Components of the Rules and Guidelines, Junior Rankings System, Eligibility for U.S. Championships and National Events and Middle and High School Squash Guidelines may change from time to time, therefore players and 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.
Please click here to view the specific policy changes for the 2015-2016 season.
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 junior 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.
All players, parents, 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.
5. Parent or Guardian Account Requirement
By February 29, 2016, one parent or guardian per junior player is required to have a US Squash account separate from his or her son or daughter. Both parents are strongly encouraged to have an account affiliated with each child participating in junior squash. During the process to create an account, the parent or guardian must agree to abide by the Code of Conduct for Parents, Coaches and Attendees. If an adult already has an account or membership, this will occur when confirming the relationship with the child and affiliating accounts.
As of March 1, 2016, junior players without an affiliated parent may be removed from the rankings and prohibited from registering for and competing in tournaments. Junior squash participants without the ability to affiliate an account with a parent or guardian will be addressed on a case by case basis.
To add a relationship:
- Parents/guardians with existing accounts: log on to their US Squash/Club Locker account, and scroll down to click on “relationships” and follow the prompts.
- Parents/guardians without a US Squash/Club Locker account: Create a new account, then click on the link in the email you receive to add a new relationship.
6. Participation Fee Hardship Waiver Request
In an effort to be consistent, fair and accountable, US Squash asks that you make a written request (which may be via email) for the waiver of participation fees. As a guideline for this waiver, we use household income requirements for the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Assistance Program*.
In the written request, please include the following:
- Name of Parent/Guardian making request
- Contact Phone Number
- Contact Email Address
- Player’s Name
- Does your family qualify for the Free Lunch program?
- Does your family qualify for the Reduced Lunch program?
- Reason for Request
*Students are entitled to free lunches if their families’ incomes are below 130 percent of the annual income poverty level guideline established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and updated annually by the Census Bureau (currently $21,756 for a family of four). Children who are members of households receiving food stamp benefits or cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant, as well as homeless, runaway, and migrant children, also qualify.
Standard point-a-rally scoring (PAR) to 11 points will be used in all accredited junior tournaments. All matches in accredited junior tournaments are best-of-5 games.
2. Refereeing Requirements
In all US Squash accredited junior play, players are responsible for refereeing their peers. Winners and Losers are responsible for officiating after their match – the winner acts as Referee and the loser as marker – unless released by the Tournament Director. 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 their age-specific online referee exam before participating in a tournament. For some tournaments, players are required to have passed their age-specific online referee exam before participating in the 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 will need to retake the online age-specific referee exam. Current referee certification is required to maintain a US Squash junior ranking.
Additionally, a player who abandons their referee responsibilities will be given zero points for their participation in the event.
3. Number of Guaranteed Matches
A minimum of 3 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 2 matches.
Due to scheduling issues and finishing position groupings, draw sizes of 13, 17, and 25 are exceptions to 3 match minimum policy. In the case of a 13, 17, or 25 player draw, a minimum of 2 matches is only guaranteed for some players.
4. Break Between Matches
For National, Gold, and JCT events, players will have a minimum of 3 hours between scheduled match start times.
For Bronze and Silver events, 3 hours between scheduled match start times is recommended but is not required.
5. Cut List Calculations
Players are ordered based on their US Squash ranking at the registration deadline in the age division in which they are registered. When creating the Cut List for a given tournament with an oversubscribed division, in some circumstances manual calculations need to be processed for player’s who do not have a full ranking in their current division. The criteria to calculate a Cut List are listed below:
- If a player has four or more active tournaments in the age group for which they are registered, his or her points calculation is based off of his or her points average in that division.
- If a player chooses to “play up” in an older age group, the player’s points calculation will be based off of his or her point average as if they had aged-up into that division per the age-up policy for rankings.
- If a player has fewer than four active tournaments in the division he or she intends to play and also has active tournaments in an older age group, points will be converted “down” to the younger age group at a rate of 120% of the points in the higher age division.
- If a player has fewer than four active tournaments, his or her point’s calculation will always be based off of a divisor of four.EXAMPLE: If a player only has two active tournaments within the last 11 months valuing 1500 and 500, his or her points calculation for the Cut List will be 2000/4 = 500.
6. Tournament Seeding
Players will be seeded in order of their US Squash “seeding points” in the appropriate age division. Generally “seeding points” correspond to ranking, but there are circumstances where players do not have a full ranking and their “seeding points” will not correspond to their ranking.
In the event of a tie in seeding points, player rating will be used as a tiebreaker.
For JCT and U.S. National Championships, seeding the tournament will occur at 10:00am in the time zone of the host site on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament. In the event of a withdraw after the draws have been released, US Squash reserves the right to reseed the draw.
Late withdraws after the draws have been released will be replaced with the next player on the waitlist, assuming they are ranking eligible. If there is no waitlist, the original player will remain on the draw and will be defaulted.
Tournament Directors may use their discretion in the seeding of foreign players or in other exceptional circumstances with approval from US Squash, but are expected to use their best judgment to seed players accurately and fairly.
US Squash uses an automatic seeding program that takes several factors into account in order to calculate a player’s “seeding points.”
- If a junior plays in his or her current age group, and has a “full” ranking in that division, as defined by four or more tournaments in the last 11-months, his or her “seeding points” are based off of his or her points average in that division.
- If a player chooses to “play up” in an older age group, that player’s “seeding points” will be based off of his or her point average as if they had aged-up into that division per the standard rankings age-up policy.
- If a player has fewer than 4 active tournaments in the division he or she intends to play, but also has active tournaments in an older age group, points will be converted “down” to the younger age group at 120%.
- All “seeding points” are calculated after points have been converted into the correct division.
EXAMPLE:If a player has only two active BU15 tournaments and two active BU17 tournaments and is playing in a BU15 event, his “seeding points” would be an average of his 2 BU15 tournaments and his top 2 BU17 tournaments converted at a rate of 120%.
- If a player has fewer than four active tournaments in his or her age division, as well as no active tournaments in an older or younger age division, the following calculations will be used to calculate “seeding points” based on the number of active tournaments.
- One active tournament: the seeding point average is calculated by taking 50% of that tournament.
EXAMPLE:If a player earned 800 points in his or her only tournament, his or her seeding points are calculated as 400 (800*0.5).
- Two active tournaments: the seeding point average is calculated by averaging the two active tournaments and then taking 70% of that average.
EXAMPLE:If a player has two tournaments in which he or she earned 600 and 1400 points, his or her seeding points are calculated as 700 ([(600+1400)/2]*0.7).
- Three active tournaments: the seeding point average is calculated by averaging the three active tournaments and then taking 90% of that average.
EXAMPLE:If a player has three tournaments in which he or she earned 600, 1000, and 1400 points, his or her seeding points are calculated as 900 ([(600+1000+1400)/3]*0.9).
Player seeding points will be determined based on the Wednesday morning ranking run that occurred a full week before the start of the tournament.
EXAMPLE:If a tournament begins on Friday January 16, 2015, the January 7, 2015 ranking run is used for seeding purposes.
Straight bracket seeding will be used for National Championships (1 v. 32, 2 v. 31, etc.). National Championships seeding is based on the “seeding point” calculations listed above. For all other 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.
For Gold and JCT events, the only seeding changes that are permissible are when siblings are scheduled to play on the same half of a draw. If this occurs, the lower seeded of the two siblings may be moved within their seeding group to the other half of the draw to avoid playing their sibling until later in the tournament (ex: switch a 17 seed with a 22 seed).
NOTE: Siblings will not be moved to opposite halves of the draw if there are extenuating circumstances with the draw, for National Championships, or if both players are seeded in the top four positions.
The Tournament Director of Bronze and Silver events have the flexibility to move players within the randomized seeding groups that are provided above.
7. Default and Withdraw Policies
For all junior accredited tournaments, a player may withdraw before 12:00pm, NOON (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament without penalty. Any withdrawal after that timeframe is considered a late withdrawal.
If a player withdraws from a tournament after the withdrawal deadline but before they have begun their first match, or if the player is registered for the tournament and does not appear, the player may receive the following penalties:
- 1st late withdrawal within an 11-month period: No penalty, but the late withdrawal goes on the player’s record.
- 2nd withdrawal within an 11-month period: The tournament goes into the player’s ranking calculation with a 0-point value. This tournament counts like any other in his or her average, but he or she receives no points for the event.
- 3rd or further withdrawal within an 11-month period: For each further late withdrawal, the player continues to receive 0 points for the tournament in question.
Players must play in all scheduled matches for a given tournament. If a player does not arrive on time for their scheduled match, the tournament director reserves the right to default that player after 15 minutes of the scheduled match time. Players who default a match in a tournament also default any subsequent scheduled matches. Players may be permitted to continue in the tournament at the discretion of the tournament director. In making these decisions, the tournament director will take into consideration the level of communication with the player, court availability, and any other relevant specific factors. In no case is the tournament director obligated to make special accommodations for a player.
For any withdrawal after the beginning of a tournament, the player must be present to referee the match they will default in order to retain points for their tournament. If a player abandons a tournament or is unable to attend to referee their final match, they will receive zero points for their participation in the tournament.
If a player is unable to return to the tournament due to a serious illness or injury, the 100% point deduction may be waived with a doctor’s note if it is submitted via email to US Squash within one week of the last day of the tournament to email@example.com. In this case, the player will receive the lowest amount of points available based on the round they were in at the time of the withdrawal. For instance, if a player defaults in the semifinal of an 8-player tournament, they receive the points for the 4th place finish if there was a ¾ playoff in place. If there was no playoff planned, the player would receive the point for finishing in the shared 3-4 position.
The doctor’s note cannot be submitted by a family member and must be from an independent source.
8. Combined Age Divisions
In some cases, a tournament director may choose to combine age divisions due to low entries or other extenuating factors.
- If the GU11 division receives 5 entries and the GU13 division receives 3 entries, the Tournament Director may choose to combine the GU11 and GU13 divisions.
In the event divisions are combined, a player who registered in the younger age division may choose to have his or her points earned from that tournament applied to his or her ranking in the younger age division.
- If a player who registered in the lower age division wishes to have his or her points converted into his or her standard age division, he or she must communicate this request via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to have the points adjusted.
NOTE: Players must make the request to have points converted to the younger age division by 4 weeks after the tournament has been completed. Once the conversion has been made, it cannot be converted back to the original division at a later date.
NOTE: In the rare event that three or more age divisions are combined, players may only request to have points converted down one age division. For example, if the GU15, GU17, and GU19 divisions are combined, points are only available for the GU17 and GU19 divisions. In this situation, players may not request to have points converted to the GU15 division.
If there are four or more players who are eligible for the younger age division that has been combined into the older age division, the requesting player will earn points equivalent to his or her relative finish compared to only players eligible for the younger age division that also participated in the combined division.
- If five players qualify for the BU11 division and is combined with the BU13, the player with the best finish out of those five players could receive points for first place in the BU11 division.
If there are three or fewer players, then the requesting player will earn the same number of points in the younger age division as they did for their finish in the older combined division.
The player may also choose to not convert his or her point values into the younger age division and instead take the points in the older age division.
1. Regular Tournament Registration Deadline (Entry Deadline)
For National, Gold, and JCT Events: 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.
The U.S. Junior Open Squash Championships operates on a different timeline then all other tournaments. Please see the tournament page for the entry deadline.
For Bronze and Silver events: Regular tournament registration closes 12:00pm (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the event.
All players who register for a tournament after the entry deadline should assume they are on the waitlist until the tournament director confirms that they have gained entry to the event.
2. Players per Division
Divisions may have a maximum of 32 players (with the exception of the U.S. Junior Open and U.S. Junior Bronze Championships).
A minimum of 4 players is required to be an accredited division and tournament directors may combine divisions to reach this minimum.
3. Number of Divisions
For National, Gold, and JCT events, players may only enter and participate in one division.
For Bronze and Silver events, 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 will be made public within 48 hours after the regular tournament registration deadline.
All age divisions are originally open to the highest ranked 32 players who enter per division. If fewer than 32 players enter a division, all players will be accepted in that division. If there are more than 32 players in any division, players will be placed on a waitlist based on their ranking (as of the entry deadline) and will only be granted entry if a playing position becomes available.
The Cut List point’s calculation can be found in the “Tournament Procedure Policies” section above.
All players who sign up for a tournament after the entry deadline (late entrants) will automatically be placed on the waitlist, regardless of draw size at the time of entry.
In the event that a waitlist already exists in a specific division, late entrants will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist behind all players who were originally placed on the waitlist when the cut list was released.
6. Late Entry Management
If there is an available playing position in a division, a player may be slotted onto the main draw in accordance with the Locked Division policies below.
After player start times are released, players on the waitlist may only take the position of a withdrawing player in the event that the waitlisted player would be seeded at or below the position of the withdrawing player to keep the integrity of the seeding for the draw.
EXAMPLE: The 30th ranked player in the country is seeded in the 17-24 seeding group (the 30th ranked player has the highest ranking of any player in that seeding group in this example) and withdraws from the event. The 20th ranked player in the country is next on the waitlist, but would not be able to replace the 30th ranked player because his ranking is too high. If the 40th ranked player in the country was second on the waitlist, he could replace the 30th ranked player because his ranking is lower.
In Gold, JCT, and National Championships, the waitlist will officially close at 12:00pm NOON one day before the tournament starts. Therefore, once the waitlist closes, no player will be moved to the main draw, regardless of last minute withdraws. Once the waitlist closes, players who did not gain entry into the tournament will be withdrawn and issued a refund.
7. Locked Division Size
For Gold, JCT, and National Championships, division sizes lock at 12:00pm, NOON (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament. Once the division sizes lock, they will not increase in size even if the division has fewer than 32 registered players. Once division sizes lock, online sign up will be taken down and players will not longer be able to sign up.
- Waitlisted players will still be moved to the main draw to replace any withdrawing players before the waitlist closes at 12:00pm NOON one day before the tournament starts.
For Bronze and Silver events, division sizes are recommended to lock at 12:00pm, NOON EST on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament, but it is not required that division sizes lock. Bronze and Silver events are also recommended to take down the online sign up at 12:00pm NOON on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament.
8. Late Withdraw Deadline
The Late Withdraw Deadline is at 12:00pm in the time zone of the tournament on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament.
Late Withdraw Penalties can be found in the “Tournament Procedure Policies” section above.
9. Division Start Times
Division Start Times indicate the earliest possible match a player can expect to compete within his or her division.
For National, Gold, and JCT events, Division Start Times will be released online at least 7 days before the start of an event.
For Bronze and Silver Events, Division Start Times are recommended to be released online at least 7 days before the start of an event but are not required.
10. Player Start Times
The assigned match time for a player’s first match in a tournament.
For JCT and U.S. Championships, no individual player start times will be released.
For Gold events, player start times will be released online at least 48 hours before the start of an event.
For Bronze and Silver events, player start times are recommended to be released online at least 48 hours before the start of the event.
For JCT and U.S. Championships, online draws will be available by 5:00pm in the time zone of the host site on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament.
For Gold, Silver, and Bronze events, draws will be made public at least 24 hours before the start of the event.
1. The Points-Based Ranking System
Players earn points towards their ranking based on the type of tournament in which they play, the finishing position they achieve in the tournament, and size of their division.
Tournaments are broken up into the following four main categories, listed in order of descending point value: Junior Championship Tour (JCT), Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Additionally, players can earn points in U.S. Championships, Regional Junior Championships (Closed), and High School League Individual Championship Tournaments
- For a full breakdown of the points available in different tournament types, please see the Junior Rankings Points Table.
- For more information on points available for High School League Individual Championship Tournaments, please click here.
2. The Junior Championship Tour, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Structure
The tournament calendar is designed to give players of all skill levels the opportunity for fun and competitive play. The strongest players will participate primarily in JCT and Gold level tournaments, while less experienced players may focus on Silver and Bronze tournaments until they feel ready to move up to the higher levels.
Players of any ranking may apply for entry into any level of tournament. However, some tournaments may be restricted in size due to demand or court restrictions, such as in the case of JCT and Gold tournaments. For information on the selection of players for these events, please see the “Tournament Procedure Policies” section above.
3. The Rankings
In order to determine a player’s ranking, an average of their highest points-earned tournaments is taken and compared against the averages of other ranked players.
Only tournaments from the previous 11 months (determined as forty-eight weeks) will be factored into a player’s ranking point average. After 11 months, tournament points become inactive and no longer affect a player’s ranking.
NOTE: Tournaments will not be included in the rankings calculation on or after to the drop-off date listed on a player’s profile.
A minimum of three tournaments in a specific age division within an 11-month period are required in order to receive a ranking.
Players with fewer than three tournaments in a specific age division in an 11-month period will not be listed in the rankings.
The rankings calculation takes place every Wednesday by 5:00am EST and will take into account all active tournaments, including those from the previous weekend.
Players must be current U.S. Citizens or U.S. Residents to be listed in the rankings.
- International Players or participants who are not United States Residents may accumulate Junior Ranking Points for seeding purposes by participating in US Squash Junior Accredited Tournaments. Players in this category are not able to acquire a US Squash Ranking, so the points accumulated are for seeding purposes only.
Players must complete the online age specific referee exam to be listed in the rankings.
NOTE: Should a player be removed due to not successfully completing a refereeing clinic or exam requirement, that player will be added back to the rankings in the first rankings calculation after successfully completing the missing requirement.
4. Ranking Average Divisor
If a player participates in 4 or fewer tournaments, his or her ranking average is calculated as the sum of these points for all active tournaments, divided by 4.
If a player participates in 5, 6, 7, or 8 tournaments, his or her ranking average will be calculated by taking the average of his or her best 4 tournaments (sum of top point-earning 4 tournaments, divided by 4).
If a player participates in 9, 10, or 11 tournaments, his or her ranking average will be calculated as the average of his or her best 5 tournaments (sum of top point-earning 5 tournaments, divided by 5).
If a player participates in 12, 13, or 14 tournaments, his or her ranking average will be calculated as the average of his or her best 6 tournaments (sum of top point-earning 6 tournaments, divided by 6).
As a player’s exposure count increases by three tournaments, his or her divisor will continue to increase by one.
5. Aging Up Into a New Division
When a player ages into a new division, his or her ranking is removed from the younger age division.
Tournaments from the younger age division are carried over into the rankings for the older age division. These tournaments will count as exposures in the new age division. The points earned in each of these tournaments will be converted to the older age division at a rate of 50% before being factored into the rankings of the older division.
Once a player ages up into an older division, a maximum of four tournaments will be converted to the older division. As a player participates in tournaments in the older age division, converted tournament points from the younger age division are removed from his average and exposure count.
NOTE: The four tournaments that are converted into the older division are the top point earning tournaments from the younger age division.
EXAMPLE: If a player ages up into the GU17 division and has already played two tournaments in that division, her average would be based off those two tournaments (regardless of what she earned in those events) and her two highest points-earned GU15 tournaments are converted at a rate of 50%. When she plays a third GU17 tournament, another converted GU15 tournament will fall off of her GU17 ranking.
6. 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)
7. Competing in Higher Age Divisions
A player may choose to participate in a higher age division.
In this case, the player will earn points towards a ranking in the older age division. The points earned in the older age division will stay on the player’s ranking in the older age division until the points become inactive.
These points do not convert downward and therefore have no effect on a ranking in a younger age division.
8. Summer Gold Tournaments
Players may use the points from a maximum of two gold tournaments in any given age division held from June 1, 2016 through Labor Day.
If a player participates in more than two gold tournaments in any given age group, his or her top two point-earning events will automatically be used.
Summer gold tournaments not counting towards a player’s ranking average will not affect that player’s overall tournament count.
NOTE: If a player incurs a 0-point ranking penalty due to a second late withdrawal or mid-tournament default, that tournament will count on the player’s record even if they have played in more than 2 summer gold tournaments.
9. High School scholastic Squash Program (SSP) Individual Championships (Closed)
Any SSP league is eligible to host an Individual Championship counting for junior tournament rankings.
The dates for these tournaments are determined by each league. Leagues are responsible for submitting a tournament accreditation request at the beginning of their school squash season.
Click here to access the points table for high school individual championships which are designated as Junior Closed Tier 1 events. Each division receives points based on a percentage of the values in that table; the multipliers can be found here.
Players may opt to not receive the points and exposure from their High School Individual Championships if they choose by emailing email@example.com within one week of the completion of their tournament.
1. Eligibility to Compete in Accredited Junior Tournaments
All players in US Squash accredited junior squash tournaments, excluding Bronze events, must be current members of US Squash through the last day of the tournament.
All players must be age-eligible as of the final day of the tournament in which they are competing.
A player may enter any level of junior tournament (Gold, Silver, Bronze, etc) regardless of his or her ranking. However, divisions in some tournaments will be limited in size, and entry will be granted to the highest-ranked players that apply by the entry deadline.
In certain instances, such as a significant lack of girls’ or adult competition in the region, girls may be permitted to compete in boys’ divisions at accredited tournaments. This is permitted only upon the submission of a formal request to US Squash and subsequent approval. Any request must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm on the Friday four full weeks before the start of the tournament. Please click here for more information.
2. Junior Championship Tour (JCT)
The Junior Championship Tour is designed to bring together the best players from around the country, and hence has the most available ranking points other than the U.S. Junior Championships (Closed) and the U.S. Junior Open.
JCT tournaments are restricted to thirty-two players in each age division. JCTs may be limited to divisions of fewer than thirty-two players at US Squash’s discretion. Entry into JCT events is determined by ranking in that age group as of the release of the cut list. US Squash reserves two positions in each division to be selected at its discretion. Please see the tournament information page of each JCT for additional regulations and other pertinent information.
All players must be current U.S. Citizens or U.S. Residents, as well as current US Squash members.
3. U.S. Junior Squash Championships (Closed)
The U.S. Junior Championships (Closed) are considered the culmination of the Junior Squash Season, and crown the ten U.S. Junior National Champions (one from each age division). Players that are age-eligible as of February 24, 2016 may compete in that age division even if they age out of the division before the competition.
The U.S. Junior Squash Championships (Closed) are restricted to the top thirty-two players who apply in each age division. The cut list will be based off the February 24, 2016 rankings run.
In the event that a player has competed in an older age division during the season, he or she may be allowed to compete in the younger age group if his or her ranking average from an older age group qualifies him or her in the younger age group. The ranking average from the older age division will not be converted to a higher number for qualification purposes the younger age division. For example, if a player has a point average of 1450 in the older division, 1450 is the average that will be used to determine qualification in the younger age division.
US Squash reserves two discretionary spots per division for entry into the U.S. Junior Closed Championships. Consideration for these discretionary spots may include college students participating in collegiate programs.
All players must be current U.S. Citizens, as well as current US Squash members.
All participants must have a minimum of three active exposures (within the past 11 months) as of February 24, 2016.
Please refer to the Accredited Junior Tournament Ranking Points Table for the available points at the U.S. Junior Championships (Closed).
4. U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championships
The U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championships are restricted to players ranked number 33 and below as of the February 24, 2016 rankings run. Players that are age-eligible as of February 24, 2016 may compete in that age division even if they age out of the division before the competition.
The cut list will be based off the February 24, 2016 rankings run.
Draw sizes will be limited to thirty-two players per division, selected based on descending order of ranking. If a player does not make it into a division based on his or her ranking, he or she may participate in an older age division if space remains in that division after release of the cut list and in accordance with the late entry management guidelines.
All players must be current U.S. Citizens or U.S. Residents, as well as current US Squash members.
All participants must have played in a minimum of three tournaments between March 21, 2015 and March 30, 2016.
Please refer to the Accredited Junior Tournament Ranking Points Table for the available points at the U.S. Junior Silver Championships.
5. U.S. Junior Bronze Squash Championships
The U.S. Junior Bronze Championships are restricted to players ranked number 65 and below as of the February 24, 2016 rankings run. Players that are age-eligible as of February 24, 2016 may compete in that age division even if they age out of the division before the competition.
Draw sizes will be limited to forty-eight players per division, selected based on descending order of ranking. If a player does not make it into a division based on his or her ranking, he or she may participate in an older age division if space remains in that division after release of the cut list and in accordance with the late entry management guidelines. In the event that court capacity allows it, some division sizes may be extended to sixty-four players.
The cut list will be based off the February 24, 2016 rankings run.
All players must be current U.S. Citizens or U.S. Residents, as well as current US Squash members.
All participants must have played in a minimum of three tournaments between March 21, 2015 and April 27, 2016.
Please refer to the Accredited Junior Tournament Ranking Points Table for the available points at the U.S. Junior Bronze Championships.
6. U.S. Junior Open Championships
The U.S. Junior Open Championship is open to all junior players from around the world who meet gender and age requirements.
Players must be age-eligible through the final day of the tournament.
All U.S. Citizens and Residents who apply for the tournament must be current US Squash members. Foreign players do not need to be current US Squash members.
US Squash will make its best effort to seed foreign players appropriately.
Please refer to the Accredited Junior Tournament Ranking Points Table for the available points at the U.S. Junior Open Championships.
7. Participation in Multiple U.S. Junior Championships
Players may compete in only 1 of the 3 U.S. Junior Individual Championships (not including the U.S. Junior Open Squash Championships).
Boys’ and Girls’ Under 11 Division Only: Players may participate in multiple U.S. Junior Championships in the Under 11 Division if they are qualified based on their ranking. In the event that a player chooses to play in multiple U.S. Championships in the Under 11 Division, that player will only receive points for the highest level tournament in which they compete. For example, a player competing in both the U.S. Junior Championships (Closed) and the U.S. Junior Silver Championships will only receive points in the U.S. Junior Championships (Closed).
8. Regional Junior Championships (Closed)
In the 2015-2016 season, the weekend of February 26, 2016-February 28, 2016 will be used for Regional Junior Championships (Closed) tournaments around the country. These Regional tournaments are restricted to players who maintain their primary residence in the region where the tournament is hosted.
Players must have primary residency in the region of the Regional Junior Championships (Closed) tournament in which they are participating. A primary residence is defined by where a player resides for the majority of a year. For example: if a player lives in PA, and he/she attends boarding school in MA, he/she may only participate in the New England Junior Championships (Closed).
Players are eligible to participate according to the following regional divisions:
The Great Lakes Junior Championships (Closed)
- Includes players living in these states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH, SD, WI, WV
The Mid-Atlantic Junior Championships (Closed)
- Includes players living in these states: DC, DE, MD, VA
The New England Junior Championships (Closed)
- Includes players living in these states: MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
The Connecticut Junior Championships (Closed)
- Includes players living in this state: CT
The New York Junior Championships (Closed)
- Includes players living in these states: NY, Northern NJ (including counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren)
The Pennsylvania Junior Championships (Closed)
- Includes players living in these states: PA, Central NJ (including counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem)
The Western Junior Championships (Closed)
- Includes players living in these states: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY
Regional Junior Championships (Closed) tournaments will not be scheduled in 2015-2016 season in the Southeast and Central Regions.
- Includes players living in these states: AR, CO, KS, LA, NE, OK, TX, AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN
- Players from these states may sign up for one Regional tournament in another region.
Please refer to the Accredited Junior Tournament Ranking Points Table for the available points at the Regional Junior Championships.
Players may opt to not take the points and exposure from their Junior Regional Championships (Closed) if they choose by emailing email@example.com within one week of the completion of their tournament.