Sportsmanship

Sports not only build character, but they also reveal character. SPORTSMANSHIP can be defined in squash by taking proper consideration for the rules of the game, the ethics surrounding each point and referee’s decision, and ultimately, the true respect for one’s opponent(s). In a sport like squash where players are playing to control their positioning on the court and the trajectory of the ball, SPORTSMANSHIP remains one of the most important values in the game.

Chet’s Rules of Engagement

PRE-MATCH

  1. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

  2. Pony up with a hand-hug

  3. Make solid eye contact

WARMING UP

  1. Two to yourself and cross it over

  2. Respect the dojo!

  3. Be a warm-up friend not a warm-up foe

REFEREEING

  1. Always watch the point

  2. Make calls with conviction

  3. Know the rules of the game

PARENTAL ETIQUETTE

  1. No harassing the ref

  2. Keep the comments p..p..positive!

  3. Keep those emotions in check

POST-MATCH

  1. Win and lose with class

  2. Winner exits court last

Who is Chet Blitzer?

Born the son of a traveling bluegrass duo, Chet grew up a child of the road. His only possession for much of his young life was a Henkel squash racket, which doubled as the ice scraper for the family wagon. After being struck by lightning during a Topeka flash flood, Chet acquired the ability to smell fear, and literally taste victory. With nothing to his name but that Henkel, Chet set out to do the only thing that made sense: Become the greatest squash player of all time. Chet is a 14-time World Hardball Champion. For press inquiries, contact his personal assistant: Ashton Kutcher.

  • Quintessential 1980’s hardball squash professional

  • Won 14 consecutive World Championships

  • Best win: 1988 over Jansher Khan

  • Areas of Expertise: Sportsmanshipping, Speaking with Authority, Bald Eagles, Video Games

  • Spokesperson for US Squash

  • Star of award winning series “Sportsmanship Training Video Series”

Behind the Scenes

With Chet’s busy schedule as a commentator, celebrity, star and spokesperson, US Squash was fortunate to get his time at Bates College to film the first few parts to this ongoing series on sportsmanship.

Special Thanks:

  • Bates College

  • Greg Born

  • Pat Cosquer

  • Portland Community Squash

  • Portland Post-Production at www.p3maine.com

  • Barrett Takesian

 

Why Support US Squash? 

At a time when our society desperately needs examples of civility and good character, we seek to provide the best environment for learning and practicing virtues of true sportsmanship.  As one of a handful of sports in which the difference between winning and losing fairly rests in the hands of the competitors, squash is transformational in teaching lifelong lessons in sportsmanship and fair play, and differentiates squash as a sport, and squash players as individuals. We’re working to:

  • Ensure not only that the principles of good sportsmanship remain at the heart of the game, but also the qualities of integrity, honesty, accountability, fairness and respect – lifetime values taught through athletics

  • Strengthen squash’s connection to education to further establish that involvement in the sport creates opportunities, cultivates relationships, builds social networks and lifelong friendships, and helps make people realize their own full potential

  • Establish and uphold the Rules of the Game including the Codes of Conduct for players, fans, coaches and families alike, and

  • Recognize leaders in the community who demonstrate the qualities the sport values, and honor the game’s special and valued history, including Scholar-Athlete, All-American, National Sportsmanship Awards, and the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.

 

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