The U.S. Squash Doubles Committee and Canadian Squash Doubles Committee have voted to transition to a first-to-15 scoring system for hardball doubles squash. The change will go into effect in the fall of 2013 for the 2013-2014 season.
While the decision has already been made, the new rules will become official when they are voted in by the World Squash Federation at the Annual General Meeting in October.
The previous method of scoring required that players would go into a tie-break set in the event of a 13 or 14 point tie. At 13-all, the player who reached 13 points first would have the choice to play the game to two, three or five more points. At 14-all, the same player would decide between one or three more points.
The new scoring will eliminate the tie-breaking sets and all games will be won by the first player to reach 15 points.
The decision is influenced in part by positive feedback from the SDA Pro Tour, the men’s professional doubles tour in North America, which has been using the first to 15 scoring system for the last two years. The new scoring method is also already used in U.S. and Canadian league play.
“We believe that it makes sense to go to no tie-breakers. It is more exciting, with more simultaneous game balls,” said Tony Swift, head of the U.S. and Canadian rules committees.
“It’s also simple for beginners and new fans to understand.”
The simplified scoring system will also make movement between singles and doubles squash easier for players.