Fairwest Public School Squash Association: Welcome

Sunday, February 12
New Squash League in CT and NY Metro Area for Public School Teams

The Fairwest Public School Squash Association, FWPSSA, was formed in 2008 to enable public school students in high school and middle school in Westchester and Fairfield counties to play squash in a competitive interscholastic environment. The mission of the league is to create opportunities to bring new young players to the sport by providing an active team format for public schools. The primary goal of the league is to include more public schools in the area and in the long-term, grow to include public schools throughout the northeast region.

Direct access to this site can be found at www.FairwestSquash.org



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Teams Dec. 13
New Canaan, Darien and Rye High School Teams
Saturday, December 13
New Squash League Formed for Public Schools

Contact: Georgetta Morque 914-921-5658/548-4209

New Squash League Formed for Public Schools

Fairwest Public School Squash Association Kicks off Dec. 13 in White Plains and Stamford

Dec. 6, 2008 -- The time has come for public school squash to have a league of its own. This season, five schools in Fairfield and Westchester counties have joined hands to form the Fairwest Public School Squash Association, FWPSSA, to enable public school students in high school and middle school to play squash in a competitive interscholastic environment. Participating schools include Darien High School New Canaan High School, Staples High School in Westport, Rye High School and Greenwich High School. Two additional schools in Westchester are expected to confirm their participation shortly.

The new league will kick off Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. with the first of three high school round-robin events scheduled at the New York Sports Clubs in White Plains and Stamford. The remaining events will take place Jan. 10 and March 7, when teams will gather for a league championship.

The mission of the Fairwest Public School Squash Association is to create opportunities to bring new young players to the sport by providing an active team format for public school students. The goal of the league is to include more public school students in the area and in the long-term, grow to include public schools students throughout the northeast region. The league will be sanctioned by U.S. SQUASH, the sport’s national governing body and teams will be able to view match results and standings at www.ussquash.com.

Squash may have its roots in prep schools and private institutions, but public school players are making headway as more opportunities for play become available, primarily through club teams. Each year, more public school teams have entered the U.S. High School Squash Championships held at Yale University, a tournament that traditionally attracts top teams from prep schools from across the country. Kevin Klipstein, CEO of U.S. SQUASH, said: “We’re pleased to support the development of this and any association that encourages access to squash. This league is another sign of real growth in middle and high school squash in the area, also occurring in the mid-Atlantic and mid-western parts of the country. Providing access to squash is one of our top priorities and organizations such as Fairwest are leading the way."

For many of the public school players, squash is a new sport. "You don't have to start squash at very young age, said Damian Walker, owner of Squash Alley, where the New Canaan and Darien high school teams train. With the right amount of practice, you can get good in a short time." In Fairfield and Westchester counties, long known as a hotbed of squash, there has been a rapid growth in the public schools. At Darien High School, Margie Hauer, named Volunteer Coach of the Year for Squash by U.S. SQUASH on behalf the U.S. Olympic Committee, started a club team with 12 players four years ago. The club is now a varsity sport with 24 players on coed Varsity and JV teams. The Varsity team was ranked 32nd in the nation last year. "The interest in squash has really taken off in Darien," said Hauer. "At our school, we now offer play from September through May for all levels which can attract almost 50 players in any one season. This year we may have our first players going on to compete on college teams," Hauer noted.

For middle school students, a new public school league program is also underway. School teams from Rye, Greenwich, Madison and Hartford will compete in three events: Dec. 7 and Jan. 10 at Yale and Jan. 24 at the New York Sports Club in White Plains.

For more information on the Fairwest Public School Squash Association, visit www.FairWestsquash.org.