Rules

1. Subscription

1.1 Each team (with the exception of the University Students) participating will pay £25 to the Treasurer before the start of the season. This payment will provide for trophies for league winners, the administration expenses for tournaments, a honrarium of £300 to the Secretary and other expenses as the Committee sees fit.

2. League structure and scoring

2.1 The league shall normally be comprised of divisions with 10 teams. Teams finishing in the top two places will be promoted and those in the bottom two relegated. In exceptional circumstances the Committee may choose to promote a team by more than one division. Teams which routinely fail to comply with League Rules or who clearly do not have sufficient playing strength for their current division may be relegated one or more divisions at the Committee’s discretion.

2.2 One point will be awarded for each game won and five points for the winning team (ie. a maximum of 20 points).

2.3 In the event of teams finishing on level points then the team who has won most matches will be deemed to have finished above the other(s). If there is still a tie, then the total points score in matches between the teams will be considered.

3. Rules of play

3.1 Teams shall consist of 5 players, with all players being members of the affiliated Club. Payment of players to participate in the League is not permitted.

3.2 Players may not represent more than one member Club in a single season unless in exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Committee.

3.3 The home club will: provide the match balls; be responsible for marking each match; and provide refreshments (for which the away club will be expected to stay).

3.4 All matches are expected to start on time. The guidelines are as follows – three players from each team must arrive within 10 minutes of the official start time of the match and the other two players within 30 minutes of the start time. Players who do not fulfil this requirement, unless the captains have agreed prior arrangements, will forfeit ties. If a player fails to turn up within 30 minutes of the start time that players tie, and any below them, will be conceded. Teams continually starting late will be penalised at the Committee’s discretion.

3.5 In Division 1, matches will be best of 5 with point-a-rally (PAR) to 11. In other divisions, traditional hand-in-hand-out (HIHO) scoring will be used.

4. Nominations and playing order

4.1 Only nominated players may play in the League. Clubs must provide the Secretary with a nominated order for each team before the end of August. Players should be nominated in strict merit order within clubs and teams (ie. no. 5 in the 1st team should be superior to no. 1 in the 2nd team). The orders may be published on the league web site.

4.2 A player in a lower team may play in a higher team as a reserve on five occasions. On the sixth occasion they are tied to the lowest position they have played at. If they subsequently play up again they then become tied to that team and so on. For example, if a player from the 4th team plays up the 3rd team five times and the 2nd team once, they become tied to the 3rd team. If they then play up for any other team they become tied to that team. When tied, the player is assumed to be nominated in the lowest position in that team.

4.3 Clubs may re-nominate (ie. change the order of) their teams before the first fixture of the New Year. Where the Secretary does not receive nominations then the original nominations will stand. Players re-nominated in a lower team in the New Year are deemed to have reserved on 5 occasions and another appearance for a higher team will mean that they are tied.

4.4 Clubs may nominate new players throughout the season by informing the Secretary in advance. The normal rules on playing position will then apply.

4.5 In Division 1, no player may play in the final six games of the season without playing in at least three games earlier in the season, unless there are exceptional circumstances and with permission from the Secretary.

4.6 In the event of any violation of the above, the Committee reserves the right to amend the match result.

4.7 If you have any doubts referring to the eligibility of the players, then advice should be sought from the Secretary.

5. Fixtures and postponed matches

5.1 Draft fixtures will be generated by the Committee and made available on resultszone before the end of June. These can be amended in consultation with the Committee but become frozen from 1st September.

5.2 Matches may be re-arranged after the 1st September only in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Secretary. Injury or unavailability of players are not acceptable reasons for a match to be rearranged. However, if both clubs agree to a rearrangement, then this may be allowed by the Secretary.

5.3 If any team fails to honour a fixture they receive zero points for that match and will have 20 points deducted from their total league points score. Their opponents will receive maximum points. At least four players are required to fulfil a fixture. Except for the lowest ranking team in a club, in the event that teams do not field 5 players, 4 points will be deducted from the match score for the missing player.

6. Results

6.1 It is the responsibility of the home team to post their results on resultszone within 72 hours of the match being played (though teams should aim to do this as soon as possible). Five points will be deducted from the home team’s total league points for failing to comply with this time limit.

7. Conduct

7.1 All players must comply with the England Squash and Racketball Code of Conduct. Failure to comply (for example using foul or abusive language towards referees or opponents) will be treated seriously by the Committee and will lead to disciplinary action by way of suspension.

8. Queries and disputes

8.1 Any query or dispute concerning a match should be submitted to the Secretary within 14 days of the event. After taking full account of the relevant facts, the Secretary is empowered to make decisions on any queries received. However, repeated failures to comply with the League Rules or issues around conduct will be considered by the full Committee.

Updated: July 2015