US SQUASH

Junior FAQs

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.

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Before the Match

Check your court assignment and if your court is on time
Leading up to your match, check in 30 minutes before your match with the Tournament Desk to see your court assignment and to see if your court is on time.
Start warming up off court
When your court is ready, your body is already active and ready for match play.
Introduce yourself to your opponent and the referees
Shake hands, sportsmanship is key!
Referees introduce yourself to the players
You’re about to enter an intense competitive environment, make sure you know the players involved.
Hit the ball no more than twice

Once straight and then cross court to your opponent.  The referees should remind the players and enforce this!

  1. If your opponent is hogging the ball, please ask the opponent to only hit the ball twice.
  2. If your opponent continues to hog the ball, please ask the referees or tournament staff for help!
Referees time the players during the warm up
2.5 minutes or less on each side.

During the Match

Players MUST call their own double bounces

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.

  1. If the referee is 100% sure the opponent got the ball cleanly, the referee can tell the player that ball was good.
  2. If the referee is not 100% sure they got the ball cleanly, play a let.
Squash is a non-contact sport
Both players should be careful with their movements and never intentionally make additional contact with their opponents.  If a match is starting to become physical, a player can ask the referee to monitor the contact.

  1. Referees should administer a conduct warning, stroke, game, or match depending on the intensity of the contact.
  2. 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.
The referee’s decision is final
If a player or both players disagree with a referees call, they must still accept the referee’s decision and continue play.

  1. 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!
  2. Players may not argue with the referees.
  3. 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.
Referees must pay attention
If a player notices a referee using their phone, talking with friends, or not paying attention, please ask the referee to pay attention!  If a player notices a referee still not paying attention, please ask the tournament staff for assistance.
Players are entitled to a reasonable swing
However, if a player is attempting to get to the ball and the opponent takes a large, unreasonable swing (as decided by the referee), the player may ask for a let and the referee may award a let or stroke based on the severity of the swing and the amount of interference the swing may have caused.
Match play is continuous
There is a maximum period of 15 seconds between points – this goes quick!  If players are taking more than the 15 second allotted amount of time between points, the referee should administer a conduct warning, stroke, game, or match depending on the frequency of the time violations.
A maximum of 90 seconds can elapse between games
Referees announce 15 seconds before the 90 seconds has elapsed.  Players must remain at the court and be back on court within the 90 second interval.  If players are taking more than the 15 second allotted amount of time between points, the referee should administer a conduct warning, stroke, game, or match depending on the frequency of the time violations.
Injuries

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Blood Rules
If an injury occurs which involves bleeding, the bleeding must be stopped before the player can continue.

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.

  1. If the bleeding was caused solely by the opponent’s action, the injured player wins the match.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Sportsmanship is Key
Win with grace, lose with respect.

In the spirit of good sportsmanship, both players should shake hands at the end of their match.

Winner to retrieve the next score sheet
  • 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.
Get the next match started immediately
While the winner is retrieving the new score sheet, the remaining player should help get the next players on court and start timing the 5 minute warm up.
Winner/Loser Referee responsibilities
The winner acts as the referee, calling lets, strokes, no lets, and maintains overall control of the match.  The loser acts as the marker who keeps track of the score by writing down and announcing each point.  The Marker also calls any servers, tins or double bounces out, down, or not up respectively.
Stay at the court
After your match and once the score sheet has been retrieved, both players must stay at their court to monitor the warm up and start the next match promptly.  Please stay at the court to stretch and cool down.  If players would like to debrief after their match with their coach, please do so at the court.

Before the Match

Introduce yourself to your opponent’s parents/guardians
  • 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

Parents, coaches, and attendees CANNOT interfere with refereeing

Only the appointed referees are the referees for the match!

  1. All parents, coaches, and attendees at accredited tournaments cannot interfere with the refereeing at any point for any reason.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The referee should get the attention of the tournament staff for assistance.
Parents, coaches, and attendees CANNOT request a new referee for their match
  • 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.
Contact the tournament staff if a match is getting out of the referee’s control
  • 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.
Coach only between games
  • 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

Sportsmanship is Key
Set a good example for your players and win with grace, lose with respect.

  1. Parents, coaches, and attendees are encouraged to congratulate the winning entourage and thank them for a well-played match.
  2. Remember, you will see these players again throughout their junior career – help foster and build a positive, welcoming, and comfortable junior squash community!
Remind your players of their responsibilities after their match
  • 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.