August Training Plans for Squash Players

We hope everyone is getting outdoors and enjoying all your off-season activities. But, before we know it, the regular season will be here. To be fully prepared to play your best this September, you might be interested levelling up your fitness.

But as many squash players know, it’s not easy to find specific fitness training for squash. To address this, Squash Ontario has partnered with to offer professional strength and conditioning training plans designed for squash players.

What to Expect from Training Plans

  • Custom Workout Calendar: Tailored to fit individual schedules.
  • Fitness Testing: Conducted at the start and end of the plan to track improvements.
  • Weekly Planning: Helps organize efforts and eliminate confusion.
  • Workouts: Two per week, tailored to specific goals, easy to understand, and supported by video instructions.
  • Guaranteed Results: Plans are backed by over 20 years of experience.

Every training plan is hosted on TeamBuildr, the top online Strength & Conditioning platform for athletes and coaches.

Training Plan Details

  • Cost: $49.99 + HST for Squash Ontario members (35% off retail value).
  • Time Frame: August training plans run from August 4-31, 2024.
  • Training Plan Options:
    • Core Strength (mat recommended)
    • Bodyweight Strength & Power (no equipment needed)
    • Stability & Balance (no equipment needed)
    • Interval Cardio Conditioning (various equipment options)
    • Solo Foundation (on court, racquet and ball; instruction and demo by Nick Sachvie)


How to choose a training plan?
After signing up and once the registration deadline passes, will send an email within 48 hours to select a specific training plan.

Workout schedule and flexibility:
Workout calendars are customized to fit weekly schedules. If a workout is missed, it can be completed on another day within the week.

Accessing the training plans:
Plans can be accessed via mobile app, web-browser, or printed through a TeamBuildr account. Daily emails with the plan will also be sent.

Guaranteed results:
The plans are supported by extensive experience. If the program is completed as designed and results are not seen, a refund will be provided.

Support for questions:
Coach Derek can be contacted via the app or email, with responses within 24 hours.

Multiple training plans:
Multiple plans can be followed, though not as part of this Squash Ontario offering. Contact Derek Vandenbrink for more information.

Custom training plans:
Custom plans are available; contact Derek Vandenbrink for details.

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Every squash player deserves a great training plan. For those interested in taking their game to the next level, to learn more about the squash specific fitness training plans on the Squash Ontario site.

🎉 What a Night at the Pickering Squash Club Annual Banquet! 🎉

We had an absolute blast at this year’s Pickering Squash Club annual banquet! With a fantastic turnout, our 70’s themed party was a night to remember. Members and friends showed up in their best 70’s disco and groovy attire. So much fun!

The evening was filled with food, refreshing drinks, and an awesome DJ who kept everyone on their feet with groovy 70’s music all night long. Our event committee headed up by SJ did an awesome job. We celebrated our amazing Pickering Squash community with awards, door prizes, and plenty of dancing. What a great end to a great season!

Check out our gallery of pictures from the night and don’t miss the video highlights on Instagram!

Thanks to Ron Delavigne, Hazel and Carol for the fantastic pictures.

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🎉 Congratulations to Carol Reilly: Winner of the 2023/2024 Chris Doona Memorial Award! 🎉

We are thrilled to announce that Carol Reilly has been awarded the prestigious Chris Doona Memorial Award for the year 2023/2024. This award holds a special place in our hearts as it honors the memory of Chris Doona, one of the four founding members of the Pickering Squash Club. Chris, along with Rosemary Aiken, Rod Ryde, and Vinard Parmar, had a vision in 1985 that has grown into a thriving home for squash players from Pickering and the east GTA for over 32 years. Sadly, Chris was taken from us far too soon, and in 1993, we established the Chris Doona Memorial Award to commemorate his service and dedication to our club.

Carol Reilly being presented with the Chris Doona award from the Pickering Squash Club

The award was presented at the Pickering Squash Club’s 70’s themed annual banguet.

The Chris Doona Memorial Award is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the spirit of the Pickering Squash Club. This person has unselfishly contributed their time and efforts over many years to help make the club what it is today. The award is voted on by previous winners and is presented each year at our annual award banquet.

Carol Reilly is a true embodiment of the Pickering Squash Club spirit. As a longtime supporter and former captain of the women’s squash D team for many years, Carol has shown incredible dedication by driving her team to matches, communicating vital information, and fostering a sense of community and care both for the team as individuals and as a whole. Her involvement in doubles squash has brought joy and fun to the court, and she has been an invaluable help with the club’s tournaments.

One member beautifully summed up Carol’s impact, noting that her enthusiasm and welcoming personality generate excitement for the game and encourage both new players and existing singles players to try out doubles. Her warm and friendly demeanor, great sense of humor, and generosity make her a beloved figure in our club.

Please join us in congratulating Carol Reilly on this well-deserved honor!

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Court Closures in June: New Carpet!

Courts will be closed on the following dates for carpet installation:

  1. June 3 and 4 – both doubles squash courts closed all day
  2. June 5 and 6 – courts 1 and 2 closed all day
  3. June 7 squash courts 3 – 6 and racquetball courts 7 – 8 closed all day

Please note: for any of our squash members that also play racquetball, as of Wednesday, June 26 through until Sunday, September 8 racquetball court #7 will be unavailable for booking.

Racquetball court #8 will remain available for bookings throughout the summer.

Champions of the Winter Squash Doubles House League at Pickering!

The Winter Squash Doubles House League at Pickering has concluded, and we are thrilled to announce the champions of our three competitive divisions. This season has been marked by intense matches and unforgettable moments on the court. Let’s take a moment to recognize and celebrate our winners!

Division 1: Kevin and Eric

Division 2: Marc and Winston

Division 3: Shane and Jackie

A Season to Remember

This season of the Winter Squash Doubles House League has been truly memorable, thanks to all the participants who displayed great enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Every match was a testament to the passion and dedication of our players. We are proud of everyone who competed and contributed to making our doubles league a success.

Thank You to Our Supporters

A special thank you goes out to Jim who managed all the schedules, details and various complaints and request. Your contributions have been invaluable, and we appreciate your continued support of the Pickering squash community.

As we celebrate our winners, we look forward to more exciting seasons ahead. Congratulations once again to Kevin and Eric, Marc and Winston, and Shane and Jackie! Here’s to more thrilling matches and unforgettable moments in the future.

Keep practicing, stay competitive, and see you all on the court!

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🏆🥇 Tonight: Division 1 Doubles House League Showdown! 🥇🏆

Get ready for an epic showdown as Raj and Sameer go head-to-head against Kevin and Eric for the ultimate House League bragging rights this season! The action kicks off at 6 pm, so be sure to come out and witness the excitement firsthand. Plus, stay tuned for updates on the Division Three Finals, which will be scheduled soon—these two matches mark the thrilling conclusion of the season!

But wait, there’s more:

Last week, we had a blast at the Shindig fun tournament from Wednesday to Saturday! The courts were buzzing with energy as players competed in spirited matches and enjoyed the camaraderie of the game. Keep an eye out for upcoming pictures capturing the highlights of the tournament.

And let’s not forget about the Saturday banquet—it was an unforgettable evening filled with dancing and 70’s style vibes! It was fantastic to see so many people dressed up and having a great time. Thank you to everyone who made it such a memorable event!

See you on the courts and keep an eye out for those pictures!

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Join Us for the Ian Parsons Doubles Squash Courts Naming Ceremony, Saturday, April 27th at noon!

Invitation to the Naming Ceremony of the Ian Parsons Doubles Squash Court April 27, 2024 at noon in the doubles courts.

Dear Squash Community,

We cordially invite you to join us for the special naming ceremony of our Ian Parsons Doubles Squash Courts.

For those who may not have had the privilege of knowing Ian, he was a visionary who understood the importance of doubles squash and its benefits, especially for aging squash players.

Ian Parsons

His “Doubles Vision” project was a testament to his dedication, spanning over ten years of fundraising efforts, with a $250,000 contribution from the Pickering Squash Club to the City, planning, and construction. In 2009, his vision became a reality with the opening of the doubles courts. Ian Parsons was not only a beloved member of our club but also a true leader who left an indelible mark on our squash community.

Today, thanks to Ian’s vision, the doubles courts are bustling with activity and the game is growing. The Pickering Squash Club hosts various tournaments, leagues, OSDL matches, and fun events, including our upcoming Shin-Dig tournaments starting this week. We are all able to enjoy the game and its numerous health benefits because of Ian’s dedication and foresight.

Ian was not only a visionary but also a wonderful, caring, and compassionate individual who is deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Along with Ian’s family, friends, City Council and our members, please join us at Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex (in the doubles court viewing area) on Sat. April 27th at 12:00 noon for this very special event in naming our very own Ian Parsons Doubles Squash Courts

Your presence would mean a great deal to us as we pay tribute to Ian’s legacy and celebrate his invaluable contributions to our squash community.

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🏆🥇 A Week Packed with Squash Excitement!🥇🏆

Get ready for an action-packed week ahead at the squash club, with a lineup of events that’s sure to keep you on your toes! It’s all about doubles this week as we dive into the heart of the playoffs and celebrate the incredible contributions of one of our own.

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Monday, April 22nd: Division 1 Squash Doubles House League Semi-Finals kick off the week with intense matches and fierce competition. Don’t miss the showdown as our top teams battle it out for a spot in the finals! Teams will be playing at 6pm and 7pm.
  • Tuesday, April 25th, the top two teams in our Division 2 doubles house league will battle it out for first place. Dayan and Shan will play against Mark and Winston.
  • Wednesday, April 24th – Saturday, April 27th: The highly anticipated super-fun Shin-dig Doubles Squash Tournament takes center stage, promising four days of thrilling matches and friendly competition. Matches begin Wednesday at 5:30 and will continue to about 9pm.
  • Saturday, April 27th: It’s a day filled with festivities as we honor the legacy of Ian Parsons with the naming ceremony of the Ian Parsons Doubles Squash Courts at noon. Later in the evening, join us for the annual banquet at Drums ‘n Flats for dinner, drinks, and celebrations with our fellow squash enthusiasts and friends.

But wait, there’s more:

  • Monday, April 29th: Division 1 Squash Doubles House League Finals mark the culmination of an exciting season of competition, where the top teams will battle it out for the championship title.
  • Wednesday, May 1st: The excitement continues for Division 3 Squash Doubles House League as they play their Finals, rounding off our week of squash celebrations.

And don’t forget:

  • Mondays: If you’re into singles squash, come join us for the drop-in round-robin matches every Monday night. It’s a great way to stay active and connect with fellow players.

With such a busy and exciting week ahead, there’s something for everyone at the squash club. We can’t wait to see you on the courts and celebrate the spirit of squash together!

🏆🥇 Division 1 Squash Doubles House League Semi-Finals – Monday, April 22nd 🥇🏆

As some of you know, our Division one teams are made up of some of the clubs best doubles players. With the stakes higher than ever, our top teams are poised to battle it out on the courts for a shot at the house league championship title.

Here are the matchups for the semi-finals:

Court 1 – 6:00 PM:

  • First Place vs Fourth Place:
    • Raj and Sameer vs Steve and Rick

Court 2 – 6:00 PM:

  • Second Place vs Third Place:
    • Jonathan and Savio vs Kevin and Eric

Court 1 – 7:00 PM:

  • Fifth Place vs Eighth Place:
    • Mike and Eric vs Fred and Mark

Court 2 – 7:00 PM:

  • Sixth Place vs Seventh Place:
    • Roger and Devon vs Trevor and Dom

It’s sure to be an evening filled with intense matches, nail-biting rallies, and fierce competition as our teams vie for a spot in the finals. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

And mark your calendars for the finals on Monday, April 29th, where the top contenders will face off for the ultimate title.

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2024 Shin-Dig Tournament Draw and Rules

Dear Participants,

Welcome to the highly anticipated Shin-dog Doubles Squash Tournament!

Below you will find your time for your first round match, which begins for everyone on Wednesday. Each participant has been assigned a partner for the duration of the tournament. Everyone will play a minimum of 3 matches over 4 days (Wed.-Sat).  Draw sheets are posted by the doubles courts so you can have a look. 

Please be on time for your match as it will be a tight schedule.  If you cannot make your match, please see the sub list below, ask a friend to fill in for you or ask another player at a similar level to play.  Do your very best to find your own sub!   

Shin-Dig Rules

* Games are best of 5
* First game – score starts at zero/zero
* Second game – losing team starts with 3 points and the serve!!
* Third game – losing team from second game gets 3 point handicap and
the serve (ie; 6/0 or 0/0)
* Etc. etc.

Wednesday Draw

Game 1

Steve D & Darryl S
Wed. 6:30 PM
Dayan & Jackie

Game 2

Savio & Naveen
Wed. 5:30 PM
Winston & Caryn R

Game 3

Devon & Gurjit
Wed. 7:15 PM
Anderson & David S

Game 4

Alison & Sunil
Wed. 8:00 PM
Roger & Raj

Game 5

Celine & Dan
Wed. 7:15 PM
Terry & Ashwin

Game 6

Dom & Carol
Wed. 8:00 PM
Kitt & Jason P

Game 7

Jonathan & Sorin
Wed. 5:30 PM
Vince & John K

Game 8

Sara-Jane & Nav
Wed. 6:30 PM
Sameer & Max


  • Jim
  • Wayne
  • Hazel

🏆🥇Doubles House League Play-offs Begin for Division 1🥇🏆

The final results for our Doubles Squash League are in, and we’ve had an unexpected twist—there’s a tie for 5th place! Mike and Eric get 5th based on a 3-2 win in a head to head with Kevin and Eric early in the season.

Now, it’s time to gear up for the playoff rounds, which kick off this Monday night! If teams are unable to play on Monday, they may arrange a date to play before next week. Remember, winners of the playoff rounds will advance to the semi-finals, while the other four teams will battle it out for final ranking.

It’s bound to be an intense and thrilling competition as we inch closer to crowning our champions. Let’s bring our A-game, sportsmanship, and passion for squash to the courts!

Best of luck to all the teams competing in the playoffs!