Rules 2023/24

RULES OF THE LINCOLNSHIRE SQUASH LEAGUES

1. Registration

The competition is open to any clubs in the Lincolnshire area. It is recommended that clubs are affiliated to England Squash. Clubs must have adequate playing and changing facilities.

Each player must be registered with an activated England Squash membership by game week 4 of the season

2. Entry Fee  - The entry fee for the Squash League competition is £50.00 per team

Note: Fees should be paid prior to the first match, funds should be paid to Lincoln Squash Leagues.

3. Player Eligibility

  1. Players must be squash members of the clubs from which their team plays from and may only play for ONE club per season.
  2. Teams must submit their seeding list for approval (Seeding lists can be updated by the subcommittee if the deem necessary) to the League before the first match. After this date new players must seek approval to be added to the seeding list.
  3. Please note that injured players should be included on the seeding list and can play when they are fit to return to action.       
  4. Teams may re-seed during the Christmas break which ends 31st December.
  5. Adding and reseeding players can be done with this link  https://airtable.com/shrERlUzQkh6E2CZg
  6. If a team includes an ineligible player(s) then all rubbers from the highest string down from where the contravention occurred are awarded as 5-0 walkovers to the opposing teams with the points from the match being recalculated accordingly.
  7. No-one may play in the last 5 League fixtures if they have not already played for the team that season -   even if they were on the seedings list.
  8. a team may only register a maximum of 15 players.

4. Team Members

  1. A team will consist of 5 players. Players must play in order of merit as per their team`s seeding list.
  2. If a team plays out of their seeding order then all rubbers from the highest string down from where the contravention occurred are awarded as 5-0 walkovers to the opposing teams with the points from the match being recalculated accordingly.
  3. If a rubber is conceded, then all rubbers from the highest string down from where the contravention occurred are awarded as 5 -0 walkovers to the opposing teams with the points from the match being recalculated accordingly.
  4. If a team does not field a full team 2 penalty points per missing player will be applied, except for Division 2 where no points will be deducted.
  5. Seeding lists can be updated by the subcommittee if they deem necessary.

5. Representing another team from the same club

  1. A player may play up for other teams within the club providing they play strictly to make up numbers in teams after all the team’s registered players have been found unavailable and must not be used to strengthen a team. You may play up a maximum 5 (FIVE) times in league matches, you cannot play for another team in the same division as your team or play down.
  2. When playing up for the higher team the player must play at the lowest string possible

6. Playing of Fixtures

  1. Double header matches are NOT allowed.
  2. Matches can be played on any day with the exception that no premier matches should be played on a Monday.
  3. Start time for fixtures on a Monday – Thursday no earlier than 19:00pm and no later than 19:30
  4. Start time for fixtures on a Friday should start no earlier than 18:40pm and no later than 19:20
  5. Start time for fixtures on a Saturday or Sunday no earlier than 16.00 and no later than 18:00
  6. Some teams do show earlier start times within the fixtures, if you can not arrive by the time on these fixtures please contact the Home captain 48 hours before to arrange a later start within the guidelines above
  7. Recommended order of play as follows: 5 - 4 – 3 – 1 - 2
  8. A minimum of 2 courts must be available at the start time of the fixture. As per examples below, If 3 courts are to be used the captain of the home team should contact the away team captain to make sure 3 players (of the required or matching strings) can be available at the start time.

Eg times

Court 1

Court 2

 

Eg times

Court 1

Court 2

Court 3

 

4.00pm

Match 1

Match 1

 

6.40pm

Match 1

Match 1

Match 1

 

4.40pm

Match 1

Match 1

 

7.20pm

Match 1

Match 2

Match 2

 

5.20pm

Match 1

   

8.00pm

Match 1

Match 2

Match 2

 

6.00pm

Match 2

Match 2

 

8.40pm

 

Match 2

   

6.40pm

Match 2

Match 2

           

7.20pm

Match 2

             

7. Rearranging of Fixtures

  1. When submitting your team entry, the league should be made aware of any dates teams will be unavailable Eg club championships, court refurbishments, Junior GP’s etc. these will be accommodated by the fixture secratrary where possible. Any matches still causing an issue may be amended as 7c below.
  2. All matches must be played on the day arranged in accordance with the fixtures.
  3. When fixtures are released you will be allowed 30 days to check for clashes and arrange new dates as required for circumstances (a)-(b). A fixture amendment form https://airtable.com/appacxXKdTPYCVee0/shrVP3tV8A4SVLoBj  should be submitted for each change. If the fixture to be rearranged is within this 30 days window, the new fixture date should be notified to the committee at least 7 days before the date of the original fixture date
  4. Any team failing to fulfil a entire fixture (i.e. no show)  will be deducted 10 points and the full 19 points awarded to the opposition.
  5. Any team failing to fulfil more than 2 fixtures in the season will be withdrawn from the league and all points removed from the leagues.
  6. on occasions when a fixture is unplayed and a new date could not be found the fixture will be void and no points will be awarded to either team.  
  7. Outside of the 30 day window in c) if two captains mutually agree* to rearrange a fixture, this will be permitted by the league provided that both (i) the league are notified of this at least 7 days before the date originally scheduled; AND (ii) a date for the rearranged fixture is agreed and confirmed at the time of rearrangement.

* the captain being asked to rearrange is under no obligation to rearrange if they do not wish to.

8. Results and Score Card

  1. It is recommended that a score card is used prior to the match commencing to declare players so both teams can ensure players are playing in the correct order.
  2. The Home Team is responsible for entering results on league results website.
  3. Submitted results can not be edited so if results are later found to be incorrect then you must contact the league to arrange a deletion and then you will be required to re-enter.
  4. RESULTS MUST BE ENTERED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE COMPLETION OF THE MATCH OR A 4 POINT DEDUCTION WILL BE INCURRED.

10. Games and points

  1. Premier Division Matches will be the best of 5 rubbers with each rubber the best of 5 games. Each game won will score one point for that team. A bonus of 4 points will be awarded to the winning team (decided on rubbers). Each game will be par scoring to 11 points & 2 clear points if required.
  2. League 1 and below Matches will be the best of 5 rubbers with each rubber the best of 5 games. Each game won will score one point for that team. A bonus of 4 points will be awarded to the winning team (decided on rubbers). Each game will be par scoring to 15 points & 2 clear points if required.

11. Referees and Markers

  1. All matches must be refereed/marked by the home team
  2. A single referee is considered adequate.

12. Rules of Play and Ball

  1. The rules of play are the current rules of the World Singles Game of Squash, approved by the World Squash Federation. Version 2014-03 the latest version available at the time of edit.
  2. The ball used should be a new Dunlop Double-Yellow Spot Pro Squash Ball. Provided both captains agree, a Single Yellow Spot Dunlop Match Squash Ball may be used on cold courts.

13. Courts

Courts used for League Matches must be of standard markings, with the walls painted white or cream and the court floors tactile and safe.

14. League Table

  1. The league table shall be ranked on priorities as follows:
  2. Total Points
  3. Fewest points conceded
  4. Most Matches Won
  5. Least matches Lost
  6. Most points gained against opposing team*
  7. Fewest points conceded against opposing team*
  8. Fewest matches won by Walkover.
  9. *Only used if separating a two-way tie.
  10. In the unlikely event of teams still being inseparable a playoff may be arranged at the discretion of the League Secretary.

15. Disputes and Complaints

  1. Any dispute or complaint must be referred to the rules sub committee in writing, within 14 days of the offence occurring. 
  2. ANY DISPUTE REPORTED AFTER THIS TIME PERIOD HAS ELAPSED WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REJECTED.
  3. The rules sub committee League Secretary may settle minor disputes.
  4. This Committee may refer the issue to a League Meeting or England Squash depending on the issue.  The decision from any of these groups will be considered final with no right of appeal, whether or not it is covered by these rules and neither the County Committee or League Secretary will enter into further correspondence regarding the matter.
  5. NOT knowing these rules is NO defence.

16. Infringing of Rules

The County Association Committee or Rules subcommittee reserve the right to take such action as deemed necessary against any individual or club considered to be infringing any of these rules.

17. County Cup Competitions

Parker              Any Five squash players

Kesteven          Any two squash, 1 x O45, 1 x Racketball, 1 x female

Alford              Five  O35 squash players.

  1. All players in the above must be playing members of the respective club
  2. Cup registration will be £10 per team, with one team per club allowed in cup competitions.
  3. Once a player has played for a club in the league they are tied to that club for the cup competition. In other words a player can-not play for one club in the league and then for another club in one of the cup competitions.

18. League Cup Knockout

  1. All Teams who participated in the Lincolnshire league will be entered automatically in the knockout cup and plate competition.
  2. You can elect not to entered by emailing lincolnshiresquash@gmail or completing a contact form by 31st Dec
  3. Games are scheduled in the 6 weeks at the end of the squash season
  4. home match times may vary with clubs hosting more than one home team.
  5. matches will be best of 5 games, scoring will be par scoring to 15 with sudden death at 14-14
  6. only players who have played in 3 league matches are eligible to play in the cup matches.
  7. players may play up only ONCE in the cup competition.
  8. Any team not fulfilling the fixtures from the first round will not be eligible for the cup plate competition.
  9. scoring will be handicapped based on a team’s final league position, this will be published with the draw details.

19.     Eye Protection

  1. It is recommended that all players wear eye protection for all matches in leagues and cups
  2. Juniors (u19) playing in the leagues must wear approved eye protection. If a junior turns up without eye protection they will not be allowed to play and the points will be awarded to the opponent.

20.       Exceptions

  1. In the event that you feel these rules do not fully cover a situation. You can apply to the rules committee for a decision. Appeals should be submitted 7 days prior to a fixture due to take place or if an incident occurs at a fixture within 48 hours of the end of a fixture.
  2. The Rules subcommittee will make a ruling as quickly as they can.
  3. Any rulings made by the rules committee will be final. 

21.   League Rule Changes

League rules will be updated each season as required and agreed by the rules sub committee. They can be amended by the Squash committee at any point within the season if an organisation (deemed appropriate) amend guidance or restrict the rules on normal 'Play'. Such as National Lockdowns, Pandemics:

Organisations include (but not limited to) England Squash, UK government, the HSE etc

SUMMER RACKETBALL RULES

The competition is open to any clubs in the Lincolnshire area. It is recommended that clubs are affiliated to England Squash. Clubs must have adequate playing and changing facilities.

You should refer to UK Racketball rules.  https://www.uk-racketball.com/rules-of-racketball.html

Entry Fee - Racketball entry is £30.00 per team

Each player must be registered with an activated England Squash membership by game week 4 of the season

Racketball teams will consist of 3 players      

Division 1 Players can play up 4 times in the Premier League.

Players can not play down. 

Matches should be best of 5 games Par 11 to clear points

A bonus of 4 points will be awarded to the winning team (decided on rubbers)

Results should be entered within 48 hours of the match start time.

Fixtures should NOT be rearranged (Except for non-availability of courts)

A new ball should be used at the start of each match and be standard double yellow spot ball. 

Any queries should be reported to lincolnshiresquash@gmail.com or  https://airtable.com/shrERlUzQkh6E2CZg within 48 hours

It is recommended that all players wear eye protection when playing in these leagues

Amended 20.09.23