These FAQ’s are designed to help answer some of the most common questions asked about the junior program by players, parents, and teaching professionals. The Rules of the Road section details some of the common scenarios Juniors experience in accredited tournaments, and tips and tricks have been listed below for both players and parents, coaches, and attendees.
For the full official policies governing junior rankings, please visit the Junior Guidelines page.
Before the Match
Once straight and then cross court to your opponent. The referees should remind the players and enforce this!
- If your opponent is hogging the ball, please ask the opponent to only hit the ball twice.
- If your opponent continues to hog the ball, please ask the referees or tournament staff for help!
During the Match
If a referee thinks the ball bounced twice, the referee should yell “STOP” immediately to notify the players that the point is over.
If a player thinks a referee missed calling an opponent’s double bounce, after the point, the player should ask the referee if the opponent’s pick up was good.
- If the referee is 100% sure the opponent got the ball cleanly, the referee can tell the player that ball was good.
- If the referee is not 100% sure they got the ball cleanly, play a let.
- Referees should administer a conduct warning, stroke, game, or match depending on the intensity of the contact.
- It is the referee’s responsibility to maintain control of the match. If a match starts to become out of control, the referee can ask for assistance from a member of the Tournament staff.
- At no point may a player or both players ask for an alternate referee and players must always accept referee decisions with respect and grace!
- Players may not argue with the referees.
- If a player or both players disagree with a referee’s call and attempt to argue with the referee or disagree in any way, a referee should administer a conduct warning, stroke, game, or match depending on the intensity of the behavior.
Safety is always the top priority for all players. If a player is injured, immediately get the attention of the trainer or the tournament staff.
- If the injury was self-inflicted (i.e. a player runs into the wall), the player has a three minute injury period before needing to resume play. If they do not resume play in the three minute time period, they can take an additional 90 seconds and forfeit the next game. The player can continue to forfeit games to take more time to recover until they lose the match.
- If the injury was contributed by both players (i.e. a collision), the player has a reasonable amount of time to recover before having to resume play. The Tournament Director evaluates what a reasonable amount of time may be and the players should be in direct communication with the Tournament Director during this time. In rare situations, another match may go on court while the injured player recovers and the injured player match may resume after the completion of the additional match put on court. If the injured player decides not to continue the match, they will “retire,” or lose, the match. Most injuries are considered to be contributed by both players.
- If the injury was inflicted by the opponent (i.e. Player A deliberately pushes player B into the wall), the injured player automatically wins by default.
A player is allowed a reasonable time to attend to a bleeding wound. The Tournament Director evaluates what a reasonable amount of time may be and the players should be in direct communication with the Tournament Director during this time. In rare situations, another match may go on court while the injured player recovers and the injured player match may resume after the completion of the additional match put on court.
- If the bleeding was caused solely by the opponent’s action, the injured player wins the match.
- If the bleeding recurs as a part of the same injury, no further delay is allowed, except that the player can concede a game, using the 90 second period between games to attend to the wound and stop the bleeding.
- If a player is unable to stop it in that time frame, the player must concede the match.If a new injury with bleeding occurs, a reasonable amount of time is allotted to stop the new, separate, injury.
After the Match
In the spirit of good sportsmanship, both players should shake hands at the end of their match.
- The winner should bring the score sheet immediately back to the tournament desk, get a new score sheet, and return to the court. Please do this immediately and refrain from talking with family and friends, cooling down in other areas of the venue, or other activities.
- You are needed back at your court to referee the next match! The loser should remain at the court while the winner retrieves the new score sheet.
Before the Match
- Shake their hands
- Remember you will see these players/parents throughout junior careers
- Help build and be a part of the junior squash community!
During the Match
Only the appointed referees are the referees for the match!
- All parents, coaches, and attendees at accredited tournaments cannot interfere with the refereeing at any point for any reason.
- The referee should tell an interfering parent, coach, or attendee that they are the only referee for this match. The referee should ask the parent, coach, or attendee what player they are associated with in the match.
- As the parent, coach, or attendee are considered part of the entourage for a player, know that if a parent, coach, or attendee persist in bothering a referee, the referee should administer a conduct warning, stroke, game, or match to the player who’s entourage is creating the disturbance, depending on the frequency and intensity of the behavior.
- The referee should get the attention of the tournament staff for assistance.
- The players on court before the next match are the referees for the following match.
- As Main Draw matches get closer to the finals, there may be supplied tournament staff referees.
- Parents, coaches, and attendees cannot ask tournament staff for a supplied referee for their match.
- Parents, coaches, or attendees who continually ask tournament staff for supplied referees for their matches may be asked to leave the venue.
- If a referee is making decisions that are going against your player, this is not a reason to contact the tournament staff. Referee decisions may fluctuate throughout a match and that is a part of the game.
- Please contact the tournament staff if a match is becoming out of control.
- Positive cheering is allowed, however hand gestures and/or any type of advice/coach is prohibited during games.
- If a parent, coach, or attendee is coaching a player during a game, they may be asked to leave the venue.
After the Match
- Parents, coaches, and attendees are encouraged to congratulate the winning entourage and thank them for a well-played match.
- Remember, you will see these players again throughout their junior career – help foster and build a positive, welcoming, and comfortable junior squash community!
- The winning player should bring the score sheet immediately back to the tournament desk, get a new score sheet, and return to the court. They should do this immediately and refrain from talking with family and friends, cooling down in other areas of the venue, or other activities. They are needed back at your court to referee the next match!
- The loser should remain at the court while the winner retrieves the new score sheet.
- The players should get the next match started immediately and time the 5 minute warm up.
Why does the divisor not remain at four tournaments once I have played nine or more events? I feel I am being penalized for playing more.
Take the comparison of players who have played in 1 tournament above the different divisor marks: Player A has played in 5 tournaments, Player B has played in 10 tournaments, and Player C has played in 13 tournaments. Player A’s ranking is determined based on her best 4 point totals, therefore dropping only 1 result and using 80% of her tournaments into her ranking. Player B’s ranking is determined based on her best 5 results, so while she does now have to use an extra tournament as compared to Player A, she still can drop her lowest 5 point totals and only has to use 50% of her tournaments. Player C is in an even more advantageous position, using her top 6 results but only having to use 46% of her results.
The most points are available in Junior Championship Tour (JCT) events. Gold events are the next highest tier of points. For the 2012-2013 Season, there will be 5 JCT events and roughly 20 Gold events, all of which may need to restrict the number of participants per division in the event that divisions are over-subscribed. There are more Silver and Bronze tournaments available throughout the tournament season and over the summer.