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.

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. [...]

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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. [...]

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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. [...]

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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. [...]

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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. [...]

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Teams work

The US Squash National League Final, while technically in its first year, has a history that dates back to 1935 and the Tri City Trophy, a 7-player team competition between the cities of New York, Philadelphia and Boston. [...]

May 1, 2011 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Get Squash on TV

After I took this job, one of the first people I talked with was a former boss and mentor of mine. He is also a squash player. He offered his formula for success in taking squash to new heights. [...]

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Nation. Team. Title. Unite.

International athletic competitions such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup have a way of uniting nations and obscuring differences among people. [...]

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Squash 101: back to basics

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash “I got totally robbed” is a common post match refrain often heard from players lamenting calls that didn’t go their way. Whether the match was officiated or self-reffed, inevitably there are situations where the players disagree on what the correct call should have been. In squash, there is [...]

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Know yourself + play your level = increased satisfaction

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash Last month I wrote about my league experiences over the years and how I’ve enjoyed getting back to playing leagues this season. Our team is doing well. In fact we’re in first place at the time of this writing. This same team last year won its division (I [...]

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Leagues ahead

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash I’ve played in squash leagues for the last 30 years. Not continuously, but nearly. It started with playing the Rochester Squash adult leagues as a junior in the early 1980’s, where I played men who are around my age now, and of course, seemed SO old then. This [...]

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Promote or perish

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash I have a mug on my desk from when I worked at the sports marketing company ProServ in the late 1990’s. On one side it states, “something terrible happens if you don’t promote”, and on the other side it says “nothing”. Below, it is branded with the ProServ [...]

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Adult play time

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash Reading Squash Magazine, one could easily be left with the impression that US Squash’s efforts focus primarily on our National Teams, National Championships and junior squash development. While these are important initiatives for the organization, we offer extensive support for many other programs and services as well, including [...]

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Survey says:

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash More than 500 of you took the time to answer our Membership Satisfaction Survey earlier this summer. This is up from only about 100 who did so the first time we surveyed the membership in 2007. When asked to evaluate how you felt about the following statement, “I [...]

September 1, 2010 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Big wins

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash Before we look ahead to the upcoming season and make major announcements, we have some remarkable achievements to celebrate for the 2009-2010 season. The first to mention, and perhaps the most significant, is Amanda Sobhy’s recent World Championship. With the support of her mother, coaching from her father and [...]

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Connecting the double dots

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash It’s very common for me to hear from one squash constituency or another, asking for more support from the Association. Fortunately, for a small sport, we have plenty of constituencies to serve, ranging from junior squash players and adults, singles and doubles players, hardball and softball players, beginners, [...]

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Adult subject matter

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash It’s amazing to think that only 15 years ago, with the conversion to softball, the squash community in the US was in the midst of a deeply divisive battle over the future of the sport. Now what I hear from most is they feel things are going fairly [...]

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A thousand points

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash In explicably, George H. W. Bush’s “thousand points of light” phrase seems to stick in my mind. The phrase often made its way into his speeches, and in his inaugural address on January 20, 1989, Bush said, “I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all [...]

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Taking a look back

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash Working at US Squash, it often feels like we walk around with a big target on our backs. To paraphrase what a respected urban program director said in empathizing with this, “When we do anything, people always thank me, and tell me what great work we’re doing. All [...]

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Balancing act

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash President Obama has recently come under fire for managing the White House like a boys club, with talk of sports around the water cooler and frequent basketball games with only men. He made headlines the other week by finally including a woman in his golf foursome, the 25th [...]

December 1, 2009 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

Just hit play

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash Fifteen years ago, I was a teaching pro at a few commercial clubs in Seattle. For the most part, life was simple for me then. I was in my mid-20’s. I rode my bike to work. I had a dog and a girlfriend. I hiked on the weekends. [...]

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For public consumption

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash As you’ll read and see in this issue, US Squash hosted the 2009 U.S. Open Championship in Chicago at a “Magnificent” outdoor venue on Michigan Avenue. The event boasted crowds of over 500 each of the five nights. Record numbers watched the free live web streaming provided through [...]

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Straight talk

By Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash This past spring Martin Bronstein posted his monthly story on SquashTalk.com in which he leveled some charges against me and the President of the French Federation. In conclusion he asked, “…where do these Sports Governing bodies presidents, CEO’s and officers come from? The Harvard Failed Business School? What [...]

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