The 2016-2017 squash season has just gotten started, and in Massachusetts, that means a calendar full of squash activities. There are opportunities to play in leagues and tournaments, watch on-court action at many levels, and support squash-related events throughout the year. Whether you are student, a serious athlete, or a casual player, you know that squash is a sport enjoyed internationally by players of all ages. MA Squash exists to promote the game here, in one of the most squash-centric regions of the country.
The annual Howe Cup Women’s team event was held in Boston last year and was the largest such event ever. It is just one example of MA Squash’s place in the broader squash community.
Other events currently scheduled for this year in Massachusetts include the following:
- Women’s Squash Week is celebrated in late September, and the Massachusetts event this year was the most well attended in the country.
- Play in the eight MA Squash regular season leagues will begin later this month with matches played through March by more than 75 teams. The final matches for all leagues will be played in one big event on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Harvard University.
- The annual state tournaments, featuring singles, hardball doubles, and softball doubles, will start midway through the league season, with finals being played in April and May. All of these tournaments take place over months and are self-scheduled in order to fit into anyone’s calendar.
- The summer league starts in June and bridges the gap until the following year, so there is really no squash “season” at all.
- Junior tournaments are scheduled throughout the year and are listed on the US Squash website. MA Squash provides logistical support for many of these tournaments.
- Junior round robins start in the fall and continue into the spring. For younger players new to the game, this program is a great way to learn the basics and develop squash skills.
- Rules and referees clinics can be provided through MA Squash at any time throughout the year. A deeper understanding of the game is a valuable asset to any player.
The MA Squash Executive Board is always exploring ways to promote the game by providing players of all ages and skill levels more opportunities to learn, play, and improve their enjoyment of squash. We work closely with US Squash on many initiatives while maintaining our focus on providing our members in New England with the best overall squash experience.
If you already play squash, please consider joining the leagues or registering for the tournaments. If you want to learn, you will find a number of resources available that can help you get started. The best way to learn is to play, play, play.
See you on the courts!
Kevin Hollister, MA Squash President