US SQUASH

The World Team Squash Championships are a biennial international squash event organized by the World Squash Federation.

Teams of three or four players from nations around the world compete in the championships, which are held in a different country each time. The men’s and women’s World Team Squash Championships are held in alternating years.

In 2013, the Men’s World Team Squash Championship was held in Mulhouse, France where Team USA finished 12th place. The next Women’s World Team Squash Championships is being held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada in December 2014.

2014 Women’s World Team Championship Selection Criteria

US SQUASH Women’s Team Selection Procedures
2014 World Women’s Team Championships

The World Squash Federation (WSF) grants each squash National Governing Body four (4) playing positions into World Women’s Team Championships. US SQUASH will be selecting athletes for the Team based on the following criteria.

1. Eligibility Criteria

In order for athletes to be considered for nomination process they must:

• Maintain full United States citizenship
• Maintain a current US Squash membership
• Comply with all World Squash Federation eligibility requirements regarding international championships
• Have no documented serious on-or off-court conduct violations of the US Squash Code of Conduct
• Comply with all US Squash U.S. Women’s Team policies including the Code of Conduct

2. Compliance with US Squash, USOC and USADA Rules and Regulations

Players must be willing to submit Athlete Location Forms to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and comply with all US Squash, USOC and USADA regulations and requirements to remain eligible. Failure to comply will be met with disciplinary measures to be enforced by US Squash up to and including removal from the eligible player pool.

3. Nomination Process

• The top two (2) eligible U.S. Women ranked on the PSA Tour as of October 1, 2013 who have earned ranking points placing them in the top 60 in the world are eligible for selection to the 2014 World Team Championship. If one of the top two (2) women does not accept the nomination then nominees for the remaining slots will be selected by the National Team’s Selection Committee (NTSC) who will make their selection based on (but not limited to) current world ranking and the results of “Additional Events” (see below) criteria.
• The additional 3rd and 4th positions shall also be selected by the same consideration of current world ranking and performance in the “Additional Events” criteria.

• Additional Events:
Considered by the NTSC will be an athlete’s competitive record in the last 12 months including but not limited to:
• 2014 National Championships (only results from the softball singles events will be factored.)
• 2014 Pan American Fed Cup Team Trials at venue TBD
• 2014 World Team Championship Trials at venue TBD

4. Removal of Athletes
An athlete who is to be nominated to the Team by US Squash may be removed as a nominee for any of the following reasons, as determined by US Squash:
• Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the US Squash CEO/Executive Director.
• Injury or illness as certified by an approved US Squash physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of his/her illness or injury by an approved US Squash physician (or medical staff), his/her injury will be assumed to be disabling and he/she may be removed.
• Violation of US Squash’s Code of Conduct (see below Attachment 1).

National Team’s Selection Committee (NTSC)
This committee is comprised of all current National Team Coaches and the CEO of US Squash.

Attachment 1 – U.S. SQUASH Code of Conduct

Sportsmanship & Conduct Guidelines:

These Guidelines apply to all US Squash sanctioned events at all times. It is the responsibility of the player, coach, family member or spectator to know and understand the US Squash Player and Family-Coach-Spectator Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines. By entering a US Squash sanctioned event, the entrant agrees to accept and abide by the Guidelines and the US Squash Code of Conduct Sanction System.

A flagrant disregard or violation of the Guidelines shall render the player liable to disciplinary action as set forth by the Sanction System. Coaches, representatives and relatives are under similar obligation to adhere to the Guidelines. Players shall be held liable for their entourage’s actions.

If anyone observes a violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines, he or she is encouraged to report it to the Tournament Director or US Squash staff if present.

US Squash expects each player, family and coach to adopt and promote the following:

1. Player Guidelines
• Know the WSF Rules of Squash and abide by them.
• Adhere to all facility rules and regulations.
• Be courteous on and off the court to all opponents, referees and tournament staff.
• Avoid withdrawing after start times are posted and avoid defaulting during the course of an event.
• Register and arrive on time and at the proper court.
• Be considerate during the 5-minute warm-up period. Share practice equally with your opponent – only hit the ball to yourself 2 or 3 times, before hitting cross court.
• Treat referees and markers with respect and appreciation.
• Accept decisions with grace and refrain from showing displeasure, disbelief, or disgust.
• Accept coaching only between games or during appropriate breaks in play.
• Shake hands with your opponent after the match and shake hands and thank the referee and marker.
• Be aware of specific tournament or venue dress codes and adhere to them.

Player Misconduct

Misconduct on court includes, but is not limited to: (i) a flagrant violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines (ii) any violation of ‘Rule 17: Conduct on Court’.

For Reference: From the Rules of World Singles Squash, 2010

17 CONDUCT ON COURT
17.1 If the Referee considers that a player’s behavior is disruptive, intimidating or offensive to the opponent, an official or a spectator, or could in any way bring the game into disrepute, the Referee shall penalize the player.
17.2 Offenses with which the Referee shall deal under this rule include audible and visible obscenities, verbal and physical abuse, dissent to Marker or Referee, abuse of racquet, ball or court and coaching, other than during the interval between games. Other offenses include significant or deliberate physical contact (Rule 12.12.1), excessive racquet swing (Rule 12.4), unfair warm-up (Rule 3.2), late back on court (Rule 7.4), dangerous play or action (Rule 16.3.1.3) and time-wasting (Rule 7.6).

Since 1995, Squash has been a sport of the Pan American Games.  The Pan American Games are a major sporting event held between athletes from nations of the Americas every four years in the year preceding the Olympic Games. Thousands of athletes participate in a variety of sporting competition. The Pan American Games were last held in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011, and the next edition of the Games will be held in Toronto, Canada in 2015.

2014 Men’s Pan American Federation Cup Selection Criteria
US SQUASH Men’s Team Selection Procedures
2014 Pan American Federation Cup

The Pan American Squash Federation (Federacion Panamericana de Squash /FPS) grants each squash National Governing Body four (4) playing positions into the Pan American Federation Cup Squash Championships. US SQUASH will be selecting athletes for the Team based on the following criteria.

1. Eligibility Criteria

In order for athletes to be considered for nomination process they must:

• Maintain full United States citizenship
• Maintain a current US Squash membership
• Comply with all World Squash Federation eligibility requirements regarding international championships
• Have no documented serious on-or off-court conduct violations of the US Squash Code of Conduct
• Comply with all US Squash U.S. Men’s Team policies including the Code of Conduct

2. Compliance with US Squash, USOC and USADA Rules and Regulations

Players must be willing to submit Athlete Location Forms to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and comply with all US Squash, USOC and USADA regulations and requirements to remain eligible. Failure to comply will be met with disciplinary measures to be enforced by US Squash up to and including removal from the eligible player pool.

3. Nomination Process

• The top two (2) eligible U.S. men ranked on the PSA Tour as of June 1, 2014
who have earned ranking points placing them in the top 100 in the world are eligible for selection to the 2014 Pan American Federation Cup. If one of the top two (2) men does not accept the nomination then nominees for the remaining slots will be selected by the National Team’s Selection Committee (NTSC) who will make their selection based on (but not limited to) current world ranking and the results of “Additional Events” (see below) criteria.
• The additional 3rd and 4th positions shall also be selected by the same consideration of current world ranking and performance in the “Additional Events” criteria.

• Additional Events:
Considered by the NTSC will be an athlete’s competitive record in the last 12 months including but not limited to:
o 2014 National Championships (only results from the softball singles events will be factored.)
o 2014 Pan American Fed Cup Team Trials, date TBD

4. Removal of Athletes
An athlete who is to be nominated to the Team by US Squash may be removed as a nominee for any of the following reasons, as determined by US Squash:
• Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the US Squash CEO/Executive Director.
• Injury or illness as certified by an approved US Squash physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of his/her illness or injury by an approved US Squash physician (or medical staff), his/her injury will be assumed to be disabling and he/she may be removed.
• Violation of US Squash’s Code of Conduct (see below Attachment 1).

National Team’s Selection Committee (NTSC)
This committee is comprised of all current National Team Coaches and the CEO of U.S. SQUASH.

Attachment 1 – US Squash Code of Conduct

Sportsmanship & Conduct Guidelines

These Guidelines apply to all US Squash sanctioned events at all times. It is the responsibility of the player, coach, family member or spectator to know and understand the US Squash Player and Family-Coach-Spectator Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines. By entering a US Squash sanctioned event, the entrant agrees to accept and abide by the Guidelines and the US Squash Code of Conduct Sanction System.

A flagrant disregard or violation of the Guidelines shall render the player liable to disciplinary action as set forth by the Sanction System. Coaches, representatives and relatives are under similar obligation to adhere to the Guidelines. Players shall be held liable for their entourage’s actions.

If anyone observes a violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines, he or she is encouraged to report it to the Tournament Director or US Squash staff if present.

US Squash expects each player, family and coach to adopt and promote the following:
1. Player Guidelines
• Know the WSF Rules of Squash and abide by them.
• Adhere to all facility rules and regulations.
• Be courteous on and off the court to all opponents, referees and tournament staff.
• Avoid withdrawing after start times are posted and avoid defaulting during the course of an event.
• Register and arrive on time and at the proper court.
• Be considerate during the 5-minute warm-up period. Share practice equally with your opponent – only hit the ball to yourself 2 or 3 times, before hitting cross court.
• Treat referees and markers with respect and appreciation.
• Accept decisions with grace and refrain from showing displeasure, disbelief, or disgust.
• Accept coaching only between games or during appropriate breaks in play.
• Shake hands with your opponent after the match and shake hands and thank the referee and marker.
• Be aware of specific tournament or venue dress codes and adhere to them.

Player Misconduct
Misconduct on court includes, but is not limited to: (i) a flagrant violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines (ii) any violation of ‘Rule 17: Conduct on Court’.
For Reference: From the Rules of World Singles Squash, 2010

17 CONDUCT ON COURT
17.1 If the Referee considers that a player’s behavior is disruptive, intimidating or offensive to the opponent, an official or a spectator, or could in any way bring the game into disrepute, the Referee shall penalize the player.
17.2 Offenses with which the Referee shall deal under this rule include audible and visible obscenities, verbal and physical abuse, dissent to Marker or Referee, abuse of racquet, ball or court and coaching, other than during the interval between games. Other offenses include significant or deliberate physical contact (Rule 12.12.1), excessive racquet swing (Rule 12.4), unfair warm-up (Rule 3.2), late back on court (Rule 7.4), dangerous play or action (Rule 16.3.1.3) and time-wasting (Rule 7.6).

2014 Women’s Pan American Federation Cup Selection Criteria
US SQUASH Women’s Team Selection Procedures
2014 World Women’s Team Championships

The Pan American Squash Federation (Federacion Panamericana de Squash /FPS) grants each squash National Governing Body four (4) playing positions into the Pan American Squash Championships. US SQUASH will be selecting athletes for the Team based on the following criteria.

1. Eligibility Criteria

In order for athletes to be considered for nomination process they must:

• Maintain full United States citizenship
• Maintain a current US Squash membership
• Comply with all World Squash Federation eligibility requirements regarding international championships
• Have no documented serious on-or off-court conduct violations of the US Squash Code of Conduct
• Comply with all US Squash U.S. Women’s Team policies including the Code of Conduct

2. Compliance with US Squash, USOC and USADA Rules and Regulations

Players must be willing to submit Athlete Location Forms to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and comply with all US Squash, USOC and USADA regulations and requirements to remain eligible. Failure to comply will be met with disciplinary measures to be enforced by US Squash up to and including removal from the eligible player pool.

3. Nomination Process

• The top two (2) eligible U.S. Women ranked on the PSA Tour as of October 1, 2014 who have earned ranking points placing them in the top 60 in the world are eligible for selection to the 2014 World Team Championship. If one of the top two (2) women does not accept the nomination then nominees for the remaining slots will be selected by the National Team’s Selection Committee (NTSC) who will make their selection based on (but not limited to) current world ranking and the results of “Additional Events” (see below) criteria.
• The additional 3rd and 4th positions shall also be selected by the same consideration of current world ranking and performance in the “Additional Events” criteria.

• Additional Events:
Considered by the NTSC will be an athlete’s competitive record in the last 12 months including but not limited to:
• 2014 National Championships (only results from the softball singles events will be factored.)
• 2014 Pan American Fed Cup Team Trials, date TBD

4. Removal of Athletes
An athlete who is to be nominated to the Team by US Squash may be removed as a nominee for any of the following reasons, as determined by US Squash:
• Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the US Squash CEO/Executive Director.
• Injury or illness as certified by an approved US Squash physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of his/her illness or injury by an approved US Squash physician (or medical staff), his/her injury will be assumed to be disabling and he/she may be removed.
• Violation of US Squash’s Code of Conduct (see below Attachment 1).

National Team’s Selection Committee (NTSC)
This committee is comprised of all current National Team Coaches and the CEO of US Squash.

Attachment 1 – U.S. SQUASH Code of Conduct

Sportsmanship & Conduct Guidelines:
These Guidelines apply to all US Squash sanctioned events at all times. It is the responsibility of the player, coach, family member or spectator to know and understand the US Squash Player and Family-Coach-Spectator Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines. By entering a US Squash sanctioned event, the entrant agrees to accept and abide by the Guidelines and the US Squash Code of Conduct Sanction System.

A flagrant disregard or violation of the Guidelines shall render the player liable to disciplinary action as set forth by the Sanction System. Coaches, representatives and relatives are under similar obligation to adhere to the Guidelines. Players shall be held liable for their entourage’s actions.

If anyone observes a violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines, he or she is encouraged to report it to the Tournament Director or US Squash staff if present.

US Squash expects each player, family and coach to adopt and promote the following:

1. Player Guidelines
• Know the WSF Rules of Squash and abide by them.
• Adhere to all facility rules and regulations.
• Be courteous on and off the court to all opponents, referees and tournament staff.
• Avoid withdrawing after start times are posted and avoid defaulting during the course of an event.
• Register and arrive on time and at the proper court.
• Be considerate during the 5-minute warm-up period. Share practice equally with your opponent – only hit the ball to yourself 2 or 3 times, before hitting cross court.
• Treat referees and markers with respect and appreciation.
• Accept decisions with grace and refrain from showing displeasure, disbelief, or disgust.
• Accept coaching only between games or during appropriate breaks in play.
• Shake hands with your opponent after the match and shake hands and thank the referee and marker.
• Be aware of specific tournament or venue dress codes and adhere to them.

Player Misconduct
Misconduct on court includes, but is not limited to: (i) a flagrant violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines (ii) any violation of ‘Rule 17: Conduct on Court’.
For Reference: From the Rules of World Singles Squash, 2010

17 CONDUCT ON COURT
17.1 If the Referee considers that a player’s behavior is disruptive, intimidating or offensive to the opponent, an official or a spectator, or could in any way bring the game into disrepute, the Referee shall penalize the player.
17.2 Offenses with which the Referee shall deal under this rule include audible and visible obscenities, verbal and physical abuse, dissent to Marker or Referee, abuse of racquet, ball or court and coaching, other than during the interval between games. Other offenses include significant or deliberate physical contact (Rule 12.12.1), excessive racquet swing (Rule 12.4), unfair warm-up (Rule 3.2), late back on court (Rule 7.4), dangerous play or action (Rule 16.3.1.3) and time-wasting (Rule 7.6).

National Team Rosternational team logo

Trials are held to determine the nation’s top players to represent the United States on the National Teams at the World Team Squash Championships organized by the World Squash Federation and the Pan American Games.

2013 Pan-American Federation Cup

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Coach: Natalie Grainger | Gilly Lane
Team: Olivia Blatchford | Natalie Grainger | Amanda Sobhy | Sabrina Sobhy | Graham Bassett | Todd Harrity | Faraz Khan | Gilly Lane

2013 Men’s World Team Championships

Mulhouse, France
Finish: 12th place
Coach: Paul Assaiante  | Chris Walker
Team: Christopher Gordon | Jullian Illingworth | Gilly Lane | Dylan Murray

 

2012 Women’s World Team Championships

Nimes, France
Finish: 13th Place
Coach: Chris Walker
Team: Olivia Fiechter | Natalie Grainger | Sabrina Sobhy | Maria Elena Ubina

 

2011 Men’s World Team Championships

Paderborn, Germany
Finish: 6th Place
Coach: Paul Assaiante
Team: Christopher Gordon | Todd Harrity | Julian Illingworth | Gilly Lane

 

2011 Pan American Games 

Guadalajra, Mexico
Finish: Women’s Team 3rd Place, Men’s Team 3rd Place
Coach: Chris Walker
Team: Olivia Blatchford | Lily Lorentzen | Maria Elena Ubina | Christopher Gordon | Graham Bassett | Julian Illingworth

 

2010 Women’s World Team Championships

Palmerston North, New Zealand
Finish: 7th Place
Coach: Richard Chin
Team: Olivia Blatchford | Natalie Grainger | Latasha Khan | Amanda Sobhy

 

2009 Men’s World Team Championships

Odense, Denmark
Finish: 12th  Place
Coach: Chris Walker
Team: Christopher Gordon | Julian Illingworth | Gilly Lane | Preston Quick

 

2008 Women’s World Team Championships

Cairo, Egypt
Finish: 14th Place
Coach: Natalie Grainger
Team: Olivia Blatchford | Natalie Grainger | Hope Prockop | Claire Rein-Weston

 

2007 Men’s World Team Championships
Chennai, India
Finish: 14th Place
Coach: Chris Walker
Team: Richard Chin | Jamie Crombie | Christopher Gordon | Julian Illingworth

 

2007 Pan American Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Finish: Women’s Team 2nd Place
Team: Natalie Grainger | Latasha Khan | Michelle Quibell

 

2006 Women’s World Team Championships
Edmonton, Canada
Finish: 11th Place
Coach: Demer Holleran
Team: Louisa Hall | Latasha Khan | Meredith Quick | Ivy Pochoda

 

2005 Men’s World Team Championships
Islamabad, Pakistan
Finish: 13th Place
Coach: Chris Walker
Team: Christopher Gordon | Julian Illingworth | Preston Quick | Beau River

 

2004 Women’s World Team Championships
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Finish: 8th Place
Coach: Demer Holleran
Team: Louisa Hall | Latasha Khan | Michelle Quibell | Meredith Quick

 

2003 Men’s World Team Championships
Vienna, Austria
Finish: 20th Place
Coach: Paul Assaiante
Team: Jamie Crombie | Preston Quick | Damian Walker | Tim Wyant

 

2002 Women’s World Team Championships
Odense, Denmark
Finish: 15th Place
Coach: Sharon Bradey
Team: Julia Beaver | Latasha Khan | Shabana Khan | Meredith Quick

 

2001 Men’s World Team Championships
Melbourne, Australia
Finish: 19th Place
Coach: Richard Millman
Team: Richard Chin | Preston Quick | Damian Walker | Tim Wyant

 

2000 Women’s World Team Championships
Sheffield, England
Finish: 18th Place
Coach: Sharon Bradey
Team: Margaret Elias | Louisa Hall | Shirin Kaufman | Ivy Pochoda

 

1999 Men’s World Team Championships
Cairo, Egypt
Finish: 18th Place
Coach: Paul Assaiante
Team: Richard Chin | Marty Clark | Tim Long | David Ramsden-Wood

 

1998 Women’s World Team Championships
Stuttgart, Germany
Finish: 9th Place
Coach: Sharon Bradey
Team: Louisa Hall | Demer Holleran | Ellie Pierce | Ivy Pochoda

 

1997 Men’s World Team Championships
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Finish: 23rd Place
Coach: Ken Hiscoe
Team: Tony Brettkelly | Richard Chin | Marty Clark | Tim Long

 

1996 Women’s World Team Championships
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Finish: 12th Place
Team: Berkeley Belknap | Demer Holleran | Alicia McConnell | Ellie Pierce

 

1995 Men’s World Team Championships
Cairo, Egypt
Finish: 25th Place
Coach: Tony Brettkelly
Team: Richard Chin| Marty Clark | Anders Wahlstedt | Damian Walker

 

1994 Women’s World Team Championships
St, Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Finish: 8th Place
Coach: Craig Thorpe-Clark
Team: Demer Holleran | Karen Kelso | Shabana Khan | Ellie Pierce

 

1993 Men’s World Team Championships
Karachi, Pakistan
Finish: 26th Place
Team: Richard Chin | John Phelan | Grantley Pinnington | Frank J. Stanley IV

 

1992 Women’s World Team Championships
Vancouver, Canada
Finish: 11th Place
Team: Demer Holleran | Karen Kelso | Shabana Khan | Ellie Pierce

 

1991 Men’s World Team Championships
Helsinki, Finland
Finish: 19th Place
Team: Will Carlin | Kenton Jernigan | Frank J. Stanley IV | Mark Talbott

 

1990 Women’s World Team Championships
Sydney, Australia
Finish: 10th Place
Team: Julieanne Harris | Demer Holleran | Ellie Pierce | Alicia McConnell

 

1989 Women’s World Team Championships
Warmond, Netherlands
Finish: 12th Place

 

1989 Men’s World Team Championships
Singapore
Finish: 17th Place
Team: David Boyum | Kenton Jernigan | Azam Khan | Mark Talbott

 

1987 Women’s World Team Championships
Auckland, New Zealand
Finish: 12th Place
Team: Nancy Gengler | Alicia McConnell | Diana Staley

 

1987 Men’s World Team Championships
London, England
Finish: 19th Place
Team: Ned Edwards | Kenton Jernigan | Azam Khan | Tom Page

 

1985 Women’s World Team Championships
Dublin, Ireland
Finish: 7th Place
Team: Nancy Gengler | Julie Harris | Karen Kelso | Nina Porter | Gail Ramsay

 

1985 Men’s World Team Championships
Cairo, Egypt
Finish: 15th Place
Team: Ned Edwards | Azam Khan | John Nimick

 

1983 Women’s World Team Championships
Perth, Australia
Finish: 6th Place
Team: Nancy Gengler | Mary Hulbert | Alicia McConnell | Gail Ramsay | Carol Weymuller

 

1983 Men’s World Team Championships
Auckland, New Zealand
Finish: 7th Place
Team: Ned Edwards | Kenton Jernigan | Mark Talbott | John Nimick

 

1981 Women’s World Team Championships
Toronto, Canada
Finish: 11th Place
Team: Sally Fields | Nancy Gengler | Mariann Greenberg | Nina Porter | Carol Weymuller

 

1981 Men’s World Team Championships
Stockholm, Sweden
Finish: 7th Place
Team: Bill Andruss | Ned Edwards | Stu Goldstein | Ted Gross

 

1979 Women’s World Team Championships
Birmingham, England
Finish: 6th Place
Team: Ginny Akabane | Mariann Greenberg | Barbara Maltby | Diana Nyad | Carol Weymuller

 

1979 Men’s World Team Championships
Brisbane, Australia
Finish: 9th Place
Team: Mark Alger | Ned Edwards | Jon Foster | Gil Mateer

 

1977 Men’s World Team Championships
Toronto, Canada
Finish: 8th Place
Team: Len Bernheimer | Eliot Berry | Denis Bourke |Tom Poor

 

1976 Men’s World Team Championships
Birmingham, England
Finish: 9th Place
Team: Bill Andruss | Peter Briggs | Gil Mateer | Tom Page

 

1973 Men’s World Team Championships
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish: 5th Place
Team: Dinny Adams | Jay Nelson | Tom Poor | Frank Satterthwaite

 

 

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