Adult Guidelines

Components of the Rules and Guidelines may change from time to time, therefore parents should consult the US Squash website regularly for updates. US Squash reserves the right to adjust at any time policies and guidelines if such a change is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintaining a fair and organized competitive structure.

General Policies

1. Rules of Squash

All accredited US Squash Junior Competition is governed by the Rules of Squash as set forward by the World Squash Federation (WSF), unless there is a specifically noted exception. Click here to view the full WSF World Squash Singles Rules.

2. US Squash Code of Conduct

The US Squash Code of Conduct establishes detailed guidelines regarding sportsmanship and conduct for players, coaches and spectators during all US Squash accredited activity. The Code of Conduct applies to behavior both on and off court. It is the responsibility of every entrant to understand the Sportsmanship & Conduct Guidelines. By entering an accredited tournament, the entrant agrees to accept and abide by the Code of Conduct, and acknowledges that any breach of the established guidelines may result in penalties applied by US Squash.

3. Protective Eyewear

All players and coaches must comply with the US Squash Eyewear Policy, which requires eyewear that meets ASTM-F803 standard, at all times during accredited play. This covers any activity on court during a accredited event, including practice and pre-match warm-ups. Standard streetwear glasses or spectacles do not meet the standard. at all times during accredited play.

4. Videotaping

All players and coaches, and spectators must comply with the US Squash policies on videotaping matches at all times. Please click here to view US Squash Broadcast Policy.

Tournament Procedure Policies

1. Scoring

Standard point-a-rally scoring (PAR) to 11 points will be used in all accredited tournaments. All matches in accredited tournaments are best-of-5 games.

2. Refereeing Requirements

In all US Squash accredited play, players are responsible for refereeing their peers. The loser of each match is responsible for officiating after their match – the winner is encouraged to stay and referee as well.  The winner acts as Referee and the loser as marker. The Tournament Director may also ask players to referee matches at other times or on other courts.

Referees should know and understand all World Squash Federation Softball Singles Rules and are recommended to have passed the online referee exam before participating in a tournament.

The refereeing and marking players must be ready and present immediately following the completion of their match. While the losing player must remain at the court to time the five-minute warm up, the winning player may go to the tournament desk to turn in their score sheet and obtain the score sheet for the next match on their court.

A player not fulfilling their refereeing responsibilities may lose his or her current US Squash referee certification and may not be allowed to continue participation during a tournament.

3. Number of Guaranteed Matches

A minimum of 2 scheduled matches will be provided for all players in an accredited tournament. Players are expected to complete all scheduled matches.

Late withdraws may result in some players receiving only 1 match.

4. Break Between Matches

For all events, players are recommended to have a minimum of 3 hours between scheduled match start times.

5. Tournament Seeding

In any given draw, players will likely be seeded in order of their US Squash Rating.

For all events, randomized seeding groups are used: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-24, and 25-32. Players in each seeding group are drawn at random to fill the positions on the draw for those groups.

Entry Management and Tournament Timelines

1. Regular Tournament Registration Deadline (Entry Deadline)

Generally, regular tournament registration closes at 12:00pm (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 2.5 weeks before the start of the event.  Tournament directors have the flexibility to change the registration close date at their discretion.

2. Players per Division

A minimum of 3 players is required to be an accredited division and tournament directors may combine divisions to reach this minimum.

3. Number of Divisions

The tournament director may allow players to participate in multiple divisions, however, players must be prepared to play all matches at their scheduled times and accommodations by the tournament director should not be expected.

4. Cut List

The cut list is released by tournaments after the registration deadline to confirm the final player entry list, and to indicate which players have been placed on a waitlist in the event of oversubscribed divisions. The cut list should be made public within 48 hours after the regular tournament registration deadline.

5. Waitlist

All players who sign up for a tournament after the entry deadline (late entrants) will automatically be placed on a waitlist.

6. Late Entry Management

If there is an available playing position in a division,  a player will be moved from the waitist onto the main draw.

7. Division Start Times

Division Start Times indicate the earliest possible match a player can expect to compete within his or her division.

8. Player Start Times

The assigned match time for a player’s first match in a tournament.

9. Draws

For all events, online draws will be available by 5:00pm in the time zone of the host site on the Thursday before the start of the tournament.

Adult Ranking System

1. The Rating-Based Ranking System

The US Squash rating algorithm uses all matches from the previous 45 months in the US Squash database to calculate a relative measure of each player’s ability. Your rating is a great way to compare your level against friends and competitors, find a match against some of similar level, or track your improvement over time!  You can read more about the algorithm by clicking here.

2. The Tournament Structure

The tournament calendar is designed to give players of all skill levels the opportunity for fun and competitive play.

Players of any rating and ranking may apply for entry into any level of tournament. However, some tournaments may be restricted in size due to demand or court restrictions.

3. Age Group and Skill Level Rankings

In order to receive an age group or skill level ranking, members are required to:

– Have an active membership paid through date
– Have a gender selected
– Have an accurate birth date in the system
– Play an accredited match in the system within the last 12 months (tournament, league, box league, or ladder – note that friendly club matches are not included)

Age groups will display only the ages in the direct category. For example, 40+ will only show 40-44 year olds, regardless of skill rating.

Skill levels will display any rating in their direct category. For example, M3.5 will display and men with a rating of 3.5 to 3.999, regardless of age.

4. End of Season Rankings

End of Season rankings take into account any matches played between June 1 and May 31 during the current season.  In order to receive an End of Season Ranking, players must have a current membership as of June 1 in the current season and meet the exposure and match counts for a given division as described below:

  • Exposures:
    • Tournament Exposures
      • Skill Level exposure: competed in a skill level division (e.g. M2.5)
      • Age Division exposure: competed in an age division (e.g. W40+)
        • If a player competes in an age division younger than the one for which they currently qualify, they receive exposure credit in the division in which they competed, and their current age division. For example, if a 51 year-old man competes in a 40+ tournament, he would get one exposure credit towards the 40+ age division, and also 1 towards the 50+.
          • NOTE – in this case, even though receiving credits in two divisions, it would still count as only one toward the total exposure count
      • Team tournaments (e.g. Howe Cup) count as a skill level exposure, NOT a league exposure
    • League/Ladder exposures
      • Any league (box or team) or ladder where they player competed in at least 4 matches counts as 1 exposure
        • Only 1 exposure is allowed per league. For example, if a player competed in 12 team league matches in the same league season, that is still only 1 exposure, not 3 exposures

5. Round Robin Tie Break Rules

In the event of a tie in a round robin draws, finishing positions are determined based on the following criteria, which are applied in sequential order until the tie is broken.

  • Most Matches Won
  • Fewest Matches Lost
  • Most Games Won
  • Fewest Games Lost
  • Percentage of Total Points Won (total points won divided by total points played)