SquashStart is a set of resources that are available for purchase to make it easy for clubs to run beginner squash programmes (Squash Ignite 13-18yrs) and Social Slam (19-35yrs).
The SquashStart resources consist of:
Kiwi Squash is New Zealand’s national branded junior squash development programme designed to engage primary (Small Nix 5-8yrs) and intermediate (Big Nix 9-12 yrs) school-aged children into squash-based activities, developing their fundamental skills and improving their speed and agility, all whilst having fun.
Clubs can also download free information and promotional resources (including certificates, posters, parent and school information leaflets and logos) from the Kiwi Squash section of our website.
The Kiwi Squash resources consist of:
Squash New Zealand have produced short videos illustrating the technique for 16 different shots, including slow motion replays.
Click on the link below to view the video and relevant coaching points:
For coaches looking for one-on-one coaching and personal support, coach mentoring (and shadowing) is ideal. This allows you to learn from other coaches and receive feedback on your coaching.
Coach mentoring is a process that aims to support and advance coaches at all levels of sport. Mentor coaches work with mentee coaches to develop and strengthen their coaching skills, be a sounding board for problems, to help identify areas that could be further improved, or just be a source of motivation.
Mentors are not always 'Masters' but can be your peers as well - so as long as they can provide constructive and objective feedback to support you. They do not need to be from the same code either. Mentoring relationships can be formally structured with mentors assigned to coaches, or they can be informal and grown out of conversation. Regardless, they can be useful for coaches at all levels.
Sport New Zealand have put together a Coach Mentor Programme (PDF) to assist.
Growing coaches is a leadership programme for secondary school students who want to coach sport at schools (secondary, primary, intermediate) or clubs. The programme consists of 8 hours of learning about coaching, including sport-specific and self-directed learning from a chosen sport, and 15 hours of coaching experience – coaching other young people.
Technology now plays a huge part in society. Nearly everybody has a smartphone and computer and these can be used to positively improve coach development. Below are a few apps that we recommend:
Most injuries in squash are easily preventable. Whether you are a player, coach or referee, managing your actions before, during and after squash can help you reduce injury, perform better and keep active longer.
Squash New Zealand recommends that all schools, clubs and Districts only engage coaches who are qualified, insured, child safe screened and first aid certified. Find out more here.
Sport New Zealand provide a regular publication entitled New Zealand Coach Magazine that contains information on the latest trends in coaching.