League administrators have broad responsibility in scheduling and managing club and city league play.
U.S. Squash is pleased to offer the Play Squash program to provide league administrators with the tools to manage their leagues and ladders, as well as drive participation in their club or district. Play Squash offers players an engaging way to enjoy squash no matter their skill level, on a schedule and at a pace that suits them. It includes club matches, challenge ladders, box leagues, club championships and club rankings.
U.S. Squash accredited (sanctioned) Team Leagues are leagues with matches that count towards players’ ratings and rankings. They are run for teams of players between clubs or schools or across a city or district.
Depending on the number of players on the team compared to the number of players on each match roster, participation in team leagues can demand the highest level of commitment to play. Teams can be formed with mixed skill level players or the league can be for a specific level player – ie: Men’s 3.5 League.
All U.S. Squash accredited (sanctioned) leagues must utilize and enter results in the U.S. Squash system in order for the results to count towards national, regional, local and club level ratings and rankings. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of U.S. Squash.
The system facilitates online player registration and payment, easy league scheduling, easy team lineup management, player match availability notification to help Captains fill match rosters, match score reporting, Captains’ match write-ups, season review of team and player matches and standings, player statistics, league playoffs as well as district and regional match results tracking.
Box Leagues encourage friendly competition among a variety of players and helps players find opponents at their approximate skill level. Players can schedule their own matches against all the opponents in their ‘box’ and post their own results.
Participation in Box Leagues requires a moderate level of player commitment. Participants in each box change at the end of each stage based upon wins and losses according to customizable league scoring rules. During each stage, current standings are recorded. At the end of each play stage, the player(s) with the highest total scores in each box (except the highest box) will ascend to the next highest box. The player(s) with the lowest scores in each box (except the lowest box) will drop to the next lowest box. The middle player(s) will remain in the same box.
For the second stage, each box will have a new mix of players. New players can be easily added to and existing players removed from the league between stages to accommodate players with limited availability. A typical Box League will have three stages of one month each in duration, making up a complete cycle.
Challenge Ladders allow organizations to automate the reporting and tracking of their ladder play results.The administrators are able to create the initial ladder based on players’ skill and publish local ladder rules online.
Depending on the Ladder rules, participation in the ladder will require a medium or low level of commitment by a player. Players can make a challenge for a new position on the ladder via email, facilitated by the system, to the opponent and schedule their own match. Standings are changed once the match result is entered.
The ladder order is based on the results of head to head match play. If desired, the administrator may set up the ladder so that other U.S. Squash league matches also count as Challenge Ladder results if a head-to-head match occurs outside of the Challenge Ladder.