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STARTERS GUIDEMitchell Park Squash club operates from the complex located in Epuni, a suburb of Hutt City
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Squash provides an excellent cardiovascular workout. In one hour of squash, a player may expend approximately 600 to 1000 calories (3,000 to 4,000 kJ). The sport also provides a good upper and lower body workout by utilising both the legs to run around the court and the arms and torso to swing the racquet.
If you are thinking of giving squash a go, you can contact one of our ambassadors, they will be happy to have a game with you and generally show you the ropes.
Mitchell Park operates five courts, each court is operated by a key tag given to all members, but if you don't have a key tag you can still have a game by paying a visitors fee at the pro shop located next to the courts.
The perfect way to introduce yourself to the club is to join our Thursday night In-House competition run by John de Wever This is a social competition with ten teams of seven, ranging from first time players to some of our seasoned veterans. You do not need to be a member of the club to play but you will pay a slightly higher entry fee. A supper is provided during the night and the bar is always staffed and stocked. Contact John if you would like to know when the next block of in-house is about to start.
Joining the Club
If you decide that you would like to become a member of the club you can download the Membership Form or contact our membership officer Denise for more information. This will entitle you to play any time at the courts. You can book your game online with our booking system.
If you want to go further with your squash and start playing in the weekly Interclub competition and Tournaments you will need to be graded. This ensures that you are playing people around the same level as you. Members can contact Dave and request to put on the grading list.
The grading list system is run by Squash New Zealand and applies to all players in New Zealand. The top grade is A1 and descends to the lowest grade E2. E.g. A1,A2,B1..
If you play someone in a graded game you either win or lose points and your grade will change accordingly.
Squash Wellington run three interclub seasons throughout the year. Autumn, Spring and Winter. Winter interclub is the longest and most subscribed of these.
Within these brackets is a Mens, Womans and Masters competition. ( Masters being over 35 years old )
If you sign up for interclub you must be on the NZ grading list. You will then get put into a team of four to six playing around your same ability. The clubs involved in the wellington region can range from Island Bay to Masterton and you will be expected to visit each club once a week ( Usually Tuesday for men and Wednesday for women )
The home team is encouraged to provide a supper for the visitng team and all games count towards your grade.
For more information you can contact our mens club captain Cory or our womans club captain Nicky
Most clubs around New Zealand will have a tournament some time during the year. As a graded player you can enter these tournaments, unless your grade is specifically excluded. Tournaments are normally run Friday to Sunday but this varies for each club and number of entries. You can expect to get between three to four games over the weekend and all games cound towards your grade. Wellington tournaments are usually listed on the Squash Wellington website and National Tournaments are listed in the New Zealand Tournament Schedule