Darien Squash, Inc. is a local organization dedicated to the growth and development of squash for young residents of Darien (kindergarten-12th grade).

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Please note that US Squash High School Nationals are scheduled to take place at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia from Feb. 25-27, 2022. This overlaps with the end of the DHS February school break. The top nine players on the boys and girls teams will need to be available as of the afternoon of Feb. 24, 2022 for this event. Please keep this in mind as you make travel plans! 




TOURNAMENT WEBSITE: http://clublocker.com/tournaments/12703/info


The top nine players on the DHS Squash ladder are expected to play. Players 1-7 will be guaranteed matches, player 8-9 will be alternates in the event of illness or injury.


Arlen Specter US Squash Center, Philadelphia, PA

Start time: Players to be available at venue by 8:00am on Friday, 2/25

End time: Players to be available until 6:00pm on Sunday, 2/27

The tournament schedule will be posted by US Squash, at that time we will know when each of our teams will have their first match.

All players must submit proof of Covid vaccination prior to the tournament and should be prepared to follow Covid testing requirements.

All spectators must present proof of Covid vaccination to enter the Arlen Specter Center. 


All players will travel together as a team via bus from the DHS sports loop on Thursday, February 24 or Friday, February 25, depending on times of first matches. The bus driver will provide transportation to the hotel and to bring everyone home on Sunday, 2/27.

The hotel is easy walking distance to the Arlen Specter Center. 


Rooms have been reserved for our players at: 

The Study at University City

20 S. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Ph: (215) 387-1400

Coaches will provide players with team rules re: curfew and other guidelines. Players are to stay together as a team and should not leave the hotel, Arlen Specter Center or restaurant venues on their own.

A limited number of rooms are also available under a Darien Squash room block for parents who wish to attend.  Please call asap to book a room as space is limited. 



Parents/spectators are responsible for making their own reservations and travel arrangements. 


Other nearby hotels include:

Sheraton University City, 3549 Chestnut Street

*Easy walking distance from The Study and Arlen Specter Center.  Rooms are a bit dated, but clean. Has attached garage for guest self parking. 


The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel, 3600 Sansom Street

*Also easy walking distance (12 minutes) to the Arlen Specter Center. 


Homewood Suites by Hilton, 4109 Walnut Street

*A bit further away from the Arlen Specter Center (about a 20 minute walk). 



*Teams will have all meals together. Players will need money for breakfasts, lunches and 1-2 dinners. 

  • Breakfast – players  will go as a team to a local/casual location for breakfast. Players should bring money for this.
  • Lunch – Players should bring money for lunch at the cafe located in the Arlen Specter Center. 
  • Dinner –  An organized dinner for players will be arranged by team volunteers.
    • Depending on interest, a group dinner for parents may be arranged for Saturday night (8pm) at a nearby restaurant. Please email Liz Koons at lkoons@dariensquash.com if you wish to attend. Details to follow.



The University City section of Philadelphia has many food options. Below is a list of some suggestions from parents who have recently visited the area:


Local grocery option:


Heirloom Market- 3401 Chestnut Street. A small, upscale grocery store with some grab and go options including sandwiches and sushi.




During matches: There is a casual cafe located on the second level of the Arlen Specter Center that offers a good assortment of lunch and snack options.


Axis Pizza- 20 S 36th St, Philadelphia. Dine in or take out pizza restaurant. Rec from recent visitors said the white pizza is good, tastes like cheesy garlic bread, but skip the garden salad.


Fuel- 3200 Chestnut - smoothies, salads & acai bowls


Shake Shack- 3200 Chestnut


Boba King- Bubble tea restaurant 3200 Chestnut


Spread Bagels- 3602 Chestnut  Offers a great selection of fresh ball and delicious breakfast and lunch bagels. Really good coffee.


Sang Kee Noodle House- 3549 Chestnut Street. Located in the lobby of the Sheraton, this is a popular Chinese restaurant.


Starbucks - 34th and Walnut


Chipotle - 3400 Lancaster Ave


Ramen Bar- casual Japanese options.3400 Lancaster Ave


Casual Elegant Options:


Louie Louie-3611 Walnut Street. Higher-end French American bistro located in the lobby of the Inn at Penn. Reservations recommended


White Dog - 3420 Samson Street. The first farm-to-table restaurant in Philadelphia, offers a great menu and is very popular. Reservations recommended.


Co-op in The Study- offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner reservations recommended.






The Study does not offer guests access to laundry faciltiies, but does have an overnight option for a fee. Please bring extra uniform shirts/shorts/skirts if you have them. 


 The cost per player is based on  transportation, accommodations, tournament fees and team meals. Payment will be available on schoolcashonline as soon as possible.

While meals are included, athletes may want to bring cash for snacks and incidentals.

DHS CONTACT LIST (Cell phones)

Chris Mitrano (Parent Volunteer) 203.219.9120

Hugh Underhill (Coach) 203.561.1369

Sarah Sealy (Coach) (917) 348-6551

Liz Koons (Parent Volunteer) (203) 940-0588

Thank you in advance to the Captain's moms for organizing snacks/water for the bus/travel and for our lunches. 

Parents, please remember to take pictures - action shots or non-action shots (video fine too)- and send them to lkoons@dariensquash.com

Finally, it is important to remember that we are the DHS Nationals team so we ride on the bus to Nationals together as a team, we cheer on each other as a team, and we take the bus home as a team... and we have Fun!


There are 4 required DHS Nationals Forms attached to this email which must be filled out 


  1. The Medical Form For Extended Field Trip Participation (Word File)

  2. Emergency Card and Permission Slip for Squash Trip (Word File)

  3. If Applicable - Prescription Medication Authorization Form (Word File)

  4. If Applicable - Non-Prescription Medication Authorization Form (Word File)


TBA- DHS Roster For Nationals