Ranking System Update

July 13th, 2016

Dear Squash Alberta Members,

Over the past several years members have expressed concerns with the Squash Alberta ranking system which is currently based on a points algorithm. The concerns centered around two (2) main areas:

- Too much downward movement resulting from a loss.
When I lose to someone ranked below me my ranking falls significantly, the lower the ranking of the person that beat me the farther I fall.

- Little or no upward movement resulting from a win.
I have won my last 15 matches but my ranking has not changed, the ranking points of the person directly above me are so large that I would have to beat them 10 times in a row to move above them.

This January Squash Alberta setup a Rankings Committee under the Chairmanship of John de Vries to review the concerns and develop alternative solutions to these concerns. Input to the process came from many sources including the Squash Pros in Alberta.

After careful consideration the Squash Alberta Board has elected to move to a Single Win Ladder Based System beginning September 1st, 2016. In conjunction with this change minor adjustments will be made to the Alberta Teams selection
criteria. A detailed description of the new system is available on our Rankings Page.

We realize this change will not solve all the Rankings Issues but we believe this is a good first step to improving the system for our members.


Grant Currie
President Squash Alberta

Posted on 07/14/2016

Membership Fee Increase

June 24th, 2016

Dear Squash Alberta Members,

After careful consideration and extensive discussion, Squash Alberta’s Board of Directors has authorized an increase in the annual member fees of $5 for individual memberships and $15 for family memberships.

Squash Alberta did not make this decision lightly.   Squash Alberta’s annual budget has seen increases over the past 10 years with no increase in membership fees to compensate.

We thank you for your understanding and welcome any feedback on ways to improve Squash Alberta’s programs or membership benefits in general.


Grant Currie,
President Squash Alberta

Posted on 06/24/2016

Comp-Intro Coaching Course

Squash Alberta will be hosting an Introduction to Competition Coaching Course at the Calgary Winter Club June 24-26. Interested individuals can register online using the Event Website. Space will be limited so please register ASAP!

The Introduction to Competition Course is aimed at coaches working with intermediate athletes, aged 12 and over, training within a club environment. The cost of the course is $175 for Squash Alberta members, $215 for non-members. Registration deadline is June 23 @ 11:50pm.

This course serves as the training portion of the Club Coach Certification requirements. To become fully certified, coaches must also complete a practical evaluation, and Making Ethical Decisions module.
Posted on 06/14/2016

Calgary Junior Worlds Fundraiser

The success of Alberta squash juniors continued last month, when 2 additional athletes qualified for the World Junior Team, which will compete at the Junior World Championships in Poland August 6-17.

Boys U19 Champion Michael Mehl (Calgary) qualified for the team following the Junior National Championships in April along with Ontario native Rahul Sehrawat but the final two spots were up for grabs during a team trials event held May 20-22 in Winnipeg. Three Alberta athletes were invited to the team trials: Matt Henderson, Brett Schille, and Noel Heaton and after the weekend competition was complete, two of the three were named to the team!

Henderson finished second in the competition, losing an extremely tight battle with underdog Ravi Seth (ON) in the final playoff. Noel Heaton secured his spot as team alternate, besting Brett Schille for 3rd.

An article outlining the result of the team trial is available on Squash Canada's Website.
Full team trial results are also available HERE.

A exhibition match and social event is being held at World Health Edgemont on June 15th at 6:45pm to raise funds towards expenses for team travel. The exhibition match will feature team members Matt Henderson and Michael Mehl, include audience interaction, and will be followed by wings in the restaurant. 
Posted on 06/01/2016

David Pearson Camp

World renowned coach David Pearson will be in Calgary next weekend teaching a high performance camp at the Glencoe Club. Head pro David Duncalf is very excited to welcome back Mr. Pearson, who has coached 4 world champions in his career, and remains the most successful Commonwealth Games coach of all time!

Contact the Glencoe Club now to sign up!
Posted on 05/20/2016

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