SquashStart is a set of resources that are available for purchase, to make it easy for clubs to run beginner squash coaching programmes for ages 13 and over. SquashStart consists of a manual outlining eight lessons to teach new squash players how to play the game. In conjunction with the manual, a DVD demonstrates all activities. SquashStart’s aim is to make it easy for clubs and coaches to run beginner squash programmes to encourage members of their community to learn the sport and therefore hopefully join the club.
Squash NZ have developed some programmes that use the SquashStart resources so that clubs can easily run programmes for specific groups within their community. Initially we launched with two programmes but we hope to add to these in the future. Existing programmes are:
SquashStart Video Clips
Kiwi Squash is New Zealand’s national branded junior squash development programme. This world-class initiative is designed to engage primary and intermediate aged children into squash-based activities, developing their fundamental skills and improving their speed and agility, all whilst having fun. Kiwi Squash is delivered collaboratively by teachers, qualified coaches and squash club volunteers, creating strong links between schools and local squash clubs.
Clubs can easily run junior programmes using the manual which contains eight lesson plans and has an accompanying DVD demonstrating every activity. Kiwi Squash coaching modules (Mod 5: School & Tertiary) are also run by the District Associations and can be scheduled for a club and school if required.
Kiwi Squash resources
Clubs can download free resources (including certificates, posters, parent and school information leaflets and logos) from our website. For more information visit the Kiwi Squash section of our website.
For every coach development modules completed through your District Coaching Coordinator, you will receive a coach guide for that particular module.
Squash NZ have produced short videos highlighting the techniques for 16 different shots, including slow motion replays. Click on each link below to view the video and relevant coaching points. Each clip will show three shots at normal speed, the same three shots in slow motion and then again back in normal speed. The clips can be paused at anytime.
Quality coaches continually strive to improve, develop and challenge themselves. This can be achieved by:
Coach mentoring is a process that aims to support and advance coaches at all levels of sport. Mentor coaches will work with the mentee coach 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. 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.
Sport New Zealand provide a regular publication entitled New Zealand Coach Magazine that contains information on the latest trends in coaching.
Performance Coach Advance: The Performance Coach Advance programme aims to improve the quality of coaches working with talented pre-elite 15-21-year-old athletes.
Coach Developer Programme: The Coach Developer programme aims to improve the effectiveness of coach developers across all sports.
Coach Accelerator Programme: The Coach Accelerator programme aims to accelerate the development of outstanding coaches, capable of coaching athletes to become World and/or Olympic champions.
Prime Minister's Scholarships: Prime Minister's Scholarships help fund the professional development of high performance coaches.
Carded Coaches Programme: The Carded Coach Programme provides individual support to the country's top coaches.