The number of accredited tournaments and leagues has increased significantly over the last few years. Tournament Directors and League Administrators can find resources with US Squash to help build and more efficiently manage the services in their club.
Working with the Teaching Professional Advisory Council, US Squash has developed guidelines and policies to help monitor and maintain accredited tournaments. Please review the following guidelines, policies, and available services below before accrediting your tournament.
Please review all policies required by accredited singles tournaments by clicking the link below:
Note that there are different requirements for Junior Bronze, Silver, Gold, JCT, and National Championship Tournaments compared to Adult/Open Tournaments. Please review applicable guidelines for your tournament below.
By becoming an accredited US Squash tournament, tournament directors have access to the online US Squash software and full-time support from the US Squash staff. Please click below for more information about the benefits of accrediting your event.
Available for tournaments is an online entry registration system that saves a tremendous amount of time and energy for Tournament Directors. Please click for more information on the system and how to set it up with US Squash for your tournament.
Before submitting a request to post a tournament on the US Squash Accredited Tournament Calendar, Tournament Directors should review accreditation fees, timelines, contacts, and schedules. Only current US Squash Member Clubs can host accredited tournaments and more information on how to become a US Squash Member Club is available here.
The approved Junior September 2015 – May 2016 Calendar is available now by clicking below:
Tournament Directors for approved tournaments can now submit tournament accreditation requests for their dates under the “Getting your tournament on the US Squash Calendar” tab.
Looking towards June – August 2016, please submit your Tournament Accreditation requests via this online form by:
Sunday, August 30th, 2015
Accreditation requests made after this deadline will be handled on a case-by-case basis by US Squash and Regional Coordinators and the request may not have full consideration to be accredited on to the Tournament Schedule.
If you have any questions regarding tournaments in your region, please contact your Regional Coordinator from the dropdown menu below.
Through August 30th – Tournament Accreditation Requests compiled both in local regions and on the national calendar
Early September – Work through conflicting requests with affected tournament directors
Late September – Post accredited tournaments on the calendar for June – August 2016
1. Remember, Gold Tournaments and Closed Events rotate within each region to interested and eligible hosts.
2. For Bronze and Silver events: For every Silver event a Tournament Director hosts, they must also host a Bronze level event to provide opportunities to all level players within their region. Depending on the region, some exceptions may be given if a facility wants to host, for example, two silvers and only one bronze.
3. All level events generally must be split equally among all eligible host facilities within each region. Some exceptions may be made at the discretion of US Squash. For example, one facility in a region cannot host all of the events for a season – they must be shared.
4. The Proposed Calendar was created to reduce competition between weekends – when possible, US Squash will works with tournament directors to ensure maximum participation and opportunities for all sanctioned events across the country.
NUMBER OF TOURNAMENTS WITHIN EACH REGION
You will notice the number of Bronze, Silver, and Gold level tournaments vary from region to region. The number of approved events is data driven based on participation from the last few years. Some regions have increased the number of available events to host, some have stayed the same. This process is entirely data driven. If you have further questions on how these numbers were determined, please email email@example.com.
Keep in mind the following for Gold Level Tournaments:
1. The average number of participants for Gold Level Tournaments is between 200-250 players. Facilities must have enough courts available to host these types of events, and a good rule is 20 players per court for a weekend. This means Tournament Directors interested in hosting a Gold Level tournament should have roughly 12 or more courts available to them in their proposal.
2. To get this number of courts, multiple facilities are encouraged to collaborate. However, keep in mind that Gold Level Tournaments are aiming to provide an ideal tournament experience and this may be difficult to provide if facilities are not near each other. In these cases, a “Split Gold” may be used where one area within a region will host half of the age divisions while another area within the same region may host the other divisions.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS
1. Submit this online form for your proposed events
2. If you plan on hosting multiple events, please submit this form multiple times
3. Review the completed form document to ensure your request was submitted correctly.
4. Once your event has been approved, you will be contacted to submit an “Online Tournament Accreditation Form” on the US Squash Website. Please wait to be contacted to submit a sanctioning form regarding your event.
If you have any other questions regarding US Squash policies or the online software, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the office at 212.268.4090.
For all junior tournaments and other tournaments using Stripe online registration, please follow the link below. Please be advised that no entry forms or manual registrations can be added for events utilizing the Stripe system; all entries must be submitted through Stripe online registration.
For manual paper entry forms, please click below:
In order for US Squash to support accredited tournaments and continue to develop current and future programming, fees are applied to all US Squash Accredited Tournaments. Please see below to review the applicable fees and timelines for your tournament.
Several times throughout the year, Tournament Directors will be asked to submit accreditation requests for either the season (September – May) or summer months (June – August). It is the Tournament Director’s responsibility for submitting accreditation requests during these periods.
US Squash and Regional Coordinators use these requests to help create a national calendar that does not conflict with the national championship calendar and that maintains the integrity of the ranking system while ensuring regional fairness with regards to who receives what level of tournaments from year to year.
Please reach out to your Regional Coordinator as you start to prepare your tournament scheduling for the upcoming seasons.
Please note that tournaments are not guaranteed to receive accreditation on the same date or the same status for each season. Tournament Directors must apply for and are expected to be flexible with event dates. US Squash will monitor and control the scheduling of tournaments regionally and nationally to benefit the members and some tournaments may be asked to shift dates from those requested in an application to provide all Tournament Directors with the best promotional opportunities.
Connecticut – Joey Ramos and Steve Scharff – email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-Atlantic – Peter Heffernan and David Keating – email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Midwest – Neal Tew – email@example.com
New England – Tom Poor – firstname.lastname@example.org
New Jersey – US Squash – email@example.com
New York – Mike Callaway and Ben Oliner – MCallaway@lifetimefitness.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Pennsylvania – Ron Koening – email@example.com
Southeast – US Squash – firstname.lastname@example.org
West Coast – Renato Paiva- email@example.com
Managing a Squash Tournament is a complex and sometimes difficult process. However, with the right set of tools and support from US Squash, this process can also be fun! Please see the information below for a general overview of what goes into a tournament, entry management, draw creation assistance, give feedback to US Squash, and how to report incidents that occur at your accredited tournament.
It is recommended that Tournament Directors read through the following brief Tournament Guide for either Junior or Open/Adult tournaments:
Players may withdraw from or change divisions from these tournaments by accessing either their player profiles or from the entrants list on the tournament information page.
In order to submit a Withdraw or Division Change Request, a player must be logged into their account and then select “Change Request” next to their upcoming tournament. Players will have the option of selecting “Request Change Division” or to “Request Withdraw/Refund.” Sending a request will not automatically push a request through; any Withdraw and Divisions Change Request must be approved by the Tournament Director.
Players must read through the policies surrounding withdraws and refunds before they are able to submit the request. After a request has been made, a Tournament Director can review pending requests and may either approve or deny the request based on US Squash Policies. Player requests will all be time stamped and Tournament Directors will automatically know if a player will receive a rankings penalty, qualify for a refund, or can switch divisions.
Tournament Directors should use the following Draw Creation Worksheets to create accredited draw types for their tournament.
In an effort to improve all aspects of managing tournaments with support from US Squash, we want to ask what improvements can be made current programming. Please visit the link below to submit suggestions that would fix issues, make the software easier to use, or provide general recommendations to US Squash.
If a player, parent, coach, or member observes a violation of a US Squash Policy, Guideline, Code of Conduct or Rule during a US Squash accredited event, he or she is encouraged to report it to the Tournament or Event Director (if applicable) or US Squash staff member if available. Tournament or Event Directors will then take appropriate action at that time, and in addition may in their discretion complete and file an Incident Report with US Squash. Please click below for more information and how to submit an Incident Report form.
Club Locker is a mobile friendly end-to-end squash solution for players, pros, and fans. From your first steps on court to your fiercest competitions we’ve got the tools to push you forward and keep you current.
Find a match with those closest to your rating, sign up for strength building classes and activities, and book that private lesson to hone your game then enter friendly, league, and tournament matches in seconds and get a rating to connect with the largest and most active network of squash players in the world.
Please see below for a list of features and the technology recommended to use the software at your next event!
Club Locker allows players access refereeing software that will instantaneously update and broadcast live match scores across the internet. Anyone can live score a game, and this can be used for accredited play, including friendly matches, competitive tournaments, and league play!
A Live Scoreboard provides updates to anyone with an internet enabled device or computer at www.clublocker.com. Users can log in and watch their friends and family compete whether they are at the court watching them or on the other side of the world!
Check your court status and watch the tournament unfold before your eyes.
Keep track of team matches on multiple courts all on one easily accessible screen
Internet Enabled Devices
Any basic internet enable device can access Club Locker to view scores or live score current matches. US Squash recommends Apple iPod Touch or iPads for their ease of use, compatibility with Apple TV, and relatively low price. Look for refurbished models if cost is of a concern. Facilities need generally one device per court, but for extensive tournament use, backup devices are also recommended.
http://store.apple.com/us (starting at $149 each and up)
It is recommended to use televisions or monitors that are a minimum diagonal of 32”. LCD or LED televisions are now inexpensive and available from many retailers online and in stores.
www.amazon.com (roughly $200 and up)
Apple TV or other screen sharing system
Any screen sharing system will work to display either the referee app for each court, or the overall scoreboard or tournament schedule. Depending on your internet enabled devices, different systems may be needed and it is recommended to review each system’s requirements before making a final decision on the type of hardware to purchase.
http://store.apple.com/us (roughly $69 each)
Strong Wireless Connection
All of this technology is depended on a strong wireless signal with plenty of internet bandwidth. Basic home internet connections (~3 megabytes upload/download) are not sufficient for facilities with many simultaneous connections (computers, devices, guests at the facility, etc.). Private networks are encouraged to dedicate enough bandwidth to ensure a seamless experience with the live scoring.
Club Locker is available as a benefit to all member clubs and accredited play, and no additional fees are required!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions with the setup of your facility.
Please see below for additional resources that may be of assistance for your tournament.
If you need any additional support or have any questions about running a tournament, please contact us at email@example.com or call us in the office at 212.268.4090.