Upcoming events at the PSC for the 2024 winter season

Happy New Year! We hope you have enjoyed the holidays! It’s been great to see so many of the “regulars” on court throughout the holiday season. If you’ve taken time off away from the club, we know you are itching to get back on court. So here is what we have got coming up.

Monday Night Singles House League

Starting Monday Jan. 15th.

All levels are welcome and the house league is a fun way to meet other players and get a great work out.

Nicole has included everyone from the final round in December is automatically included, so if you were playing in the final weeks before the break, no need to sign up.

If you are new to the league and would like to participate, there are two ways to join.

  • Sign up on the sheet across from single court 4 , or
  • Contact Nicole Pirko via email and say “I’m in”. She will add you to the list!

If you aren’t sure if you are included, just send Nicole and email and she will confirm.

Doubles House League

Starting the week of Jan. 15th.

Our doubles coordinator, Jim D, is working hard on the doubles house league and plans to send out the schedules early in the new year. Stay tuned!

Friday Morning F55 Drop-in Doubles

Starting January 5th, 8:30am to 10am

We’ve got a great group of people that come out to play Friday mornings for a fun round robin style. It’s a good format for any singles player who want to see what doubles is all about, or anyone wanting to work on some aspect of their game or simply for anyone who loves doubles and up for some fun and friendly games with a mix of people.

Come play!

Our annual Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament

Tournament dates: Feb. 2-4, 2024

Deadline is Wed. Jan. 24th, (assuming draws still have space!)

We would like to invite you all to participate in the Pickering Squash Club’s annual Lee Hanebury Memorial Tournament on the weekend of Feb. 2-4th. This is a tournament weekend you do not want to miss!

Tournament events include:

  • Men’s and Women’s singles events levels A, B, C, D, E (This means everyone at every level can play!)
  • Doubles Men’s and Women’s B and C draws (you will need to register with a partner).

Women may play both singles and doubles (only required to pay one entry fee) but due to limited court time, men may only play one event.

Your entry fee includes a great tournament souvenir, licensed bar, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Saturday night doubles Calcutta (if court time permits) followed by a social night at our local restaurant and lots of squash.

You must register on the Squash Ontario website at: www.squashontario.com. The sign up deadline is Wed. Jan. 24th but please sign up early to avoid disappointment as some draws may fill up fast!

Please feel free to contact Nicole Pirko if you have any questions or concerns.

Junior Programs

Starting Tuesday Jan. 16th & January 20th

Nicole’s junior program runs on Tuesday evenings with a beginner group from 5:30-6:30 and an advanced group from 4:30-5:30 for kids ages 7-15 years old. We will be starting this program on Tues. Jan. 16th. Sameer will also be running a junior program on Saturday’s from 1:00-2:00 starting on Jan. 20th.

At this time our programs are full but we would be happy to put your child on a waiting list and contact you if any spots open up. We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our programs so we can include more kids. If you are interested in volunteering your time to help out, please feel free to reach out.

Adult Beginner Clinics

Adult Clinic starting the Wednesday Jan. 10th.

Women’s Only starting Wednesday Jan. 17th.

Nicole will be running two 4 week adult beginner clinics starting Wednesday Jan. 10th. The first clinic is for adults that are new to the game and interested in learning the basics of squash.

The second clinic is for women only want to learn how much fun this sport can be (Jan. 17 start date). Please contact Nicole if you are interested in signing up or would like more information. Absolutely no experience is needed. All equipment is provided.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the courts!

2023 Lee Hanebury Tournament is now in the Record Books

Over the weekend of January 27th to 29th, the Chestnut Hills Development Recreation Complex (formally known as the Pickering Recreation Complex) was jumping with over 160 participants partaking in both Singles and Doubles Tournaments.

A good time was had by all. The viewing stands were packed all weekend. The participants particularly liked the complementary meals that were provided and kept their energy levels in top form.

The results can be views at: https://clublocker.com/tournaments/14418/draws

Pictures of the event can be seen HERE.

Doubles House League DIV1 Finals

Congratulations to Ricky & Steve D. (Subbing for Steve M.) who defeated Eric & Savio (Subbing for Mike T.) in a very close 3/2 win on Monday night. The scores were 15/8 9/15 12/15 15/12 15/13 . The match was enjoyed by an enthusiastic crowd.

Steve D, Savio, Ricky & Eric

In the 3/4 match, Dom & Trevor defeated Fred & Mark 3/0.

Summer Doubles House League

The 2022 edition of the Summer Doubles House League saw a total of 11 teams competing throughout the summer months.

The league wrapped up play on September 8th with the championship & consolation matches for both Div 2 & Div 3.

Division 2

Congratulations to Roger & Kitt (subbing for Sara-Jane) who outlasted Juan & Devon in a hard fought match, 3/2 for the Div 2 championship.

Devon, Juan, Roger, Kitt – Div 2 championship match

In the consolation match, Jim & Shan defeated Nav (subbing for Aymen) & Roger (subbing for Kitt), 3/1 for 3rd place.

Division 3

Congratulations to Peter Z & Assad who defeated Dayan & Sorin 3/0 to capture the Div 3 championship.

Sorin, Dayan, Peter, Assad – Div 3 championship match

Terry K & Jackie took 3rd place in the consolation match with a 3/0 victory over John K & Sal (subbing for Caryn K).

Terry K, Jackie, John K, Sal (not pictured) – Div 3 consolation match

Afterwards the players gathered at Sabina’s for some food & drink to celebrate the season.

Thanks goes out to all the house league players for a great season. And a special shoutout & thanks goes out to Aymen & Jim D for organizing & running this league & keeping doubles house league squash going during the hazy days of summer. Looking forward to next summer’s edition.

Here are some more pictures that capture some of Thursday’s squash action. Thanks to Jackie F & Terry K for providing these!

Mark Your Calendars

The 2022-2023 Pickering Squash Club Season is coming soon. The following are just a few of the events to plan for.

PLEASE NOTE: The Season Kick Off Fun Tournament and AGM previously scheduled for September 24th has been postponed. Stay tuned for a new rescheduled date to be announced.

  • Tuesday September 13th 5 PM to 7 PM
    • Junior Clinics start
  • Week of September 19th
    • House Leagues, both singles and doubles will kick off this week.
    • Singles House League September 19th
    • Doubles Division 1 (Advanced) House League September 19th
    • Doubles Division 2 (Intermediate) House League September 20th
    • Doubles Division 3 (Novice) House League September 21st
    • Sign-up sheets are posted by the courts
  • October 14th to 16th
    • Harvest Hit Doubles Tournament

Don’t forget, you have to be a fully paid up member of the Pickering Squash Club and the Chestnut Hills Development Recreation Complex to take part in PSC House Leagues and Club organized events.

You can get the 2022-2023 PSC Membership Form Here.

The Club Is Back In Full Swing

As of Tuesday March 1st, capacity restrictions have been lifted and the Squash Club can resume regular programming. Masks are still required when you are not actually playing squash. Social distancing is highly recommended and you should be fully vaccinated to participate in club activities and events. Club facility renovations are nearing completion and we should have access to the locker rooms R.S.N. (Real Soon Now!)

As of February 28th, the House Leagues (both Singles and Doubles) for the Winter/Spring Season have started. Singles House League is running on Monday evenings. Doubles House Leagues are running Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Inter-Club Singles Squash Leagues have started. You can find info regarding the Toronto & District Men’s Squash League HERE. You can find information about the Toronto & District Women’s Squash League HERE.

Our Women’s “A” Team and Women’s “B” Team have started the season quite well. Check out the Womens T&D Standings HERE.

The Men’s teams are also doing well.
The Men’s T&D Division 3 Standings are HERE.
The Men’s T&D Division 4 Standings are HERE.

Watch the website for information on upcoming events at the Club. The Executive is hard at work planning a great Winter and Spring Season on the courts.

For further information on activities at the club, drop an e-mail to :
Membership (at) PickeringSquash.com .