The Haverford School varsity "A" squash team won their fourth-consecutive MASA (Mid-Atlantic Squash Association) title, finishing their season in a convincing fashion after some early bumps.
Team PhilosophyAll student athletes on the team are connected with each other. They are not playing for themselves; they are playing for the team. The match at the top spot is as important as the match at the bottom spot. They both count as one win. Valuing and respecting each other and always believing in each other builds a better team chemistry. And good team chemistry in closely fought matches is vital in squeezing a win.
It is not about what the team can do for you, it is about what you can for the team. Team ALWAYS comes first.
School and college sports play a huge part in character building. A student athlete must take ownership of their mistakes and issues. If a student athlete has a problem, they should speak to the coaches first. It is important for them to learn and solve their own problems independently. That is what they are expected to do in college and in real life.
Everyone on the team holds equal value to the coaches. The highest seeded player on the team is as important to the coach as the player seeded in the bottom. No student athlete should expect special/favorable treatment.
1. No cell phone policy: No cellphones are allowed during practices and matches. If the student athlete absolutely needs to use it, please ask for the coach’s permission and use it outside the squash pavilion.
2. 48-hour notification policy: Student athlete (not the parent) must notify the coaches 48 hour ahead of time if they will be missing a practice or match due to a necessary commitment. Exemptions are made for student athletes who are sick or injured, however, they should still notify coaches at their earliest convenience.
3. No talking when coach is speaking: A student athlete is expected to pay full attention to the coaches when they are speaking to the team. Speaking to another student athlete while the coach is speaking causes distraction and disruption in the process.
4. Cleaning up after practices and matches: Student athletes are expected to clean up their stuff/trash after a practice or match.
5. Staying for the entire match: A student athlete is expected to stay for the entire match and support his teammates. Exemption is made if the coach is notified ahead of time of a necessary commitment and has been approved by the coach.
6. Referee is always right: No arguments and disrespect by student athlete addressed towards the referees will be tolerated.
7. Respect for your opponent: A student athlete is expected to show respect to their opponent. Using profanity or abusing equipment during the match will not be tolerated and the student athlete will have to forfeit the match. Abusing equipment shows bad sportsmanship and disrespect to the beautiful game of squash.
3-Strikes Rule: Every time any of the above rules is not followed, there is a strike for it. If a student athlete gets 3 strikes, he will be taken off the competing teams. The school squash season is roughly 10 weeks long. A student athlete should make every effort to avoid 3 strikes.
Discipline, obedience and punctuality are important traits for being a successful athlete. Without those, it is hard to be one of the best.
1. Challenge matches are a privilege. It will be at the Coaches’ discretion to approve or reject a request for a challenge match depending on the potential of that match. If the coaches believe that the student athlete has showed enough progress and improvement to be able to beat the student athlete seeded above them, the challenge will be approved.
2. Players can only challenge player seeded one spot above them.
3. The lower seeded player has to beat the higher seeded player twice in a row (in a best of 5 match) to move up the ladder. However, exceptions can be made if the lower seeded player has never played the higher seeded player in in a challenge match in the past and beats the higher seeded player dominantly. Coaches will make the final decision based on the score, level of improvement in skill and fitness, health of the players, and sportsmanship.
4. If the lower seeded player loses to the higher seeded player dominantly, he might not get another chance to challenge the higher seeded player. Unless he shows remarkable improvement, challenging the higher seeded player does not hold any traction.
Head Coach: Asad Kahn
Asad Khan moved to the United States from Pakistan in pursuit of a higher education, which he found at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. While at Denison, Khan played No.1 on the team, competing against Ivy League schools and leading the team to become the best club team in the nation after defeating Stanford University in the regular season and beating St. Lawrence in the Divisions III finals at the US Intercollegiate Team National Championships hosted by Princeton in 2005.
Squash runs in Coach Khan’s blood. Before moving to the United States, he won the Under-12 National Championship in Pakistan and was awarded the MVP title after winning the All-Pakistan Inter-High School Squash Championships in 2003 and 2004. Coach Khan also competed in the Professional Doubles Tour (SDA) and has been ranked as high as 27 in the world. He retired from the professional tour in March 2017 to focus completely on coaching the Haverford boys.
Middle School National Champions 2015-16 – The Haverford School
High School National Champions 2016-17 – The Haverford School
Haverford School was honored Oct. 10 on the ASB GlassCourt at the 2017 U.S. Open. Haverford won the 2017 National High School Championship. The tournament is the largest squash event in the world; last season's version included 1,500 players on 105 boys teams and seventy-six girls teams.
Congratulations to The Haverford School scholar athletes recognized by US Squash: David Bunn '17 (four-year winner), senior Tyler Burt, senior Jack Burton, senior Grant Sterman, senior Samuel Turner, junior Spencer Yager, sophomore Carter Joyce, sophomore Graham Joyce, and sophomore Yeshwin Sankuratri.