Sacramento Valley Squash
Rules and Regulations
1. Divisional Guidelines
Each Division should be comprised of at least
three Club teams, each team representing one of the Spare Time Clubs (Cross Court of Woodland is the only
current exception), each Club represented by a Club representative (“Club Rep”). It is the responsibility of the Club Rep to solicit player interest
in serving as Team Captains, and to solicit those players interested in
committing to a Team and its upcoming schedule. It shall be the decision of the
Club Rep and Team Captains to promote League participation within their Club,
to gather the names of all interested players, to rank such players by skill
level, and to propose one or more teams for any of the Divisions. All matches
must be played in all clubs that participate in the SVSL as scheduled.
The Sacramento Valley Squash League for the
2014-2015 Year will be comprised of 4 divisions:
Players in the 1st Division should be in the
skill range of 4.91 (or equivalent) and above.
Players in the 2nd Division should be in the
skill range of 4.0 to 4.90 levels (or equivalent).
Players in the 3rd Division should be in the
skill range of 3.0 to 3.99 levels (or equivalent).
Players in the 4th Division will be open to all
players below skill level 3.0, including first-time players.
2. Team Make Up and Ranking
will consist of up to 8 players made up of four active players per match and up
to 4 alternates. (Note: Only players with at least 2 matches played during the
regular season will be allowed to play in the NORCAL Championships at the end
of the season and only 7 players per team will be allowed on the play-off
rosters.). A Club may submit more than one team in more than one division.
are strongly urged to become members of US Squash, the registration is free.
All new players will be assigned a rating by their captains.
and Team Captains are responsible for the formation of Teams within each
commitments from players and alternates, determining and recommending the
seeding of such players, and submitting such
Team rosters to the Commissioner’s Office for its review and approval. Player participation may not be
unreasonably withheld for any reason.
include the Players names, telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, email addresses, and US Squash
ratings. If an experienced player is unrated, or a player has no previous league
or tournament experience, Club Reps and Team Captains will be asked to assign a
must be a member of the clubs participating in the SVSL. If a player from one
Club wishes to play in for another team at another Club, that player may do so
with the permission of the two Club representatives (such permission may not be
unduly withheld and is subject to review by the Commissioner).
If a player
cancels his/her club membership during the season they can be replaced by
another Club member. Teams are not
Prior to the
start of the season, a full list of Teams and players, with ratings and
seedings, will be released by the Commissioner’s Office to
all Team Captains for a one-week comment period, during which suggestions may
be submitted and considered. The Commissioner’s Office
will then release the final Team Rosters for posting to the US Squash web site.
alternates added to any Team Roster after the start of the season must be
approved by the Commissioner.
players should be in the roster before the match starts. If the player is not
in the roster the match should be mark as forfeited
3. League Scoring
All matches will consist of four individual
matches between the two teams. Matches will be best of five
games, eleven point-per-rally game. Within each Division, Teams score points as follows:
1 point for
each game won, max of 12
1 point per
player for each team with a full team turnout, max of 4
1 point per
match for the most games won (if games won is tied, then the bonus point is
based on most points scored) max of 4.
system will compute each team points after uploading the results.
The Team with the most
points within each Division at the end of the season will win their Division.
If two Teams have equal points, the results of the matches played between the
two Teams will determine the result.
A Default or Forfeit is defined as the failure
by a player or players to appear as scheduled, without adequate notice to the opposing Team Captain, or
without approval from the Commissioner’s Office.
Generally, matches should start within 15
minutes of the schedule time, but every effort shall be made by both Team Captains
to account for traffic, weather conditions, family emergencies, etc, in
delaying any game in the interests of getting all games played on that
4. Team Membership,
Seeding and Forfeits
each match, Team Captains may rely on the Team roster and seedings posted on
the US Squash web site as of the day before the schedule match The raiting
system should be used just as a reference and captains and club reps are
responsible to track the actual play of their rosters.. If there is a change to
the roster or seeding, Team Captains
will agree before the match what is going to be the roster and will agree to
determine who will play in each of the 4 slots of the match. Captains may email or text his opposing Team Captain a
minimum 1 day prior to the match date with any changes to the players and/or seedings.
from a lower division can be alternate sub for a higher division team but the
opposite is not allowed.
alternates must be on the Team roster. Alternates are only eligible to play at
the lowest seeding level (A4 for a 4-player team) and are ineligible for higher seed
may be added during the season as long as the Team Roster does not exceed 8 players.
be changed periodically by each Team Captain. Players are permitted to
challenge higher seeded players within each Team, and the higher seeded player must
accept that challenge within a reasonable time frame.
playing a match “out of order” i.e., with incorrect seeding -
will forfeit the points for that match and any other affected matches.
If a higher
position player cannot make the match, all players are to move up a position.
If an alternate cannot be found in time, then the default goes to the lower
position. If a team fails to move their players up, then all points earned by
that team below the default player will be
forfeited. A player from a lower division can be
asked to play for a higher division that week. If using an alternate player,
Team Captains must ensure that such players are on their rosters; if not, then
that game will be forfeited and all points won will be forfeited.
Team Captains should notify the opposing Team Captain in advance as soon as
they know of a default or forfeit, so
that the opposing player can be notified as soon as possible.
If a Team
Captain gives a minimum [3-day] notice that one of his/her players cannot make
an upcoming game, then the two Captains can make an effort to schedule the game
prior to the scheduled game date, but not after. The opposing Captain and the
opposing player are under no obligation to honor the request, in which case the
Team Captain would have to move up the seedings or forfeit the match.
matches approved by both Team Captains will qualify both Teams for the 1 point “full turnout” bonus.
during the Team matches must be submitted to the Commissioner no later than one
day after the match date, so as to allow the Commissioner to obtain the facts
and to determine a ruling in time for the Division standings to be updated by
end of the week. The Commissioner’s decision is FINAL.
5. Playing Order and Start Times
Playing order is generally 4, 3, 2, 1, but can
be changed by mutual agreement of the Team Captains.
Captains should make every effort to accommodate
each other on playing order. Start times are typically 6:00, and Club courts are typically reserved 6:30-8:00,
so any agreements by the Team Captains for earlier start times are subject to
court availability. If an earlier time is agreed to for a matches or matches, then
it is the responsibility of both Team Captains to confirm that courts are
available and reserved.
6. Reporting of Match Results
Results are to be entered online (www.ussquash.com) by the Home Team Captain. Results must be entered
by noon of the 2nd day following a match (e.g. Tuesday games by noon Thursday,
Wednesday games by noon Friday and Thursday games by Saturday at noon).
7. Governing Rules
All teams agree to abide by the World Squash
Federation's Rules of International Squash. A copy of the rules may be obtained from US Squash on their website
All matches are to have a referee/scorer. Home
Team will referee all of the matches. It is recommended that all Team Captains
take the Club Referee Certification available on the website of US Squash. If
the respective Captains both decide that a certain game between two players
requires a high quality referee, or a 3-man referee/scorer team, then such
accommodations can be arranged prior to the match. A player may request
clarification on why a call was made, but a player may not request the removal
of a referee/scorer
prior to or during the match. That being said,
all decisions by the referee/scorer, or the referee/scorer team are FINAL,
shall be accepted by both players and their Captains, and shall not be eligible
for review or dispute. Any post-match criticisms of the referee/scorer calls or
performance by any player are subject to review by the Commissioner’s Office.
9. Code of Conduct
Players will conform with generally accepted
conduct etiquette on the court during all games in accordance with US Squash
rules and regulations. Players will respect their opponents, the referees and the
game of squash and conduct themselves accordingly. Team Captains will be asked
to remind their
players as potential referees of the US Squash
code of conduct rules with respect to the available warnings, penalty strokes,
and default provisions of the rules should any player exhibit bad behavior.
Referee decisions are FINAL and cannot be
challenged post match.
Roughly half of all games will be home games and
half will be away games. A schedule will be provided to all Captains prior to
start of the league. It is required that the players on the home team provide refreshments
for the away team. A new match ball should also be provided by each team.
11. Guest Fees
It is expressly understood that no guest fees
will be charged by the clubs to any visiting players. A list of all players
will be available to any clubs requiring this information. All visiting players
will be required to sign in at the front desk and agree to abide by the rules
of that club.
All disputes, questions, misunderstandings not
able to be resolved at a match, should be referred to the League Commissioner
via email. Any information determined to be deliberately falsified will result
in match results being voided for that team.
13. Current Standings
At the end of each season, the team with the
most points will be declared first place winners. If the
calendar permits, a 1-2, 3-4, etc. playoff may
also be scheduled. The top two winning teams from each division will go on to the Northern California
There will be a $20 per player charge for the
2014 - 2015 Sacramento Squash League. Each
in the Sacramento League needs to be a current
Northern California Association Member. Your team will be penalized by
forfeiting points earned by the “Non Current Member” for that week’s game.
A trophy is awarded for First and Second Place
winners in each division.
16. League Commissioner
The League Commissioner for the 2014 - 2015
season is Javier Padilla. All inquiries may be directed to Javier at the email address or phone number listed
below. Issues arising during the course of the season may be put to the vote of
the captains, with majority ruling determining the outcome. Rules and
regulations are revised during the meeting following the final playoffs, and
comments and suggestions are
Contact Information Email Phone
Javier Padilla Javier.firstname.lastname@example.org– (530)
Last change: 10/17/14
Last change: 12/03/14