Squash

Coach Dean Russell

Welcome to the inaugural season of Dragon Squash!  The program philosophy centers on the core concept that squash is fun, challenging, and rewarding.  The goal is for players to hone their skills, take fitness seriously, compete hard, and have fun.  We see squash as a lifelong sport, where the skills of the game and the understanding of its flow and strategies create lasting friendships and an enduring enjoyment of the game.

WHY SQUASH?

The game of squash is one of the fastest growing racquet sports in the country. The strong interest in the game amongst children and adults alike is driven by several factors:

  • It is an ageless sport that can be enjoyed at any skill and age level.
  • Squash is considered the healthiest sport of all (Forbes Magazine)
  • The clever, fast-paced technical and tactical game is being played at most of the top colleges in the United States and also being recognized as one of the top three extracurricular sports that can assist in college placement.  Over 200 U.S. colleges and universities now have squash teams.
  • And youth squash is growing; the U.S. high school squash national tournament is the largest of all squash events in the world, hosting nearly 2,000 competitors.

In their excellent book, Raising Big Smiling Squash Kids, Richard Millman and Georgetta Morque outline these great reasons to get your kids playing.

Squash is fun and offers fitness for life.  Easy, as it it takes just two to play; social, as it takes at least two to have fun.  Squash is truly a global sport and provides the opportunity to travel.  It can also offer college team play… And squash can play a big role in developing character, self-confidence, decision-making and discipline.

Handle squash competition well and you and you can handle anything life throws at you.  The sport can be played on the cheap, initially, and is relatively safe since it’s not a contact sport.  You can be tall or short – size doesn’t matter.  A player can pick and choose tournaments in which to participate and even though squash is an individual sport, there are exciting team opportunities.  And once you’re on a squash team, no child sits on the bench at a match.

Squash bridges the family generation gap, as old and young can play together.  Squash brings together nice people from all walks of life, all over the world.

MEDIA COVERAGE ABOUT OUR NEW PROGRAM

PRACTICE DAYS, LOCATIONS, TIMES:

  • Practices will begin Friday, November 9 and thereafter as follows:
  • Fridays — 4:30-5:30pm @ McArthur Squash Center (MSC), Boar’s Head Sports Club
    • Transportation will be provided to MSC and back to school; you may pick up your child either at MSC at 5:30 or school at 6:00
  • Thursdays — 8:15-9:15am in the school gym
  • Optional practices will be organized and announced on a weekly basis

FORMS AND DOCUMENTS

  • All players must have a physical examination prior to the first practice. The form can be found here and turned in to me once completed. A copy of the form is also attached to this email. (Note: Middle school players should answer “N/A” to questions about high school semesters and credits.)
  • The Athletics Signature Sheet must be also be completed and turned in prior to the first practice.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Non-marking athletic shoes
    • Scholarships are available — please don’t hesitate to contact me if financial support would be helpful 
  • Athletic shorts and shirts for practices
  • Racquets, goggles, and balls will be provided but you are free to bring/purchase your own

SCHEDULE & KEY DATES

Date        Event                                                                 Location        Time
10/29      Parent Meeting                                                    CPCS           7:30-8:30
11/9        First Practice                                                       MSC             4:30-5:30
11/11      Dragon Squash Day @ UVA vs Princeton             MSC             1:00-2:00
11/17      MSC Junior Tournament                                      MSC             TBA
1/25-27   Salty Hawkins Junior Bronze Tournament            Richmond     TBA
1/27         Dragon Squash Day @ UVA vs Yale                     MSC            11:00-2:00

NOTE: Other scrimmage/match opportunities are being explored and may be added. Updated schedule can be found here.

SUPPORTING OUR SQUASH PLAYERS

Our squash team will operate entirely on private donations, grants, and volunteerism.  With equity and access as a core value, our aim is to offer the sport to our students with no participation fee and limited out-of-pocket expenses.  We will be exploring ongoing fundraising and sponsorship opportunities to ensure program sustainability.

Contact us are interested is supporting our program through:

  • Fundraising
  • Coaching
  • Transportation

RESOURCES

For more information on squash at Community Middle or Murray High, contact Head Squash Coach Chad Ratliff.

OTHER MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS

Interested in other middle school athletic opportunities while attending CPCS?  We partner with Burley Middle School (just across the street) to offer our students access to the ACPS Middle School Sports Program through Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.  The 2018-19 offerings are:

  • Tennis: Sept 10–Oct 10
  • Basketball: Sept 10 – Oct 23 *physical required
  • Soccer: Nov 12 – Dec 5
  • Flag Football: Nov 13 – Dec 6
  • Girls Volleyball: Jan 28 – Mar 21 *physical required
  • Track: Apr 8 – May 1

More information here. Program or sport-specific questions should be directed to Mr. Boyd at hboyd@k12albemarle.org and 434-295-5101.  The ACPR contact, Joe Clark, can be reached at jclark@albemarle.org and 434-296-5844.

OTHER HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Students attending Murray High School may participate any athletic offerings or extracurriculars available at the comprehensive high school to which they are districted.  In recent years, Murray students have participated on their base school lacrosse, mountain biking, volleyball teams and drama programs.

Contact the respective base Athletic Director or specific Head Coach for more information.