US SQUASH

Accredited Tournament Policies

Singles Adult and Junior Accredited Tournament Policies

1. Rules

a. As a member of the World Squash Federation, US Squash matches follow the international rules of the game of squash. For more information, please click here.

2. Code of Conduct

a. All players must follow the Code of Conduct for Players.  All parents, coaches, and attendees must follow the Code of Conduct for Parents, Coaches and Attendees.  Tournament Directors must post both Codes of Conducts at their accredited tournaments.  For more information and printable versions of each document, please Click here.

3. Eyewear

a. Protective eye-wear is required for participation in accredited US Squash play. For more information, please click here.

4. Videotaping Policy

a. The US Squash Videotaping and Broadcast Policy is available by clicking here.

5. Balls

a. The Dunlop Revolution Pro (double yellow dot) is the official tournament ball.

6. Court

a. Tournament softball play may be on International Courts (21′) and Converted Racquet Ball Courts (20′). Regulations include use of courts with non-sealed floors or sealed floors, however, sealed floors and 20′ courts must be disclosed on the tournament information page in advance of the entry deadline.

7. Scoring

a. Matches will be best 3 out of 5 games with PAR scoring to 11.

8. Round Robin Tiebreak Criteria

Individual Tournament
In the event of a 2 person (or more) tie where the overall match records of the players are equal; the Tournament Director is to use the following criteria to break the tie:

1. The overall number of “games won” by each player is to be tallied, the player with the most amount of “games won” is the winner. If there is still a tie between any of the players, please continue.

2. The overall number of “games lost” by each player is to be tallied, the player with the least amount of “games lost” is the winner. If there is still a tie between any of the players, please continue.

3. The percentage of points won by each player is to be tallied using the following formula. The total # of points won is divided by the total # of points played. The player with the highest percentage is the winner. If the tie is still not broken, please continue.

4. In the event that the tie is still not broken, the players “head to head” record will be used to declare the winner.

Team Tournament
In the event of a 2 team (or more) tie where the overall match records of the teams are equal; the Tournament Director is to use the following criteria to break the tie:

1. The overall number of “individual matches won” by each team is to be tallied, the team with the most “individual matches won” is the winner. If there is still a tie between any of the teams, please continue.

2. The overall number of “individual matches lost” by each team is to be tallied, the team with the least “individual matches lost” is the winner. If there is still a tie between any of the teams, please continue.

3. The overall number of “games won” by each player on the team is to be tallied, the team with the most “games won” is the winner. If there is still a tie between any of the teams, please continue.

4. The overall number of “games lost” by each player on the team is to be tallies, the team with the least “games lost” is the winner. If there is still a tie between any of the teams, please continue.

5. The percentage of points won by each team is to be tallied using the following formula. The total # of points won is divided by the total # of points played. The team with the highest percentage is the winner.

9. Equipment

a. Proper squash equipment must be used in all accredited play.

10. Non-marking Shoes and Attire

a. Competitors must wear non-marking shoes and appropriate squash attire.

11. Withdraw Policy

a. To withdraw from a tournament, the player must do so in writing by emailing the tournament director for the event. The email should include the tournament name, the name of the player, and the age division. It is the responsibility of the player to confirm they have been withdrawn properly by ensuring they no longer on the entrants list for the tournament.

12. Default Policy

a. 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 factors. In no case is the Tournament Director obligated to make special accommodations for players.

13. Referee Policy

a. Adults: The loser must referee the next scheduled match.
b. Juniors: Both the winner and loser must referee the next scheduled match. Juniors must pass the online referee exam in order to be eligible to participate in Junior Championship Tour and Junior National Championship Tournaments.
c. Players who do not fulfill their duty or return immediately to their court may be restricted from playing more matches at the tournament and possibly be barred from future accredited tournaments.

14. Refund Policy

a. Players who withdraw before the entry deadline or remain on the Waitlist at the time of the tournament will automatically be refunded, less a processing fee, at the completion of the tournament. No refunds will be provided to players after the entry deadline.

15. Urban Squash Discount

a. Urban Squash U.S. Squash Members are eligible for a 50% discount on tournament entry fees.  Note that Tournament Directors are not charged accreditation fees for NUSEA U.S. Squash Member participation.

16. Gender Qualification for Tournaments

a. In adult tournaments, women are allowed to compete in men’s divisions; however, men may not play in women’s divisions. Women may use their rating for qualification purposes in a men’s division.
b. In junior tournaments, boys may not compete in girls’ divisions. Girls may be permitted to compete in boys’ divisions at accredited tournaments if a formal request to US Squash is approved and the girl qualifies for the competition by earning a separate boys’ ranking. Girls’ rankings are not taken into account for cut lists in boys’ tournaments.

17. Accreditation and Changes to Approved Tournaments

a. All tournaments on the US Squash website must be approved and accredited by US Squash.  Any questions regarding accreditation can be directed to tournaments@ussquash.com.
b. If an accredited tournament must change any part of their original proposal (ex: venue change, date change, etc.), the tournament director must notify and seek re-approval of the adjustments from US Squash.  Tournament directors who do not inform US Squash and/or receive re-approval of their changed proposal may be restricted from hosting accredited tournaments in the future.