Darien Lower School
We are a group of Darien student-athletes (grades 1-12) interested in learning and competing in junior level squash. Darien Squash leadership is composed of parent volunteers interested in organizing and facilitating the efforts of the athletes. All coaching and training are provided by outside professional programs. Local, regional and national competitions will allow the athletes to compete with athletes from other programs. Darien Squash aims to challenge its athletes with continual instruction in a fun and active environment with the best interests of the athletes as the first consideration.
Beginner players start with developing hand-eye coordination skills. There are many good ways to develop coordination, but the best of them involve fun games and activities built around attempting to catch a moving ball.
As beginners progress they are ready to handle the weight of a small junior racket and are ready to learn to swing and hit. At this point, they learn to hit the ball, and with a little practice, they can soon direct shots to a specific target area using both forehand and backhand strokes. We try not to get caught up in too much technical instruction, but we do introduce the correct grip and learn the correct first position of the swing.
As in all competitive sports, good sportsmanship is to be adhered to by all players during practice and matches. Good sportsmanship is a learned behavior and will be reinforced by the coaches and Darien Squash leadership. Parents can play a great part in having their children practice good sportsmanship by being positive role models. Squash is a sport that takes place within an enclosed court. All behavior is in plain sight of coaches, fans, and other players.
The $25 Registration Fee is non-refundable. Full Refund of the program fee will be given for program withdrawals requested two weeks before the start of the season. After such, NO REFUNDS, NO EXCEPTIONS. We do not prorate late registrations.
Darien Squash reserves the right to cancel sessions due to less than minimum registration. Cancellation decisions will be made before the start of a season, and Darien Squash will issue a full refund or credit to those registered for the cancelled session. If a class is cancelled due to weather conditions or Ox Ridge Club closing, Darien Squash will reschedule the group class for later date in the season.
Program participants register for classes on specific dates and times. Unless Darien Squash cancels a class, and provides for a makeup, attendance in scheduled classes is the responsibility of the participant. We cannot provide makeup classes or allow the participant to attend a different class.
Make up Classes: Make up arrangements are subject to our sole discretion. That said, usually, we are able to accommodate students during the final week of the season. If we offer classes during the last week of the season, these classes follow a match play format. Players should not expect skill building, drills, and/or individual instruction. Players will take turns playing and refereeing games.
This program is run by Darien Squash, Inc. and is not a school-sponsored group or an Ox Ridge Club-sponsored group. All players of all skill levels in public and private schools are invited to join the team. The total cost of the season is shared evenly among players. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.