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NEW SCORING SYSTEM ADOPTED by Squash Quebec (modified in April 2010)
Starting with our first event at the Sanctuaire on the weekend of November 21st 2008, all Squash Quebec sanctioned events will adopt the Point-a-Rally Scoring system recently adopted by the World Squash Federation.
In Quebec, we have chosen the option to play the matches to 15 rather than 11 for all Squash Quebec sanctioned events so the length of the matches are not adversely affected. In all cases, the player must win by 2 (tiebreaker).
There are three exceptions to this rule:
1. For any ‘Open’ category where prize money is offered
2. For any Squash Canada, PSA, or WISPA event.
3. For any one-day Junior event.
These categories or events will maintain the PAR to 11 format.
Here is a recent statement made by the executive director of Squash Canada on this subject :
“As you are aware, the WSF AGM was recently held (October 18, 2008). As anticipated, the motion was passed to change the rules of the game such that the standard scoring for singles squash is PAR to 11 (Rule 2). Alternative scoring options of hand in – hand out (HiHo) to 9, and PAR to 15 were adopted (Appendix 7). These rule changes will take effect as of April 1, 2009
The Competitions Committee had recommended to the Squash Canada Board, that Squash Canada should adopt PAR 11 immediately for all Squash Canada sanctioned events: Canadian Junior Open (all events), Canadian Men’s & Women’s Team Championships, Canadian University & College Squash Championships (all events), Canadian Junior Squash Championships (all events), and Canadian Squash Championships (all events) [as noted in the email sent to you of September 22, 2008]. The Squash Canada Board accepted this recommendation (October 24, 2008).
It was noted that currently:
- The PSA (Men’s Pro tour) & WISPA (Women’s Pro tour) use PAR to 11 points.
- The WSF and WISPA approved utilization of PAR at the upcoming Women’s World Team Championships (Egypt, December 2008)
- The Junior Women’s Individual and Team Championships (India, July 2009) and the Junior Men’s Individual Championships (India, July 2009) will be utilizing PAR (and are after the confirmed implementation date).
- The European Squash Federation approved the use of PAR for all 2008-2009 ESF Championships, senior and junior; including all ESF Junior Circuit events (e.g. Scottish Junior Open and British Junior Open).
- England Squash will utilize PAR for all junior and senior ESF sanctioned events in 2008-2009.
- The upcoming Jesters Junior Squash Championships (Calgary, November 2008) will utilize PAR in all events
- Squash Ontario will experiment with PAR11 scoring at the upcoming Gold event (Newmarket, ON; November 2008)
In keeping with the above mentioned Squash Federations / Associations; Squash Canada supports the early adoption of PAR 11 for all Squash Canada sanctioned events. In order to support our athletes that will be competing with PAR 11 during the season, in particular with the major junior and senior championships; it is appropriate that they have adequate preparation with this scoring system prior to an ESF or World Championships. The first event to utilize PAR 11 will be the 2008 Canadian Junior Open (Niagara-on-the-lake, ON; December 2008).”
A new financing program from the Quebec Government
- Squash Quebec benefits from the Quebec government’s new program entitled Placements Sports – Squash.
- This program allows Squash Quebec to obtain a matching grant for all donations made during the year to Squash Quebec.
- Donors will receive a tax receipt for any donation of $25 or more.
- An Endowment Trust Fund will be set up to keep 20% of the funds for a 10 years period to ensure the long term viability of organized Squash in Quebec.
- Funds collected under this program will serve to support the expenses related to the operation of all of Squash Quebec’s programs.
- All individuals, clubs, or organizations having an interest in Squash in Quebec will thereby be able to take advantage of this tax deductible option to actively support Squash Quebec’s programs and efforts.New for the Quebec Open Championships
- Continuing in the context of the Placements Sports – Squash program, all Quebec Open Squash Championships will be Charitable Events to Benefit Squash Quebec.
- A $25 donation made to Placements Sports – Squash will be included with every registration. Each participant will thus receive a tax receipt.
- Indeed, this program is a key initiative that will clearly help in the development and continuity of financing for organized Squash in Quebec.Let’s be generous—Squash in Quebec needs you.
Leagues & Tournaments
A practical resource for tournament organizers
We have created this document to be a comprehensive source of assistance for tournament organizers. This is the 3rd edition, created with the help of input from many sources, especially several club pros. We are very grateful to all those who contributed.
Montreal Squash League rules and regulations
- Clubs must be members in good standing with Squash Quebec to enter a team.
- All players in the league must also be official participants of Squash Quebec and registered as such on https://quebec.clublocker.com.
- Cross-Team Playing: A player can play for a higher team up to a maximum of 3 times; after his fourth match he is considered committed to the higher level team.
- Players are not allowed to play on another club’s team.
- Players registered on a higher level team may not play down.
- In general:
Mens A – 1420+ points
Mens B – 1100-1420 points
Mens C – 800-1100 points
Mens D – 800 or below
- Individual clubs can enforce their eligibility rules for team play.
- Captains must bring irregular actions to the attention of the league authorities and then protest if necessary.
- The league Executive monitors the level of play in all divisions and reserves the right to make changes deemed appropriate.
- All teams must have paid their team fee by November 1.
- Teams can add as many people as they wish, to their team. As of November 1, only players that have paid the participation fee can play in matches.
- A player has to have played a minimum of 4 matches to qualify for the playoffs.
- Only players that have previously played can play the last 2 weeks before playoffs.
- Team order must play by ranking within +- 10points (Playoffs is strickly by ranking)
- Matches are to be played under the World Squash Singles Rules 2014 adopted by the WSF (World Squash Federation). http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/131023_Rules-of-Singles-Squash-2014.pdf
- NOTE: Quebec does not use the method found in the main text of the WSF rules. Please refer to bullet #1 of Appendix #3 of the WSF rules – wherein the scoring in Quebec is to 15 rather than to 11.
- The official ball is the Black Knight Tru-Bounce Double Yellow.
- A player may enforce the use of the official ball, but this must be done prior to the start of the match, and he/she may be asked to supply the ball if the opposing team cannot produce one.
- New balls (or balls in good condition) are to be furnished by the players of the home team.
- International or converted racquetball courts may be used at the option of the home team during regular season. International squash courts can be enforced by opposing teams during play-offs.
- The home team is expected to have two courts available for play. A minimum of six periods is recommended to assure completion.
- Matches should start after 7:00pm and before 8:00pm.
- Visiting players MUST adhere to local dress code, etc. (WHITE ONLY or EYEGUARDS are required at certain clubs).
- The promotion of sportsmanship in league play is considered of paramount importance. Unacceptable behavior, such as constant arguing, verbal abuse, foul language or anything else deemed disrespectful to the referee and / or host club will be dealt with in the following manner:
- Once the complaint has been filed and verified by the league director, a warning will be issued to the respective player.
- A second offense will bring about a suspension from league play (The seriousness of offense will determine length of time).
- A third offense will bring about the immediate suspension from league play for remainder of year, including play-offs.
- Each team consists of four players.
- Exception: Divisions with 3-person teams, 5-person teams or 6-person teams.
- Both teams must present their order simultaneously.
- Playing order is determined by the provincial rankings within 10 points
Suggested order of play (not required):
- 4-person team: 4-1, 3-2
This allows the stronger players to be available to referee players of their level.
- Players must be on time as court-time is often scheduled for use afterwards.
- Individual matches are the best of five and the team winning the most individual matches wins. Individual games won and then individual points won, are the next deciding factors in determining the winning team.
- TIED MATCHES: Equal match results is then decided by the team with the most games won. If game scores are also tied the winner will be then decided by the team with the most points.
- NOTE: If two teams are still tied after games and points, the deciding match is that of position-1. The winner of this match decides the tie.
- Disputed matches should be noted as “under protest” on the scorecard under the captain’s signature and a brief note must be added. The league director should be contacted and if the dispute cannot be resolved, then his decision will be final.
- Every attempt must be made to play the matches as scheduled. Absence of several regular players is not a valid reason as substitutes should always be available.
- Exceptional circumstances might be accepted as reasonable cause for rescheduling, providing a 48-hour notice has been given to the opposing captain AND league director, and that the rescheduling has been accepted by all parties involved.
- The league strongly opposes the rescheduling of matches with less than 24 hours notice. Rescheduling an individual match is not permitted, however, opponents may agree to play before a scheduled match.
- The two teams must be prepared to play at the scheduled time and the 15 minute default rule can be enforced unless exceptional circumstances can be evoked by the offending team / individual. The defaulting team must forfeit the individual match(es) at the weakest position(s). Example: Team A has all 4 players and Team B has only 2 players. Team B must play their 2 players at the number 1 and 2 positions and default at the 3 and 4 positions.
- A defaulted individual match results in a score of 3-0 in games and 45-0 in points for the opponent.
- The captain of the host team must enter the results in Club Locker.
- All league results count towards the Squash Quebec ranking.
- Play-off format will be determined by league director, based on available time and number of teams per division.
Play-off positions are determined by the following criteria:
(a) Total points.
(b) Most team wins.
(c) Head-to-head results.
- To be eligible for the playoffs, a player must have played a minimum of 4 matches.
- “The Grant Clause”: An eligible player from one category may move up to play in a higher category, but he forfeits his eligibility in the lower category.
- International courts can be enforced by opposing teams during play-offs.
- Play-off matches are to be played on the “official” night of the division, and not on the exception night (which is to say, NOT the night that the league allows the club to play their regular season matches in order to avoid court conflict with other divisions or in-house programs).
- The league expects all players to be familiar with, and to have read the international rules of squash.
- Every player is also expected to referee a match previous to or following his own if he/she is asked.
- It is important for referees to be consistent in their application of the rules.
- As noted in the rules, sportsmanship is paramount and arguing with the referee or other disagreeable behavior on or off the court will not be tolerated. After one official warning, a player can be banned from further league play.
- It is the referee’s duty to award lets and penalty-points. No appeal of the referee’s decision is permitted, although the referee at his option, may choose to listen to a player’s version of what transpired.
If a marker is also being used, it is his duty to call score, announce the referee’s decision, call outs or not-ups and all service faults.
- It is highly recommended that players participate in a refereeing clinic. Playing for years does not make you an expert referee!!
Security and Good Behavior:
- Please note that Squash Quebec membership automatically includes and accident insurance policy.
- Mutual respect between opponents is the basis of security and good manners on the court.
- Players who persist in dangerous play, continually argue with the referee or verbally/physically abuse their opponents can and will be suspended or banned from the league.
“Après-Squash” refreshments may be provided by the home team based on reciprocal agreement with opposing teams. Otherwise, it’s each one for themselves, or everyone who stays splits the tab equally at the end of the evening.
NOTE: In the event that none of your team plans to stay after the interclub games, the captain of the visiting team should advise the home captain in advance.
Revised, November 2016
Recommendation for defaults
Players who sign up for competition are expected to play throughout the entire event should they qualify – both in the main round and the consolation. However, we acknowledge that there are some for whom playing in the consolation round holds no interest. Therefore, to minimize defaults, and out of simple consideration for players who do intend to play in the consolation rounds, we recommend that tournament directors inquire about each player’s intention in that regard, and this at the time of registration. For the same reason, we recommend that players themselves be considerate and advise the tournament director as appropriate. This will also simplify the tournament director’s task in running the consolation
During this event, the Match Referees will apply the following guidelines:
1. Under the Rules of Squash, the Referee (or Central Referee in the 3-Referee System – both abbreviated as CR in the rest of this document) is instructed to penalize behaviour that is “disruptive, intimidating, or offensive”. Thus any form of obscenity whether audible, mouthed or gestured, will not be tolerated and will be immediately penalized. This will also apply to any expression that the CR considers to be blasphemy. There is no excuse for such behaviour, even in the heat of the moment. It is important for you to realize that the CR does not have to issue a warning first but may apply any level of penalty (Warning, Stroke, Game, Match) on the first occurrence, depending on how the CR views the severity of the situation.
2. Referees will not award a let for minimal interference nor will they award a stroke unless it is truly merited. We hope that this will promote matches that flow, with a minimum of stoppages.
3. Referees do their best to make correct decisions, and with the Three Referee System the likelihood of a totally incorrect decision is greatly reduced. However, there may be times when a player disagrees with a marginal decision by either the single or the Three Referees. In the Referee/Marker System the Referee may provide an explanation of a decision, but in the Three Referee System explanations of why each of them decided the way they did are not practical. With either system, expressions of dissent and prolonged discussions will be penalized. This does not mean that an amusing quip or comment, even if mildly directed towards any of the Officials, will be regarded as an offence.
4. The position from where the Referees and Marker have to officiate is not always ideal. This often reduces their ability to determine whether pick-ups are good or not, particularly at the front of the court, or whether the ball may have clipped the top of the tin, or may have hit above the out-line on the back wall. The Referees would greatly appreciate players’ honesty in declaring promptly if their shots are ”not up”, ”down”, or ”out”, etc. Referees look forward to continuing the dialogue between themselves, players and players’ representatives at this event. Please feel free to contact any member of the Squash Quebec Officiating Committee to make your views known.
DATE: November 2001 FROM: Barry Faguy, Officiating Committee SUBJECT: The Revised Rules
Notice to all players
The ‘World Squash Federation’ has created new wording for some of the rules that touch on many areas of the game. By reading the new rules and the guidelines that accompany them, you’ll be able to review for yourself the changes, too numerous to deal with here. However, there is one change whose proper application could have a significant effect in the years to come:
RULE 12.7.1 READS AS FOLLOWS: THE REFEREE SHALL NOT ALLOW A LET AND THE PLAYER SHALL LOSE THE RALLY IF THE REFEREE DECIDES THERE WAS NO INTERFERENCE, OR THE INTERFERENCE WAS SO MINIMAL THAT THE PLAYER’S FAIR VIEW OF THE BALL, AND FREEDOM TO GET TO AND PLAY THE BALL WERE NOT AFFECTED.
THE PROBLEM: Over the past number of years, there has been a growing concern that there are too many lets in the game, particularly at the highest levels of play, when there has been only minimal interference. The striker still had plenty of time to play any shot, but instead chose to stop play and request a let. These interruptions are frustrating to players who routinely play in the true spirit of the game and accept some minor hindrances and play on. Unfortunately, others look for the chance to avoid playing a difficult shot, or are looking for a break while fatiguing. Many experienced referees were already denying lets in such situations because the striker was not making every effort to get to and play the ball (instead taking an easy let). Unfortunately, there were too many occasions when less experienced referees, especially at club level, were allowing lets for the most minor infraction.
THE SOLUTION: In an effort to encourage all referees at all levels to make the players play the ball when they should, the wording you see above has been added to the rules. As well, we have always had provisions in the rules that required the striker to make every effort to get to the ball. However, a shortcoming of effort is often a very difficult thing to judge, compared to whether an interference is minimal or not. Now referees can encourage play to become more continuous with additional wording that makes it clear that the player must:
- make every effort to get to the ball
- make every effort to play the ball
- accept minimal interference
The effect more than the amount – Take notice of the last word (AFFECTED) of that rule quoted above. The wording demands a ‘No Let’ when the effect of the interference was minimal. In one case, a minor collision on the way to the ball might be insignificant and deserve a ‘No Let’, while at another time the same amount of collision might actually knock a player off stride and could at least merit a let. The ‘effect’ that the interference had is what matters. Just because ‘there was a contact’ is not enough!
Reasonable fear of injury – This provision is a constant consideration and justification for awarding a let, particularly when it comes to the swing or for hitting the ball to the front wall, so one should be very careful in saying ‘No Let’ for these two types of interferences. We don’t want to encourage dangerous play. The minimal interference provisions refer mostly to the striker’s movement to access the ball, as well as for the fair view of the ball, this latter usually a momentary impediment
Watch for faking – The obvious result of this new wording might incite some players to ‘take a dive’ or exaggerate the effect to make it look good. Don’t be fooled.
Watch for the flip side of this – Do not let this demand on the incoming striker (to play through some interferences) be an excuse for the opponent to make less effort to get out of the way. Continue to demand every effort to clear.
These minor interferences will certainly remain a difficult decision in many instances, but we can be sure that countless frivolous interruptions will now cease, especially if each one of us (as players and referees) do our part to change this often-ugly face of the game.
Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada), founded in 1933, is a national not-for-profit organization. PHE Canada’s vision is for “all Canadian children and youth living physically active and healthy lives.” PHE Canada is committed to improving the quality of life for all children and youth through initiatives that contribute to greater participation in physical activity.
Le sport est reconnu pour favoriser la santé et le développement intégral de la personne. Cependant, on observe parfois des écarts entre les valeurs positives qu’on voudrait qu’il transmette et celles qui sont véhiculées dans sa pratique. Le sport n’est pas à l’abri de certains problèmes de la société moderne et il subit son influence. Dans un système qui fait fi du rôle fondamental du sport et qui prône la victoire à tout prix, des dérives, qui se traduisent par la violence, la tricherie et le dopage, y trouvent parfois leur justification. En conséquence, les bienfaits qu’on attend du sport s’en trouvent compromis.
When this type of injury takes place, it is important to follow effective prevention and treatment procedures. To do so, participants, the parents of minors and support staff (trainers, referees, teachers, coaches, etc.) must know their roles and responsibilities and have the tools to:
- identify the signs and symptoms
- prevent this type of injury
- manage a concussion
Squash Canada eye guard policy
Only protective eyewear appearing on the Squash Canada list of acceptable eye guards meeting the ASTM designation F803 (Standard Specification for Eye Protectors for Use by Players of Racquet Sports), shall be allowable at any Squash Canada sanctioned event where the use of protective eyewear is mandatory.
Eye guard model images
Approved ASTM F803 model images as of September 2014
2017-2018 Squash Quebec Annual report
A few highlights from the season:
- 25k PSA mens tournament in Feb-March 2018
- Canadian University Championships at MAA March 2018
- SQ Open and SQ junior Open both by David Philips again were very successful.
- Super8 continues to grow and develop. It has been a good tool for us in trying to exposeand convince some smaller clubs to join us. Even though our Montreal squash league numbers have dropped, they have only really dropped at the higher divisions and players. I feel these players have been picked up by the Super8. And has been a chance for players to see other clubs around the region and province.
- Squash Capital from Quebec City (run by Maxime Blouin) seemed to be a bit more active this year. Still some work to do to see how to get everyone together, we are seeing more junior and adults coming out to bigger Montreal events.
- Squash Québec has decided to invest in grass roots development and continued growth of our juniors program with the help of Maxym Leclair, who is in doing great work for us. Devoting a lot of his time and energy successfully organizing regional activities in order to qualify squash as a sport presented at the Quebec Games. It is a wheel that is long overdue to start turning, but am excited to get it going and that Maxym is on board to get it going considering his success with Squash Outaouais.
- We will also count on Joffre Godin who will be on board in the new year to help us with developing activities in different regions. Joffre is a great candidate; his knowledge and involvement in the sport of Squash, Racquetball and Handball will help us to organize clinics, small sanctioned tournaments and other small events. Researching the hidden market and hopefully getting some new clubs on board as members will also be an important part of his contribution.