Liam Rotzoll Graduates from Junior Circuit to Ivy League
After two years of "taking it seriously," Liam Rotzoll grew from an average squash player to US#6 in the National Squash Junior rankings. That quick rise also recently earned the shy yet discplied17-year old a spot on Harvard University's squash team.
But before graduating into the Ivy League, there's a stop at the University of Virginia for the 2019 Squash Junior Championship tournament. That's on March 15th, and Liam hopes to improve what he humbly believes is the weakest part of his game: lack of experience.
"I started playing around age 10... but it was mostly because my mom worked at a gym with courts and we were trying to think of something else to do instead of play tennis," he recalls. It wasn't until Liam was almost 16 years old that he started focusing on the craft and relying on structured coaching to take him to another level.
The coach he found was Squash Revolution's Director and Head Coach, Shahier Razik -- once among the Top 20 best pro players in the world.
"Once Shahier started coaching me I got better and better really fast," says Rotzoll. "I was playing almost every day, but Shahier has good attention to detail and found a lot of ways to fix my technique and improve my strategies as a game goes on."
Shahier's training for Liam started off with focus on technical aspects and footwork. Today the focus is heavily on match play tactics and strategies They spend much of the time analyzing Liam's tournament matches and finding ways to improve his game. Training sessions happen multiple times a week.
"We're really proud of him," says Shahier. "He's come a really long way as both a player and a person in a short amount of time. He's got a great story to tell and it will inspire the next generation of squash junior players!"
That story includes learning how to speak English after moving from a different country; tireless dedication from his mother bringing him to lessons; and finding an inspiring community of friends in the junior squash circuit from around the world, including Brazil and the United Kingdom.
"They're really competitive, self-driven people," said Liam, with a hint of a self-knowing grin. "Probably because squash doesn't have the same 'team' element like other sports."
Liam and his mom heard the good news from Harvard's squash coach right after a training session at Squash Revolution.
"All I could think to say was 'Wow. It didn't really sink in at the time! laughs Liam." "But my mom... she was SUPER excited." Pausing with a smile, he added "Yeah. REALLY excited. For me, it felt like all the hard work really paid off."
Cassie HEADS TO STANFORD!
Squash Revolution would like to congratulate Cassandra Ong and her family on this great achievement!
"From the very first lesson I had with Shahier, I was utterly blown away by his keen perception. His five minute assessment of my strengths and technical weaknesses were consistent with everything I knew about my game, and clearly revealed his uncommon expertise in the sport. Attending his camps, I was also very impressed by his ability to prescribe personalized training which benefited everyone regardless of their level.
Shahier has been my favorite coach for many years because of his dedication to make me a better player, freely putting in overtime when I wasn’t satisfied with a particular shot. He was the first coach who made me question how far I could take my game, and gave me the tools to do so. I’m thankful to Shahier for always encouraging me to ask any questions regarding training and college recruitment. Without him and Squash Revolution, I’d never be where I am today. Thank you !"
Squash Revolution Trains the best Squash Players
Last weekend, Washington D.C. hosted the annual Howe Cup Championship, the largest US women's national squash tournament. Women from around the country came together to challenge their squash game in four divisions. This year, women squashers of the District were proud to win very impressive titles against a very challenging competition.
The A Division team, DC ACES, crushed its opponents, winning every match without losing a single game all throughout the tournament. The drive and determination of the five players was inspiring. Margaret Gerety and Maria Porras, two out of the five champions, trained with Sergio Lopez and Mubarak Mohsin, Squash Revolution Coaches, in preparation for this event. "This is the second year Margaret and I participated in the Howe Cup, and we were hungry for the Win" - Maria Porras. All that squash training paid off to secure the coveted Silver Cup!
On the B division, the DC team, NCS Lob-B-ists, battled its way in a draw with over 16 participating teams, clinching an impressive third place finish after falling to the division runner up. Similarly, the team on the C division, DC United, faced some tough opponents and very intense competition, yet it was still able to secure a third place finish after a hard-fought 3-2 victory in the last round.
Prior to the tournament, all five members of the B team had been taking squash Clinics and training on a weekly basis with Squash Revolution coach, Fabien Sarran, at the Capitol Hill Sport&Health location. Similarly, three of the players on the C team had been taking weekly lessons with Fabien and with Squash Revolution’s newest coach, James Reiss, all at Capitol Hill Sport&Health. Teammates of one of the players on the the B team who went undefeated throughout the event mentioned that, "Sarah played the best they’ve ever seen in this tournament.”
The Howe Cup 2018 may be a year away, but the women who represented DC in the 2017 edition, will continue training and further improving their skills. Here at Squash Revolution, we are ready to help you be the next Howe Cup champion. So what are you waiting for? We offer lessons, clinics, and more at any of the five DMV Squash Club locations. Start training with any of our dedicated and highly experienced Squash coaches today!
We are looking forward to the next win !
Updates day 1
The first day of the tournament was great ! Pre qualifications matches when where pretty clean matches
Here are the score results for the pre-qualification.
Armando OLguin Bt Page 3-0 (3,6,9)
Shahid Hussain Bt Jason 3-0 (3,7,9)
Santiago Orozco Bt Hojung 3-0 (9,5,9)
Nicola Talbott Bt Sergio 3-0 (4,6,4)
Sam F bt N Talbott 3-0 (8,3,6)
Mubarak Mohsin Bt Shahier 3-0 (3,4,2)
Shahid Bt Armando 3-1 (4,8,(7)10)
Nosherwan Bt Cory 3-0 (6,6,6)
Santiago Bt Mubarak 3-1 (8), 9,8,11
Squash Revolution Coaches did well, and Nosherwan's with a 3-0 is moving up to the main draw.
Matches for today's main Draw are below and you can still come and watch the match. Make sure to grab a seat here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/squash-psa-tournament-bethesda-mc-lean-tickets-34288884978 Or below.
Join us for an amazing weekend of Squash
Squash Revolution is having is annual Mid Atlantic PSA Tournament.
Squash Revolution will open seating to National Capital Squash members at discounted pricing.
Matches will be held at Mclean Sport&Health and Bethesda Sport&Health
Trump to Squash Golf Routine
How a New Sport Could Replace the President’s Favorite Hobby
April 1, 2017, Washington, D.C. – As President Donald J. Trump continues to draw the ire of constituents with frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago Resort weekend retreats, the inner circle of White House advisors have turned to an unlikely approach to keeping him closer to home. While the President may or may not be conducting “true” White House business, either by meeting with foreign diplomats or classified meetings, the common perception is that he has merely taken a significant time off for leisure.
The 45th President of the United States has long been an avid golfer, more than likely as part of being one of the most prominent businessmen in modern times. However, as he frequently leaves the Oval Office to play a few rounds in Florida week after week, many taxpayers are crying foul. As President Trump’s approval numbers continue to plummet, his staff has had little choice but to brainstorm ways to keep him in the D.C. area.
Despite criticizing Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her potential health problems, as well as the appearance of many female opponents, President Trump has also drawn criticism for his appearance and possible health concerns. In fact, many medical professionals have suggested that the President may at minimum have a diet of high cholesterol and fat, while others have suggested the possibility of hypertension and maybe even pre-diabetic conditions.
As a result, with fewer than 100 days in the office, his chief medical advisement team has been scrambling for a way to keep the President healthier, as well as remaining local for longer than a few business days at a time.
Although the game of golf has long been regarded as a “sport” and has had a long tradition of professional athletes taking the game further than its inception over 1,000 years ago, most still see it as an excuse to drive golf carts and day drink. In fact, one retired athlete has gone on record claiming that the most physical effort involved in golf is “striking a nearby tree with a nine-iron after falling three over par on the seventh hole.”
Other professional golfers seem to struggle with simply being too good at the game, with Tiger Woods infamously changing his swing style to make things more challenging, all while making the game more emotionally difficult by having no fewer than 17 mistresses.
Indeed, golf has had a long-running tradition of politicians wasting taxpayer money while they enjoy a day out with their favorite lobbyists, but the game does little to improve or even maintain a player’s overall health. In fact, depending on the amount of time spent driving golf carts and the amount of cans of cheap beer consumed, many physicians have recommended fewer rounds of golf for more patients.
Their recommendation? A game that requires more physical activity and can be played in short bursts. Enter: the game of Squash.
In what is being hailed as “a wise move” and “a bold shift in policy” from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, President Trump has quietly been making attempts to learn the game. The Presidential Motorcade has been seen leaving the White House several times per week, usually after the President’s 3 o’clock afternoon nap.
The National Enquirer and TMZ have also published several pictures showing President Trump in a sweat-drenched blue headband, soaking white shirt with the Presidential seal, and what can only be described as athletic shorts that are not long enough.
However, it is evident that the President-elect is taking the necessary steps to become a winner at Squash, as less time is being spent in the air back and forth to Florida, and more time in introductory courses and Squash lessons. In fact, many professional
Squash instructors recommend Squash Revolution, a series of camps and instructional classes aimed at raising awareness of America’s favorite forgotten sport.
A representative from Squash Revolution said that maybe be having the 45th President take on a larger pro-Squash stance, “he can help make America fit again.” This mimics the desires of many special interests groups, including American Heart Health Group, Doctors without Burgers, and even, We All Looked So Healthy Back in the ‘60s, What the Hell Happened? The last, being a non-profit group who has long failed to find footing among the rest of the better-known lobbying groups in D.C.
While many have applauded the White House in supporting measures from the self-proclaimed Alt-Golf group, others are expressing concerns with how the President will maintain his Squash playing habits.
Multiple sources from within the Secret Service have expressed the variable security nightmare going to the many public Squash courts in D.C., as well as the more private Squash clubs. Within the past several weeks, Secret Service members have had to close out the clubs of Sport & Health at Capitol Hill and Tenleytown, as well as the University Club of Washington DC, and the Metropolitan Club.
Reports have recently come in that the President canceled his time slot at local Squash club Equinox, stating that “it sounds like a gay bar.”
Despite Squash being among the best cardio sports available, as well as one of the highest doctor recommended activities for more patients, the change in the President’s personal sports policy is not without controversy. The Trump Administration is seeking approximately $3.2 million for the White House’s own private Squash court.
Florida groups are also pushing back, claiming that Squash is “only for Europeans and scrawny high school students trying to beef up the college entrance chances.” While this is perhaps an alternative fact, it is obviously a desperate plea to keep Florida’s revenue in place. Florida Governor Rick Scott has publicly voiced concerns of the state losing out on billions annually if the President discontinues his weekly golf trips.
In light of those event if you also want to learn squash and push yourself to new high as the president himself. You can join Squash Revolution Introduction to Squash at any of their clubs in and around the district. Here: http://www.squashrevolution.com/locations.html
Happy April Fool’s day !