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The Safe Way to Play Squash 

 

Sport Waikato’s recommendation is that for the sake of our physical, mental, social and spiritual health the community continues to remain active but does so in a socially responsible way - minimise group gatherings where you possibly can.

Here are some practical tips to implement to help you stay healthy while you continue to enjoy Squash.

Before the game

All players must discuss and confirm that they haven’t been in contact with anyone that is unwell or has recently returned from overseas.

The discussion must confirm that neither player has any of the symptoms of COVID-19 such as:

  • a cough;
  • a high temperature (at least 38°C);
  • shortness of breath.
  • clean the ball with an alcohol or disinfectant wipe.
  • wipe (or replace) grip with alcohol or disinfectant wipe.
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before your game, and make sure your hands are thoroughly dry.

During the game

  • don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth during the game.
  • if you must cough or sneeze do so into your elbow.
  • avoid personal contact, don’t make body to body contact at all if this can be avoided, think about the application of a let call possibly more often than normal to keep a suitable distance.
  • ideally maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and your opponent.
  • do NOT wipe your hands/arms on the court walls.
  • do NOT share towels or drink bottles.

Remember to

  • stay home if you feel unwell and cancel the game if required.

 

play Squash, be Smart and stay Safe

 

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Coronavirus Squash NZ Update - 19th March 2020

19 Mar 2020

In line with the increasing preventative measures in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and our collective responsibility to the wider squash community, Squash New Zealand and the 11 squash districts have suspended all National and District run events/competitions/training squads until May 1st effective immediately.  It is strongly advised that clubs follow this lead and suspend all club events and competitions until the same date May 1st effective immediately.

 

National events affected:

Aon New Zealand Junior Open – Postponed until further notice

All high-performance squads – Cancelled between 19th March 2020 and 1st May 2020

 

District competitions/events affected:

All District run Interclub – Cancelled between 19th March 2020 and 1st May 2020

All District Opens - Cancelled between 19th March 2020 and 1st May 2020

All District run training squads – Cancelled between 19th March 2020 and 1st May 2020

 

Decisions about attendance at any squash activity should be made with regard for the best interests of yourself, your whanau and your community.

Squash New Zealand and the squash districts will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation. Please continue to check in with the Squash New Zealand website www.squashnz.co.nz and the social media channels for further updates.

For more information on the virus visit:                

World Health Organisation                

Ministry of Health                

 

NZ Government – Covid-19



Grading List Review

 

A review of the grading list is taking place during 2020 to ensure it continues to provide players with an accurate method of tracking performance & ability.  The focus of the review is to understand the key issues or required enhancements, develop a priority order for resolution, and promptly action enhancements. The last significant work on the grading list took place between 2012-2015.  

 This survey is open to everyone.

For full information and a link to the survey, please check our website: https://squashnz.co.nz/news/index.cfm?content_id=5045



Squash Waikato Quad Team 

 

Squash Waikato is pleased to announce the team for the 2020 Junior Quadrangular tournament. 

This year the event will be hosted by Franklin Squash Club in Pukekohe, 28th - 29th March. 

The event sees teams of juniors from Northland, Auckland, Waikato and BOP compete in U13 to U19 junior age groups.  

This year will be the final Quad team event for Anika Jackson, Leah Hodges, Dion Morgan and Jayneesh as this is their final year in Juniors (U19)

Special mention of both Anika Jackson and Hayley Carson who have represented Squash Waikato in the Quad team for a numbers of years with Anika first playing in the Tri Series (before Northland came on board to make it a four district event) as a U11 in 2011, and Hayley first played as a U13 in 2014.

We welcome first time Squash Waikato representative players Nathan Smith, Tyler Lee, Carys Foot and Charlee Neilson to the team in 2020.

The team will be coached by Phil Buscke Somervell and Nicola Blake, Rebecca Hill will once again manage the Team.

 

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YES, the Align Surveyors Super 13 Series is BACK for 2020

 

This series proved to be a hit in 2019, supporting the outlying clubs in the Waikato Region,

with all the clubs involved enjoying increased tournament entries and running extremely successful events  

With a prize pool of $2000 thanks to the again with the generous support of Align Surveyors http://www.alignsurveyors.co.nz/

Squash Waikato is certain this will entice players to travel to these clubs and once again have the

opportunity to win a first prize of $1000 in CASH

The Prize pool is

1st $1000

2nd $400

3rd $150

4th $100

5th $100

6th -10th $50

 

A few tweaks for the 2020 series

6 x Open Tournaments (more opportunities for high graded players)

2 x A2 Tournaments (more opportunities for high graded players)

6 x Double points tournaments (the further you travel the more points that are available)

And division runners up receive a point in this year’s super 13 series (no points were awarded to runners up in 2019)

 

You will also note that the Waikato Graded Championships is again part of the series.

 

Register today via  Super 13 Registration

Series poster HERE Align Surveyors Super 13 Series 2020

 

 

 

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Squash Waikato Development Officer

Squash Waikato is pleased to announce Richard Harris will commence employment with Squash Waikato on Monday the 2nd March

 Many of you will know Richard from his long involvement with Squash in the Waikato region

A quote from Richard below

 

“I have worked as the Centre Manager for Eastlink Tennis Trust. (18 months – between Jan 2017 and August 2018 – 20-hour role)

and another lifetime ago before heading on an OE for Squash Waikato (Development Officer) following Mark Devoy in approx. 1999 – 2001. During this time,

I introduced the Junior grading list – which I still believe connects a focal point for Junior pathways today. I have an Advanced Diploma in Sports Studies through Wintec (2000).

My interest in exercise and sports connects to fun but also measurement. I enjoy squash as a recreation of choice. Time efficient – and exhausting. Working in a commercial environment (Fitness)

– I continue to see big opportunities for not – for profit sport competing for a slice of the recreation dollar. Technology – access, communication and structure the key components for squash to continue to develop.”

 

Richard will be great asset to the Squash Waikato team and will certainly continue the development program put in place by Glenda Knox

 

Richards key responsibility’s will be

  • Growing community participation through squash clubs, schools, events and special projects.
  • To lead the development and delivery of initiatives and resources that will lead to an increased number and quality of squash players.
  • Providing resources, support and delivery of training opportunities for coaches, teachers, club delegates and administrators within squash clubs and schools.
  • To advocate the development of strong networks between squash clubs and schools.

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 You can contact Richard as below

 

Richard Harris | Squash Development Officer

Email: development@squashwaikato.co.nz                                Mob: 021 852 772

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