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Mask wearing - As of March 1, 2022, mask wearing is no longer mandatory at Squash On Fire

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.

Partnership with the St. James - Squash On Fire is very excited to announce a new partnership with the St. James in Springfield, VA! We are running the squash programming, using the same booking software as Squash On Fire. Create your account here to start playing!

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Lessons

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

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

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Squash On Fire Open

See the world's best in action in February 2023

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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

Saturday 08/20 at 10:30am

Sunday 08/21 at 9:45am

Tuesday 08/23 at 6:15pm

Saturday 08/27 at 10:30am

Sunday 08/28 at 9:45am

Tuesday 08/30 at 6:15pm

Saturday 09/03 at 10:30am

Sunday 09/04 at 9:45am

Tuesday 09/06 at 6:15pm

Saturday 09/10 at 9:00am

Sunday 09/11 at 9:00am

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 08/25, 09/01, and 09/08 at 6:15pm

Beginners Prepare To Play Clinic

Develop your match play confidence. This clinic is the perfect way to prepare yourself to be ready for matches and therefore be able to participate in our ladder, league and invitational tournaments! Minimum age: 14

Wednesday 08/17 at 7:00pm

Wednesday 08/24 at 7:00pm

Wednesday 08/31 at 7:00pm

Wednesday 09/07 at 7:00pm

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

Monday 08/22 at 5:00pm

Saturday 08/27 at 12:00pm

Monday 08/29 at 5:00pm

Saturday 09/03 at 12:00pm

Saturday 09/10 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 08/21 at 11:15am

Sunday 08/28 at 11:15am

Sunday 09/11 at 9:45am

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 08/19 at 1:45pm

Monday 08/22 at 7:15pm

Friday 08/26 at 1:45pm

Monday 08/29 at 7:15pm

Friday 09/02 at 1:45pm

Friday 09/09 at 1:45pm

Ladies Intermediate Clinic

Open to ladies only! 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

Wednesday 08/17 at 6:15pm

Wednesday 08/24 at 6:15pm

Wednesday 08/31 at 6:15pm

Wednesday 09/07 at 6:15pm

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

Sunday 08/21 at 1:30pm

Sunday 08/28 at 1:30pm

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 08/23 at 7:00pm

Tuesday 08/30 at 7:00pm

Tuesday 09/06 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 full 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 08/16 6:00pm

Wednesday 08/17 at 6:00pm

Friday 08/19 at 12:30pm

Sunday 08/21 at 12:00pm

Tuesday 08/23 at 6:00pm

Wednesday 08/24 at 6:00pm

Friday 08/26 at 12:30pm

Sunday 08/28 at 12:00pm

Tuesday 08/30 at 6:00pm

Wednesday 08/31 at 6:00pm

Friday 09/02 at 12:30pm

Sunday 09/04 at 12:00pm

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 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm and Saturday from 12:45pm - 1:45 pm and you can sign up directly by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Saturday 08/20 at 12:45pm

Monday 08/22 at 5:45pm

Saturday 08/27 at 12:45pm

Monday 08/29 at 5:45pm

Saturday 09/03 at 12:45pm

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 AND LEAGUE

Squash On Fire Ladder

The 2022 Spring/Summer Ladder will run as a 12-week tournament from April 25 – July 17. We are planning on continuing 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! In addition we are excited to introduce the first ever Ladder Play Offs Night on Wednesday, July 20 that will also double as an end of season celebration that all ladder participants will be invited to.

To generate the most enjoyable and engaging environment for all the participants, the ladder will be split into divisions from Monday, June 6. 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:

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, prizes and the end of season party on 7/21.

1. Spring/Summer Ladder Package: $50Covers entry into the Spring/Summer Ladder and a cafe drinks voucher for Wednesday, July 20

2. Spring/Summer Ladder Pro Package: $200Covers entry into the Spring/Summer Ladder, 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 and a cafe drinks voucher for Wednesday, July 20.

Booking matches: Before the ladder begins on April 25, 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

In addition if you beat someone ranked above you on the “SOF Rank” tab then all points gained will be doubled. This means that it is possible to score 10 points in a single match if you defeat a higher ranked player 3-0.

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

US Squash Ratings: It is possible for ladder matches to count for US Squash ratings in Club Locker. If you'd like your activity to count please make sure you provide your US Squash number to Will Hopton (whopton@squashonfire.com).

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!

Overall Season Long Prizes:

1st Place Division 1 - Engraved Ladder Champion Racquet

2nd Place Division 1 - 60 Mins Clinic for up to 10 Players

3rd Place Division 1 - 45 Mins Playing Session with Ineta Mackevica (world #44)

1st Place Division 2 - 45 Mins Lesson with a Squash On Fire Senior Coach

2nd Place Division 2 - Video Analysis session with a Squash On Fire Senior Coach

3rd Place Division 2 - A Tecnifibre Backpack

Playoff Night - July 21: The top 8 finishers from Division 1 will be invited to participate in our first ever Ladder Playoffs night on Wednesday, July 20. There will be no charge for court time for those playing. The exact format will be dictated by how many of the qualifiers can participate. There will be a prize in addition to those listed above for our Ladder Playoffs Champion! Every ladder player is invited to join us for the evening to support the players and take advantage of a complimentary Upper West Side Café drinks voucher. Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a fantastic evening on and off the courts!

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 Summer 2022 edition of the in-house Squash On Fire league. The league will run on Sunday evenings at 5 pm starting from June 12 and conclude with playoffs on Sunday, August 28. There will be no matches scheduled for 7/3.

  • 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 10 - 12 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!
  • Don’t have a rating? We’ll assign you an initial rating and, after a few matches, you’ll have an official US Squash rating. To get a general idea of your rating, see the descriptions at https://www.ussquash.com/participate/rating-criteria/.
  • All players need to be paid US Squash members (see https://ussquash.org/membership/). That's $99 for 12 months starting from whenever you join.
  • 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 $51 this covers your participation in 3 matches on different Sundays. From your 4th 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.
  • Please direct any league related questions to Will Hopton (whopton@squashonfire.com) or Cory Capps (corysc@gmail.com) and here is to another fantastic league season!
Squash On Fire Invitationals

Squash On Fire Invitationals

We are excited to run a Summer edition of the Squash On Fire Invitational.

This event will start at 1:45 pm on Saturday, August 20 and run until approximately 5:30 pm. All levels are welcome and players will be broken into divisions by level. The tournament will use elimination brackets but 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 and the minimum age to participate is 14.

You can click here to enter directly.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Will Hopton at whopton@squashonfire.com directly.

SQUASH ON FIRE OPEN

2022 Squash On Fire Open

Thank you to all who attended the 2022 Squash On Fire Open! Join us for the next Squash On Fire Open on February 22 - 26, 2023!

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:

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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