Washington DC Junior Gold Junior Gold


Tournament Dates: 05/26/2018 - 05/28/2018

US Squash members can track the action during the event with the Live Scoreboard.
Live Scoreboard
Squash on Fire (Directions)
2233 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037
Facility Phone: 844-977-8274
Contact (click name to email): David Keating: davidlkeating@gmail.com
Contact Phone: N/A

Divisions:
  • BU11 Singles (18 Entrants)
  • BU13 Singles (32 Entrants)
  • BU15 Singles (32 Entrants)
  • BU17 Singles (29 Entrants)
  • BU19 Singles (26 Entrants)
  • GU11 Singles (21 Entrants)
  • GU13 Singles (31 Entrants)
  • GU15 Singles (30 Entrants)
  • GU17 Singles (22 Entrants)
  • GU19 Singles (19 Entrants)




Notes:

 

May 18 -- Division start times posted on the schedule tab.

May 17 -- Hotel deadlines were extended.  See the hotel tabs for special rates.

This tournament is on Memorial Day weekend. No need to miss any school!

More matches and opportunities for more points. We will seek to play this tournament from 1st to 18th place. That means more matches, giving more players an opportunity to build their match skills. Plus, it gives players more points for playing well.  For example a 7th place finish has 50 more points than 7-8, 13th place has 75 points more than 13-16, and 17th has 70 more points than 17-24! We can't guarantee playing it out to these many places, as it depends on entries. We are fairly confident we can do it.

For full draws, there is also a plate for 25th place, as in other Gold events.

The tournament is organized by National Capital Squash, which is well known for running well-organized Gold tournaments. 

Divsion Start Times:

The start times listed below are the earliest the start times might run for each division.  Actual start times per division may be slightly later and individual start times will be later for many players. We are trying to move all start times back to 9 AM or later, but will not be able to decide that until early next week. All matches start Saturday morning.

Division Saturday Start Time
BU11 8:25
BU13 8:00
BU15 9:40
BU17 9:00
BU19 10:00
GU11 8:00
GU13 8:00
GU15 9:40
GU17 9:00
GU19 10:00

Play will commence no earlier than Saturday at 8 AM and finish no later than Monday at 3 PM.  We plan to start no earlier than 9 AM each day and finish by 7 PM each day (except Monday, where we will aim to finish by 2 PM or earlier).  However, we may need to start earlier or end later, depending on entries.  

However, we will not start earlier than Saturday at 8 AM or finish later than Monday at 3 PM.


Start Date:
Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:00 AM
Pre-Tournament
Saturday, May 26 2018, all players need to be available starting at 8:00am EDT. 
Monday, May 28 2018, all players need to be available until 3:00pm EDT. 
   
Tournament Timeline  
     
Registration Deadline Wednesday, May 09, 2018 12:00pm
Cutlist created Wednesday, May 09, 2018 5:00pm

Registration Taken Down & Draw Sizes Lock; Seeding is based on seeding points as of May 16.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:00pm
Division Start Times Friday, May 18, 2018 5:00pm
Late Withdrawal penalties Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00pm
Online Draws available Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:00pm
Waitlist Management - until Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:00pm

Reseeding (Reseeding is at the discretion of US Squash and is only done when there are late withdrawals or other circumstances that may affect the integrity of the draw. Reseeding, if any, is based on seeding points as of May 16.)

Friday, May 25, 2018 12:00pm

This tournament is on Memorial Day weekend. No need to miss any school!

More matches and opportunities for more points. We will seek to play this tournament from 1st to 18th place. That means more matches, giving more players an opportunity to build their match skills. Plus, it gives players more points for playing well.  For example a 7th place finish has 50 more points than 7-8, 13th place 37 points more than 13-16, and 17th has 87 more points than 17-24! We can't guarantee playing it out to these many places, as it depends on entries. We are fairly confident we can do it.

The tournament is organized by National Capital Squash, which is well known for running well organized Gold tournaments. 

Entry Deadline and Fees 
Early Tournament Entry is until 1/3/18 at 12:00pm, NOON EST at $120*
Regular Tournament Entry is until 5/9/18 at 12:00pm, NOON EST at $125* 
Late Tournament Entry is after 5/9/18 at 12:00pm, NOON EST at $140* 
 
*Includes a non-refundable $10 processing charge per entrant. 
 
Policies 

  • NO REFUNDS will be issued to players who withdraw from the main draw after the regular entry deadline. 
  • Players who remain on the waitlist and do not gain entry into their division will automatically receive a refund for their entry fee less the $10 processing fee within 1-2 weeks after the completion of the tournament. 
  • All players MUST be current US Squash members. 
  • Players may only enter one division. 
  • Please read through the Junior Rules, Guidelines, and Timelines for all policies governing Junior Accredited Tournaments. 
  • All players who withdraw after 12:00pm, NOON in the time zone of the tournament, on the Monday prior to the start of the tournament, will receive a ranking penalty as described in the Junior Rules, Guidelines, and Timelines.  

 

Timeline and Qualification 

  • The cut list will be created within 48 hours of the regular entry deadline. 
  • Division sizes will lock on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament. Once division sizes lock, division sizes will not increase in size even if the division is not at capacity. 
  • All players who sign up after the regular entry deadline are considered late entries. These players should assume that they are on the waitlist unless they have been told otherwise by the Tournament Director.

Accreditation 

  • This tournament is accredited by US Squash. 
  • All US Squash Accredited Tournaments must abide by the policies outlined here

 

Code of Conduct 

  • All Players, Parents, Coaches, and Spectators must abide by the US Squash Code of Conduct
  • All Players, Parents, Coaches, and Spectators should review the Rules of the Road for tips and tricks on how to manage common scenarios that may occur at tournaments. 

 

Protective Eyewear 

  • All players and attendees must comply with the US Squash Eyewear Policy, which requires that eyewear meet ASTM-F803 standards at all times during accredited play. 

 

Cut List 

  • All age divisions are open to the highest ranked 32 eligible players who enter per division. If less than 32 players enter per division, any eligible player will be accepted. If there are more than 32 players in any division, players will be placed on a waitlist based on their ranking and will only be granted entry if a playing position becomes available. 
  • NOTE: In divisions with waitlisted players, the 30 highest ranked eligible players will gain entry into the tournament. The remaining two players to be admitted into the event will be notified within 48 hours of the release of the Cut List. This is to allow a grace period for any potential registration errors. 

 

Seeding 

  • Tournament seeding is based off of the rankings calculation that occurs on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament. Players will be seeded in accordance with the Seeding Guidelines

 

Division and Player Start Times 

  • Division Start Times indicate the earliest possible match time a player can expect to play within their division.  
  • Player Start Times indicate the first match time for each player. 
  • Both Division and Player Start Times will be released in accordance with the Junior Rules, Guidelines, and Timelines

 

How to Withdraw or Change Divisions in a Junior Bronze, Silver, Gold, JCT, or National Championship Tournament  

  

If a player wants to either withdraw from a tournament or request to change divisions, follow the directions outlined below:  

  1. Log in to your account.  
  2. Go to the “tournaments” tab on your player profile.  
  3. Click on “Withdraw/Change Division” next to the tournament you would like either withdraw from or request a division change.  
  4. Select “Request Change Division” or “Request Withdraw/Refund”  
  5. If selecting “Request Change Division,” select the division you would like to change to and click “Submit.”  
  6. If selecting “Request Withdraw/Refund” read all US Squash policies and check the “Yes, I wish to withdraw” box and click “Submit.”  
  7. Once you submit your request, you will receive an email that states that your request has been sent to the Tournament Director.  If you have not received an email indicating that your request has been processed within 48 hours, please follow up with the tournament director.  

  

All of the Withdraw and Change Division Policies can be found by clicking here.

The two venues are five blocks from each other.  

From Squash on Fire, walk out the front door and TURN LEFT on 23rd Street.  Continue on 23rd Street until you reach the traffic circle. Take the crosswalk into the traffic circle and walk to the other side of the circle.  Then take another crosswalk to exit the circle and rejoin 23rd Street.  Stay on the RIGHT side (west side) of 23rd Street.  Turn RIGHT on G Street and the entrance to the George Washington University Venue (Lerner Health and Wellness Center) is to your immediate right.

From the George Washington University Venue, walk out the front door and TURN LEFT on G Street.  TURN LEFT on 23rd Street until you reach the traffic circle. Take the crosswalk into the traffic circle and walk to the other side of the circle.  Then take another crosswalk to exit the circle and rejoin 23rd Street.  Stay on the RIGHT side (east side) of 23rd Street.  After your cross M Street the entrance to Squash on Fire is to your immediate right.

The main venue will be the Squash on Fire facility located at 2233 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037.  This incredible facility has 8 courts.

The other venue will be George Washington University, with 6 additional courts, all excellent, located an easy half mile walk away at the Lerner Health and Wellness Center at 2301 G St NW, Washington, DC.

Practice Court Info

There are practice courts available at one of the venues all day Friday until 10 PM -- Squash on Fire. The George Washington University venue is closed until the tournament begins.

Squash On Fire is a facility that is open to the public -- no membership is required. Unlike many squash facilities, players book a court, pay and then play.

To reserve courts for practice at Squash on Fire on Friday (or any day that week), courts are available on a first booked, first served basis. Go to their booking page to create an account, schedule and confirm your reservation.

The glass exhibition courts are Courts #1 and #8, and will likely book quickly. Many finals and semi finals matches will be played on the exhibition courts.

Court reservations are priced at $20 per court. Each court reservation is for 45 minutes. A double session of 90 minutes is $36.

If you have any questions about booking a court, please call (202)-241-2233 or email contact@squashonfire.com.

Area Info

Here is a map of the venues, hotels and some dining options.

Campus Tours:  For players interested in an info session on or campus tour of George Washington University, you can find more information on visiting GWU's campus here.  

Washington DC Sightseeing.  There is a good information page on Washington DC's tourist attractions at this page.
 
Dining:
 
The most convenient place to eat is the Upper West Side Cafe, located at the courts. This is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the food is excellent and reasonably priced.
 
Here are local food writers' top picks for dining in Washington DC:
 
 
 
 
Washingtonian's Top Restaurants Finder Webpage. (Select the criteria by food, cheap eats, location, etc).
 
Rasika, located within one block of the tournament hotels, is widely considered to be one of the top Indian restaurants in the United States. 

Here is a map of the venues, hotels and some dining options.

If rooms are sold out at our special rates, please contact the tournament director -- info on the information tab -- and we will ask the hotel to add more rooms to our room block (prices may rise though): 

1. The main tournament hotel is the Washington Marriott Georgetown, one block from the Squash on Fire courts.  The rate is $154 per night. The hotel is located at 1221 22nd Street NW Washington DC 20037. We estimate over 50 families will be staying at this hotel.

Book online here by May 21 to obtain this special rate. RATE EXTENDED TO MAY 21 AT 5 PM.

2.  The new Hilton Garden Inn is less than one block from the Squash on Fire courts.  The rate is $154 per night and includes wifi. You have a choice of rooms with two queen beds or a deluxe king room with a sleep sofa bed.  The hotel is located at 2201 M Street NW Washington DC 20037.  Please note this hotel requires 72 hours notice in order to get a full refund on a cancelled reservation at the special rate. Late cancellations result in charges from the hotel. If a family emergency results in a cancellation, let me know and I'll ask them to waive the fee (though there is no guarantee the hotel will honor my request).

Book online here by May 14 to obtain this special rate. RATE SOLD OUT.

3.  The Ritz Carlton has a block of rooms at $259 per night. This hotel is less than two blocks from the Squash on Fire courts and one block closer to GW. Book online here by May 22. RATE EXTENDED TO MAY 22 AT 5 PM.

There is no need to have a car.  There are many restaurant options within a few blocks of the hotel.

PARKING OPTIONS: If you do drive a car, there is on street meter parking with a two hour limit on Saturday. On street parking is free after 10 PM Saturday evening through the end of the tournament. Please carefully read and obey all parking signs.  

Each tournament hotel offers parking, but it's pretty expensive. There is a Park America parking garage at 2145 M St NW (less than one block for each hotel) with a much lower rate than available at the hotels.  That garage has the best rate in the area (as of May 4, 2018) -- $7 a day on Saturday from 10 AM to Midnight and Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM. If you leave the car there overnight, the rate is $30 per 24 hours.  However, you can park at night after 10 PM on the street for free, if you can find a spot, which shouldn't be too hard.

AIRPORT AND AMTRAK OPTIONS:

You can fly into the DC area via the three regional airports -- Washington Reagan, Washington Dulles and Baltimore Washington (BWI) Airports. Amtrak provides two trains per hour from New York and Boston into Union Station, which is 20 minutes via public transportation to the Squash on Fire venue.

United has many nonstops into Dulles, while American provides many nonstops into Reagan and Southwest provides many nonstops into Baltimore Washington Airport.  There are Amtrak and low cost MARC commuter trains (see the info for the "Penn" line) from BWI to Washington DC.  Reagan Airport is most convenient to the venues.  Reagan is the easiest to use if you plan on using public transportation to get to and from the airport and would have the cheapest cab fares to all the venues. 

Southwest Airlines now flies in to Reagan and has a major hub at BWI, which normally has the lowest fares of the three airports.

Estimated times using public transportation from each airport (not counting waiting time for departing trains and buses, but counting walking time to Squash on Fire):

Reagan -- 20-25 minutes

Dulles -- 1 hour

BWI -- 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes

Estimated Uber fares and time for Uber X, assuming no surge pricing and travel during off peak hours:

Reagan -- $17-$22, 12-20 minutes.

Dulles -- $40-$50, 30-45 minutes.

BWI -- $50-$60, 45-60 minutes.

Taxis are more expensive, but each airport has plentiful taxi service.

Using public transit to get to the courts:

Reagan: This link explains.

Dulles: This link explains.

BWI: This link explains.  Your cheapest fare will be using the MARC train or WMATA Express Bus options.  The fastest option is the Amtrak train, assuming you don't have to wait for it.

Dining:
 
The most convenient place to eat near the main Squash on Fire venue is the Upper West Side Cafe, located inside the facility. The food is excellent. 
 
Here are local food writers' top picks for dining in Washington DC:
 
 
 
 
Washingtonian's Top Restaurants Finder Webpage. (Select the criteria by food, cheap eats, location, etc).
 
Rasika, located within one block of the tournament hotels, is widely considered to be one of the top Indian restaurants in the United States.