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Mask wearing - As of December 21, 2021, mask wearing is again mandatory at all times. This includes on the court and in the gym area. The only exception is when you're actively eating or drinking at the Upper West Side Cafe.

Vaccine mandate - As of January 15, 2022, anyone entering Squash On Fire who is over the age of 12 to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival. From January 15 this means showing that you have received at least one vaccination shot. The requirement will increase to demonstrating having completed a full course of initial vaccination by February 15, 2022.

We now have a ball machine available for rental when you book a solo play session. The machine can be reserved in advance by emailing manager@squashonfire.com. You can also request to use it when you check in for your court. However, making a reservation in advance is recommended to increase the chances of the machine being available. The charge for renting the machine is $25 per session. A Squash On Fire staff member will set up the machine for you on your arrival and explain the procedures for its use. Please be aware that one of the requirements is to wear eye protection.

Furthermore, we now have Video Analysis available! Record your play session and then you and a coach will analyze the footage and come up with a training plan to optimize your game!

For players with squash reservations the gym area is available for you to use before or after your session. Please adhere to the social distancing guidelines set up in the space. We have also partnered with The Fit Files to offer personal training sessions. Email The Fit Files at thefitfiles@gmail.com to book your session and you can learn more about their programs here.

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We offer individual and group lessons to all standards and ages of player

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Clinics & Squash Courses

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Round Robins

Socialize and Play by joining our Round Robins

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League, Ladder & Player Network

Elevate your game by climbing the Ladder, joining our League, or playing our Player Network

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Squash On Fire Open

See the world's best in action in February 2022

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Squash On Fire Invitationals

Monthly Tournaments

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Safety Protocols

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CLINICS & COURSES

Elevate your squash game with our lineup of clinics designed to fit all skill levels. If you have any questions, please contact manager@squashonfire.com to learn more. See our full list of offerings below:

New Players Clinic

Never tried squash? Our New Players clinic is a great way to learn about squash in a group setting. Our coach will cover the basics, including how to hold the racquet, swing mechanics and the rules of the game. With a primary focus on developing hand-eye coordination, movement and timing, this clinic is a workout for your body and brain. Sign up today and get hooked! Minimum age: 14

Tuesday 01/25 at 6:15pm

Wednesday 01/26 at 7:30pm

Saturday 01/29 at 8:45am

Sunday 01/30 at 9:45am

Tuesday 02/01 at 6:15pm

Wednesday 02/02 at 7:30pm

Saturday 02/05 at 9:00am

Sunday 02/06 at 9:45am

Tuesday 02/08 at 6:15pm

Wednesday 02/09 at 7:30pm

Beginners Level 1 3-Week Course

Cover the essentials, including how to grip the racquet, swing mechanics, the rules, and start to move on to game play. Minimum age: 14. This session will run for three weeks and the cost to participate will be $130 per player.

Thursday 01/27, 02/03, and 02/10 at 6:15pm

Beginners Level 1 Clinics

Cover the essentials, including how to grip the racquet, swing mechanics, the rules, and start to move on to game play. Minimum age: 14

Saturday 01/29 at 11:45am

Saturday 02/05 at 12:00pm

Saturday 02/12 at 12:00pm

Beginners Level 2 Clinics

Raise the stakes and move on to match play! You will learn about strategy and tactics as you work towards being comfortable competing. Minimum age: 14

Sunday 01/30 at 12:15pm

Sunday 02/06 at 12:15pm

Sunday 02/13 at 12:15pm

Prepare To Play Clinic

Are you just starting out? Then this clinic is perfect for you as you'll learn how to employ basic tactics and strategy along with understanding the rules. This is a great segue into joining the Beginners Round Robin. Minimum age: 14

Intermediate Clinic

Become a competitor! Focusing on specialized drills and movement routines for the developing intermediate player, this clinic is great for players who can hit five volleys and ten drives to themselves in a row (both sides). Minimum age: 14

Friday 01/28 at 1:45pm

Friday 02/04 at 1:45pm

Friday 02/11 at 1:45pm

Play The Pro Clinic

Want to know if you play the right shots? Or work on your rally quality? In this clinic, you will work up a sweat by playing rallies with our coaching professional, who will teach you when to play different shots. For intermediate and advanced players. Minimum age: 14

Advanced Clinic

Designed to elevate your game to the next level as you focus on key tactical and technical instruction. Suitable for high level intermediate and advanced players. Minimum age: 14

Tuesday 01/25 at 7:00pm

Tuesday 02/01 at 7:00pm

Tuesday 02/08 at 7:00pm

Clinic Descriptions

NEW PLAYERS CLINIC

Never tried squash? Our coach will cover the basics, including how to hold the racquet, swing mechanics and the rules of the game. With a primary focus on developing hand-eye coordination, movement and timing, this clinic is a workout for your body and brain. Minimum age: 14

BEGINNERS CLINIC

LEVEL 1: Cover the essentials, including how to grip the racquet, swing mechanics, the rules, and start to move to game play. Minimum age: 14

LEVEL 2: Learn about strategy and tactics as you become comfortable competing. For adult players with 6+ months experience. Minimum age: 14

INTERMEDIATE CLINIC

Become a competitor! Focusing on specialized drills and movement routines for the developing intermediate player, this clinic is great for players who can hit five volleys and ten drives to themselves in a row (both sides). Minimum age: 14

ADVANCED CLINIC

Designed to elevate your game to the next level as you focus on key tactical and technical instruction. Suitable for high level intermediate and advanced players. Minimum age: 14

LITTLE JUNIORS

For kids in grades K-2nd grade. Your child will learn the ABC's of squash, including holding the racquet, swing technique, and the basic shots. Our coach will focus on getting your child moving around the court and developing their hand-eye coordination and timing. Introduce your child to the game and new friends.

JUNIOR STARS

For kids in 3rd-6th grades. Get your child on court and excited about squash! In Junior Stars, we not only reinforce the basic of the game, our coach works with your child on new shots, ball control, court movement, and overall fitness. Great for older juniors who understand the basics of the game and are ready to play points!

MIDDLE SCHOOL

For 7th to 9th graders. This clinic is great for older kids who aren't ready to catapult into lessons or Junior Academy and love learning in group. Our coach will go over the basics, including grip, technique, coordination, and rules of the sport, while incorporating fitness and games to make your kid sweat and have fun!

ROUND ROBINS

Round Robins are back in fully swing! Our coaches will be on hand for each session to ensure that players have equal playing time in addition to as much well-balanced competition as possible with others around their level. We have the following upcoming schedule set for Open Round Robins;

Open Round Robin:

Tuesday 01/25 at 6:00pm

Wednesday 01/26 at 6:00pm

Friday 01/28 at 12:30pm

Sunday 01/30 at 12:00pm

Tuesday 02/01 at 6:00pm

Wednesday 02/02 at 6:00pm

Friday 02/04 at 12:30pm

Sunday 02/06 at 12:00pm

Tuesday 02/08 at 6:00pm

Wednesday 02/09 at 6:00pm

Friday 02/11 at 12:30pm

Sunday 02/13 at 12:00pm

Tuesday 02/15 at 6:00pm

Wednesday 02/16 at 6:00pm

Friday 02/18 at 12:00pm

Sunday 02/20 at 12:00pm

Tuesday 02/22 at 6:00pm

Wednesday 02/23 at 6:00pm

Friday 02/25 at 12:30pm

Sunday 02/27 at 12:00pm

Tuesday 03/01 at 6:00pm

Wednesday 03/02 at 6:00pm

Friday 03/04 at 12:30pm

Beginners Round Robins

Have you just started playing? Or are you a little nervous about playing matches? If so then the Beginners Round Robin is perfect for you! Coach Pascal will orchestrate proceedings to make sure everyone has an enjoyable playing experience and be able to provide guidance as you navigate the challenges of match play for the first time!

These take place every Monday from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm and Saturday from 12:45pm - 1:45 pm and you can sign up directly by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Monday 01/24 at 6:00pm

Saturday 01/29 at 12:45pm

Monday 01/31 at 6:00pm

Saturday 02/05 at 12:45pm

Monday 02/07 at 6:00pm

Saturday 02/12 at 12:45pm

Monday 02/14 at 6:00pm

Saturday 02/19 at 12:45pm

Monday 02/21 at 6:00pm

Saturday 02/26 at 12:45pm

Monday 02/28 at 6:00pm

Advanced Round Robins

These take place every Thursday evening from 5:45 - 7:15 pm for up to 12 players.

To participate players need to have a US Squash rating of 4.5 or better.

If you would like to join then please contact Will Hopton - whopton@squashonfire.com

General Info

Do you intend to play in Round Robins regularly? If so buy a 10-pack of round robin credits here and each session is only $29.

If you have any questions about Round Robins please feel free to reach out to whopton@squashonfire.com

LADDER, LEAGUE, PLAYER NETWORK

Squash On Fire Player Network

Are you an early bird who likes to play in the morning? Perhaps you prefer a lunch time game to break up the day? Or maybe you’re just looking for a new squash partner to fit your new schedule. Join our Squash On Fire Player Network! We are available to help you find playing partners and so if you’d like to participate please complete a short questionnaire by clicking here. Contact whopton@squashonfire.com with any questions!

Squash On Fire Ladder

The 2022 Winter Ladder will run as a 10-week tournament from January 17 – March 27. We are excited to continue our Sprint Series feature to help create more competition within the ladder and give players the opportunity to win prizes every two weeks along with the overall season long spoils! To generate the most enjoyable and engaging environment for all the participants, the ladder will be split into divisions from Monday, February 28. This means that during the final half of the season we will see a series of concurrent battles as competitors strive to win their respective divisions. As ever, the goal is to encourage players of all ages and skill levels to take part! This will also apply to the formatting of Ladder Nights that we will run on the following evenings:

Friday, January 28

Friday, February 11

Friday, February 25

Friday, March 11

Friday, March 25

Ladder nights: Each ladder night costs $30 to participate in and you’ll play three matches in a 1.5 hours period against three others around your level.

Signing up: To sign up, log into your Squash On Fire account and purchase one of the Ladder packages below. All packages cover administrative/organizational fees, weekly communications, and prizes.

1. Winter Ladder Package: $50 – Covers entry into the Winter Ladder.

2. Winter Ladder Pro Package: $200 – Covers entry into the Winter Ladder and 15 off-peak play credits (usable at all times aside from 6pm - 7:30pm on weekdays and 9am - 11:30am on weekends) to use during this ladder season.

Booking matches: Before the ladder begins on January 17, you will be sent your official Ladder email so you will know who is participating and have their contact information to book matches. You can then get to work on submitting challenges to others and scoring points!

Scoring:

All matches will be the best of 5 games

Scores should be recorded on a ladder scorecard and returned to the front desk team post play

Per match played = 1 point to each player

Result of play = 3 points to the winner, 0, 1 or 2 points to the loser depending on the number of games won

Bonus point = the winning player receives an additional point for a 3 - 0 margin of victory

You may only submit up to a maximum of 2 matches against the same opponent on any given day of ladder play

We will again have a player ratings (A, B or C) column on the ladder standings for informational purposes so that participants have some assistance in their match planning

Sprint series: Every 2 weeks, we will host a different Sprint series with the theme and prizes for each series being announced prior to the start of that iteration. Towards the end of each Sprint we will host a Ladder Night so you can earn some final points and enjoy some café specials with your fellow players and friends!

If you have any questions related to the ladder, please reach out to Will Hopton at whopton@squashonfire.com

Squash On Fire League

We are excited to announce the Winter 2022 edition of the in-house Squash On Fire league. The structure promotes balanced match play in a competitive but fun environment! The league will run on Sunday evenings at 5 pm starting from January 23 and conclude with playoffs and finals on May 22.

  • Teams will field a match-day roster of 5 players totaling 17.0 US Squash rating points or less. That maps into fielding rosters ranging from beginners to relatively advanced players. Overall team rosters will have 8 - 9 players each so there is no need to be available every Sunday! This may change depending on interest levels.
  • Because the rating cap will be strictly enforced, matches will be competitive and balanced!
  • Players also must have an account in the Squash On Fire system and have a payment method on file. This is very important for liability reasons.
  • All players who sign up will be charged $85 this covers your participation in 5 matches on different Sundays. From your 6th match of the season onwards dues will be $17 each time you play (and only when you play).
  • To sign up, click here and enter (1) your name and email address and (2) your desired frequency of play ("Most weeks", "50%", or "Occasional"). Optionally, you can also enter your rating, whether your US Squash membership is paid and active, your desired team, and any other notes that would help us place you on a team.
Squash On Fire Invitationals

Squash On Fire Invitational

The next Invitational of the season will take place on Saturday, February 12! The action will kick off at 1:45 pm and all levels are welcome to participate. Players will be broken into divisions and the event will use elimination brackets. However, all players are guaranteed to have at least three matches during the course of the afternoon. The entry fee is $50 which covers prizes, admin, court fees and access to a special offer at the Upper West Side Café.

You can enter directly by clicking here.

If you have any questions please reach out to Will Hopton - whopton@squashonfire.com

SQUASH ON FIRE OPEN

2022 Squash On Fire Open

Join us from February 16 - 20 as we host the 2022 Squash On Fire Open! Don't miss out on seeing 48 of the world's best men and women in action.

The field is incredibly strong and features 12 players ranked in the world's top 20.

The women's draw is headed by world #1 and 4-time world champion Nour El Sherbini. She is joined in the field by five other members of the world's top 10 in Joelle King (world #6), Salma Hany (world #7), Camille Serme (world #8), Rowan Elaraby (world #9) and Nour El Tayeb (provisional world #9).

In addition the 2021 Squash On Fire Open Champion, Nele Gilis (world #14), returns to DC to defend her title. Gilis is joined in the lineup by her sister Tinne (world #23) and Squash On Fire's newest team member Ineta Mackevica (world #43). All three players are coached by Squash On Fire's own Ronny Vlassaks.

Finally Olivia Fiechter (world #11) and Sabrina Sohby (world #26) will be flying the flag for the United States as they attempt to improve on their 2021 Squash On Fire Open semifinal showings.

On the men's side current world #3 and former world champion Mohammed El Shorbagy leads the way. He will be challenged by world #8 Joel Makin who returns to DC having been part of the Welsh team who finished in 3rd place at the 2019 Men's World Team Championship at Squash On Fire.

2021 Squash On Fire Open finalist James Willstrop (world #22) also returns. The former world #1 will be looking to go one step further than last year.

Squash On Fire's Karan Malik will also be in action and is counting on vociferous hometown support as he pits himself against the best in the game!

Tickets are now on sale for all eight sessions of the tournament and you can purchase them via the links below:

Wednesday, February 16 Day Session (Men's and Women's 1st Round)

Wednesday, February 16 Evening Session (Men's and Women's 1st Round)

Thursday, February 17 Day Session (Men's and Women's 2nd Round)

Thursday, February 17 Evening Session (Men's and Women's 2nd Round)

Friday, February 18 Day Session (Men and Women's Quarter-Finals)

Friday, February 18 Evening Session (Men and Women's Quarter-Finals)

Saturday, February 19 (Men's and Women's Semi-Finals)

Sunday, February 20 (Men's and Women's Finals)

Until 6 pm on January 19 enter the promo code EARLYBIRD and receive a 15% discount off all tickets!

Please note: All spectators, over the age of 12, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status

Operating Protocols
Your Health & Safety Matters

Your health and well-being are our top priorities. We have used CDC and DC government guidelines, in addition to those from US Squash and other clubs around the country, to create a comprehensive plan focused on providing a safe environment for you. Squash On Fire is dedicated to providing not only a fun but also safe environment for our players and staff. Our uniquely designed high ceilings and advanced system hospital grade MERV 13 air filters, which capture air particles as small as .03 micron, operate around the clock to continuously refresh and clean the air within Squash On Fire. It is also preemptively sanitized with tuberculocidal disinfectant specifically to alleviate the risks of airborne pathogens. Please read more about our COVID Protocols below.


Entry to Squash On Fire:

Mask wearing - You must wear a mask at all times when in the space including when you are on court. The only exception is when you are actively eating and drinking at the Upper West Side Cafe.

Vaccine mandate - As of January 15, 2022, anyone entering Squash On Fire who is over the age of 12 to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival. From January 15 this means showing that you have received at least one vaccination shot. The requirement will increase to demonstrating having completed a full course of initial vaccination by February 15, 2022.

Check in - Please check in verbally at the front desk as is very important for us to know who is in the space. Please don't bypass this step!

Reservations:
Bookings – In order to access the courts everyone must have a squash reservation. Sessions can be booked by clicking here.

Amenities:

Racquets – We have loaner racquets available and they cost $5 per racquet. They will be thoroughly disinfected after each use.

Court Shoes – Players have access to loaner shoes that will be disinfected after each use. We also have an excellent range of Asics and Salming footwear available for purchase. Please remember that all playing shoes need to be non-marking.

Drinks – Along with water fountains, we also have bottled water and Gatorade available for purchase.

Safety and Cleaning Protocols:
Testing – Each Squash On Fire staff member is being regularly tested for COVID-19 or they have been fully vaccinated.

Cleaning – We have created a series of stringent cleaning and disinfection processes for all areas of Squash On Fire throughout the course of each day.

Sanitizer - Sanitizing stands and bottles have been strategically placed around Squash On Fire. Players have easy access to these on arrival in addition to before and after playing.

Courts – We have three time periods during each day where we use an HX Pro machine to disinfect all surfaces on every court and place an added focus on cleaning key touch points.

Furniture – Our furniture set up outside the courts is for the comfort of our players, as well as to optimize cleaning.

Positive Test – Communication protocols are in place should anyone in our community test positive for COVID-19. To help us with this we ask that that all players inform Squash On Fire as soon as possible by contacting manager@squashonfire.com if they have been to the club and tested positive.

Air Filtration - Our HVAC system operates around the clock to continuously refresh and clean the air within Squash On Fire. It is also preemptively sanitized with tuberculocidal disinfectant specifically to alleviate the risks of airborne pathogens. Finally, within the system hospital grade MERV 13 air filters are employed to capture air particles as small as .03 microns

We are continually reevaluating our procedures given the constantly evolving situation and new government guidelines.

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