This program is for Westport Middle School students who wish to build, or improve on, foundational squash skills and learn to play competitively. It’s suitable for those who wish to play for fun or who have an aspiration to join a Westport Middle School team. Practices are coached by INTENSITY squash professionals and players are assigned a group based on their ability.

MINI-PRACTICE #2

MINI-PRACTICE:

For players who are new to squash, this is a 6 week, low-commitment, fast-track introduction
Practices start on Apr-12th, they are 60-Minutes on Fridays and Sundays
You can register for either or both the Friday and Sunday practices.

The cost is $220 per practice day ($440 for both practice days).

FRIDAY PRACTICE:

4:45pm to 5:45pm

SUNDAY PRACTICE:

6:00pm to 7:00pm

KEY DATES:

No practices: Apr-14 to Apr-19 (Spring Recess)

CONTACT:

msinfo@westportsquash.org

VENUE:

INTENSITY, 490 Westport Ave, Norwalk.

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PLAY ON A TEAM

The Westport Team participates in the FairWest Public School League. Only students in grades 6, 7 or 8 at Coleytown or Bedford Middle Schools will be able to join the team. Matches are meant to be enjoyable. The Middle School program is for all levels and some children will be playing for the first time this season. It’s important for everyone to enjoy practice sessions and feel comfortable on the court. When your child is ready to compete, they’re welcome to join the team.

Rosters:

There will be up to three middle school teams – A, B and C. The coaches will create rosters based on skill level. Spaces can be limited at match events. If your child doesn’t get to play we will aim to give them the opportunity next time.

Uniforms:

A notification will be sent when the online uniform shop opens. The only required items are the t-shirt and shorts, other items are entirely optional. If you have a uniform from last year that still fits, there is no need to buy a new one. Uniforms must be worn at at all matches.

Referee Tutorial:

Friday, Dec-01, 4:30pm-5:15pm at INTENSITYAll match players are also required to referee. It is, therefore, very important that everyone knows the rules of squash and how to score. All players are recommended to attend this session but especially those in the Intermediate practice group as they are likely to be refereeing matches this season.

US Squash / ClubLocker Membership:

It’s a FairWest league requirement that match players must be US Squash members. Once a member, your child will begin to build a squash rating and ranking. Go to US Squash and click on Create Free Account at the bottom of the screen (a paid account is only needed if you want to take part in US Squash accredited events like tournaments.)

MATCHES

Inter-School Matches:

  • The middle school teams compete in several inter-school matches throughout the year.
  • Teams are 7 players, and as many as 3 Westport teams may be entered in a match.
  • Some matches may have a nominal entry fee associated with them.
  • Inter-club matches are overseen by parent volunteers.

Jamborees:

  • The middle school teams compete in the FairWest Public School League.
  • Jamborees are all held at Chelsea Piers.
  • 2023/24 jamborees are: December 16, January 6, February 10
  • Jamborees cost $40 per player.
  • Teams are 7 players, and as many as 2 Westport teams may be entered in a jamboree.
  • Jamborees are overseen by a parent volunteer.

Nationals:

  • Fri-2nd to Sun-4th February 2024
  • 2024 U.S. Middle School Squash Championships
  • Arlen Specter Squash Center, Philadelphia
  • Players need to be available to play from 12pm on the Friday until 6pm on the Sunday
  • Parents need to be available to help facilitate
  • Coaches will prepare team rosters closer to the event

COME TO NATIONALS

Fri-2nd to Sun-4th February 2024:

  • 2024 U.S. Middle School Squash Championships
  • Arlen Specter Squash Center, Philadelphia
  • Players need to be available to play from 12pm on the Friday until 6pm on the Sunday
  • Parents need to be available to help facilitate

Accommodation:

  • You will be responsible for booking your own accommodation.
  • US Squash is offering a discounted rate at the Sheraton University City Hotel. More info here.
  • Another hotel near the Arlen Specter Center which has been recommended is The Study.
  • It is advised that you check in on Feb-1st, in order to be available from 12 pm the following day.

Cost:

  • Entry: $110 – $150 per player depending on how many are in the team.

Meals:

  • It would be fun, assuming we can find a restaurant with space, if the parents and players could enjoy at least one evening meal together.

Eligibility:

  • All participants must be current US Squash members through the last day of the tournament.
  • All participants must have passed the referee exam before the start of the tournament.
  • All participants must be currently attending classes for the school they represent.
  • All participants must be enrolled in 8th grade or below to be eligible to participate.
  • Each team must have a minimum five (5) players on their roster. Matches are played with five players from each team.
  • Each team may roster a maximum of seven (7) players. This means two alternates may be rostered and would be permitted to play in a tournament match.
  • Co-ed teams are permitted to participate in the Middle School Championships in the Boys’ division.

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