2016 San Diego Trip Blog

January 12th

After a long night of matches and many battle scars (my lip included), we all woke up for our last day of training. We moved away from the traditional conditioning and did some restorative work in the pool and hot tub as well as the squash. We needed to give our bodies an opportunity to recover and prep for the long weekends ahead, and I think we did just that. For the afternoon session, we competed in our annual mixed gender doubles tournament. Laila and Yahya emerged victorious (respect), but the tournament was a good way to end the trip with smiles and good times. With this being my last time around, I got the chance to truly appreciate all of it.

After thanking the San Diego Squash coaches and saying goodbye to the kids, we returned to the hotel to discuss the goals we each set out for the trip. Following that some went to In and Out for a thirst quenching burger and others went to eat to Vietnamese noodles (aka pho). We then chilled as we slept before heading over to the airport. This is the last post on my last trip, so I guess this is a goodbye of sorts. However, my connection to Wessquash will be present long after my departure so this is a see you later. I am looking forward to all the support at our upcoming matches!

Much Love,

Raheem Logan

January 11th

Wesleyan squash got back to business early on Monday morning with an 8 am breakfast and practice beginning at 9. Three hours later we returned to the hotel for lunch: some of us then chose to take (a now customary) dip in the hot tub while others went directly back to the rooms to take showers, ice sore areas, and relax in preparation for our friendly match later in the day.

At 5:30 pm players began to return to the courts and warm up for our matches against the San Diego Squash members. Although many of us were nursing injuries and sore from the week’s training sessions, every player pushed through, played well, and confidently applied the changes to our game we had been improving on. The night ended in spectacular fashion with Wesleyan’s senior captain Guy Davidson defeating club pro Yuri in a 5 game thriller, entertaining the large crowd that had gathered for their second annual showdown. After all the matches had finished the players and coaches were rewarded with a cornucopia of pizza ranging from meatball to pineapple, courtesy of the Bakes family. Exhausted but satisfied, the team returned to the hotel around 10:30, where we dragged ourselves onto the elevator and collapsed into our beds for a much deserved rest.
P.S. Congratulations to Alabama for defeating Clemson in the College Football Championship!
Yours truly,
Matt – Room 211
January 10th
After a day of swimming, hot-tubbing, eating, pool, Ping-Pong, cards, and beach football, the Wesleyan squash team woke up this morning surprisingly sore, many of us clutching at our hip flexors as we rolled out of bed. We had the morning off and we split up after breakfast. A majority of us watched the Tournament of Champions in the hotel, a second group headed to Balboa Park, and a third, smaller group hit the shores of La Jolla Beach.
After the morning activities, both the men and women’s squash teams got back on the courts for what was the longest practice of the trip so far. It was a planned three-hour practice that ran late, then a small group stayed behind to play more, and we finally locked up the club after 5 hours of play. Practice started by splitting up the teams into two groups, with one group working on mental and physical strength, and the second group on court doing drills, which primarily focused on pushing up on the T and cutting off loose crosscourt drives. After an hour, the groups swapped activities, and the final hour and a half of practice was spent in a mini-team tournament. After the grueling practice, the men’s team finished off the day strong with a dinner at the local Chili’s and a spin in the hot tub.
Big love from Room 212 <3
While enjoying our breakfast, we watched the tournament of champions to start our day. While the men’s team stayed back to watch squash and football, the women’s team split up to take on the San Diego Zoo and La Jolla.
 
Laila’s favorite animals were the pandas (see pictures of the crew cuddling the babies) and the giraffes (“It was like drooling…it was literally from like where the mouth is until the ground…”) while the La Jolla group encountered some wild life of their own. Guy Davidson dashed across a beach down at the cove to get up close and personal with a sea lion as it was enjoying prime nap time.
 
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Meanwhile, the La Jolla group was on a mission to find the best tacos around. After consulting a number of La Jolla experts (including none other than Steven Milo himself) we settled on The Taco Stand where we had delectable cactus tacos, California burritos, and even some churros to top it off.
 
After long walks from both groups, we all reconvened for our evening practice. Between and hour of intense squash and an hour of fitness, we were all well prepared to play mini matches mixed in with our teams. By the end of the night we were all plenty exhausted but satisfied with the little victories of the day.
 
Topping it all off with a final dip in the hot tub to heat our aching muscles, we headed up to bed to drift off to sleep.
 
Looking forward to playing the club members tomorrow!
 
Room 411 (Ali, Bridget, and Laila)
January 9th

Waking up leisurely and grabbing a quick breakfast downstairs, the men’s and women’s teams drove to the Doherty’s condo in Solana, California to hit the beach and relax. With a warm welcome, the Doherty’s gave us a tour of the beautiful recreational center and newly renovated condominium overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. We grabbed our delightful California Pizza Kitchen lunches and made our way to shore. Beach football, boogie boarding, Frisbee, and carefree walks on the beach were amongst the most popular activities on the beach, while intensive crosswords were solved and pool table games were played back at the condo. Even the coaches joined in on the riveting fun! Shona’s boogie boarding and ping pong-squashing skills were unparalleled, Steven (not to be confused with Stephen) revealed his secret talent in crossword puzzles, Mike impressed us all with his card-playing skills, and Tim…photographed the Doherty’s kitchen.

Coming back from the frigid ocean currents and washing off the sand off our feet, many of us dove into the recreational center’s hot tub. While we waited for dinner, we feasted on delectable sushi and other snacks. Our dinner included an exquisite selection of salads, pizza, and pasta, oh my! The desserts (cookies and brownies) were perhaps even better. Dinner conversation ranged from swiping right tendencies to missed football careers. After a long day, the teams divvyed up: some watched Netflix or football, while others played card games and ping pong. Being eco-friendly Wesleyan students, we used unused plastic silverware (knives) to play the classic game, Spoons, and aptly renamed it Knives. The night was ended with a Steelers’ win and “a freaking concussion” (Bayless 2016). Undoubtedly all had a good time, and with a full day of rest, are now ready and excited to jump back on the courts tomorrow.

January 8th

Hello from Room 315!

Today we kicked off our first full day of practice with the entire team. We were happy start our training with a beautiful day, high energy, and a productive team meeting where we all shared our personal and team goals for the trip and the season. We walked over to the squash courts together, conveniently located 10 minutes away, and jumped straight into practice. We split up into to two groups, one to work on physical and mental fitness with Tim, and the other to fine-tune our technical and tactical racquet skills with Shona and Mike. Halfway through practice we switched groups, and meanwhile, Steven went on a journey to find food for the empty-bellied and hungry squash team.

After many delicious sandwiches and Oreos, many ventured to the hot tub and sun beds, while the rest of the team went to their rooms to take a quick nap before our second practice. After a productive afternoon workout, WesSquash engaged in a heated debate about where to go for dinner: In-N-Out or Chili’s. We ended up taking one van to In-N-Out and the Chili’s Team trekked 10ft from the entrance of the hotel to the restaurant [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcf4JBWBoEE].

We returned to the hotel after dinner, happy and full. Some immediately returned to the hot tub, some had a dance party in Room 411, and some watched Bourne Identity and admired Matt Damon’s many turtlenecks throughout the film.

We’re excited for tomorrow, our only full day off during the trip, to recover from a full day of hard practice and spend some quality time together at the beach. Already, San Diego has been a great experience and we look forward to upcoming days of hard work.

Love,

Ellen, Annie, Ale

The first full day of practice felt really good and refreshing after a long day of traveling. It’s great to back home again after coming to Wesleyan to train for a couple days. Having the time to see the whole team having a great time at my home club makes me really excited and happy for them. Getting the chance to see my old high school program watch us train means a lot to me since I’ve been growing up with them my whole life.
In the morning we met as a team and had breakfast together. Afterwards we conducted a meeting where we shared our personal and team goals. Every goal was centered around fitness, technique and mentality. Our team goal was to bond together as not just a team, but a family. I thought we had started off our day with a great start. Having the ability to walk short distance to the court feels amazing because it lets us have a conversation with each other while enjoying the beautiful weather out there. After our training, we went to each lunch at the hotel and we stayed in the hot tub provided by the hotel. The sun just came out and the weather became nicer. When we finished our second practice we went to In N Out, a fast food chain restaurant that’s only popular in the west coast, so it was the best opportunity for people to eat since it’s nonexistent in the east coast. We ate, jumped in the hot tub for more bonding time and went to our rooms to rest for another great day. I’m so glad the storms disappeared and the sun came back. There’s honestly no place like home and I’m stoked to see everyone having an awesome time at this awesome city.Sincerely,
Kevin Le
January 7th – Arrival Day!
Welcome to bright and sunny (well, sun showering) San Diego, California!!
It was an adventurous and eventful morning at 4AM eastern time as all of us wandered on over to Freeman to get an early start to the day. After an eventful ride to the airport and some running through airport security, men’s and women’s squash made their way to San Diego one piece at a time.
Finally getting to stretch our legs, we drove off with the intention of finding the perfect balance of healthy foods in massive quantities (of course with a Cali avocado to top it off). After digging into some delicious sandwiches, we got to run over to the courts and knock off our stiff-from-airplane muscles. Rotating between condition games and strength workouts, we worked up an appetite and got to top off our day with a great dinner together at one long table, with all the Mexican food we could possibly eat after a very long day. (Shoutout to Mike Delalio for all the help!)
Looking forward to the rest of the week and more delicious food to come!
Room 411 (Ali, Bridget, and Laila)

 

San Diego Trip Information 2016

We will travel as a group, departing and returning to Wesleyan Campus. Flights depart from Hartford Airport airport (BDL) and transport to the airport will be by motor coach.

Flight information 

Air

Outbound

1/7/16       United             BDL – EWR                             6:00 AM – 6:55 AM

1/7/16       United             EWR – SAN                            8.30 AM – 11:15 am

Inbound

1/13/16     United             SAN – ORD                             6:30 AM – 12:25 PM

1/13/16     United             ORD – BDL                             1:45 PM – 4:47 PM

 

Checked Baggage

 

Wesleyan or Wesleyan squash cannot pay for any checked baggage charges incurred. Please read the United Airlines checked baggage policy at this link below. It appears that if you sign up for a United air miles account you can check baggage at no charge. Please take the time to understand United’s policies for yourself.

http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/Pages/CheckedBaggage.aspx

Hotel

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, San Diego-Sorento Valley, 5925 Lusk Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92121.

Phone:   1-858-731-0100

Rooms include a small kitchen

Fitness Center / Squash Club

San Diego Squash Club – http://www.sandiegosquash.com

9370 Waples Street, Suite 101, San Diego, CA, 92121

Phone:   1-858-452-3616

Coaches

Shona Kerr   413-210-2828  skerr@wesleyan.edu

Steven Milo  516-510-0977

Mike Delalio 860-888-2882

Tim Bacon 413-330-8222

Faculty Mentor (will be present second half of the trip)

Karl Scheibe  –   kscheibe@wesleyan.edu

In the case of any emergencies please feel free to contact any of us at any time. We will be extremely busy but will get back to you as soon as we receive any messages.

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Extended Travel Policy

Wesleyan Athletic Department Policy
Extended travel team policy.

Often teams fund extended travel for spring training trips, international travel, in-season out-of-region games, etc., with funds raised by projects and student contributions. The following polices will govern the procedures for students participating in the fund raising and receiving reimbursements. By signing this document you have read the document and understand the procedures.

• All monies generated by team fund raising projects are team monies and will not be reimbursed to individuals, which for some reason, do not participate in the trip. The reasons that a individual may not participate on the trip are, but not limited to the following:
• Quit the team prior to the trip
• In-season team related sports injury prior to the trip
• Sickness
• Cut from the team prior to the trip
• Unforeseen circumstances ( resolved on a case by case basis)

• If a student is cut from the team prior to the trip the student will be reimbursed for only those monies they personally contributed to the cost of the trip. In the case of airfare, they may receive credit from the airline (if the airlines has a credit policy) and that amount will be subtracted from the amount to be reimbursed. This will be the same policy for a student that is injured and unable to attend the trip. If the airline has does not have a credit policy then the full amount the student contributed will be reimbursed.

• If a student quits prior to the trip there will be no reimbursement, however the student will receive the credit from the airline only if that is within the airline’s policy.

• If a student is dismissed from team, or not allowed to participate in the trip for disciplinary reasons, or sent home from the trip for violation of a department or team policy/rule there will be no reimbursement. The student may receive an airline credit. If the student is asked to leave the trip by the coach then the student will be responsible for all cost of the travel from the site of the trip.

I have read and understand the above policies.

Name_____________________________ Signature ______________________

Date ______________ Team _________________ Trip Location ______________

4/20/09

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Code Of Conduct – 2015-2016

Wesleyan Squash Training Trip – Code Of Conduct

This training trip is for the purpose of practicing and improving our competitive squash, bonding with each other and as a team, gaining a new perspective on the sport we have the privilege to play, while doing so alongside others that share our sport. We are also representing Wesleyan Squash in a different part of the country and will give back in various ways to the area in which we are staying. This will be the eighth time Wesleyan Squash has been fortunate enough to have such an opportunity and it is imperative for the success of this trip, and all future trips, that we represent Wesleyan in the highest possible manner.

All guidelines laid out in the Wesleyan Athletic Handbook are applicable. This is available online http://www.wesleyan.edu/athletics/deptinfo/Handbook2010-11.pdf. It is your responsibility to be fully familiar with this document.

Essential guidelines are as follows:

• Use of, or possession of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances by any student athlete is prohibited at any time, including travel to and from San Diego.

• Coaches must know where players are at all times.

• Players should never travel anywhere alone.

• Players will respect all personnel, property, coaches and each other at all times.

Violation of these guidelines will initially result in the student athlete returning to campus at their own expense, any further applicable consequences will follow.

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