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Power of Positivity: The Advantages of Positive Self-Talk

We all know the maxim: “if you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all.” Instead, take it as this “only say things to yourself that you would say to others.” This is appropriate in both squash and in life. Be kind to yourself as you would to others. ~ Bailey Bondy

Congratulations to Bailey Bondy on an excellent article in this months Squash Magazine. For anyone who may have missed it, you can find a copy on Bailey’s website, Tough Minds Sport Psychology.

Bailey graduated from Stanford with a degree in psychology and a certification in sports psychology. She also played for the women’s squash team, and as captain in her senior year took them to their all time record of fifth nationally. She currently works as a squash pro at the Bay Club San Francisco, giving squash lessons and sport psychology sessions.

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Women’s Squash Week at the San Francisco University Club

A huge thank you to Juliet Lamont and the University Club San Francisco for hosting a phenomenal Women’s Squash Week event on September 26. Players of all levels came to play and drill, supporting each other, the sport, and the growing community of female players in the Bay Area. Collage players faced off against beginners, while the youngest members were busy working on their racquet grip.

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NorCal Squash League 2018-19 Season

The start of the 2018-19 NorCal Squash League is approaching, with this years season running from mid-October through April. The league is a great way to get to know the squash community better and play competitive matches against other clubs in the area. Currently the regions include the Peninsula League, the SF City League, the East Bay League, and the Sacramento League. There is play across all divisions, from div. 1 which includes local pros through to div. 4 for those just starting to pick up the sport. Each team consists of 6-10 players, with matches against opposing teams played every two weeks. Four players from each team play each other during a match night, with best of five, rally point games. For a full explanation of the setup and rules, please click here.

For more information regarding the league, and for information on joining, please contact us!

San Francisco – Emilie van der Hoorn
East Bay – Waqas Khan
Peninsula – Michael Corbett
Sacramento – Abel Orozco

Participating clubs include: ClubSport Fremont, ClubSport San Ramon, Oakwood Athletic Club, Active Sports Oakland, Berkeley Rec Sports, Bay Club Cupertino, Rahmat Khan & HAQ International Squash Academy, Bay Club Redwood Shores, Bay Club Santa Clara, Stanford, Squash Zone, University Club, Bay Club San Francisco, University California San Francisco, Olympic Club, Bay Club Marin, Broadstone Racquet Club, Cross Court Athletic Club, Gold River Racquet Club, Laguna Creek Racquet Club, and Rio del Oro Racquet Club.

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Women’s Team Tournament at the BCSF

Squash is a seminal component of many women’s social lives; in fact we call it the “Squash Sisterhood.” On Saturday, September 8, the Bay Club San Francisco hosted a friendly team tournament and social event that brought together women from the Norcal region for competition, catching up, and meeting new players. The group ranged from those of us who have been playing together for the past 12 years to newer participants who are recent college grads or new arrivals to SF. Squash provides an instant sense of community in today’s transient society, particularly in San Francisco. Over 40 women attended, including local female pros Lauren Patrizio, Aisling Blake, and Shirin Kaufman.

There were 8 teams, each comprised of an A,B,C, and D player. Congratulations to the winning team, with Izzy Weisman (Club Sport San Ramon), Courtney Sabo (Bay Club San Francisco), Amara Warren (Bay Club San Francisco) and Jessica Lanham (University California San Francisco) taking home bragging rights for the year.

]1 From left to right: Amara, Courtney, Izzy, and Jess

All divisions had a great roster, particularly the women’s D division which was oversubscribed to and had a round robin in conjunction with the team tournament. Armando Olguin has been working with many women in a Monday night clinic at the Bay Club San Francisco and the group of D players has grown as a result of his coaching and encouragement. Thank you to longtime player Jacinta Corbet for her work in organizing and helping out with the women’s D round robin!

Norcal Squash kindly provided water bottles and squash balls for the event and the Bay Club San Francisco provided the courts. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm for continuing the tradition of a monthly women’s round robin, in addition to the annual women’s team tournament. Next months women’s round robin is hosted by Cathy Gregory at Stanford on October 13 at 2:00pm in Palo Alto. We anticipate that we will meet again in November at Oakwood Athletic Club in Lafayette, stay posted for more details and be sure to stay up to date on women’s squash events on Facebook.

By Carrie Kahn

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Women’s Leadership Luncheon: The Role of Sport in Professional Careers

Aisling Blake of Squash Zone and Lauren Xaba of Squash Drive are excited to host the Inaugural Bay Area Squash Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Friday, September 28th from 11:30am – 1:30pm. It will be a panel based discussion with lunch before, where they will explore the role of sport in a women’s professional career. We have some amazing panelist, including Courtney Sabo, co-founder at PadPiper, Berkeley Revenaugh, Independent Contractor and Sarah Jane Perry (current world no. 8 squash player).

Our aim is to donate proceeds to a scholarship fund for young girls (from SquashDrive and Squash On Track) to attend female enrichment camps during the summer. Click here to sign up: when you purchase a ticket a portion of it will be tax deductible and you will also get access to the afternoon session of matches at the Bay Club SF.

Best, Lauren and Aisling

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8th Silicon Valley Junior Championships 2018

The end of August saw juniors from across the Bay Area battle it out in the junior bronze tournament at Club Sport San Ramon. Congratulations to all participants for a great weekend of squash and comradery.
Kaitlyn Vahlsing convincingly took the girls U13 trophy, and Noor Nibber took the girls U15, dropping only a single game to Kaitlyn who tried her hand in the older group as well as her own age category. The boys had a full and competitive draw, with entries in the U11, U13, U15, U17, and U19 groups. In order from youngest to oldest, congratulations to Haadi Jafry, Christian Wee, Vandrick Inman-Benavente, Saad Asad, and Ahmad Haq.

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Women’s Squash Week 2018

Women’s Squash Week – Registration to host an event open now!

Every year Women’s Squash Week is a season opener to encourage women to get on court and play. We encourage every club, everywhere in the US (and beyond) to set up an event appropriate to their club in order to entice the women on court. We will help you promote your event and ask that you to send us photos and updates so that we can highlight all the activity across the country. Ideally, these WSW events will lead to sustained activity for the women at your club. WSW this year is scheduled for September 22-30.

If you would like to host an event please fill out this form here. This will help us to market all the activity and to build awareness in the community. We will also send out an email to all players that we know to register for your event. We ask that you have your women register so that we can track these players and follow up with them on further programs they may be interested in. Registration to participate in these programs will open up in August.

Of particular interest to us this year is to promote women’s and girl’s doubles. If you have a doubles court please think about how you can use this campaign to get more women playing.

There is plenty of activity nationally for women squash players. And we hope that these programs can help you at a local level to engage your female members. If you have any questions at all about women’s squash please let me know. It would be great to use these two initiatives to drive more women to the game that we all love.


Kim Clearkin
Vice President – Programs and Events
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Ladies, Save the Date!

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Oracle Netsuite Squash Open Tickets On-Sale

Don’t miss world squash stars Mohamed Elshorbagy, Gregory Gaultier, Ramy Ashour, Amanda Sobhy, and Sarah-Jane Perry as they compete for another Oracle NetSuite Open title! Legendary Champion Nicol David and French No. 1 and World No. 5 Camille Serme add prestige to the field, while many more stars will enter before the August 7th deadline. This is a PSA World Tour top ten Men’s and Women’s world ranking event set to offer a record $200,000 purse. Tournament dates are September 27 – October 2, 2018 with last 4 days on the all glass Show Court at Embarcadero Plaza overlooking the spectacular San Francisco waterfront.

Click here to purchase tickets!

Squash Zone, the new five court club in Redwood City, joins Bay Club Redwood Shores to host new round of 32 matches for both men and women, while the Olympic Club, University Club and Bay Club San Francisco host all round of 16 matches in San Francisco.

Think you or your kids have a great topspin slam, pull slider, or cornhole toss? Try it out with the best squash pros in the world! The Oracle NetSuite Open’s first-ever FanFest happens Sunday 9/30 at Embarcadero Plaza from 4:30pm-6:30pm in advance of that evening’s quarterfinal matches.
FanFest is free with ticket purchase or can be purchased separately with Standing Room for the 7:00pm evening matches for $20. Foosball, Ping Pong, Cornhole, Bocce, live music and autographs galore. Great for the whole family… Join us!

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Annual NorCal Squash Dinner

We recently completed the 2017-2018 squash season and will be celebrating the end of the year with our Annual Dinner at the Tribu Grill, 32208 Dyer Street, Union City CA, 94587 on Saturday the 7th of July at 6 PM. Come join us for food, drinks and celebration of the squash season.

The dinner is free for all NorCal members, and $25 for non-members. The four winning NorCal teams will be celebrated and awarded their hard-earned plaques. We will also present this years MVP with the Concillium MVP Award and announce promising national players in the area and the NorCal Squash player of the year.

The maximum capacity for this dinner is for 150 people and places are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please sign up by emailing us at to reserve your places. Please provide the names of the member and non-members who will be attending.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the annual dinner.

Best Regards, Waqas Khan

Commissioner East Bay, NorCal Squash