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Entry to Squash On Fire

Please wear a mask- Everyone coming into Squash On Fire will be required to wear a facial covering at all times including when playing squash and using the gym space. The only exceptions to this are for solo squash sessions when players are in an enclosed exclusive space and when café patrons are seated and actually eating or drinking.

Court time will be booked in 60 minute blocks, with play ending at the 15 minute countdown. This allows time for a thorough court cleaning between play sessions.

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 or by calling 202-241-2233. 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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Lessons

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

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Clinics & Squash Courses

Learn and have fun in a Group

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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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Camps & Advanced Training

Tournaments

Challenge yourself by signing up to our Tournaments

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Safety Protocols

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LESSONS: THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE FAST

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As part of our updated safety protocols, players can choose to have the coach outside the court either behind the glass or upstairs on the mezzanine during private lessons. If you would like the coach on court during your lesson, you can request they focus only on drills that ensure social distancing is maintained at all times.

CLINICS & COURSES

Fire up your Fall with our lineup designed to fit all skill levels. If you have any questions, please contact manager@squashonfire.com to learn more. All sessions are limited to 2 players and facial coverings are required at all times. 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

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.

Fit For Squash 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. The classes will encompass 45 mins of squash followed by 30 mins of fitness work in the gym. They will equip you will all the tools needed to make progress with your game. Minimum age: 14. This session will run for three weeks and the cost to participate will be $180 per player.

Beginners Level 2 3-Week Course

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. This session will run for three weeks and the cost to participate will be $130 per player.

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

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

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

Fit For Squash Level 2 3-Week Course

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). The classes will consist of 45 mins on court followed by 30 mins of fitness work and provide a great opportunity to work on all facets of your game. Minimum age: 14. This session will run for three weeks and the cost to participate will be $180 per player.

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

Clinic Descriptions

BEGINNERS CLINIC

Our Beginners clinic is for players who are ready to make real progress on their game. Our coach will work with you on your work basic form and shot selection and help you become comfortable with playing games. This clinic is ideal for players who have less than 6 months playing 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

NEW PLAYER 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

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

We are excited to announce a new set up for Round Robins. These sessions will cost $33 per player and have a modified format to adjust for COVID-19. This includes short built in cleaning windows on each court and a more structured playing schedule for every player during the 90 minutes. To maximize the experience we are also limiting the number of participants to 12.

A brief overview of the new format:

At the start of the Round Robin the group will split the players into 4 groups of 3 players each.

Each group will be assigned a court and will be complete three matches on that court over a 25 minute period as follows:

A vs. B

A vs. C

B vs. C

Once the first 25 minutes is over there will be a 5 minute cleaning window during which time the coach will assign 4 new groups of 3 players each based upon the results in the opening series matches. The same playing process will then be repeated (A vs. B, A vs. C and B vs. C) over another 25 minutes before a further cleaning window. The Round Robin will conclude with a third and final 25 minute playing period where the players will be placed into 4 groups for the last time and again play three matches on each court.

This means that each participant in the Round Robin is guaranteed 6 matches over the duration of the entire session.

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.

Please stay tuned for more details about when Round Robins will be available in the booking system for you to participate in.

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

We are very excited to be running our Open Fall Ladder and Beginner Fall Ladder! Participating in one of our ladders is a great way to meet new players and enjoy some fun competition with a few stakes rolled in.

The Fall Ladders are running from September 22nd - December 6th. This gives all interested players plenty of time to get back on court and into fighting shape. You can join at any point during the season! Need a little helping knocking off some rust? Book a few lessons with any of our amazing coaches!

How does this all work?

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

  • Open Package Ladder: $50 – for intermediate to advanced players joining the Open Fall Ladder.
  • Beginner Package Ladder: $50 – New to squash? Been playing for 6 months or less? Then this is the Ladder for you!
  • Open Pro Package Ladder: $200– for intermediate to advanced players joining the Open Fall Ladder. Package includes 15 off-peak play credits (usable at all times aside from 6 – 7:30 pm on weekdays and 9 am – 11:30 am on weekends) to use during this ladder season.
  • Beginner Pro Package Ladder: $200– for beginners joining the Beginner Fall Ladder. Package includes 15 off-peak play credits (usable at all times aside from 6 – 7:30 pm on weekdays and 9 am – 11:30 am on weekends) to use during this ladder season.

Booking matches: Once entered, you'll receive your official Fall Ladder link so you will know who is participating in your Ladder and have their contact information. You can then get to work with submitting challenges and scoring points!

Scoring: The Ladder is designed to incentivize the ChallengER (lower ranked player) to challenge a ChallengEE (higher ranked player) and move up the standings.

Points are as follows:

  • Ladder match played = 1 point to each player
  • Result of play = 3 points to the winner, 0 to the loser
  • Beat a higher-ranked opponent = 2x total points

Rules:

  • Due to our cleaning procedures before and after play, please arrive on time to your designated court. If you need to warm up, the 3rd floor mezzanine is available to run, bike and stretch prior to or post play.
  • All bookings are 45-minute play sessions with a 15-minute cleaning window post play. Please respect these times which allow us to properly sanitize the courts and seating areas for the next booking.
  • Pending future updates from the DC Mayor’s office, masks should be worn at all times in the club including when you’re on court. Athletic masks are available for purchase at the front desk. If you don’t have one yet, they are recommend for both excellent perspiration absorption and breathability.
  • A match is best of 5 games. Results of your match should be reported on a scorecard and returned to the front desk team. The team will enter the scores immediately to keep the ladder standings as up to date as possible!

We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each ladder!

Squash On Fire League

We are excited to announce the Fall 2020 edition of the in-house Squash On Fire league. The structure will promote balanced match play in a competitive but fun environment! The league is running on Sunday evenings at 5 pm starting from October 4. Teams will field a match-day roster of three players each week.

  • Teams can field a roster totaling 10.3 US Squash rating points or less. That roughly corresponds to one beginner/developing player, one intermediate player, and one more advanced player.
  • Because the rating cap will be strictly enforced, matches will be competitive and balanced!
  • Don’t have a rating? Don’t worry! 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://www.ussquash.com/participate/join/).That's $99 for 12 months starting from whenever you join. If you joined for the 2020 spring season, then your membership is still active.
  • 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.
  • Dues will be $17 each time you play (and only when you play)
  • Indicate your interest by emailing Cory Capps at corysc@gmail.com and whether you’re willing and able to be a team captain.
  • If there are particular people you want to be on a team with, let Cory know

New protocols to help keep all participants as safe as possible:

  • All players will have their temperature taken upon arrival at Squash On Fire. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher will be asked to leave.
  • Each individual match will have a scheduled start time for example 5 pm, 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm. The order and timing of play will be circulated in advance of every Sunday evening
  • Between each match the Squash On Fire team will use our HX Pro machine to disinfect the court surfaces.
  • Matches will be self-officiated with no 3rd party referee.
  • Currently it is a requirement for masks to be worn at all times while in the facility and this includes on court. The only exception to this is when you’re actively eating or drinking at the café. If the mandate from the city changes, Squash On Fire’s policy will be updated accordingly but for now please expect to need to wear a mask to play. Squash On Fire has a number of athletic masks from Reebok available for purchase. These do make a big difference in terms of perspiration absorption and breathability
Adult Training

Adult Workshop With Ronny

Do you want to take your game to the next level?

If so then look further than this unique opportunity to learn from one of the world's leading coaches. Ronny Vlassaks, our Director of Squash, has worked as the national team head coach for both Belgium and the Netherlands in addition to coaching leading PSA tour players like Simon Rosner and the Gilis sisters.

Ronny will lead you through an intensive afternoon workshop that will combine on court and off court sessions. You will cover technical skills, strategy, conditioned games, physical training, refereeing, match play, be given detailed post session feedback and receive a personalized report from Ronny.

Karan Malik will also be helping with the session and brings with him a wealth of playing and coaching experience. Karan's credentials include leading Trinity College to two national titles as the #1 player on the roster and winning a number of junior national titles in India.

In order to maximize the experience for the participants this workshop will be limited to 6 players and the minimum age is 14.

Food and drinks from the Upper West Side Cafe will be provided as part of the entry fee.

Please feel free to reach out to Ronny directly with any questions about the session at rvlassaks@squashonfire.com

You can register for the session directly by clicking here

Adult Training Program

Make some major strides with our adult training program!! A mix of fitness & squash, you'll be at the top of the Fall Ladder in no time. The 4-week individual program consists of weekly 90 mins sessions (45 mins on court and 45 mins fitness training working 1:1 with a coach). You'll focus on strategy, technique, open skill drills and more!

Cost is $599 with a Regular Coach or $890 with our Head Coach

To learn more about the program, contact Ronny Vlassaks at rvlassaks@squashonfire.com

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TOURNAMENTS

Squash On Fire Invitationals

Our Squash On Fire Invitational Series is a great way to meet new players and gain competition experience! Players will be split into divisions based upon level, and all entrants are guaranteed a minimum of three matches! See if you've got what it takes to be crowned the champ and compete for a chance to win some great prizes along with bragging rights. We host several of these throughout the year on Saturday afternoons.

The next tournament takes place on Saturday, November 7 and you can register by clicking here.

Please email manager@squashonfire.com with any questions

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 and health environment to our players, visitors, and staff. Our unique design high ceilings and advanced system hospital grade MERV 13 air filters which capture air particles as small as .03 micron 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, we are consistently disinfecting the air on all courts in between play sessions. Please read more about our COVID Protocols below.


Entry to Squash On Fire

Please wear a mask- Everyone coming into Squash On Fire will be required to wear a facial covering at all times including when playing squash and using the gym space. The only exceptions to this are for solo squash sessions when players are in an enclosed exclusive space and when café patrons are seated and actually eating or drinking.

Health check - We will be taking the temperature upon arrival of all players and staff with a non-contact infrared thermometer at our host stand desk on the 3rd floor. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher will be asked to leave.

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!

Arrival - Please plan on arriving no more than 5 minutes before your session starts.

Reservations

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

Amenities

Locker Rooms – There is currently no access to our locker room facilities on the mezzanine level, so please arrive dressed to play.

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

Court Shoes – Players do 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 – We have water fountains as well as 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.

PPE – All front desk employees will be wearing company provided masks at all times.

Signage – There is clear signage set up around Squash On Fire to help guide you.

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 15 minutes set aside between bookings for court cleaning and disinfection. To accommodate this our bookings last for 60 minutes, 45 of which will be for play. Please leave your court when 15 minutes remain on the countdown screen. We use an HX Pro machine to disinfect all court surfaces and place an added focus on cleaning key touch points between each booking.

Furniture – Our furniture set up outside the courts is to 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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