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US Squash Launches New Universal Squash Rating Junior Circuit

US Squash has created the Universal Squash Rating (USR) Junior Circuit—a category of accredited junior tournaments based on player ratings to establish a broadly accessible competitive environment for all youth squash players. USR Circuit tournaments will be hosted in cities nationwide and will represent a new pathway for players to easily engage in fun, developmental play. The USR Junior Circuit sits alongside, not in replacement of, the current structure of junior points-based rankings and...

Train-a-Trainer Program Lays Foundation for PlayLA Initiative

The Train-a-Trainer program--focused on converting squash players into Start Squash Certified coaches in one day--launched its second program nationwide in Los Angeles Saturday, September 17, laying the groundwork for a youth squash initiative set to take place in LA this fall. Last week, US Squash announced plans to host the 12-week youth program from October through December in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and SoCal Squash, the regional...

John Musto Appointed Chair of US Squash Masters Committee

US Squash has appointed John Musto, currently the Director of Squash at Open Squash in New York City, as the chair of the US Squash Masters Committee. Musto is a multiple-time U.S. Masters champion, capturing titles in the 45+ and 50+ divisions, and he has won international titles at the British, Canadian, Czech, and Italian masters events. The committee will support the planning and promotion of age-division masters play throughout the country, and encourage the...

Bob Hanscom, Godfather of California Squash, Dies

Bob Hanscom, a legendary leader of squash, died on May 31, 2022 at the age of eighty-six. A memorial service was held on July 9 in Pasadena, CA. Hanscom grew up in New England. He studied as an undergraduate at Salem State University and as a grad student at the German Sport University in Cologne, West Germany. In the 1970s he became a leading gymnastics coach, including serving as executive director of an elite training...

2022-2023 National Championships Schedule Released

US Squash has announced a preliminary schedule of national championships for the 2022-2023 season. Additional information including confirmed locations will be released in the coming months. Adult 2022 U.S. Skill Level Championships, Philadelphia PA – October 15-16, 2022 2022 Howe Cup U.S. Women’s Team Championships, Philadelphia, PA – November 4-6, 2022 2023 U.S. Masters Squash Championships, Philadelphia – March 31-April 2, 2023 Junior JCT #1 Allston, MA – September 9-11, 2022 JCT #2 Philadelphia, PA –...

Junior Policy Update: March 2022

Two years ago, US Squash took the step to pause accredited competition and postpone all U.S. Championships due to the accelerating COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, players and families have engaged in the return-to-competition process established by US Squash, and there has been a steady increase in participation as the community has re-engaged in tournament play. Junior rankings have also begun to stabilize after the transition back to the points-based rankings and the completion of...