Membership Criteria

If you are interested in launching a new urban squash program, we hope these criteria serve as a helpful blueprint.


Enrollment – Enroll at least 20 children in year-round programming

Long-Term Program – Provide all participants with year-round support from the time that they join in elementary and middle school through college graduation, or the age of 24.

School-Year Sessions – Run required programming at least five days a week throughout the school year, with participating students attending required, program-led, academic and/or squash sessions at least three days a week

School-Year Weekends – Run practices or events on at least half of school-year weekends

School-Year Academics and Squash – Provide participants with 100+ hours of regularly scheduled, supervised academic support and 100+ hours of regularly scheduled, supervised squash instruction throughout the school year (i.e. 4 hours of squash and 4 hours of academics a week for 30 weeks)

Academics – Track students’ school performance

Summers – Ensure that 80% of your elementary, middle, and high school students participate in 20+ days of summer programming (academic, athletic, professional or other enriching summer experiences not directly run by the program count toward a student’s total)

Community Service – Require students to participate in 10+ hours of community service and/or health and wellness programming each year; students must complete a minimum of five hours of community service annually

Population – Enroll students from schools that have a student body of which at least 70% is eligible for the federal government’s free lunch program (if required, other data may be used to demonstrate economic need)

Attendance and Retention – Record attendance daily and track student attrition

Child Safety and Protection – Have a child safety and protection policy that is reviewed annually with staff and that addresses appropriate training and screening of volunteers, including background checks

Leadership, Finances, and Administration

Staff – Employ at least one full-time staff member

Board of Directors – Have a Board of Directors with 100% giving whose contributions account for at least one third of the program’s operating budget

Community – Be located in a community with enough underutilized squash courts or potential facilities, and enough fundraising potential, that the organization can grow financially and someday serve 50-100 students with a full-time staff of three or more people

Balance Sheet – Have at least two-thirds of the year’s operating budget in the bank in the two months leading up to and the two months following the application’s submission

Budgets – Possess projected budgets for two years of operation and track revenues and expenses

Staff Evaluation – Provide at least 1 formal review of all full-time staff, including the Executive Director

Insurance – Own directors and officers, liability and other appropriate insurance policies

Transportation – Possess a sound transportation plan

Partnerships – Develop and maintain strong partnerships with families, school(s), volunteers, and facility partners

Vision for Growth – Have an articulated vision for program and organizational growth for the next five years


Criteria for Current Members

Criteria for International Members

Membership Committee