Christmas Toy Drive Fun Tournament Dec 10th

Hi Everyone,

The holiday season is almost here and I would like to invite everyone to join us for our annual holiday “toy drive” fun night.  The night will include both doubles and singles squash round robin fun games for all levels of players (the more the merrier)!  I ask that everyone bring an unwrapped toy to donate to a local charity (Durham Children’s Aid) to help support families in need of buying gifts for their children this season.  The evening will finish off at Sabina’s restaurant for some drinks and food for those of you who would like to join us!  Here are the details:
 
Date: Monday Dec. 10th
(both doubles and singles house leagues are done)
Time: 6:00 sharp 
What to bring: an unwrapped children’s toy
 
Please feel free to respond to me and let me know if you would prefer to play doubles or singles or sign up on the boards in either the singles or doubles court area to participate in this fun, social event.  Looking forward to playing some “fun” squash and helping to put smiles on some children’s faces this holiday season!
 
Nicole
Below Pictured is the 2017 Toy Drive Donations.  Let’s see if we can beat out last year’s generosity.

Time To Renew Your Membership

The new Pickering Squash Club Year is now upon us and it is time to renew your membership.   Please CLICK HERE to download the 2018-2019 PSC Membership Form.

This year you have a new option to pay your fee by E-transfer.  The information on how to do it can be found in the Membership Form.

You can also pay by cheque to any Pickering Squash Club Executive.   There is a wonderful opportunity to do this at the Kickoff Fun Night and AGM on Tuesday September 18th starting at 6:30 pm.  Come out and have some fun on both the Singles and Doubles courts.

THE PSC EXECUTIVE

 

2018-19 Squash Season Starts Soon!

A Note from Nicole:

Hi everyone!

The 2018-2019 squash season is coming and I wanted to send you all an update on the events that will be happening at the Pickering Squash Club.  There is lots of information below so get out your calendars and book off these dates!
Gametime On-Line Challenge Ladder
We now have an active on-line challenge ladder available to all squash members!  To add yourself to the ladder, simply log into your Game Time account (the account you use to book courts), click on “squash”, click on “All Ladders” (on the right side of the page) and you can add yourself to the ladder.  I encourage all singles players to join!!  Once the ladder challenges have begun, you will be able to see all recent results as well as where you rank within the club.  I will be using this ladder system to schedule Monday night singles house league levels/matches as well as T&D team player rankings etc.  My hope is that everyone uses this ladder for every match played as a fun way to improve their game. Players may challenge other players at any rank and can contact players through email on their Game Time account.  If you beat a player at a higher rank, you will simply move to that rank while the losing player moves down one spot.  Please go in and take a peek…add yourself and I will work out the initial player rankings once everyone has been added.
Monday Night Singles House League
The Monday night singles house league will be starting on Monday Sept. 24th.  I have posted the sign up sheet on the board across from court 4.  There will be limited spots available so if you don’t have a chance to get to the club in the next couple of weeks, send me an email and I will sign you up.  There has been some constructive feedback from players that it can be very frustrating when players are consistently late or not showing up for their matches forcing me to match up players that may have already played.  Please be sure that you are fully committed to participating before you sign up to help this house league run smoothly.
Doubles House League
I have posted the doubles house league sign up sheet for all levels on the board in the doubles court area.  Start dates and schedules will be determined once the sign up is complete.  Please do your best to sign up with a partner to guarantee a permanent position in the doubles house league.
Wednesday Junior Squash Clinic
My junior clinics will now be on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 for kids ages 6-14 who are interested in learning this sport.  We will be starting on Wed. Sept. 12th.  I still have spots available but they are filling up fast.  Please contact me if you would like to sign someone up or if you are interested in volunteering your time to help out.  I really do count on the help of volunteers to keep this program successful and I would really appreciate anyone who would like to volunteer their time on Wednesday evenings.
Club Fun/Social Events
We will be running a number of fun mini-tournaments/events this season for all Squash Club Members.  These events will focus on bringing all levels together for an organized “round robin” type of event.  Here is a list of our first set of events:
Sat. Sept. 15th – 10:00-11:30 – “Get The Rust Off” Condition Games (Doubles and Singles)
 
Tuesday Sept. 18th – 6:30-8:30 – “Handicapped” Tournament followed by our AGM (and drinks at the pub!) – Doubles and Singles
 
Sunday Sept. 30th – 2:00-4:00 – Women’s E Clinic – Sorry boys, this one is only for the women’s “E” singles players!
 
Friday Oct. 19-21 – Harvest Hit Doubles Tournament – you must register on the Squash Ontario Website
 
Sat. Nov. 24th – Christmas Fun Tournament and Toy Drive (Doubles and Singles)
 
Wednesday Dec. 19th – Fun Night Tournament and Social (Doubles and Singles)
 
Feb. 1-3 – Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament – mark this on your calendars!
I will have sign up sheets for these events posted shortly on the board across from court 4 in the singles court area!
 
T&D Leagues
Looks like we will be submitting a Women’s “B” and “D” team, Men’s singles Div. 2 and 4 team and Men’s Doubles Div. 3 and 5 team.  We still have some time before registrations are due so please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Lastly, we have a fantastic website.  Be sure to check it out at http://pickeringsquash.club.  A very special thanks to Terry Bruce for all his hard work in creating and designing the site to keep you all up to date on events going on throughout the season!
See you on the courts,
Nicole

Congratulations to the SHINDIG Tourney Winners

The Shindig Tournament was a great success with everyone having a great time.  Unfortunately  a number of people could not play on the Saturday Semi and Finals.  We thank all those wonderful people who stepped in and subbed.

Tinners Draw  – Click to see full draw
Finalists:   Juan Segovia & Darrell Babcock (subbing for Graham Horne)
Winners:  Terry Bruce and Aymen Ahmed (Subbing for Sue Desa)

Consolation Draw  – Click to see full draw
Finalists:  Viru Parmar & Marc LeFontaine
Winners:  Alison LeBer & Fred Dizig (Subbing for Kevin Cahill)

Main Draw:  – Click to see full draw
Finalists:  Joan Hill & Jonathan Puddy
Winners:  Steve Dizig & Hazel Kenny-Wilson (Subbing for Ethan Johnston)

Finalists Jonathan Puddy and Joan Hill and Winners Hazel Kenny-Wilson and Steve Dizig.

 

2018 Shindig Tourney – April 17th to 21st

It’s Here, It’s Here.  It’s That Time of Year

Draws Revised
Thursday April 19,  9:30 PM

Yes the Shindig tournament is back and if you were on the ball (Squash Ball that is) you managed to get one of the coveted spots in the Draw.   Play starts at 6:00 PM on Tuesday April 17th in the Doubles Courts.   Check for your start times below.  If you didn’t get a spot in the Tourney, we can always use SUBs.  Contact Nicole, Terry or John and tell them you want to SUB.

2018 Shindig Tourney Start Times  (PDF format)

2018 Shindig Tourney Main Draw (PDF format)

2018 Shindig Tourney Consolation Draw (PDF format)

2018 Shindig Tourney Tinner’s Draw (PDF format)

 

Shindig Tourny and Banquet Coming Up

Hi Everyone,
would like to invite you to participate in  our annual     Doubles ShinDig Doubles Fun Tournament.  For those of you who have participated in the past, you know it’s an absolute blast!  Here is how it works…
All you need to do is sign up on the doubles board outside the doubles courts and Terry, John and I will match you up with a partner so that each team is at an equal level and has an even chance of winning the big prize.  You do not have to be a doubles player to participate, this is a great chance to get on the doubles court and see just how much fun the game really is.   The tournament will be played in the evenings starting on Wednesday April 18th, Thursday April 19th, Friday April 20th and the finals on Saturday morning April 21st.  Please have these dates available if you are planning on participating.
On the evening of Sat. April 21st we will be heading over to Drums n Flats restaurant (the old Safari Restaurant) to celebrate another successful year at the Pickering Squash Club.  If you are planning to attend, please purchase your ticket asap so that we have accurate numbers for the evening.  The evening will start with 2 free drink tickets, appetizers and some fun mingling.   A buffet dinner with a wide variety of delicious options will be served including salmon, ribs, grilled chicken, pasta primavera and sides.  To finish the evening off, those of you who are wearing your dance shoes can hit the dance floor and maybe even show us some moves we don’t see on the squash court!  Tickets are $45 and you can purchase your tickets from your T&D captain, Fred Dizig, Winston Bell, Steve Dizig, Joan Hill, Terry Bruce or myself.
Sign up is limited so please be sure to sign up asap for the Shin-Dig tourney and feel free to contact me if you would like to reserve your banquet tickets!!
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the doubles court!
Nicole

Pickering Mini Tournament

Start the Squash Season right with a Mini Tournament

Sign-up By Tuesday September 19th 9:00 PM
Play on September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th
2 Divisions  A/B and C/D
Maximum 16 players in each division
Everyone plays four times (based on 16 players)
Friday 6 to 9, Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Morning 10 to 1

More Upcoming Events at Pickering Squash Club

Hi Everyone,
We have two very fun upcoming events at the club and I hope that you will take part in both of them!
We will be hosting a social “Racquets Night” fun tournament following our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday September 26th.
We encourage everyone to come out to our AGM for the latest information regarding the club, to ask any questions, provide input into planning future events.  Also, please consider joining the executive team for the 2017/2018 season. Immediately following our short AGM meeting, there will be a fun singles and doubles squash event.  If you have not played singles squash in a while or you are not an experienced doubles player, there is no need to worry because the night is all about fun.  We will simply be playing an organized round-robin in both areas and then head over to Sabina’s for some drinks and social following the events.
There will be a sign up sheet posted outside court 4 (singles courts), or you can send me an email if you would like to be a part of this fun night.
Date: Tues. Sept. 26th
Sign up deadline: Monday Sept. 25th
Time: 6:00 sharp (in doubles court area)
Next on the list of events is: National Squash Day – Sat. Sept. 30th
 Starting at 11:45 on Sat. Sept. 30th (following my weekly junior program), two of our top men’s Pickering Club Members will be playing a fun “demo” exhibition match to showcase skills and strategies at the top level.
12:00-12:30 Free Introduction to Squash Adult Clinic – This clinic is designed to give interested people in our community a chance to experience the basic rules and techniques of squash.   I encourage you all to bring friends, siblings, co-workers and partners for a chance for me to introduce them to this amazing game!  Absolutely no experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.
12:30-2:00 (following our demo exhibition match, all members of the Pickering Squash Club are invited to come and participate in the fun afternoon round robin on both the doubles and the singles courts.  I also encourage players from the Free Squash Clinic to stay and play with our more experienced members.
Come out and help us celebrate this wonderful sport that has brought fun, fitness and friendship into our lives!
Sign up for this event will also be posted shortly on the board across from court 4.
See you on the courts,
Nicole

Shindig Fun Tournament and End of Season Banquet COMING SOON!

The signup for the Shindig Fun Tournament ends this weekend.  If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for.   This is the most fun you will ever have on a squash court.   Contact Nicole Pirko, John Whyte or Terry Bruce to let them know you want to play.

The End of Season Banquet is on Saturday, April 29th.  This is the most fun you will have OFF THE COURT.  Contact a member of the Executive for tickets.

 

Pickering Squash Shows It Has Heart With Toys Donated To Those Less Fortunate

The Fun Tournament held on December 13th was a great success and a good time was had by all. Thank you to Steve Dizig and his Social Committee for putting on a great evening.

More important than the fun was the pile of toys that were donated for those less fortunate.

Steve was honoured to be the one to deliver the pile of toys to the Durham Children’s Aid Society on our behalf.  Steve managed to get them all there even though he was dying to keep some of them to play with himself.

Great job Steve.  We all thank you for your work on our behalf.