Women’s Div 1 > New Format for 2015/2016 Season

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As some of you know, participation in Women’s Div. 1 was down last season. A variety of reasons for this drop were suggested and in response to these suggestions the VSL held a Women’s Div 1 Spring League with a new format. Teams were created based on skill level rather than club affiliation and this made for fun, competitive matches for all players. Hosting was made optional and all teams were able to share players, when necessary, from a “spare pool”.

Based on overwhelming positive feedback from the trial, the VSL has decided to move forward with a trial version of that new format for the 2015/16 season.

This season will be a trial period and the league will assess near the end of the season whether to continue with this format for future years.

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HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Send an email to info@vancouversquashleague.com BEFORE September 15, 2015 and we’ll do the rest. Let us know:

1) Your preference for playing:

a) full-time,

b) part-time or

c) spare?

2) Would you like to be a team captain?

3) Does your club have a Women’s Div 1 team?

a) If you are a member of JER, EVE or VRC you must also register with your club and pay the appropriate fees to join league in addition to letting us know about their desire to play in Div 1.

b) If your club is not listed above that’s okay, we’ll place you with a team! Sign up by emailing the league coordinator at info@vancouversquashleague.com. There will be a registration fee for these players that will be distributed to their team’s club that season as per a regular league participant.

 

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WHAT IS THE NEW FORMAT?

(i) Who can play?

As a general guideline, players should have a minimum of 1,000 ranking points. However, some players (such as juniors) may not have points that reflect their skill level, so they should check with the squash pro at their club before signing up.

Players below 1,000 ranking points who would like to play in Div 1 will likely be placed in the “spare pool”. If you would like to play full time in league, then we strongly recommend you register as a regular player for Div 2 and register as a spare for Div 1.

The VSL will pool players that have signed up and create a minimum of four equitable teams.

You can sign up choosing to play a) full-time; b) part-time or c) spare.

Spares will be available to all teams.

New this season: Players that don’t have a Div 1 women’s team will sign up by emailing the league coordinator at info@vancouversquashleague.com. There will be a registration fee for these players that will be distributed to their team’s club that season as per a regular league participant.

NOTE: All players must register for league with their club as normal in addition to letting us know about their desire to play in Div 1.

(ii) Teams and Team Captains

The team line-up will be 4 or 5 players depending on participation and there will be at least 4 teams.

We’re hoping to have people volunteer to be team captains but we may ask players if there aren’t enough.

Players will be kept with their respective clubs, as much as possible, but the priority is to have balanced teams so that all players have competitive matches.  It will be important for captains to communicate with one another to coordinate matches to ensure players are as closely matched as realistically possible.

(iii) Host Clubs

Just like last season, each week teams will play at the host clubs on a rotating basis. The clubs participating are Vancouver Racquets Club, Jericho and Evergreen.

The VSL will determine the designated HOME team and the designated visiting team for each night in the league schedule. The HOME team will be responsible for reffing that night.

(iv) Scoring

Teams have the choice of playing PAR 11 or PAR 15. Both captains must agree on the scoring system or play PAR 15. All matches should be played with the same scoring system.

(v) Team Responsibilities

The HOME team is responsible for refereeing matches and entering scores into SportyHQ. Team hosting is no longer a requirement in this division but players are encouraged to socialize after the matches.

(vi) Player Costs

Players must register with their clubs and pay the appropriate fees to join league. There is no additional cost, such as club drop-in fees, to play in the new format.

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ANY QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK?

Please email the League Coordinator:  info@vancouversquashleague.com.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in participating, who isn’t currently playing in the VSL, please let them know about this.

3 Month Trial @ Evergreen Squash

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Evergreen Offers a $99 Three month Trial Membership Summer Special if you sign up before August 31st!

Want to Play Squash, Get Fit & Have Fun? Come and join us at Evergreen Squash Club in North Vancouver!!!

This includes full booking privileges to our five singles courts and doubles court, access to all leagues and ladders, gym access, plus a free lesson with one of our pros! And of course, our social events — of which there are many! The $99 can be put towards the one time initiation fee at the end of the trial period. Have a look at our website at www.evergreensquash.com for more info on the Club and facilities.

Contact Cathy Covernton, who also runs the Pro Shop and can get you kitted out for the court! Visit our website.

New Players Wanted!

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The Vancouver Squash League is actively looking for new players who want to play in our league. Watch out for these new posters going up at all member clubs in the Lower Mainland. Tell your friends! Our next season begins the last week of September 2014. Contact the VSL League Coordinator for more info: info@vancouversquashleague.com

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Family Day is February 11, 2013

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Captains and players,

It has come to our attention that the civic holiday “Family Day”, which is Monday February 18th across the country, is actually planned for Monday February 11th in British Columbia.

Open divisions 2 – 6 are the only divisions that will be affected.
Div 1 is on an 8 team cycle and has to play on Monday Feb 11 and Monday Feb 18th as their 8 team division needs to complete more matches. The women’s divisions and Open Div 7 play on Tuesdays so are not affected.

All “Feb 11” dates have been switched to “Feb 18” on the QuickDraw schedules. Please double check your start times.

Thanks and sorry for the confusion.

BC Honda and the VSL announce a new partnership!

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The Vancouver Squash League is very pleased to announce that Squash BC and the BC Honda Dealers have signed a one year agreement that will see local BC Honda dealers emerge as front runners in supporting local squash throughout British Columbia. As of February 1 the VSL will be known as the BC Honda Vancouver Squash League.

The VSL board is very excited for their 900+ members and look forward to the many benefits that will result from this new relationship.

New Scoring Systems

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The scoring systems for the 2010/2011 season were discussed and voted on at the most recent AGM. The choices were “Hand in/Hand Out to 9” or “PAR – Point A Rally”. These are the results:

OPEN DIVISIONS
All Open Divisions (1-8) will score using PAR 11.
This system allows either player to score points regardless of whether they are serving or receiving. The server, on winning a stroke, scores a point and retains the service; the receiver, on winning a stroke, scores a point and becomes the server.

In the event of a 10-10 tie the winner is the first player to score two points clear of their opponent (ie: 12-10 or 13-11).  The matches will remain a best of five.

WOMEN’S DIVISIONS
All Women’s Divisions (1-7) will score using PAR 15. This system allows either player to score points regardless of whether they are serving or receiving as in PAR 11. The server, on winning a stroke, scores a point and retains the service; the receiver, on winning a stroke, scores a point and becomes the server.

In the event of a 14-14 tie the receiver (not the server) will choose to continue that game to fifteen (“Set 1”) or to seventeen points (“Set 3”). With “Set 1” the player to score the NEXT point wins. With “Set 3” it is the first player to get to 17 points that wins. The matches will remain a best of five.

WRAP PARTY – NEW DATE!

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Due to a scheduling conflict the VSL has changed the date of this season’s WRAP PARTY to FRIDAY, APRIL 30th. The party is still being held at the Hollyburn Country Club and admission is free for all VSL players: Bring your whole team!

Please RSVP by April 20th if you plan on attending by emailing “info@vancouversquashleague.com

Event schedule:
6:30pm – Men’s Final: Bentall Centre Athletic Club v Richmond Sports Club
6:30pm – Women’s Final: TBD (Teams in the semis: VLT A1, EVE B1, EVE A1 and JER A1)

In addition to the VSL Finals, the Vancouver Open Doubles League will conclude its inaugural season with its finals on the same day. This league is made up of the top men’s doubles players in BC. Cash bar will be available at the Squash Centre.

Vancouver Open Doubles League Final:
5:30pm – Exhibition Doubles Match – TBD
6:30pm – Team Todd v Team Cabell or Team Leckie

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Once the matches are done we will move to the CLUB LOUNGE located on the 3rd floor of Hollyburn. Access is near the main club entrance across from the Member Services desk.
There will be a few brief speeches from representatives of the 2020 Fund and also Coastal Squash.

More info on the Facebook page.

Sportsmanship winners will also be announced at the party.
(If you haven’t sent us your vote please do so before April 20: info@vancouversquashleague.com)

Team photos of all divisional winners will be taken during the event.

See you there!

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This year’s Wrap Party is sponsored by Ingram Schulz, a six-piece rock outfit based in Vancouver and dedicated to keeping great guitar-based rock and roll songs alive. The band has two gigs coming up so check out their website for more info: http://www.ingramschulz.com/home.cfm

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Div 1 “Open” Final set for Monday, May 11th

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UPDATE: May 11th, 9:26pm > Congratulations to the new Division 1 Playoff Champions, JER B1 “Young Guns”. They won 3-2 over league Champions FIT A1.

Those of you who came to the VSL Wrap Party can join us in congratulating Van Lawn’s Div 1 Women in their victory over Evergreen (3-1).

Thanks to everyone who attended. We all saw some fabulous matches including Div 1 doubles.

The Div 1 Open final wasn’t played due to conflicting squash tourney schedules (Junior and Senior Nationals) but it has been rescheduled for Monday, May 11th at Van Lawn. The VSL board hopes that you can make it out to watch Fitness Unlimited battle Jericho A1. See you there!

Wrap Party!

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The VSL is pleased to announce that this season’s Wrap Party will be held at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club on Saturday, April 25th. Admission is free! Come watch the finals of the Open and Women’s Division One. Also on tap is a doubles exhibition and dancing in the bar. Sportsmanship winners will also be announced. See you there!

For more info click on the poster.

2009 VSL AGM date announced

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The Vancouver Squash League has announced the date for it’s 2009 Annual General Meeting. This year’s AGM will be held at the Vancouver Racquets Club (VRC) and will cover topics such as a potential new scoring system for the VSL (PAR or Point A Rally), QuickDraws, the VSL’s new website, social responsibilities of teams playing in the VSL and league fees.

If you have a topic that you would like to see discussed at the AGM please send an email to the League Coordinator (info[at]vancouversquashleague[dot]com) before March 1st, 2009. The final agenda will be available for download by Friday, March 6th.

Please click here to download a copy of the AGM poster.

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