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WEEKLY NOTES - 20 SEPT 2017

 

INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY IN SQUASH

Last week we held our AGM and as promised, we were in and out within the hour. Below is a summary of decisions for the year ahead. One of the more notable progressive decisions we’ve made is to be a unisex club. In the age of Equality, Inclusion and Diversity, it’s been agreed that everything we do is for both male and female, young and old, Irish and non-Irish, etc. Coaching, competitions, teams, training, etc. will be for all paid-up members.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The following have been elected as officers for the year ahead, Trevor Slattery (Chairman), Donal Horgan (Secretary), Conor Cooney (PRO), Chris Kelleher and Dan Noonan (acting-Treasurer), Chris Kelleher (Men’s Captain), Kelly Condon (Ladies Captain).

OPEN NIGHT

Registration nights will continue for the next three Thursdays. Newcomers and those interested in joining can pop down any Thursday between 8:00 and 10:00. €50 for adults and €80 for Family. On top of this, we will hold a club open night on Friday 6 October. We would ask all existing members to encourage new players to come along and experience the game. Racquets will be provided on the night.

MUNSTER SQUASH LEAGUE

It’s been agreed that we would enter a Division 5 team into this season’s Munster League Competition. Unfortunately we are short the necessary numbers for Division 6 and Division 4 teams. However, it was agreed that we would have friendlies with similar division teams. Players must pay small fee to enter league. In addition, a further fee required to be paid to Irish Squash.

COACHING / TRAINING

This season we will be pulling together a coaching plan which will cater for all player types. Pa Hanley, Geoff Wales, Conor Cooney and Trevor Slattery will offer coaching on some evenings. We will also request Munster / Irish Squash to assist. Players are reminded that Squash Skills on YouTube for further training and tips.

IN-HOUSE BOX LEAGUES.

Club box leagues will be run every 4-6 weeks. This will be mixed with male and female, young and old. 1-2 players will go up, 1-2 players will go down. In addition to this, we will also be using the club ladder. The ladder will be the official means for ranking players over the course of the season for Munster Leagues. All members and non-member invited until 31 October. All going well, we’ll organise Christmas Turkey competition near the end of November with maybe a tin of biscuits for second place.

 

RACQUETBALL / HANDBALL

Players are reminded that once membership is paid up, that they also have use of the Racquetball and Handball court. Players are encourage to use this also if the squash court becomes busy.

CALENDAR

Upcoming competitions include the Killarney Open (29-30 September), Munster Open (13-15 Oct) and the Highfield Open (24-26 Nov).

ON-LINE BOOKING

Players are reminded to use www.kilworthsquashclub.com to book courts. This will avoid any confusion when you arrive to the court. 






Weekly Notes – 29 August 2017


REGISTRATION EVENINGS FOR KILWORTH SQUASH AND RACQUETBALL

 

Registration Evenings

There has been an increased level of interest, particularly from non-members, to join the club and be more proactive in their approach to a healthy lifestyle. Both squash and racquetball offer this. We will be hosting Registration Evenings at the Kilworth Sports Complex from 8:00-9:30 for the next three Thursdays starting on 31 August, continuing on 7 September and finishing on 14 September. We welcome all existing members and any newcomers to pop down, get a feel for the games, and join the club.

 

Contacts

Chris Kelleher (christopher.kelleher8@gmail.com), our club captain, and Donal Horgan (donalh92@gmail.com) are our main club contacts. If you have any queries or are interested in any of the above, please drop them an email.

 

Membership

Welcome back members and friends of Kilworth Squash. Over the coming weeks, we will be putting a big push on again to get our existing members on board, and of course, also to encourage new members, young and old to join our club.

Our club has had reasonable success in recent years winning the Munster Division 3 and 4 leagues on a number of occasions, and last year our Division 5 team made it to the league final.

Incredibly, the membership fees for joining will be €50 for single and €80 for family. It should be noted that these rates are significantly lower than any other club in Munster, and represent fantastic value. These rates have remained static for over 5 years and we would like to thank the Sports Complex for being so accommodating. In response, the Sports Complex simply noted that all they would like to see is larger member numbers and that they will continue to support this in any way they can.

 

Racquetball

Included in the membership is also full use of the adjoining Racquetball Court, or handball if this is your game. This season we will be encouraging more players to take up this game. For many, Racquetball is a more simple game than squash and can accommodate all levels of abilities.

 

General Meeting

In order to kick start our season, we will hold a meeting on Wednesday 13 September at 8:30pm at the Sports Complex. For the most part, we will look to have as many of the officers and roles within the club proposed and provisionally agreed before this meeting. In doing this, we hope to encourage more people to attend knowing that they won’t be asked to take on a role for the year. Reversely of course, if any member or potential new member would like to be on the committee or assist the club in any way, then we will gladly consider these proposals and bring them forward to this meeting.

 

Division 6

It appears that we are in the fortunate position of being able to field our first Division 6 team for the upcoming Munster Leagues. This will be specifically for novices, beginners and new joiners and is aimed only at having a bit of fun. A team will have five players on any one night, however, in order to be successful, a squad of 8-10 players is usually required. If you’re interested in taking part, please contact us.

 

Division 5

Following on from last years success, we would be encouraging all the players plus more to take part again in this season’s Division 5 league. This gang of lads are the epitome of what sport is about, i.e. having the craic and enjoying the sport. Looking forward to having you all on board again this year.

 

Division 4

We haven’t entered a Division 4 team into the league in a number of years. Hopefully some of the Division 5 players will be willing to step up to the mark peppered with some of the previous Division 4 players.

 

Tip of the Week - Plan to play well

Start your preparations four to six weeks before you start playing matches. During the first two weeks you should do lots of on-court routines and off-court aerobic fitness work (e.g. on the bike). Every other day you should be doing a bit of light weights work.

Over the next two weeks you should play conditioned and normal games. Concentrate on what you want to improve rather than on winning the games. Also do some quick ghosting (20-30 seconds, no more) and keep up the light weights sessions. Before you actually play a match you want to make sure you’ve hit plenty of balls but at the same time that you’re well rested.

But what about the mental preparation? The key is to set yourself goals and have a clear idea of how you want to play tactically in your matches. Don’t just wander through your training routines. Every shot is important, even in practice, and needs your full energy. Even when you’re in the gym you should be concentrating on the good it will do you on court.

If you play practice matches before real matches, don’t worry if your game isn’t as polished as you’d like it. Be patient. You goal should be to play well when it counts. Once you actually start playing in a match, let yourself go onto auto-pilot. Try to play within “the zone”, meaning completely relaxed and let all the practising and training speak for itself.

 

Pass This On

Please feel free to forward on these notes to any friends or colleagues which may be interested in taking part in either Squash or Racquetball.