Entries for Mass Squash 2017/2018 Leagues Due by Monday, September 25, 2017

The entry form can be found here.

Season will begin the week of October 16, 2017

The 2017/2018 Season

  • Focus on getting players in the right leagues – thanks to everyone who has helped maintain strict limits on players playing ‘down’ in the leagues. We are continuing to work on making the leagues as competitive as possible and need your continuing help to get players into the league most appropriate for them. Please make sure that your teams are starting their ladders (or club matches on US Squash) to try to get the ratings as correct as possible. New players need to have a US Squash rating – we suggest at least 3 matches entered on Club Locker/USQ.
  • Playing Order – Each team’s line-up of players shall be in the order of their club’s current challenge ladder, which must be maintained on the US Squash website to be considered valid, or in the absence of a valid ladder, according to the players’ US Squash ratings.
  • League Finals Night – Harvard will host a one-night final for all of the leagues on a night to be determined in late March.  League Finals night was a great event last season … whether your team is in the running or not, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Leagues Championship Cup – as last year, the Leagues Championship Cup will be awarded to the club who makes the best overall showing in the Leagues Playoffs.

League Schedule
Mondays: Open 3.0 & 50+
Tuesdays: Open 5.5* & Women’s 2.5/3.5+
Wednesdays: Open 4.0, 5.0 & Women’s 4.0 RR
Thursdays: Open 3.5 & Open 4.5

More questions?

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Leagues FAQs:

 

Leagues Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I enter a team into the league?

You need to submit your roster by September 25, 2017

  1.  If a player’s rating is above 3.51 for the 3.5 League as of September 25, they are not eligible, correct?

Yes – players must have a rating that is equal to or below the league that they play in.

  1. If a player’s rating is below 3.5 and halfway through the season beats everyone and gets to 3.6, can they continue to play in the 3.5 league?

Yes – players that are on a roster and eligible to play on September 25 can continue to play out the season in their league.

However, the rules do say that the league chairperson retains discretion over rare circumstances to promote any player out of the league if he/she clearly began to play at too low a skill level. Any matches played stand, even if a player is promoted.

  1. If a player starts at 4.52 rating and loses a few matches in 5.0 and their rating decreases to 4.4 can they go down to 4.5, or are they locked in at 5.0 for the rest of the season?

No – the player is not eligible to play in the 4.5 league even though their rating is now below 4.5. Players may not move down to league for which they are not qualified at the start of the season.

  1. What if a player does not have a rating?

The player must obtain a rating before being eligible to play. They are required to play 3 matches and record them on US Squash website. The matches can be ‘friendlies’ or ‘challenge’ matches.

  1. What if my rating is a 4.01 and my club does not have a 4.5 team, is it possible to be able to play the season?

Yes – you should let the chair of the 4.5 league know that you are interested in a ‘bandit’ team.

  1. If a player plays up a league 6 or more times, are they no longer eligible to play in the lower league?

No – the rules have been simplified, and if you are on a roster and eligible to play in the league as of September 25, you are eligible to play out the season.

  1. Do players who passed the referee exam in 2013 or some other time in the past have to take the test again?  Would it make a difference if players moved up a division?  

No.  You only have to take the exam once — even if you move up a division.

  1. How does the rule of ‘order of play’ work?

Each team’s line-up of players shall be in the order of their club’s current challenge ladder, which must be posted to the US Squash website to be considered valid, or in the absence of a valid ladder, according to the players’ US Squash ratings.

Instructions for creating a challenge ladder on US Squash

  1. What is the schedule for each of the leagues?

Monday Open 3.0, Open 50+

Tuesday Open 5.5, Women’s 2.5/3.0+ Hybrid League

Wednesday Open 4.0, Open 5.0, Women’s 4.0 RR, Summer League

Thursday Open 3.5, Open 4.5

  1. When does the league begin?

The week of October 16, 2017

  1. When does the league end?

In late March 2018, at the League Finals night at to be held at Harvard’s Murr Squash Center.

  1.  Where can I find the rules for league?

Mass Squash League Rules