Hey Ref!

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The VSL still has plans to organize free reffing clinics before the end of the year but in the meantime check out this great series of articles by Barry Faguy in Squash Magazine.

HEY REF! I was reading the new 2014 rules and was having a tough time figuring out the difference between ‘excessive’ and ‘exaggerated’ swings. Help!?

Welcome to the club. Most rules deal with the assumption that a player’s swing is reasonable—meaning that it does “not extend more than is necessary” for the intended shot. This is generally understood to mean using primarily a vertical rather than horizontal plane of travel (for both the backswing and follow-through)—and a bent elbow where possible (avoiding a straight arm). So an unreasonable swing (excessive or exaggerated) would be one that does indeed extend more than necessary. . . read more

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2016 BC Open

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This year’s edition of the BC Open will take place at the Bentall Centre Athletic Club, from November 23-27, and is presented by The Lincoln Motor Company. Entry is $65 ($60 before November 9) and the deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 16th at 6pm PST.

There is $5000 in prize money available and only 120 entries maximum. Your entry entitles you to 3 hours of validated parking, three (3) guaranteed matches and a meal coupon that you can use any time you’d like between the 23rd and 27th. World #74 Martin Knight will be playing and will host a Q & A on the Friday night.

Register now at SportyHQ

Questions? Email Andrew Lynn.

The 2016 BC Open at Bentall

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Nicola Wealth Open at the Jericho Tennis Club

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The Professional Squash Association (PSA) is returning to Jericho Tennis Club!  With the support of our Title Sponsor Nicola Wealth Management, Jericho will play host the Nicola Wealth Open 2016 a 10K USD Women’s PSA event featuring world class players from around the globe.

Qualifying matches for the PSA event begin on Monday Oct. 31st and include 8 local BC entries: Giselle Delgado, Carolyn Russell, Megan Picken, Andrea Toth, Lucia Bicknell, Cynthia Cao, Nour Elhendawi and Josephine Adams.  In addition, Victoria’s Grace Thomas has been granted the Wild Card position directly into Wednesday’s main draw.

These players are competing to earn their place in the 16 player main round beginning on Wednesday Nov. 2nd.  The main draw will feature the top four Canadian players Hollie Naughton, Danielle Latourneau, Sam Cornett and Niki Todd.

It will also include Maria Toorpakai Wazir from Pakistan who featured at the Toronto International Film Festival in a motion picture about her life growing up as a boy in an area of Pakistan controlled by the Taliban.

For complete PSA draw details click here:
https://psaworldtour.com/tournaments/view/6644?tab=womens_main

The Nicola Wealth Open 2016 amateur event will feature 10 divisions with matches starting on Wednesday Nov. 2nd for local players.  Entry for the amateur draws is limited to 125 participants.

Individuals interested in becoming a Patron, Sponsor or looking to purchase reserved seating for this great week of squash can contact Richard Yendell by email: squash@jerichotennisclub.com

We look forward to hosting you to what will surely be a fantastic week of squash here at Jericho Tennis Club.

Registration is now open online through SportyHQ:
https://www.sportyhq.com/tournament/view/Nicola-Wealth-Open-2016

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Women’s Div 1 for 2016/2017 Season

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If you are interested in playing in Women’s Div 1 for the upcoming season, lease let the VSL know by September 20th. Send an email to info@vancouversquashleague.com and include your name and club. If you are a member of a VSL club you must sign up for league through your club. If you are unaffiliated you will be asked to pay a VSL league fee prior to the start of the season.

There will be a draft just like last year and teams will be selected, and informed, prior to the first matches which are scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th.

Please note that the ranking point guidelines to play in Div 1 are between 975 – 1700.

2016 Captain’s Social

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ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2oth, from 6-8pm, AT THE JERICHO TENNIS CLUB, the Vancouver Squash League (VSL) is hosting a “Captain’s Social” for all VSL captains and co-captains. This brief information session will include an overview of a captain’s job requirements, league rules overview and a SportyHQ demo. There will also be a question and answer period and FREE BEER AND APPETIZERS.

This is a great event for captains to get up to speed on the league before it starts and it’s our way of saying “THANKS”. First-time captains are strongly recommended to attend If you are a league team captain and can’t attend please send your co-captain.

RSVP by September 18th to be entered in a prize draw: info@vancouversquashleague.com

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Divisional Ranking Guidelines for 2016/2017

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Not sure where you should be playing in the VSL this year?

Check out our handy guidelines that will hopefully ensure that you’re playing in the right division this year and that you get as many competitive matches as you can!

WOMEN
Div 1
975 – 1700

Div 2
800 – 1000

Div 3
675 – 875

Div 4
575 – 800

Div 5
475 – 675

OPEN
Div 1
1475 – 2200

Div 2
1325 – 1525

Div 3
1225 – 1475

Div 4
1125 – 1350

Div 5
1000 – 1225

Div 6
925 – 1125

Div 7
600 – 1000

Big thanks to VSL board member Nathan Ozog for all of his efforts in putting this together.

2016 AGM Minutes and Income Statement

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The minutes from the 2016 AGM are available for download as a Word document: VSL_2016_AGM_Min

The 2015/2016 league Income Statement and 2015/2016 Budget is also available for download as a PDF: 2016 VSL Financial Statements (DRAFT)

An analysis of the 2016 survey can be downloaded here: 2016.03.18 – 2016 Survey Results Summary

2015/2016 Playoff Winners

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The following teams all finished first in the 2015/2016 league playoffs. Congratulations!

PLAYOFFS – WOMEN

Women’s Div 1
JER A1

Heather Yong
Lauren Ashikian
Maegen Giltrow
Julienne Joe
Carol Richards
Jennifer Louie
Jamie Sonego
Valerie Johnson

Women’s Div 2
VRC Big Fonts

Meg Goodine
Brenda Tansley
Judi Narduzzi
Louise Fogharty
Ming Chang
Monica Szpak
Lauren Price

Women’s Div 3
VRC Squash Bettys

Abby Kidd
Marian Holoboff
Yasmine Franchi
Mary Anne Keilty
Giulia Muraca
Olivia Maxwell
Kristen Goldsmith
Larissa Beardmore
Beverly Lawton
Jane McDonald
Ashley Gallant

Women’s Div 4
VRC F4

Jennifer Arntorp
Kate Keetch
Beverly Lawton
Sarah MacKinnon
Rhonda Porter
Jane McDonald
Tiffany Jung
Joanne Sawatzky
Allison Eddy

Women’s Div 5
VRC G5 THS

Sylvia Males
Helen Gee
Chan Allison
Eddy Kim
Tamai Jane
Nemaia May
Chan Alison
Thorson Lady
Jessica Hartley
Quinn Fotheringham
Ria Bordian
Tina Hibbs

Women’s Div 6
VRC 6 Balls Deep

Jenelle Martin
Kait Lay
Zahra Farhang
Shira Mulloy
Kinder Mottus
Katherine Johnston
Tina Hibbs
Elizabeth Macey
Rita Steeves
Jennifer Levey

PLAYOFFS – OPEN

Open Div 1
SPC Super Hero Squad

Hamid Khosrowkiani
Jesus Camacho
Ricardo Toscano Cañete
Marco Toriz-Caddo
Archie Heuser
Ismael Matti Alvarez
Shakiru Matti
Rehman Gul
Patrick Toth
Andrea Toth
Matthew Toth
Tiago Pereira

Open Div 2
EVE I2 Kazers

James Stobie
Tim Martin
Snehal Lakhani
Riaz Mavani
Gareth Louw
Aaron Hoy
Simon Bicknell
Matt Bicknell
Sayeed Mavani
Bryan Hack
Jason Hingley
Lee Meller
Randy Johal
Andres Haneine

Open Div 3
BEN 3

Steve Boileau
Amer Khakwany
Andy Au-Yeung
Dan Karr
Robert McDonnell
Greg MacDonald
Michael Borden
Tim Wetzer

Open Div 4
BEN 4A

David Paynter
Colin Edstrom
Brian Kain
Brodie Kristensen
Bryan Kinney
Ken Yamamoto
Neil Perk
Steve Commons
David MacDonald
James Clift
Kirk Moses

Open Div 5
VRC J5

Darren McClure
Gareth Martin
Chris Stephenson
Chris Boshard
Oliver Zihlmann
Brad Ridgway
Ryan Teraverst
Pat Lynam
Curtis Ronning

Open Div 6
SPC C6 Undertakers

Cynthia Cao
Antonio Carrillo
Jim Wilson
Emilio Carrillo
Sarah Cao
Jordan King
James Toth
Meira Padda
Jose Carrillo
Joseph Toth

Open Div 7
VRC K7

Roger Chong
Tennyson Choo
Warren Longpre
Simon Cai
Tony Hui
Trevor Larocque
Ian Stewart
Michael Birch
Alex Beristain

2015/2016 Season Winners

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At the end of the 2015/2016 regular season these teams were in first place. Congratulations!

REGULAR SEASON – WOMEN

Women’s Div 1
HOL A1

Megan Picken
Anika Kurji
Jenna Dhanani
Diana Newman
Caitlin Hungerford
Josephine Adams

Women’s Div 2
VRC Big Fonts

Meg Goodine
Brenda Tansley
Judi Narduzzi
Louise Fogharty
Ming Chang
Monica Szpak
Lauren Price

Women’s Div 3
VRC Squash Bettys

Abby Kidd
Marian Holoboff
Yasmine Franchi
Mary Anne Keilty
Giulia Muraca
Olivia Maxwell
Kristen Goldsmith
Larissa Beardmore
Beverly Lawton
Jane McDonald
Ashley Gallant

Women’s Div 4
VRC F4

Jennifer Arntorp
Kate Keetch
Beverly Lawton
Sarah MacKinnon
Rhonda Porter
Jane McDonald
Tiffany Jung
Joanne Sawatzky
Allison Eddy

Women’s Div 5
SPC 5 Squash Chicks

Vivien Donnelly
Robin Wilson
Jarka Winter
Lindy Do
Marnie Costa
Vivian Nelson
Jessica Almaguer
Ciara Heuser

Women’s Div 6
VRC 6 Balls Deep

Jenelle Martin
Kait Lay
Zahra Farhang
Shira Mulloy
Kinder Mottus
Katherine Johnston
Tina Hibbs
Elizabeth Macey
Rita Steeves
Jennifer Levey

REGULAR SEASON – OPEN

Open Div 1
BEN A1

Andrew Lynn
Luke Vaggers
Andrew Henderson
Ken Smith
Adam Radziminski
Jeff Smithson
Colin O’Connor
Andrew Clements
Geraint Khan
Aneal Galbaransingh
Tim Saunders

Open Div 2
HOL A2 – Baubau’s Crew

David Bauman
Robert Johnson
Stuart Clark
Jeff Boag
Derek Smith
Charlie Cleghorn
Ben Ferraro
Neil Johansen
Patrick Frost
Andrew Jones

Open Div 3
BEN 3

Steve Boileau
Amer Khakwany
Andy Au-Yeung
Dan Karr
Robert McDonnell
Greg MacDonald
Michael Borden
Tim Wetzer

Open Div 4
BEN 4A

David Paynter
Colin Edstrom
Brian Kain
Brodie Kristensen
Bryan Kinney
Ken Yamamoto
Neil Perk
Steve Commons
David MacDonald
James Clift
Kirk Moses

Open Div 5
ARB 5 NEW

Jim Green
Mark Keeley
Jeremy Heppenstall
Tam Do
Mark Vanry
William Tiwananelsonlai
Ted Brookes
Michael Bingham
Sung Van
Ken Armstrong
Garo Deyrmenjian
Brian Tattrie
Ahmad Doroudian

Open Div 6
SPC C6 Undertakers

Cynthia Cao
Antonio Carrillo
Jim Wilson
Emilio Carrillo
Sarah Cao
Jordan King
James Toth
Meira Padda
Jose Carrillo
Joseph Toth

Open Div 7
VRC K7

Roger Chong
Tennyson Choo
Warren Longpre
Simon Cai
Tony Hui
Trevor Larocque
Ian Stewart
Michael Birch
Alex Beristain

2016 VSL AGM & Wrap Party Recap

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The 2016 edition of the VSL’s AGM, Div 1 Finals and Wrap Party was held last night at Sport Central in Richmond. While attendance to the AGM was disappointing (thanks to the 6 diehards that made it out!) the Div 1 Women and Open Finals were well attended and did not disappoint. In the Women’s final HOL A1 faced off against JER A1 who proved too strong and won 3-0. In the Open Final, the host club SPC 1A Super Hero Squad lived up to their name and defeated a strong BEN A1 team in a 3-2 nail biter to take the cup.

Thanks to Sport Central and to Juvy, of Juvy’s Pub and Grill, for putting on a great event and a great spread.

That’s a wrap! Have a great off season everyone and see you next year!

Click on the link (or image below) to view the Facebook photo album.
2016 AGM and Wrap Party

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