Hardball Doubles Squash was invented in Philadelphia, PA in 1907 and was standardized in the early 1920s. Hardball doubles has been a fixture of Canadian Squash since the early 1930s. Five Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec) house all 45 courts in the country. The Canadian Doubles National Championships were first played in 1934 and, with the exception of 1938, have been played every year since then. Provincial Championships are held in four of the five provinces and over 1,100 players participate in Doubles Squash leagues across the country. It is estimated that there are over 4,000 hardball doubles players in Canada.
Squash BC has an active and engaged doubles community. If you want to receive information about our squash doubles community, the Doubles Committee Chair, Jillian Anderson, would be happy to include you on the Doubles Community Email Contacts list. Simply use the signup form below or email Jillian at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the contacts list.
Squash BC Doubles Committee
Squash BC’s Doubles Committee is a Standing committee responsible for promoting and furthering the game of doubles squash in all facilities. The Committee is responsible for encouraging the orderly development of all levels of doubles squash players in BC. Committee Members are:
- Jillian Anderson (Co-Chair)
- Brian Covernton (Co-Chair, Officiating)
- Lynn Broman (EVE)
- Cathy Brown (Vancouver Doubles League)
- Ruth Castellino (Ladies Doubles League)
- Cathy Covernton (Squash Canada)
- Patrick Frost (EVE)
- Snehal Lakhani (EVE)
- Joe Lopes (HLY)
- Laura Ramsay (VLT)
- Gary Wong (Technical)
- Greg Desaulniers (Officiating)
- Rachel Au (Squash BC Director at Large: Doubles)
Member Facilities with Doubles Court
Squash BC member clubs have 4 of the 45 doubles courts available in Canada. These member facilities are:
Here are some useful guides to strategy when playing doubles squash:
- World Squash Hardball Squash Doubles Rules
- Squash Canada Doubles Officiating program
- How to Score a Doubles Match
- Scoring by Hand Guides
- BC Doubles Officials
- Fair Play
- Printable Scoresheets
- Scoring Methods
- Addition of “Hash Marks” at the 15′ mark from front wall
- Rule Interpretations
- Referee’s Line of Thinking
Vancouver Double Leagues
There are 2 Hardball Doubles Leagues (Vancouver Doubles Squash Leagues – VDSLs) in the Metro Vancouver area. These leagues are played on various nights at the 4 clubs with hardball courts.
There are 3 Doubles tournaments held annually in the Metro Vancouver area. Each tournament is hosted by a local club given access to all 4 hardball courts. Depending on the number of registrants, a tournament may begin on Tuesday with final matches held either on Saturday or Sunday.
Check out some Videos from Recent Doubles Tournaments.
BC Doubles Rankings can be found here through this link:
- BC Doubles Rankings (Currently Under Review)
Notably, many BC players are on Squash Canada’s doubles ranking lists which can be located here:
- Canadian Doubles Rankings (Currently Under Review)
North American Doubles Squash Schedule
There are four major doubles organizations overseeing more than 15,000 players in North America: Squash Canada, U.S. Squash, the Squash Doubles Association (SDA) and Women’s Doubles Squash Association (WDSA). These four groups manage all aspects of doubles play, from beginner to elite professional, and work together to grow and promote the sport.
The North American doubles community maintains a very busy schedule. Please see the new calendar format for this coming season: