US SQUASH

From the CEO

Kevin Klipstein has been the Chief Executive Officer of US Squash since December 2004, and oversees all US Squash operations.
Kevin writes a regular column for Squash Magazine, US Squash’s official publication.

From US SQUASH

As freshmen on the Cornell team, to say we occupied the back seat would be accurate both physically and metaphorically. College squash had yet to reach the level of charter bus travel that teams enjoy today. Twelve-passenger vans driven by the coach, with assistant, and a squad of ten plus gear left little room for [...]

December 1, 2013 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

From US SQUASH

Last year around this time I wrote about how impressive the top squash professionals were both on and off the court, and how much they deserved to compete on the biggest sports stages in the world. At the women’s semifinal of the 2012 U.S. Open, I witnessed Nicol David rally from a 2-1 game, and [...]

November 1, 2013 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

From US SQUASH

Squash has no “off-season” anymore, and we are definitely not complaining. The US was very involved in the Olympic bid effort—thank you to the Districts, individuals and clubs that donated generously. The value in media coverage alone for the sport was worth the effort to raise our profile, and we will persist in pursuing the [...]

October 1, 2013 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Vision, Commitment and Results

As the pace of change in our lives seems to accelerate, it’s a pleasure to point to things that endure. Of course we all must move on, and the same is true for members of our Board of Directors. Peter Lasusa has served on the U.S. Squash Board for nine years, since 2004 (when it [...]

June 1, 2013 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Rule of Three

With spring turning to summer soon, the squash season shifts into a different mode, wrapping up leagues and other activities with year-end events. What this yields for me are opportunities to speak at district awards dinners, club events and the like, and most recently, to serve as a speaker and moderator on a marketing panel [...]

May 1, 2013 U.S. Squash From the CEO, Olympic Bid 0

Streaks

Some criticize us for focusing too much on the best and think we can do more to make the stories we tell more relatable. However regardless of our field I think we can all relate to what it takes to be excellent, whether we have achieved it or aspire to it. The sports news was [...]

March 1, 2013 U.S. Squash From the CEO 0

Doing the right thing

US Squash recently announced that the prize purse for the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open will provide equal prize money for both the men’s and women’s championships. The purse will be the largest in U.S. Open history and one of the largest in squash worldwide. [...]

February 11, 2013 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO, PSA/WSA, U.S. Open 0

US Squash embarking on broad 2013 initiatives to improve squash experience

US Squash has announced a range of new initiatives that will be rolled out in the new year to further support and advance the squash experience in the United States. [...]

December 13, 2012 U.S. Squash Coaches and Pros, From the CEO, News, Officiating, Organize 0

US Squash: Advancing through growth and innovation

By promoting our sport at the highest level, we celebrate the best in the world, while at the same time accomplishing the goals of increasing the availability and awareness of squash, and laying the foundation for providing resources needed to do it on a bigger and better scale each year. [...]

November 27, 2012 U.S. Squash From the CEO, News, Participate, PSA/WSA, Team USA 0

Impact of Hurricane Sandy on US Squash

Many across the entire Northeast are clearly adversely affected by the severity of the recent storm. Foremost, we wish to express our concern for all those in the squash community and sincerely hope that you and your family are safe. New York City and the surrounding areas were not spared from the impact of Hurricane [...]

October 31, 2012 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO, News 0

High lobs, higher praise

The W. Stewart Brauns Jr. Award is a national honor presented by U.S. SQUASH to a person who has made substantial administrative contributions to squash.  Brauns was a US Squash Board President from 1969-1971 and intimately involved in squash’s administration for years. The honor has recently been awarded in 2010 to Danielle Maur of Life [...]

October 10, 2012 U.S. Squash From the CEO 0

Urban renewal

At our annual Strategic Review this summer, CitySquash Executive Director Tim Wyant asked about fundraising initiatives and what would be most helpful in support of U.S. SQUASH’s efforts. Half-joking I told him that the most helpful thing would be if he moved his annual fundraiser (“The Bash”) several hundred miles north of New York City. [...]

September 22, 2012 Squash Media From the CEO 0

Put the racquet down

As the national governing body we generally believe that the more people play squash, the better. That said, moderation in all things is advised, and squash is no exception.  An issue that has started to crop up as one in need of addressing is year-round play for juniors. We’ve received some criticism recently that the [...]

August 1, 2012 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Value added

Hearing some people talk about US Squash, you’d think we fashioned ourselves after 19th century robber barons, rigging the system to extract maximum revenue to pad our accounts, as if we had equity in the Association. [...]

July 1, 2012 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Ten days in January

When attending the Tournament of Champions, held annually at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, it’s very easy to fall prey to the illusion that squash has gone mainstream and finally everyone has caught on to what we have known all along: that there is no greater game, and there are no greater athletes, [...]

May 2, 2012 Squash Media From the CEO 0

A concerned parent

Whether or not you agree with him in policy or governance, you have to agree that Barack Obama knows sports. [...]

March 1, 2012 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Streams of consciousness

The following article written by US Squash CEO Kevin Klipstein for the January 2012 issue of Squash Magazine: We often encounter circumstances which lead us to a crossroads. The choices are either cooperate and partner with an organization to further our collective goals together, or decide to work independently, and in an uncoordinated fashion. Almost [...]

February 13, 2012 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Stats and stories

Twenty or so years ago I was standing in front of a posted draw sheet helping run a club championship tournament as “Tournament Chair” along with our club professional. Our pro was filling in results in handwritten pencil and was just recording games won and lost without recording any game scores. The particular match result [...]

February 10, 2012 Squash Media From the CEO 0

Ten days in January

When attending the Tournament of Champions, held annually at Grand Central Terminal in New York City, it’s very easy to fall prey to the illusion that squash has gone mainstream and finally everyone has caught on to what we have known all along. [...]

February 1, 2012 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

A vision for the future

Last year, I teamed up with our Board Chair Peter Lasusa to play a game of Sunday doubles. All four of us on court were very experienced players, with decades of squash and doubles experience among us. During the third game of a competitive match I went to the back left corner to cover a [...]

January 1, 2012 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Stream of consciousness

We often encounter circumstances which lead us to a crossroads. The choices are either cooperate and partner with an organization to further our collective goals together, or decide to work independently, and in an uncoordinated fashion. [...]

January 1, 2012 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Behavior modification

Boorish behavior, including excessive celebrations, taunting and histrionics directed towards opponents, fans and officials, is pervasive in today’s sporting landscape. [...]

December 1, 2011 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO, Officiating 0

Transcending squash

One of the main motivations for my taking this job was to be part of an effort to make squash more broadly accessible to play, watch and become more known to the world outside of squash. [...]

November 1, 2011 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Make it count

Last season I provided some detail on my experience with jumping back in to team leagues after a hiatus from organized play. It was going well, our team was undefeated and we looked solid going into the playoffs and ultimately the National League Finals. [...]

October 1, 2011 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

World View

In the March issue, I promised that being part of the World Junior Championships hosted in the US could be one of the most memorable squash experiences of your life. Reflecting on this after the event, this seems accurate, however not necessarily in the way I expected. [...]

September 1, 2011 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0