Hindu: SRFI honours squash coaches

The Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) awarded National-level coaches for their outstanding contribution for the development of the sport in India in 2006. Maj. Maniam, Consultant Coach, SRFI, said “such a gathering of coaches from around the country enriches the knowledge of the participants towards a scientific and systematic approach to coaching.”

N. Ramachandran presented the awards to the following coaches at the ICL Squash Academy here on the sidelines of the three-day SRFI Coaching Conference: Hari Om Tripathi, B. Balamurugan, Sunil Verma, Dalip Tripathi, Gajendra Singh Rathore, Dhiraj Singh, Manan Mashruwala. The outstanding contribution award to refereeing in India in 2006 went to Yogendra Singh


News Today article on Maj Maniam & Asian Games

It will be a feather in the cap of the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) should the National team land up with a medal at the Asian Games to be held in December at Doha. In the words of Major (Retd) S Maniam, Director of Coaching, Asian Squash Federation and Consultant Coach, SRFI, that will be the ultimate achievement of the sustained efforts of the federation, with a dynamic personality like N Ramachandran at the helm. ‘As the president of Asian Squash Federation, Ramachandran’s contribution to the game is phenomenal. The game is growing every day thanks to his unstinted efforts and his passion for squash. He has been instrumental in the sport continuing in Asian Games. I saw the grand vision when he detailed the role he had in mind for me. Right from the day I landed am enjoying the role. It is absolutely team work when we scout talents.’

Maniam is on a mission. Not that he is averse to challenges. As the top-ranked Malaysian player for five years he had a charmed existence. National champion for three years and the East Asian Player of the Year were the just rewards.

Maniam could have turned into a pro player but turned his attention to coaching. The surfacing of world top-ranked players – Ong Beng Hee and Nicole David – was a pointer to his sustained brilliant work in moulding the talent to the desired shape. Maniam is to double up as a Technical Delegate of the Asian Games and the World Squash representative at Doha. The proud recipient of that honour said he will find the time to follow the Indian challenge.  ‘Ritwik (Bhattacharya) and Sourav (Ghosal) have it in them to give it a best shot. Joshna(Chinappa)  is likely to run into World No 14 Rebeca Chiu or the 22nd ranked Sharun Wee and with a little luck could face Hong Kong’s Christine Mark, ranked 39.  A profitable experience it should be for Joshna.’

As part of the preparation, SRFI is planning to have the expertise of the British coach Malcolm Wilstrop. ‘We are optimistic of getting the Ministry clearance, having acknowledged the positive ways and the results.’

CSA Squash Coaching Conference

Here is a link to the live webcast of the 2006 CSA squash Coaching Conference to be held at Wesleyan University, October 13-15th. It will tackle the overarching theme of how to effectively plan a season, from drilling to competing, physical conditioning to mental training. http://condor.wesleyan.edu/openmedia/webcast/athletics.qtl Read more of this post

Teaching your child to be a good sport

Once the monsoon is over and as we approach our Diwali holidays, we could look at encouraging our kids to participate in a sport. The time and venue is irrelevant it could be down the gully, after school, in the park, before homework …..

Sports participation enhances your child’s physical, mental, and social development and gives your child the following advantages:
Keeps them healthy
Teaches them to work and think as a team
Builds up self confidence
Widens their social base and develops social skills
Promotes a sense of fair play
Welcome change from their academic activities

How do you get your child to appreciate  and take part in sport
Select the correct sport(s) for your child
Explain the rules and guide them along with their coach/ other parents
Keep it fun and dont be critical
Encourage them to give their best, be there at important events
Support them, but do not put any pressure on them
Don’t compare them with other kids who may be naturally inclined at the sport

I have been a coach for around a decade and have seen talented youngsters blossom and win laurels for the country at international events. Even for those who just took up the sport for amusement, they were a number of benefits. Do let me have your comments, suggestions and experiences. 

Vacancy for an Assistant coach

The Squash Rackets Federation of India is looking for an assistant coach to the National Coach. The coach should have at least a level 2 coaching accreditation. Your job will be to work with the elite players at the ICL Squash Academy, Chennai. Interested coaches to mail CV to SRFI at the following email address: finance@md2.vsnl.net.in

Hindustan Times article on Ramit Tandon

Teenage sensation Ramit Tandon served a warning to his senior rivals as he stormed into the third round of the national squash championship in New Delhi. Fourteen-year-old Tandon, India’s number one junior player, made light of the huge difference in age and physique to first knock-out local lad Prateek Chalia 9-3 10-8 9-2 and then overcome Harjinder Singh 9-6 10-8 9-2. “My idea was to keep them back and when the opportunity comes, to finish the stroke,” said Tandon, who has five national titles in the Under-11, -13 and -15 age categories. “Strokes are my strong point,” said the youngster who hails from Bengal and has recently shifted to Chennai to train at the ICL Academy under Dhronacharya Awardee Cyrus Poncha. Read more of this post

Dipika Pallikal’s CNN-IBN interview

Dipika Pallikal could easily have been a model. But for this talented squash player from Chennai, the sport has been an obsession and looks like it is finally paying off. Dipika has been steadily gaining points in the junior circuit and her most recent achievement was winning the Asian junior championship. “It was a really good experience for me in the Dutch Open. One of the biggest wins of the year was the Asian Junior Championships. And being Asia’s No 1 is a really big thing in India,” Dipika says. The SAF games was the second team tournament in Dipika’s young career and she feels the camaraderie shared with team mates while playing for the country is a refreshing change from the individual events that squash players normally participate in. “It was a good experience being in a team, working as a team, having dinner and lunch together. It was a different experience from being an individual,” she adds.

Ask her about the reason why Chennai is dominating Indian squash and the pretty young lass is all smiles. After all, the city has produced the likes of Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinnapa. “We normally go only for squash, we go to school for three hours and we are back for squash. So squash is our aim in Channai,” says Dipika. Watch the interview

SAF Games Women’s Team

Jaipur’s Surbhi Misra, will be part of the four-member Indian team for the squash event at the SAF Games, said a press release by the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI). The other three members are Joshna Chinappa, Deepika Pallikal and Anvesha Reddy from Chennai.
Surbhi will be attending a 12-day training camp organised by the SRFI at the National Squash Academy in Chennai from Aug 4 to Aug 14. The camp will be held under the supervision of national coach Cyrus Poncha and consultant coach Major S. Maniam. Article

Hindu article on Dipika Pallikal

Dipika Pallikal wins Asian SquashShe is just 14. Yet, she has scripted success in the realm of squash. Meet Dipika Pallikal. In Singapore, she indulged in some mixing-it-up squash, besides `playing to her strengths’, did her superstitious bit (having a friend present in every single match), and found herself heading home with the Asian Junior squash championship gold in the under-15 category.
For 14-year-old Dipika Pallikal, it was one of her biggest wins. “It was one of my best performances, and it was the first time that there was an under-15 category,” said the Lady Andal student. On the right track in emulating the likes of Joshna Chinappa and Vaidehi Reddy, Dipika is readying herself for the WISPA event in Hyderabad, where she will be taking part in the qualifiers. The Singapore experience should help her deal with a few things she needs to sort out. “I need to work on my lunges and my fitness in general,” she said. National coach Cyrus Poncha was more than impressed with the performance. “Indian squash, especially in the under-15 category, is looking up, and we are definitely the best in Asia in that category. The focus now is on the big tournaments, especially the British Open,” he said. Besides Dipika’s gold, Anwesha Reddy’s and Ravi Dixit’s bronze in the girls’ and boys’ under-15 category respectively, completed an impressive Indian tally. Read more of this post

Young Achiver award for Saurav

Saurav Ghosal, the British Open champion and National Senior and Junior title holder, was conferred the ‘Young Achiever’ award by the Rotary Club of Madras. N.K.Gopinath, the Rotary District President, presented Ghosal a citation and a silver plaque in recognition of his achievements.
Ghosal, the current British (U-19) Open Champion, attributed his success to the state-of-the-art facilities at the India Cements Academy here and his coaches Maj.Maniam of Malaysia, a consultant Coach and Cyrus Poncha, the National Coach.
“It is heartening to note that a sport like squash gets recognised by organisations like Rotary,” he said adding this honour would propel him to gain more achievements for the country and himself. Ghosal, who would be turning 19 this August, had in the company of Delhi’s Ritwik Bhattacharya, finished runners-up in the World Doubles championship and the Asian Junior Singles this year. He was also ranked as World Junior number one in the championship held in Islamabad.
N.Ramachandran, President, Asian Squash Federation and the Indian Federation, said “within three years of switching over to Chennai from Kolkata, Ghosal had won both the Junior and Senior Men’s national championship, besides the British Open. His achievements have been remarkable.”