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New Deadline for the Fall Squash Leagues – Register!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Great news for all those that missed the Fall Squash Leagues entry deadline. It has been extended to next WEDNESDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER. As a result, all leagues will start the week of Monday 21st September.

N.B: If you miss this deadline, you will have to join at the half way point.
We are running the usual Monday and Tuesday House leagues, Thursday Noon League and a Monday Night Doubles League. You can sign up for all Leagues here:

Alternatively you can sign up at the WSF&F Club Front Desk.

The Fall Leagues are an excellent way to get back into shape after the endless summer BBQ’s and stay healthy for the winter months ahead! Register now!

Tony Tomicic Challenge Start Times

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Tournament Weekend is here! TTC Logo small

This year we have over 130 competitors from across Ontario, Michigan and Ohio.  This will definitely be a very busy weekend, full of great Squash and good times.

Please help us keep on time throughout the event by being 30 minutes early for your scheduled match time.  This is especially important for Doubles Matches.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ROSTER AND START TIMES

Holiday Hours

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Club Hours for the Holiday

December 24th, 2014- 7:30am to 4pm
December 25th, 2014- CLOSED!!
December 26th, 2014- 7:30am to 4pm
December 31st, 2014- 7:30am to 4pm
January 1st, 2015- 9am to 4pm

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy Holiday!!!

Getting Ready for a busy Weekend!

Friday, November 7th, 2014

ATTENTION MEMBERS

Important information about our Junior Gold Event
Weekend of November 14th, 15th & 16th
 

As many of you are aware, Windsor Squash & Fitness Club has been awarded a Junior Gold event from Squash Ontario this season. This is a great honour, and is 1 of only 2 such events that will be held outside of the GTA this season. The Gold events are the premiere Junior events in the province and will attract top level players who are competing for provincial and national rankings.

Our event is scheduled for the weekend of November 14th, 15th and 16th. In our inaugural run, we are expecting approximately 70 players from across the province that will be competing in age categories ranging from under 11 year to under 19. Many of our own players will be competing and this will be a great opportunity for our members to see some of our Juniors compete against the best players in the province.

We see this event as an opportunity to promote our Junior program, our Club and our City. As a result of some generous support from our members, the competitors on this weekend will be treated to many amenities beyond what is normal for these events. All meals throughout the weekend will be provided for tournament players, a number of free spots have been provided for the Detroit Racquet UP program and in some cases accommodations donated in order to defray the cost of travel for some out of town players. The support has been overwhelming and we are extremely grateful.

Of course with a field this large, as well as parents and other spectators, there will be some disruptions to our normal business on this weekend.  We have booked off all courts (including the doubles court) from 3:00PM to Close on Friday, 9:15AM to Close on Saturday and 9:15AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. As entries are finalized this week, we will gradually be releasing available courts for members to book. We appreciate your patience in this and suggest that you check back throughout the week to see what becomes available.

Please feel free to stop by over the weekend. We guarantee that you will be impressed by the level of play, the determination and the sportsmanship from the competitors.

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Fall Down Wrap-Up

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Another successful tournament wrapped up around 4pm on Sunday.  I have received numerous emails from out of town players who were so complimentary about our club, members and staff.  

I want to pay special homage to our sponsors.  We managed to get 4 cash sponsors this time around and a a result the beer lasted until 3.30pm on Sunday!  The cash sponsors were Peter Wares, Wayne Carroll and a further 2 members who wish to remain anonymous.  On behalf of everyone I would like to thank them for their generosity and helping make all competitors have such an amazing time.

Special thanks to Anis Khan who paid for the pizza on Friday evening and also bought the junior prizes as well as a $20 gift certificate for all junior entrants.  Anis is a great supporter of our tournaments and juniors.

Mark Dalla Valle donated the breakfast items once again and I know how much the players appreciate the fantastic spread we put on every morning, especially the hung over ones!

Dave Porter and Pernod Ricard supported by donating a number of great prizes for the winners prize table.

Finally Steve Demarco who was once again responsible for the souvenir warm up top.  The feedback on these was great!  

We always rely on members support for these events and this time around people really stepped up to help.  

On court the entertainment and quality of squash was fantastic in all divisions.  The woman’s draw was especially competitive.  I will be posting a list of winners on the blog this week.

Graeme Williams – Tournament Chair

Squash Tip from the Pro

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Tip of the week is back and I am hoping to get some videos recorded this week to post as part of this.  

This week however I wanted to discuss something that I noticed in Mexico with the National Team.  Someone there asked me what the difference was between the top 20 players and the top 50.  This was an interesting question and made me analyze what was going on when they met. 

In the warm up it was not always obvious who was the better player, however when the match started the difference was clearer.  The better players were much more pro active in the rallies.  As soon as their oppGraeme - on courtonent missed a target by even a small amount the higher ranked players punished them.  Not with out right winners but by initiating attacks and putting work into their opponents legs.  This meant the lower ranked players were never able to get into a rhythm and play their natural games.  Obviously their technical strength means they are able to execute their attacking shots consistently and better/more explosive movement gets them into position earlier to create openings but the big difference appeared to be a mind set and confidence in attacking especially from lose balls in the back.  Rather than just hit the ball back they were able to attack all four corners with a range of shots/paces and weights.

Next time you are on court try and recognize a bad length and look to do something aggressive with it.  By doing this not only do you make your opponent work harder but you also put pressure on their length game as they know any loose shots will result in some hard movements!!

To read more tips from Graeme, be sure to check out the Squash Blog.  He can also be reached at squash@windsorsquash.ca if you have any questions about Squash programming at the Club.

Family Day!!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

 

 

family dayFamily Day  is Monday, February 17th, 2014! Our Club hours will be 5:30am to 4:00pm and there will be NO CHILDCARE! We wish you and your family a happy and fun filled Family Day!! ~Staff of WSF

Way to go Amin!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Amin with Squash Ontario President Mark Sachvie

Many of you would recognize Amin Khan as the young two-handed backhander that spends every spare minute by the Squash Courts looking for a game.  We’re very proud to share that this past weekend he won a Junior Gold event in the U11 division at the White Oaks resort and Spa in St. Catherines.

This win marks Amin’s first Gold victory and possibly the first Gold tournament win by a Windsor Squash & Fitness Club Junior in over 10 years!  In the finals, Amin showed his resilience and competitive nature as he sent 3 of the 4 games into extra points.  The first game proved to be a marathon as Amin squeaked out a win against his opponent 26-24.  In the 4th, he persevered after a 5 point deficit to win 16-14, claiming the match and the tournament title.

Junior Gold events are reserved for the top players in the province and this was the first of five that will be held this season.  We would like to wish Amin and all of our Juniors the best of luck as they compete this season!

 

It’s Tournament Weekend! – Start Times and Draws

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Here are the start times and draws for the 2012 Fall Down Classic.  With nearly 100 registered competitors, this promises to be a fun and busy weekend, jam packed with great Squash.  Click on the links to see the draws and start times.

A Draw

B Draw

C Draw

D Draw

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A Doubles

B Doubles

Mixed Doubles

We will be updating this post with more information as the week goes on. Look out for a special exhibition featuring Graeme Williams and Mick Joint on Saturday night.

Starting Soon – October & November

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Here is a quick reference guide for all things happening at WSF over the next few months.  If you’re interested in trying any of these programs, we encourage you to register early.  We always do our best to accomodate, but sometimes programs will fill up quickly.  If you have any questions, please use the contact information provided, call the Club at 519-966-2141 or e-mail our general inbox of info@windsorsquash.ca.   

 

Weekly and Drop-In Programs:

Lunchtime Squash Drills – Fridays from Noon to 1:00 – Join Graeme on Friday’s at noon for a 1 hour focus on drills and skills.  Drench yourself in sweat and improve your game.  Drop-ins are welcome.  E-mail Graeme at squash@windsorsquash.ca for more information.  Cost is $10 for Gold Members and $15 other members.

Thursday Night Squash Drills – Thursdays from 7:00 to  8:30PM  –  Here’s another great chance to get on court with Grame and learn from his vast experience and expertise.   This weekly program guarantees to get you moving and improving your Squash game.  Cost for this 1.5 hour clinic is $15 amd drop-ins are welcome.  For more infomration, e-mail Graeme at squash@windsorsquash.ca.

Ladies Only Squash - Friday Mornings from  10:00 to 11:00AM –  Sorry guys, this one is for women only!  Join Graeme to learn and improve in your game of Squash.  Get a great workout and experience the infamous “Squash Butt” first hand.  This is a fun and social program, that will place emphasis on important skills and game play with your fellow participants.  Cost for this program is $10 for Gold Members or $15 for other members.  For more infomration, e-mail Graeme at squash@windsorsquash.ca.

Small Group Training for those 55+ – Every Tuesday – Join Teresa Ashworth on Tuesdays mornings for this 8-Week programGroup sizes will be limited and the workouts, designed specifically for those over 55 years of age and older, will be  fun, challenging and varied weekly. Cost for this program is only $10 for members and $12.50 for non-members.  For more information, please call the Club or e-mail Teresa (tashworth@windsorsquash.ca).  

English Racketball Drop-In League – Every Wednesday –  We will be hosting a weekly daytime drop-in league for players interested in playing English Racketball from 10:00AM to 11:30AM on  Wednesday mornings. It willl be a chance to learn more about the game and get match practice. This is free for members and $7+hst for non members.  Loaner equipment is available if needed. For more information, please e-mail Graeme (squash@windsorsquash.ca).

Wellness In Motion – Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – This program has been designed with NovaMed Diagnostic Clinic as a Cardiac Maintenance program.  It is an ideal program for people who have experienced a cardiac incident and who have successfully completed a cardiac rehab program.  In addition to all of the benefits that our member receive, participants enrolled in this program will have the opportunity to meet with someone during their visit to discuss their progress and answer any questions that might come up.  For more information, please call 519-966-2141 or e-mail info@windsorsquash.ca

English Racketball League – Every Saturday – Imported from England, English Racquetball is much like traditional Racquetball. In fact it is played with the same racquet and a same size ball.  The main difference is that it is played on a Squash court.  This is a great game for those who loved to play Raquetball or for those who find Squash to be too demanding on the body.  The league will run starting at 3PM on Saturdays for 13 Weeks.  For more information, please e-mail Graeme (squash@windsorsquash.ca).

Student Squash Times - We have a very special price for University of Windsor Law and Commerce students.  For the absolute bargain of $50, students will have 3 designated times per week to play Squash at no additional charge.  The alloted times are Wednesdays after 8:00PM, Fridays after 7:00PM and Sundays after 4:00PM. Please e-mail Graeme at squash@windsorsquash.ca for more information.

All Junior Squash Programming Starts – Squash Pro Graeme Williams is running a wide range of Junior programs for kids this fall.  Children as young as 4 years old can play in the Future Stars programs and eventually graduate into the development group.  Our Performance squash consists of Juniors who are preparing to compete at the regional, provincial and national level.  All ages and levels of ability are invited to join him.  There are a number of weekly times available and players can attend as many sessions as they like.  Click on the picture for more information or e-mail Graeme (squash@windsorsquash.ca).

 

Specialty Programs:

October 16th – Mommy Bootcamp Sesssion Starts – Join Terese Mingay & Kristy McBeth twice a week for a great workout that will help you get back in shape and make you feel better.  We will combine cardio , weights, core, flexibility and much more into one hour. Bring your baby and Terese will get you motivated!!! Call the Club, click on the picture  or e-mail Terese (terese.mingay@mac.com) for more information.

 October 15th – BOOTCAMP – Join Colby on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:15 PM for the most challenging workout you’ve ever done!  In this 6 Week program, you will build muscle, burn fat, increase  your cardio endurance and challenge yourself like you’ve never before.  Click on the poster for more information or e-mail Colby (colby@windsorsquash.ca).

 

October 18th – Living Well – In partnership with the Windsor Family Health Team, we are offering  a holistic program focussing on mental health, fitness and nutrition. This is a 4-Week program and it is FREE.  Call Chris for more information 519-250-5656 x206.

 

 

October 20th – World Squash Day – We have a 1 day event scheduled to celebrate World Squash Day and help support the campaign to have Squash included in the 2020 Olympic games.  This year clubs from all over the world are taking part in the Worlds biggest squash match.  The match is being played between Team Squash and Team 2020.  Windsor are representing Team Squash and our opponents for the day will be London Squashand Racquets Club, who are representing Team 2020.  The event is open to all our members and we are hoping to have a fun afternoon of fantastic squash and celebrations.   As we are hosting there will be a $10 match fee to cover the cost of food and drink for our traveling opponents. E-mail Graeme for more info.

 

November 1st – Healthy Eating for Weight Management - Her’s another great program that is being offered in partnership with the Windsor Family Health Team.  This FREE 4-Week workshop will focus on nutrition and exercise strategies to help people maintain a healthy weight.  To register, please contact Chris at 519-250-5656 x206

 

 

Noember 2nd to 4th – Fall Down Classic Squash Tournament – Our first of only 2 open Squash tournaments of the season.  Come out an play against players of all ages and skill divisions from across Ontario, Michigan and Ohio.  This promises to be a fun filled weekend with an extra bonus of having the opportunity to watch our new Pro, Graeme Williams, competing for the first time in Windsor.  Contact Graeme by if you have any questions (squash@windsorsquash.ca).

 

November 10th – Yoga for Exceptional Girls – We are very excited to launch this brand new program for a very special part of the population.   A unique practice of Yoga for Girls who have Down Syndrome.  Participants will develop Balance,  Strength and Flexibility as well as Relaxation and Deep Breathing Techniques.  We invite girls with Down Syndrome who are 12 years of age and older to come out and see the benefits that Yoga can have on their well being.  Moms and caregivers are encouraged to attend.  This program will run on Saturday mornings at 11:15 and the cost for 6 Week program is only $72+hst.  Click here or on the pictre to the right for more information.