Squash Feature

Pictured here is Celine Vendler, 15 year-old daughter of David and Xianchun Vendler of San Marino, sophomore honor-student and squash-player attending Polytechnic High School in Pasadena who has been accepted as one of only two junior squash-players from greater Los Angeles to take part in a U.S. Squash(governing body for squash in America) West Coast Regional Squad training weekends.

Under the direction of a team of west coast elite squash coaches, the 28 player Squad met for the first time at the Pacific Sports Resort in Redwood City over the weekend of November 16th. The next two meetings will occur in late January or early February - and in May, followed by a national junior Squad championships in June of 2014. 

This west coast regional Squad training is for top-level junior male and female squash-players in three different age-group categories, (B/G-U13, B/G-U15, B/G-U17) limited to 24 total players. The coaches are responsible for selecting junior squash-players from 12 different western-region states,AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY.

The weekends include on-court training drills, routines, games and match play; fitness testing and data collection to evaluate improvement for future sessions, video analysis of technique, games and matches, identifying strengths and weaknesses of the player and opponents...as well as developing appropriate match-play tactics and strategies.

Celine, sponsored by Harrow Sports, trains at the Arroyo Seco Racquet Club, which has the only publicly accessible squash facility in the San Gabriel Valley where individual, group and junior squash programs are currently being conducted seven days a week under the direction of resident teaching professional Bob Hanscom.

"By creating these regional squads, junior players will develop a Team USA dynamic, where they will work together in order to represent their future colleges, universities or country, hopefully continuing to raise the standard of squash in America, which should result in being competitive with the rest of the world."