Uitsig Squash Academy

Earn your stripes by reaching for the stars

Vision

To develop and maintain a sustainable group of young and upcoming squash players at Uitsig Squash Club under the age of 25 that will be able to play First and Reserve League (if not already), represent Northerns Squash Association at the inter-provincial Jarvis and Kaplan Cup and eventually represent South Africa at International Squash events.

Motivation

The development of an Uitsig Squash Academy is immanent due to the following motivational circumstances:

  • The unprecedented growth of Centurion Junior Squash under the leadership of Maryna Fourie, with its base as Uitsig Squash Club, to one of the largest Junior Squash Coaching entities in South Africa and the resultant outflow of talented squash players leaving high school whose abilities talents needs to be retained and developed.
  • The unprecedented growth of Uitsig Squash Club in Northerns Squash to the largest club in terms of members and leagues participating in the winter league.
  • The visionary support of the Uitsig Squash Club leadership to establish such an Academy.
  • The abundance of potentially eligible players already part of the Northerns League teams playing for Uitsig Squash Club.

Selection Criteria

Squash players under the age of 25 that already represent Uitsig Squash Club in the 1st to 4th Mens League or the 1st to Reserve Ladies league that are invited by the selection panel. Participation in the CJS Elite Squad is compulsory if they are still at school while being selected for USA.

Squad size

The mens squad size will be limited to 8 selected players. The ladies squad size will be in accordance to availability but also limited to 8 selected players.

Compulsory Training times

Men: Bi-weekly sessions on Saturdays 08:00 to 11:00 or 14:00 to 17:00
One player arranged session of 2 hours once a month.
Ladies: Bi-weekly sessions coinciding and where possible overlapping with the mens sessions
One player arranged session of 2 hours once a month.

Compulsory annual participation

(Entrance fees subsidized by USA)
Uitsig Satellite Series (Jan/Feb.)
Uitsig Annual Club Championship (Sep)
Northerns Winter League representing Uitsig Squash Club (Mar. – Sep)
Northerns Closed Tournament (May)
One Northerns Satellite Tournament (March to June)
One SA u/23 Tournament if hosted in Gauteng Province (TBA)
Two cross border high pressure invitational matches (TBA)

Programme curriculum

A systematic coaching curriculum by in-house and invited coaches consisting of:
Technical skills, fitness programme and individual monitoring, injury prevention, flexibility and stretching, nutrition, equipment, goal setting, solo training assignments,
match simulation routines, match preparation and mental toughness, match play evaluation and high pressure arranged matches, team play and team leadership

Parties involved

Ralph du Toit (resident coach & player), Derek van der Merwe (advisory coach & player), Mike Tootill (invited coach & player), Justin Woolven (Fitness Coach), Jason Phillips (Player on invitation), Uitsig 1st and Reserve League teams (Players on invitation), Northerns and Gauteng 1st and Reserve League players from other clubs (on invitation)

Invited Players for 2015

Men: Mike Hazell, Franco Henning, RC Joubert, Jonty Matthys, Carel Ras, Nico Ras, Jeandré van der Merwe, Jacques van Niekerk.
Ladies: Beandri van Loggerenberg.

Pre-USA Training Squad

Due to demand and availability of potential players a pre-USA training squad will be developed under the following selection criteria and arrangements:

  • Squash players under the age of 25 that already represent Uitsig Squash Club in the 1st to 9th Mens League or the 1st to 3rd Ladies league.
  • The Pre-USA Training Squad will operate under the supervision of the USA Selection Panel but will be player organized.
  • The replacement of any player in the USA squad will come from the Pre-USA Training Squad only if they meet the stipulated selection criteria.

Attitude and Commitment

These invited USA Squad players must regard their participation as an honor that needs to be matched with the highest standard of attitude and commitment. The selection panel will not hesitate to review the status of any invited participant if he or she is guilty of bad conduct both on and off the court that results in an embarrassment to the selection panel, the coaches, the club, the province or the country.