By Michael T. Bello
Published Jan 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Jan 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM ET

Northampton, MA — Each year, the Women’s College Squash Association presents the Wetzel Award to a player who learned to play squash in college. Nominations for the Wetzel Award are due by February 1, 2013.

Last season, Smith College’s Clair Oblamski was presented with the Wetzel Award.

The Wetzel Award recognizes the best women’s player to have learned to play squash in college. Candidates for the award should show outstanding growth technically as a player (in terms of records and results), a sound understanding of the rules of squash, and positive on-court poise and demeanor.

Varsity and club players are eligible for the award. However, players cannot be eligible if they played any squash before college. Playing before college includes recreational and informal play as well as any sort of formal training. For example, if a player hit for a few minutes in high school or if she took a lesson as a child, she would be ineligible for the Wetzel Award. Essentially, a player should not have picked up a squash racket before college to be eligible for the award.

The nominating coach or club team captain and the player must submit certification that the player has not played squash prior to starting college. Nominations and the certification form must be submitted to the Executive Administrator by February 1, 2013.