League Rules

Squash League Rules 2013/2014

Senior County League Regulations

1. League membership

1.1 The Mens and Ladies Leagues are open to all clubs within Bucks who are affiliated to England Squash. Clubs located outside the county may be admitted subject to permission from the home county’s SRA.

1.2 The England Squash affiliation fee must be paid in accordance with the time-scale given on the invoice; action will be taken against any club which fails to pay its fee, which could include the deduction of points and exclusion from the League.

1.3 The Bucks League fee must be paid before 1 October to qualify for a prompt payment discount. If a club’s fee remains outstanding on the 1st November, twenty points will be deducted from its final total, with a further twenty points being deducted for each subsequent month during which the fees remain unpaid. Any club still in default by 31 December will be excluded from the League for the remainder of the season.

2. Players’ qualification

2.1 Players may move to and play for another Club in a season provided that (a) both Clubs affected are agreeable and (b) the player has moved house nearer to the 2nd Club, but a lady however, may play for a Ladies team of one club and a Mens team of another club. All players must be bone-fide members of the club whose team they play for.

2.2 All (national) Premier League players are excluded from the Bucks SRA League unless they hold a Bucks qualification. Qualification rules as defined for the England Squash Inter-County competition apply.

3. Conduct of matches

3.1 Matches are played according to the rules of England Squash.

3.2 Each match is between two teams of five players. Each tie scores one point per game won by each player. The team winning the majority of ties scores a further four points.

3.3 No player may play for more than one team on the same day.

3.4 The Home team must ensure that sufficient court time is booked to allow completion of the match. Any ties not played or not completed due to failure to provide adequate court time are forfeited. The two captains can elect to postpone the match, or move to other acceptable courts, if it is agreed that the courts are in a dangerous state because of moisture or other conditions which would make play hazardous to players or damage the courts. Both captains must agree, or the match will continue. If postponed, the entire match will be replayed.

3.5 The two captains must ensure that all ties are formally marked/refereed.

3.6 Matches start at 7.30 pm on weekdays and at 6.00 pm on Sundays, except where specifically stated otherwise by the League Secretary, or varied by prior agreement between the two team captains. It is imperative that as many of each team as possible arrive promptly. Where a late arrival of a player is anticipated, his captain is to give notice. Failure to have four Home, or three Away team players ready to play at the scheduled (or agreed) start time results in the opponents’ team having the right to a 5/0 (points 19/0) victory. Arrival of an individual player 60 or more minutes late gives his opponent the right to a 3/0 victory in the tie concerned. It is at its own risk that a club selects a player who needs to leave early. In cases where a tie is lost due to the absence or late arrival of a player the team automatically loses the ties lower down the order. All disputes regarding unplayed or uncompleted ties are to be referred to the League Secretary whose decision is final.

3.7 Matches should be played on the scheduled date. Only in exceptional circumstances should a team seek to change the date of a match. In the event that the opposing team captain agrees to a change of the scheduled date then a 5 point penalty will be applied to the club seeking the change. The opposing team Captain can insist that the match be played on the scheduled date. The League Secretary must be advised of any postponement and of the new match date.

3.8 A defaulting team concedes the match 0/5 (points 0/19). A team that concedes more than two matches in a season will be removed from the League, and the results of all its matches will be null and void. Any subsequent application to rejoin the League must be accompanied by a written explanation.

3.9 All matches, whether scheduled or re-arranged, MUST be played by 1 May. Matches played on or after this date will be void.

3.10 Any club that is inconvenienced by another team’s non-appearance, or cancellation with unreasonably short notice, and incurs financial loss from such as court fees or wasted meals, may make a claim through the League Secretary for recompense. The League Secretary, if satisfied with the merits of the claim, will require the offending club to make good the other’s loss.

3.11 The Home team stipulates the type of ball to be used for all ties, unless both individuals agree to use a different type for their particular tie.

3.12 Both captains must check and sign the result card after the match. Failure to sign indicates acceptance of the card. The Home team is responsible for getting the completed card to the League Secretary promptly after the match. Receipt of the card more than one week after the match date earns a warning in the first instance. Subsequent offences will incur the penalty of the loss of five points. Persistent offenders may incur additional penalties at the discretion of the Bucks SRA Committee.

3.13 In the case of misconduct, the referee or the captain of the complaining team is to make a written complaint within seven days of the date of the offence to the League Secretary. The Committee will consider any appropriate action.

3.14 Home teams must provide some form of liquid refreshment during the course of the match. In addition, the Home team must provide food and drink after the match, again at no cost, to the Away team.

4. Ranking of players; team selection

4.1 Each team’s members must play in order of that clubs’ submitted ranking list.

4.2 A ranking list must be submitted to the Mens and Ladies League Secretaries before the start of the season. Revised lists may be submitted with effect from 2nd November,
1st January and 15 February.

4.3.1 The first five names are 1st team members, the next five names are 2nd team members, and so on.

4.3.2 Where a club, however, wishes not to rank players in order of merit, so that the strength of two or more teams may be split between them, then those teams be named ‘A’, ‘B’, etc., rather than ‘1’, ‘2’, etc. This strength splitting is only allowed when a club has two or more teams in the same division, and is only allowed for the top two or more teams in the club. The players in each ranking list for those teams must not move from one squad to another at any time during the season. Substitute players for teams ‘A’ and ‘B’ from a lower level may only play for ‘A’ or ‘B’ during the season, i.e. cannot move from one squad to another.

4.4 Match results are checked against the latest valid ranking list. Players who play below their rank have their ties scored as 3/0 victories to their opponents.

4.5 The result of a tie of an unranked player is a 3/0 victory to his opponent (but see 4.8 overleaf).

4.6 A player may play once in each quarter of the season (start – 1 Nov; 2 Nov – 31 Dec;
1 Jan – 14 Feb; 15 Feb – end) for a higher team and still remain eligible for his original team. After the second occasion he becomes nominated for that higher team for the rest of that quarter season. If a player is playing for a higher team against another team from his club, however, then this occasion does not count against his ability to continue playing for his normal team in the remainder of that half season.  Note, that for the ladies leagues a player may only play once in each half (start – 31 Dec; 1 Jan – end)

4.7 When a club has two teams playing against each other, the ten players must play in their ranking order. It is permitted, subject to Rule 4.6 however, though not encouraged, for e.g. Nos. 1 – 4 and 11 to play for the 1st team, while 6 – 10 play on the same evening for the 2nd team, provided that those two teams are not playing against each other.

4.8 Clubs may add new players to their ranking lists at any time in the first three quarters of the season, i.e. up to and including 14 February. For example, up to 14 February, the addition of a new No. 3 to the first team would result in the previous No. 3 and all below being one place lower, though this would not mean that the original No. 5 immediately became a second team player. This change would not take place until the start of the next quarter season. From 15 February onwards, no new player may be either added to the ranking list or take part in a match.

4.9 Any new player added to the ranking list must be advised to the League Secretary either in advance of playing in a match, or by the match result card being annotated clearly with his precise position in that list – e.g. John Smith – new player, ranked 7.

4.10 The current ranking list is to be displayed at each club.

5. Promotion and relegation; new teams

5.1.1 The top team in division 2 will be promoted for the next season and the bottom team in division 1 is relegated.

5.1.2 The top 2 teams in Division 3 are promoted for the next season, and the bottom 2 teams in Division 2 are relegated.

5.1.3 The Committee reserves the right to make special provision where this appears to be in the best interests of the game, and has the power to decide to which regional section of Division 4 teams are allocated.

5.2.1 Ladies League. There are two Divisions for the current season.

5.2.2 At the end of the season the principle is that the bottom club in Division 1 is relegated and the top club in Division 2 is promoted. The team finishing 2nd in Division 2 may challenge the team in the second-to-bottom position in Division 1. Any team may ask the Committee for demotion or non-promotion because it cannot maintain the standard required for the higher Division.

5.3 New teams will normally be placed in the lower Division. In exceptional circumstances however, the Committee may allow a new team to enter the League at a higher level.

6. Interpretation; disputes

6.1 In the event of any query about these rules, or a dispute about a match, the League Secretary is to be contacted as soon as possible. If an equitable solution cannot be found, the matter will be referred to the Committee.

6.2 The Committee will consider representation from clubs or individuals regarding the application or interpretation of these rules.