US Squash has released planned changes to its junior squash policies to take effect this fall. These enhancements are based on extensive feedback from players and stakeholders as well as in-depth analysis of participation data, and are designed to continue the provision of a safe, fair, inclusive and balanced environment for the junior squash community.
The goals of these improvements, the bulk of which will take effect September 4, 2019, include:
- Ensuring a well-supervised, respectful atmosphere which also seeks to prevent injuries;
- Establishing a fair, inclusive and accessible structure that grows development opportunities at both the grassroots and high-performance levels and ensures squash fits within players’ lives in the face of competing demands;
- Capitalizing on growing participation and geographical diversity in competitive squash;
- Leveraging the sport’s existing values and making the most of the connection between squash and education.
The changes affect three primary categories:
- Tournament structure changes, involving adjustments to the size of tournaments and the numbers/method of allocation for each tournament type nationally;
- Rankings enhancements to maintain mobility across ranking levels, including the following;
- Process/Qualification Criteria improvements that, along with the rankings changes, are designed to ensure that players are competing at a level appropriate for their skill and age while lowering the barriers for families to access meaningful competitive opportunities.
Additionally, US Squash has a new online support module to improve service to its community. Click the blue “help” button at the bottom left of any page on the US Squash website to get started.