Junior Squash Academy

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Cross Courts Junior Squash Academy is a vibrant program with almost 150 active participants, ranging from the six-year-old beginner through to the top level college player. We now have one of the largest junior squash program in New England and in fact, nationally. The last couple of seasons have seen many of our juniors ranked within the top 30 in the country, a sprinkling within the top 20 and a couple in the top 10!

Programs

Our Junior Academy includes the following programs:

  • Kidz Klinic: Our Kidz Klinix sessions are for younger players with little or no squash experience. We focus on developing these kids as athletes, getting them familiar with squash, and having some fun.
  • FUNdamentals: Our FUNdamentals sessions are for players who have some experience and are looking to start organized match play. We strive to work with these players to develop their basic skills and teach them the essentials of squash.
  • Pre-Tournament Match Play: This session is ideal for players who have not started playing in tournaments. The match play session will build experience and confidence when facing up to other players. While this session is run in a round robin format, time is built in for occasional times for teaching and fun.
  • Future Stars/Elite: These top level sessions are for our top ranked players who have committed to the sport of squash and aspire to become highly ranked National Junior players and ultimately play competitively in college.


It is our hope that every player in the program will have an adequate opportunity to learn the game of squash in a way that is compatible with their age, ability and commitment to improving.


Head Coaches

As appropriate, players are encouraged to integrate cross training into their training regime for core development, strengthening, and injury prevention. Coaches include:

Joey Roberts – Head Squash Professional

The former captain of Yale University’s Men Squash team, Joey is an international squash professional from Belfast, Ireland.

  • Massachusetts State Doubles Champion 2017
  • Professional Squash Doubles Association: World Ranking #46
  • Represented Ireland at 2015 World Doubles Squash Championships
  • International Squash Professional, 2015-present
  • Dana Hall High School: Head Varsity Coach, 2016-present
  • Needham High School: Head Varsity Coach, 2016-present
  • Squash Haven: Volunteer Coach & Mentor, 2011-2015
  • Seven-time high school national squash champion
  • Ranked No. 1 Under 19

robertsljoseph@gmail.com

Mike Tootill – Squash Professional

Mike Tootill is an exceptional player, most recently winning a silver medal at the World Masters in the fall of 2016. He heralds from South Africa and is a Certified Level 2 coach who has competed on the world stage with much success over the years.

His accomplishments include:

  • miketootill8crop-jpgRepresented South Africa at World Team Championships, ’95, ’97, ’01, ’05
  • Represented South Africa at World Double Championships, ’96, ’04
  • South Africa Men’s Doubles Champion, ’04, ’05, ’07, ’14
  • South Africa Mixed Doubles Champion ’08
  • National Over 35 Master’s Champion ’06
  • World Over 35 Master Champion ’06
  • South Africa Team Manager, Men’s World Teams ’09
  • Team Manager,  All Africa ’11

tootillmike@gmail.com

Zarak Khan – Squash Professional

Zarak, who originates from Pakistan, joins Cross Courts with a world full of experience. He is accompanied by his son Shahjahan (Shah) Khan, who is currently on the international circuit (Highest WR #87).

  • Highest World Ranking was #8 (March 1994)
  • Represented Pakistan during the 1989 Men’s World Team Squash Championships winning a silver medal
  • Won the 1993 Men’s World Team Squash Championships as part of team Pakistan
  • Gold medallist at the 1998 Pakistani Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Zarak coaches his son is Shahjahan Khan, is currently on the international circuit (Highest WR #87)

zarakkhan67@yahoo.com