouping to win his last three matches. Nice Work!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

2011 Club Championship Summary

A Draw

We all knew that the A Draw would be a battle between the two Marks. Mark Porter and Mark “Edge” Eugeni. In spite of this, there were others in the draw who were determined to do their best to knock one of them off. Mike “Doc” Connelly and Justin Warnock both made runs at them to no avail. In the end Porter and Eugeni faced off against each other in the finals. In the finals Porter played flawless squash and took an early lead. In the face of Porter’s early success, Eugeni fought back by coming within a hair of forcing a fifth game, but in the end Porter’s early lead was too much.

Mark Porter And Mark Eugeni

B Draw

This year’s B draw featured young guns who were looking to make a name for themselves. Rob Roy, Mark Little and Tim Autterson to name a few. This movement came up empty for it was a crafty veteran Darin Peterson who prevailed. Peterson proved to be a tough competitor as he used his deceptive shot making ability to out duel the young guns to claim the championship. This was Peterson’s 1st Club Championship Victory!!!

C Draw

Phil “The Prince” Blagdurn was the favorite to win the championship. He was the #1 Seed and walked all over the competition in the first two rounds to reach the finals. He played underdog Guy Hallifax in the finals. Hallifax proved that he was no underdog and the best player in the draw as he mopped the floor with Blagdurn in three straight games. After the match Blagdurn said he would have played better if his knee, back, elbow, ankle, neck, head, and shoulder did not hurt so much. This was Hallifax’s 1st Club Championship Victory!!!

Guy Hallifax Relaxing After His Victory

40 +

The 40+ Draw this year was about second chances. There were two matches in first round that were rematches of last year’s of 40+ Draw. Mike “The Muscle Shirt” and Steve “Drop Shot” DeMarco had a chance to gain revenge from their defeats of last year but neither could capitalize on their opportunity and made early exits. Rod “Rocket” Larson surprised everyone as he cruised through everyone on his way to the finals. In the finals though, his was quickly put down by Tom “40+ Champion” Porter in 3 games. This win for Porter marked his 4th consecutive 40+ Championship.

A Doubles

There were a few surprises in A Doubles this year. John Dunwoody and Steve McDougall pulled off a large upset by defeating Kevin “BFF” Furmanek and Craig Guthrie in the 1st round. As well as Mark “Hip” Hipkins and Mark “Stoner” Stone nearly pulled off a larger upset when they went up 2 games to none on Paul “Sinbad” Gebrael and Mark “Edge” Eugeni before losing in five games. The defending champs Nik “ND” Dimitrijevic and Justin Warnock battled their way back to the finals to play the upstarts Eugeni and Gebrael. In the finals every game was tight and hard fought but Eugeni and Gebrael were too much and prevailed.

John Dunwoody Following His Big Upset

B Doubles

The B Doubles Draw was a wide open. It was missing some notable teams from last year. The defending champs of Tom Beneteau and Lorrie Beneteau and last year’s runners up Barry Leavitt and Paul Gebrael were all MIA (Missing In Action). Despite this there were still some strong teams. Newly formed teams of Mark “Hip” Hipkins and Mark “Stoner” Stone and Doug Fields and Kevin “BFF” Furmanek were looking to capitalize on this void. Although in the end it was the old school team of Mike “The Muscle Shirt” Wilbur and Syd “Vicious” Strom that claimed the championships by defeating Hipkins and Stone 3 – 1. An interesting note during the finals - a spectator nursing a bum ankle uttered those immortal words “things will be different next year”.


A Draw – Mark Porter defeated runner up Mark Eugeni (3 – 1)

B Draw – Darin Peterson defeated runner up Tim Autterson (3 – 1)

C Draw – Guy Hallifax defeated runner up Phil Blagdurn (3 – 0)

40 + Draw – Tom Porter defeated runner up Rod Larson (3 – 0)

A Doubles – Mark Eugeni/ Paul Gebrael defeated runners up Nik Dimitrijevic/Justin Warnock ( 3 – 1)

B Doubles – Mike Wilbur/ Syd Strom defeated runners up Mark Hipkins/ Mark Stone (3 – 1)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Outdoor Squash Court

I would like to thank Andrew "Acid Piper" Caille for directing my attention to this story about one man's love for the game of squash led him to build an outdoor squash court.

Steven Polli has successfully built an outdoor (roofless and concrete) squash court in Burlington Vermont. The court plays perfectly and is both maintenance free and vandal-proof! The court serves as a successful precedent for future such courts to be built across the USA.
The court is in Burlington, Vermont with a population of 120,000. There are already 4 squash courts there (2 hardball, 2 20' converted). The courts serve around 50 squash players. Steven's motivation for building an outdoor court was his desire to be outdoors in the summer time. He loves squash but hates to be indoors playing the game when the outside weather is warm and sunny.
Steven approached his Park district in 1998 to build the court. They were reluctant to fund the expensive project both for lack of funds as well as general ignorance of what squash is. They agreed to give Steven the land in a public park to build the court if he could raise the money himself. They also agreed to pay for lighting once it was completed.

Steven's first task was to raise $18,000 to pay for materials. Since he owns his own construction company, the labor would be free. Otherwise labor for the project would cost $42,000, making the total cost $60,000.
Steven asked local squash players, charity funds and squash manufacturers for money. He had a minimum donation amount of $500. Many people volunteered to donate $100, but Steven could not accept their donation out of fairness for those who donated $500 or more. Black Knight's distributor, Bob Morgan, enthusiastically gave $500.
Having raised the capital for material, the next step was to start building the court. The excavator had to dig 4.5 feet below the ground due to Vermont's deep permafrost layer. The front wall in squash is 15 ft high, but Steven's went to 16'. This makes the total height of the concrete wall 20.5 feet if you include the 4.5 ft below the ground. The concrete was poured in two stages. First an 8 ft pour then a 12 ft pour.
The walls are 10 inches thick. The side wall slope down to seven feet and the backwall is 4 ft high. Steven wanted people to be able to watch the game from the outside, which is why he kept the back-wall only 4' high. Also in the future you can add a 3 ft high glass back-wall to it. There is also 4 ft high netting around the court to catch lose balls. Without the netting one would have to walk a few hundred feet to go and find your ball!
The concrete floor has the same texture as a wooden floor. It is not too grippy, thereby making it easier on the joints. In fact Steven feels the court is no more demanding on the knees and joints then a wooden floored court.
The front wall faces North to avoid playing into the sun. The court is vandal-proof. The walls are painted with a special polyurethane paint that is grafitti proof. If graffiti is sprayed on it, then there is a lacquer solvent you can use to erase the graffitti.
The court does have a light, that remains on till 10 PM. Unfortunately the lights are not bright enThe court is virtually maintenance free except for painting it. The floor is sloped 1/8 inch for every foot from the back to front. This allows the water to drain through two holes in the front corners. Players can not tell the floor is sloped. One does have to bring a broom to sweep the floor before you play. In the winter times, they just let the snow sit there.
Steven claims you can play even in the dead of winter. In fact he was able to get the ball warmed up and lively in freezing temperatures! People have asked, " How many months can you use the court"? Basically you can use the court slightly longer than you can use a tennis court. In squash your body warms up to a much higher temperature than tennis, so you will not freeze playing in cooler tempratures.
Because the court is built on city property it had to be engineered to be struturally sound. Steven designed the walls for 90 mph wind loads. Steven has had good success with the court and has not had any problems with it. Some graffitti was sprayed inside it which he was easily able to erase. Due to his busy schedule, he has not been able to promote the court to more people in Burlington or organize tournaments. He feels that someone with some enthusiasm and time could easily use the court to spread the game to more people.
If anyone wants to build an outdoor court, Steven highly recommends that you contact him first. He can come to your city and serve as an advisor for the project or build it for you himself.
Steven also has an idea for some kit-courts he could build in people's houses. The construction would be an aluminium frame around cinder blocks with plastic panels and plastic floors. The cost would be $60,000.
Steven has done some great work for squash by building this unique outdoor court. To his knowledge it is the only one of its kind in the world. Greg Brooksbank in Minnessotta has built an outdoor court of plywood with 3/4" thick walls at a cost of $10,000. However, the court require major repairs every few years and is not permanent.
The court should serve as a successful precedent for future outdoor courts to be built. Certainly outdoor courts are a great way to expand the game to more people. Steven encourages anyone around the world to make the trip to play on it. He guarantees you will be sold immeadietely!ough to play in. Halogen type lamps would have been more effective.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Squash Terminology: Skid boast

The Skid Boast is a very difficult shot to master. Although, can be very useful shot when used correctly.

Skid boast is a shot that is played from the back corners. The idea is to hit high on the sidewall , very close to the front wall intersection. It is best to hit this off a deep rail shot. The ball will hit the front wall high and lob itself into the opposite back corner. If hit correctly, huge amount of spin will be imparted to the ball

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

2011 Die Hard Cup

The 2011 Die Hard Cup - Start Tuesday Aug 2/11.

Team Format Squash League

New Feature - Draft Night - July 26/11 - Captains for each team will select their team - Also on Draft Night Round Robin Squash and Drink specials will be available.

League starts August 2/11 and will run 5 Weeks -Limited Spots Available

Every week there will be Prizes and Drink Specials.

All Skill Levels Are Welcome.

This is Great Way To Keep Your Skills Sharp and Fitness Strong while your buddies are playing golf.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Squash, Taliban, and Jonathon Power - Part II

A couple of weeks ago I posted an article from the Globe and Mail about Maria Toor Pakay. She was Pakistan's number 1 female squash player and was forced to escape to Canada with the help of Jonathon Power. She had to flee Pakistan because of the oppression she faced from the Taliban. TSN earlier this week did an in depth story with her and Jonathon Power. Click on the link below to watch the piece.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Old School Photos

Check out these photos that I managed to dig up in the WSF's archives. Some of these photos are pretty interesting to see how we have changed over the years. In additon to these photos I have created a gallery of all the photos that I have collected over the last couple of years at

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Who Is That Piper???

I came across this interesting picture the other day. It ran in the Windsor Star about 9 months ago. The man in the middle holding the baseball is Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins. The man behind Jenkins holding the Bag Pipes is WSF's own Andrew Caille. Piper For All Occasions!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Junior Squash Camp 2011

Are any of your children interested in playing squash. Well, Windsor Squash and Fitness Club has a great program for Juniors of all ages.

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Squash Terminology: The Nick

"The Nick" is a term commonly used among squash players. Although not everyone completely understands what is meant by it.

"The Nick" is the intersection of the floor and any sidewall. If the ball hits this 'crack' it will immeadietely roll parallel to the floor and the rally will be over. This is the only kill shot in Squash that lets you finish a rally in one shot. It is the most difficult shot to hit with consistency. Understand that if you miss the nick, then the ball will bounce up right back towards you resulting in a stroke. So do not attempt the nick shot if you are close to the T. Best to try it if you are close to one of the sidewalls and then you can aim for the opposite corner nick.
To practice this shot, extend the line where the floor and sidewall intersect to behind the front wall. Aim for that line and as low to the tin as possible. If the ball is sitting up higher than your waist level with a lot of air around it, then you can attempt this shot. The closer you are to front wall the better.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

WSF - A Doubles Finals - Club Championships

Tomorrow Night June 10/11 is the A Doubles Finals at 6:00pm. The Defending Champions Justin Warnock/Nik Dimitrijevic will be going up against the upstarts of Mark Eugeni/Paul Gebrael. This promises to be a great match so, come out tomorrow night and watch the match. Drink Specials will be available during the match.

On a side note I checked the WSF's security camera the other day by the doubles court and discovered the truth behind who really broke the door. Watch the video and you will clearly see Paul "PG" Gebrael go through the glass.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The 3rd Annual Windsor Squash & Fitness Club BBQ

Saturday, July 16 at 4:30pm at Counsman Manor

Mike Counsman will be hosting the party. He Will Be Serving Steaks, beer and fish for the few non meat eaters. All Are Welcome to Attend.
For Directions to Counsman Manor please email Mike at

Friday, June 3, 2011

2011 Battle of the Border Team

Congratulations to Stefan Houbtchev for being selected to the 2011 Battle of the Border Team. The Battle of the Border is an annual event between the top juniors in Ontario against the top juniors in the United States. This year's event will be held at The Club at White Oaks on August 12, 13, 14. Good Job Stefan!!!! You make all of us proud at WSF!!!
Check On Link to View the Full Team

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

2011 North American Junior Squash Championships

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“Nothing happens unless first a dream”. Four years ago the North American Junior Squash Championship moved from a dream to a reality and this event has continued to grow and gain in stature internationally. Harrow Sports is once again the major sponsor and over the last four years have supported the event in a big way.

The 2011 event is being played at Toronto’s new National Squash Academy – again, the result of a dream – Jonathon Power, Gary Waite and Jamie Nicolls dream. The new squash centre houses 10 courts with two all glass courts.

The mandate of the Championship is to bring high performance athletes from all over the world and provide them with an unbelievable competitive opportunity. The tournament will use the Monrad draw format which gives all entrants plenty of matches. Entires are limited to 32 in the boys’ event and 16 in the girls’ division.

The event will help prepare high performance squash athletes for the upcoming season and will international high performance players the opportunity to visit Toronto, Canada and play in one of North American’s premier junior squash events.

Leading up to the event is the Jonathon Power 2 week elite camp. The camp is a great way to prepare for the event and the coaching staff that the camp provides is second to none.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why Do You Love Squash?

I came across this video the other day and thought you might find it interesting why people love Squash. Please Comment Why You Love Squash.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Squash, Taliban, and Jonathon Power

Check Out This Article from today's Globe and Mail. It's a very interesting article about one girl's fight to play squash without repression from the Taliban. Definitely worth reading.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Update - 2011 Harrow Canadian Squash Championships

Tom Porter, Mark Porter, Brian Porter, Jonathon Power, Mike Wilbur, David Guthrie

Mike “TMS” Wilbur in Men’s 50+ finally broke though and won his first match against Don Givelos of Toronto. Mike got off to a fast start by taking the first game and continued to play strong throughout the match. Mike won the match 3 games to 1 and plays today at 10:40am in the Bronze Final.

Tom Porter in Men’s 55+ Silver Draw Quarterfinals played Rudy Goodridge of Toronto in. Tom played tough but Goodridge’s shot making ability was too hard to overcome. Goodridge won the match 3 games to 0.

Brian Porter in Men’s B Draw Silver Semi Finals played Byron Goodwin of Burlington. Brian ran into a tough competitor in Goodwin. Brian played hard but did not have enough gas. Goodwin won the match 3 games to 0.

David Guthrie played two matches yesterday in Men’s C Silver Draw. In Quarter Finals action Guthrie played Ben McNabb of Collingwood. Guthrie won the match 3 games to 0. In the Semi Finals Guthrie played Carey Linton of Brampton in a tough hard fought match losing 13 -11 in the fifth game.

Check Back Tomorrow to See If Mike Wilbur wins the Bronze Finals.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Update - 2011 Harrow Canadian Squash Championships

National Squash Academy

Mike Wilbur in 1st Round Action in Men's 50+

Mark Porter in 1st Round Action Men's Open

Brian Porter in 2nd Round Action Men's B Silver Draw

Tom Porter in the Men’s 55+ won his 1st round match against Kevin Arnsdorf of Toronto by the score of 3 -1 in games. In the 2nd Round Tom lost to the #5 seed Rashid Aziz from Vancouver 3 -1 in games. Tom plays again today at 12:10pm in the Silver Draw.

Mike “TMS” Wilbur in the Men’s 50+ division played Alex Smith of Toronto and lost 3 –1 in games. In Silver Draw Mike lost to Chris Cameron of Barrie 3 -1 in games. Mike play again today at 1:30pm in the Bronze Draw. Mike says his game is off because he was not allowed to wear his muscle shirt in this event.

Mark Porter in the Men’s Open Draw played the # 3 Seed David Phillips of Montreal. Mark lost the match 3-0 in games. Mark bounced back to beat Brad Hanebury of Pickering 3-1 in games in the Silver draw. Mark lost to Justin Vanderleest of Regina 3-1 in games in the Silver Draw.

Brian Porter in Men’s B Draw lost to Phil Leonard of Hamilton in five games. Brian in Silver Draw defeated Domi Diaz of Calgary 3- 0. In 2nd round Silver Draw defeated Bryan Hall of Delta B.C. 3 – 0 in games. Brian plays again today at 3:30pm.

David Guthrie in Men’s C Draw lost to the #1 Seed Jean Claude Jeffery of Ajax 3 -0 games. In Silver Draw David defeat Kinmond Smith of Toronto 3-0 in games. David plays again today at 3:30pm

Check Back Tomorrow for more results or click on link for real time updates.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011 Harrow Canadian Squash Championships

The 2011 Harrow Canadian Squash Championships Starts Tommorrow Wednesday May 4/11 in Toronto. Windsor Squash And Fitness Club has 5 of it's players playing in this year's event. Tom Porter (55+ Draw), Brian Porter(B Draw), Mark Porter (A Draw), Mike Wilbur(50+ Draw) and David Guthrie (C Draw) will all be competing. Please Check back daily as I will be updating their progress and posting photos from the tournament. Good Luck Guys

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2011 Winter Squash League Finals Results

2011 Winter Squash League Champions

Monday Night League Finals on April 11/11

A1 - Mark Porter Defeated Mike Twiner

A2 - Andrew Little Defeated Tom Porter

A3 - Ron Funkenhauser Defeated David Mill

A4 - Tim Autterson Defeated Mark Little

A5 - Toby Scott Defeated Keith Kryway

A6 - Samer Alkatib Defeated Eric Beneteau

Tuesday Night League Finals On April 12/11

B1 - Arthur Nagy Defeated Mike Tompkins

B2 - Steve Oltean Defeated Adam Pole

B3 - Joe Atherton Defeated Colin Bateman

B4 - Syed Azmat Defeated Dave Robins

Thank You To Everyone Who Participated In The 2011 Winter Squash League.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Squash Ontario - April E-Magazine

Squash Ontario is pleased to announce the release of the April issue of Squash Ontario E-Magazine!The E-Magazine features the latest squash news, informative articles, and event listings pertinent to all squash enthusiasts across Ontario! From recreational to competitive; junior to senior; singles to doubles; coach to official - this E-Magazine is for you!!

Look for the next issue in May, 2011!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Windsor Squash and Fitness Captures the MSRA Travel League 4.5 Championship

Windsor Squash and Fitness Captures the MSRA Travel League 4.5 Championship. WSF beat their arch rivalries from LifeTime Fitness of Troy to bring home the championship.

Mike “The Muscle Shirt” Wilbur beat Holmes Ahari 3 – 2.

Andrew “Silk” Little beat Farookh Ahmed 3 – 0.

Paul “Sinbad” Gebreal beat Jason Heywood 3- 0.

Andrew “Beavis” Caille lost to Ricardo Ramos 0-3.

Simple Awesome Guys!!! Not Bad for a Team that nearly did not make the playoffs.

Holmes Ahari and Mike “The Muscle Shirt” Wilbur

Farookh Ahmed and Andrew “Silk” Little

Paul "Sinbad" Gebreal and Jason Heywood

Ricardo Ramos and Andrew "Beavis" Caille

The Boys Celebrating Their Victory