Howe Cup

The Howe Cup is the United States’ largest squash event for women and an annual team championship tournament run by US Squash.

The annual women’s five-person team tournament began in 1928 as an inter-city competition between New York, Philadelphia and Boston. It received the Howe Cup title in 1955 when Virginia Griggs of New York City donated a permanent trophy, the Howe Cup, named in honor of Margaret Howe and her twin daughters Peggy and Betty.

Margaret A. Howe was the US Champion in 1929, ’32 and ’34. Peggy Howe White was the US Champion in 1952 and ’53. Betty Howe Constable was the US Champion in 1950, ’56-’59 and then went on to become the Women’s Squash coach at Princeton University from 1972-1991.

The B Division was started in 1958, the C Division was added in 1968 and the D division in 2008. In 1993 the Howe Cup tournament converted from hardball to softball. Since the conversion participation in the tournament has grown so much that often regions send several teams in each division.

The Howe Cup has been held all over the country and in 2004 in New York City an A Doubles draw was included for the first time.

We are excited to announce that the 2019 US Squash Women’s Team Championships (Howe Cup) will be played at Seattle Athletic Club November 15-17 2019. With 8 singles courts in the middle of Downtown Seattle the 2019 event is set to continue the Howe Cup tradition.

Tournament Rules


The competition or the national team championships in the U.S. shall be called the “U.S. Women’s Howe Cup Team Championships” (The Howe Cup Championships, or simply Howe Cup). The Howe Cup, a permanent trophy, was presented by Mrs. Virginia Griggs of New York in 1955 in honor of the leading family in women’s squash. The ‘B’ Howe Cup was given in 1959 by Mrs. Henry Flynt and Mrs. Mary W. Knapp. The ‘C’ Howe Cup was donated in 1969 by Mr. James Traviss of Toronto. The ‘D’ Division was first played in 2003 and formally accredited with a trophy in 2008.


The Howe Cup Championships shall be operated by US Squash, with oversight provided by the US Squash Women’s Committee. The event shall be managed by a local Howe Cup Committee dedicated to running an outstanding women’s squash tournament.


1. The competition shall be a US Squash accredited tournament open to members of the Association and invited international teams.

2. The tournament shall be divided into Skill Level divisions conforming to such definitions which are established by US Squash. Additional categories such as Age Division and Doubles may be added at the discretion of the Women’s Committee and US Squash.

3. Each Region shall be entitled to enter one team in each division, and may request to enter additional teams in one or more division. The members of a Regional team must be residents of that Region, except as provided below:
a. Any player not residing within a Region may represent the Region geographically closest to her residence.
b. Any Region not able to field a complete team in any category may complete the team with players who do not reside within the boundaries of that Region provided, however, that at least half of all the teams from a given Region are made up of members from that Region. The captain of any co-mingled team must be a member of the Region the team represents.
c. The Howe Cup Committee in cooperation with the Women’s Committee and US Squash will make every effort to find an appropriate Howe Cup level team for every woman who wants to play, and to find players for teams that are incomplete

4. Rating guidelines to describe the A, B, C, and D divisions are given below and will be strictly enforced. A player’s rating is her US Squash end of season rating. A player may play at or above her US Squash established rating level, but not below. Appeals for exceptions will be reviewed and approved by the Women’s Committee in consultation with US Squash. If a player is found to be playing below her skill level without approval, penalties will be determined by the Women’s Committee in consultation with US Squash.

The rating guidelines below will be strictly enforced. 

  • A division – Above 4.01
  • B division – 3.3-4.01
  • C division – 2.8 – 3.3
  • D division – below 2.8

5. Girls younger than high school (below 9th grade) will be ineligible to play. No team may have more than two juniors (U-19 players).

6. In the event that the number of teams must be limited, teams will be accepted in the following order:
• One Regional team per skill level division
• Co-mingled teams
• International teams
• Additional teams from Regions


1. Entries are processed by US Squash
2. All U.S. resident players MUST be current members of US Squash through the last day of the tournament.


The event will be played according to US Squash accredited tournament guidelines including the requirement for all players to wear eye guards.

Line-up Rules –

  • The line-up submitted by the captain before the first match and online is final and may not be changed at any point during the tournament.
  • If any player is injured or otherwise unable to play in the first round match, all players lower in the team line-up move up to fill that spot, and the team defaults the #5 position. The removed player is allowed to compete later in the tournament in her original position.
  • For subsequent round matches, if a team member is unable to compete, the team may default that position and keep all other players in their standard line-up positions.
  • Substitutions are not allowed


The Women’s Committee, in collaboration with US Squash will determine the manner of play. For example if four or fewer teams are entered in one skill level division, a round robin may be played.


1. In the event of a round-robin, the team winning the greatest number of team
matches shall be declared the winner. In the event of a two-way tie, the
team winning the head-to-head match between those two teams shall be
declared the winner. In the event that three or more teams are tied, the
following criteria will be used until there are two remaining teams, at
which time the head-to-head match between those two teams will be used to
determine the winner:

· Most total individual matches won

· Most total individual games won

· Fewest total individual games lost

· Most individual points won
2. In the event of an elimination tournament, the winner of the final round shall be declared the Winner.


1. The Howe Cup shall be awarded at the completion of matches to the Region represented by the winning team in each category. The captains of the winning teams shall retain custody of the Cups until the next competition, and shall be responsible for bringing the Cups to the tournament. Each winning region shall have the year and its name engraved on the trophy at the expense of the US Squash.

2. Individual prizes shall be awarded to the members of the winning team in each category. There shall be a minimum of five prizes per team.


US Squash determines the definition of Regions, which may be changed from time to time. They are currently defined as:


The Central States Region AR, CO, KS, LA, NE, OK, TX-D, TX-H
The Great Lakes Region IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, OH-CI, OH-CO, OH-D, OH-NE, OH-NW, SD, WI, WV
The Mid Atlantic Region DC, DE, MD, NJ-C, NJ-N, VA
The New England Region CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
The New York Area Region NY-A, NY-B, NY-M, NY-R
The Pennsylvania Area Region PA-PH, PA-PI
The Southeast Region AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN
The Western States Region AK, AZ, CA-N, CA-S, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY


Originally created 1978
Updated May 1983
Updated September 2009

Revised August 2018

Past Winners

Past winners before the tournament was renamed to Howe Cup:

1928 – Boston
1929 – Philadelphia
1930 – Philadelphia
1931 – Philadelphia
1932 – Philadelphia
1933 – Philadelphia
1934 – New York City
1935 – New York City
1936 – Philadelphia
1937 – Philadelphia
1938 – Philadelphia
1939 – Philadelphia
1940 – Philadelphia
1941 – Philadelphia
1942 – 1946 – not held
1947 – Philadelphia
1948 – Philadelphia
1949 – Philadelphia
1950 – Philadelphia
1951 – New York City
1952 – Philadelphia
1953 – Boston
1954 – Philadelphia

Howe Cup winners:
A Division B Division C Division D Division
1955 New York
1956 Philadelphia
1957 New York
1958 New York Philadelphia
1959 Philadelphia Philadelphia
1960 Philadelphia Philadelphia
1961 Philadelphia New York
1962 Philadelphia New York
1963 Philadelphia Philadelphia
1964 Philadelphia New York
1965 Philadelphia Philadelphia
1966 Philadelphia Philadelphia
1967 Philadelphia Philadelphia
1968 Philadelphia Toronto-Montreal Philadelphia
1969 New York Philadelphia Philadelphia
1970 New York Philadelphia Philadelphia
1971 New York Philadelphia Philadelphia
1972 New York Montreal-Ottawa Boston
1973 New York Baltimore Boston
1974 Philadelphia Philadelphia Boston
1975 Philadelphia Boston Boston
1976 Philadelphia Baltimore Boston
1977 Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia
1978 Boston Boston New York
1979 New York New York New York
1980 New England New York New York
1981 New York New York New York
1982 New York New York New York
1983 New York New York New York
1984 Mid-Atlantic New York New England
1985 Mid-Atlantic Mid-Atlantic New England
1986 New York Mid-Atlantic Mid-Atlantic
1987 Mid-Atlantic Boston New York
1988 Mid-Atlantic Boston Philadelphia
1989 Philadelphia Washington DC Connecticut
1990 Boston Washington DC New York
1991 Boston Philadelphia Chicago
1992 Philadelphia New York Northern Ohio
1993 Boston 1 Boston 1-hardball Baltimore-softball Great Lakes
1994 New York 1 San Francisco Philadelphia
1995 Seattle Florida Philadelphia 1
1996 Seattle Seattle Seattle 1
1997 Philadelphia Portland Portland
1998 Philadelphia 1 San Francisco Baltimore
1999 Transylvania San Francisco Portland
2000 Boston Boston Baltimore 1
2001 Boston 1 New York 1 Boston 1
2002 Philadelphia Boston 1 New York 1
2003 Boston Seattle Seattle 2
2004 Boston 1 Connecticut Philadelphia 1
2005 Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia
2006 Boston 1 Boston Boston 1
2007 Boston 1 Connecticut 2 New Jersey
2008 National Capital Baltimore Seattle National Capital
2009 Seattle California Seattle National Capital
2010 Philly A Southport Squashettes DC Squasher Grrls Boston D
2011 National Capital A Baltimore B1 Baltimore C1 Warwick D
2012  Seattle’s Best  Team Theattle National    Capital Squashers Seattle Sirens
2013 Philly A2 Barn Louses Merry Malbecs Dartmouth Dames
2014 Four Corners California Giants Brooklyn Cyclones DC Darlings
2015 Philly Annihilators Fairfield County Flash – Yellow Boston Knows Howe Back Bay D-Vas
2016 NY Bleed Blue Cabernet Canucks Boston C-Party Purple Reign
2017 National Capital Aces Boston Queen B’s Boston C-Party Philly One Hit Wonders
2018 Philly Phab Phive Boasting Bellas New York Racqueteers Chicago D1