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2017/18 National Schools Championships

The National Schools Championships provides all schools, whatever their standard, a chance to play competitive squash.

1. Event details

There are currently four categories in the National School Championships:

Boys

  • National Schools Under 19 Championship for Boys
  • National Schools Under 17 Championship for Boys
  • National Schools Under 15 Championship for Boys
  • National Schools Under 13 Championship for Boys

Girls

  • National Schools Under 19 Championship for Girls
  • National Schools Under 17 Championship for Girls
  • National Schools Under 15 Championship for Girls
  • National Schools Under 13 Championship for Girls

2. SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY

The competition is open to representative teams from all England Squash affiliated senior schools, colleges and sixth form colleges. It is free for schools to affiliate themselves with England Squash. To do so contact the Membership Department on 0161 438 4311.

If a senior school, college or sixth form college from off the mainland of England wishes to enter, they may do, however schools must be prepared to play all fixtures at away venues.


3. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

Age Categories

Pupils are eligible to play for their senior school, college or sixth form college throughout the period of competition providing they are attending the school for full time education. A pupil is not eligible to be included in a team if he/she is only undertaking part time studies.

  • For Under 19, all players must be in school years 13 (or below) on 1st September 2017.
  • For Under 17, all players must be in school years 11 & 12 (or below) on 1st September 2017.
  • For Under 15, all players must be in school years 9 & 10 (or below) on 1st September 2017.
  • For Under 13, all players must be in school year 8 (or below) on 1st September 2017.

Pupils are eligible to play for their schools throughout the period of competition providing they are attending the school for full time education. A pupil is not eligible to be included in a team if he/she is only undertaking part time studies.

  • NO PERSON CAN PLAY IN MORE THAN ONE EVENT CATEGORY.
  • All pupils are encouraged to play in their own age and gender category with the exception of rule 4.1
  • APPROVED EYE PROTECTION MUST BE WORN BY ALL PLAYERS IN EVERY GAME OF THIS COMPETITION.

4. FORMAT

1. Each team will consist of 5 male or 5 female players. However, if a school does not enter a female team into the championships, but there is a female player at the school who wishes to participate, then that player may compete in the boy’s team, provided they play in merit order. There is also a limit of one female player per mixed team. This is also the case in reverse if a school does not enter a male team – same rules apply as above.

2. All schools must register a maximum of 10 players 72 hours prior to the start of the competition season and these will be locked in and will be the only players eligible to play that season. Schools entering more than one team per category i.e. A and B teams, must register their squads in the same time frames. Players cannot switch between A and B teams.

3. It is the duty of every school to see that the team is arranged strictly in order of merit every game. Seedings will only be brought in for Finals.

4. If immediately before a tie a reserve is required to play, he/she must be placed in strict merit order.

5. The order of play shall be 5, 4 and 3, 1, 2 on two courts (unless circumstances demand otherwise).

6. All categories will be playing with PAR scoring to 11, best of 5 games.

7. All orders of play must be shared with the opposing team 10 minutes before the commencement of the first game.

Note: If a school can not field a complete team due to these restrictions, students may play up an age group, as long as they don't play in more than one category.


5. DATES (amended 12/9/17)

THE NATIONAL SCHOOLS FINALS WILL TO TAKE PLACE on 19th and 20th MARCH 2018 in Nottingham. Final format to be confirmed.

The first stages of the competition will be arranged in county cluster leagues. The leagues will be played on a “play by” basis. All fixtures to be played between 4th September and 15th December. Depending how many teams are in each group stage will determine how many progress to the second stage see table below.

Number of schools in group in Stage One

Number qualifying to Stage Two

2

1

3

2

4

2

5

3

In stage 1 all schools will play each other home or away once, with the exception of groups with only 2 schools in. These groups will play best of 3 (one home one away and one toss a coin if required)

The second stage of the competition will only be for the top finishing schools from each County Cluster (as per the table above). This will be known as the Regional Cluster round. The leagues will be played on a “play by” basis. All fixtures to be played between 2nd January and 2nd March. These games will be played as a round robin league format. The top team in the each region will progress into the finals.

Any fixtures not played in the correct time frame will receive a walkover and 0 points.


6. SCORING

The scoring will be as follows:

  • One point shall be awarded for each game won in a match.
  • ONE bonus points shall be awarded to the schools winning a tie.
  • Firstly, on ties won.
  • If the above are equal on the number of matches won
  • If the number of ties won is equal, on number of points
  • If the above are equal, the greatest positive difference between total games won and total games lost.
  • If all of the above are equal, the total positive difference between total points won and total points lost.

Please note:

  • A match is played between individuals.
  • A tie is a series of five matches played between two schools.

For all rounds in the County Cluster and Regional Cluster leagues, the home team must offer their opponents by a choice of four dates, (at least three of which must be weekdays). Where possible please secure all playing dates prior to the start of the season.

The first date offered must provide a minimum of two weeks notice. A response to the offered dates should be made within three days. Should no offer of dates be received by the

away side, the away side should initially attempt to make contact with the home side, and if unsuccessful, England Squash should be contacted immediately. If the home team has offered dates as described, the away side must accept one. If no mutual agreement can be reached a walkover is given to the home team.

Time extensions will only be granted in very exceptional circumstances. Teams are strongly encouraged to make contact within the time stipulated to avoid danger of penalty if matches cannot be arranged.

Cancellation of ties with less than 48 hours notice will constitute a walk over to the opposing team, unless another mutually agreed date (within the given time frame) can be agreed.

  • BOTH TEAMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER THERE RESULTS ON LINE WITHIN 72 HOURS OF THE FIXTURE.
  • The ball to be used should be an England Squash approved Dunlop Double Yellow Dot Ball. However, if schools with cold courts feel that a better game can be obtained with a faster speed ball; this is quite in order by agreement of both teachers.
  • THE WEARING OF ENGLAND SQUASH APPROVED EYE PROTECTION IS MANDATORY FOR ALL ENGLAND SQUASH JUNIOR EVENTS
  • Teachers should mark where possible, but competitors should also be encouraged to do so. There will be an on-line referee course available from September that all teachers MUST complete and all pupils are encouraged to complete, to aid this process.
  • It is the responsibility of the home side to ensure that a qualified first aider is present for the full duration of the event.
  • By mutual agreement schools located over 100 miles apart may elect to play ties at a neutral venue, whereupon all expenses (excluding travel costs) should be shared equally. The nominated host school remains responsible for administering arrangements for the match.
  • There will be no reimbursement of travelling or court hire expenses.
  • All fixtures involving an English school should be played in England.
  • The competition will be played in accordance with the Rules of the Game as published by World Squash Federation
  • England Squash reserve the right to disqualify a school should it in their opinion contravene the foregoing rules and Conditions of Entry.
  • As per the England Squash website, players, teachers (coaches), volunteers, parents must adhere to the official Codes of Conduct https://www.englandsquash.com/about-us/governance/safe-squash

7. ENTRIES AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Entries close on 30th June 2017.
  • There is an entry fee of £25.00 per event category this must be paid via cheque, BACS or card before 31st July 2017.
  • Confirmation of entry will be done after the entry and payment deadline.
  • All enquiries relating to the Championship should be directed to the England Squash Competition and Events Department. Any complaints relating to ties must be made in writing and sent within 48 hours of the complaint arising.
  • The decision of England Squash shall be final.

8. LEAGUE MASTER

This year, the National schools is being hosted/ran using League Master: http://nationalschools.leaguemaster.co.uk/

All schools should have received a user name and password – if you haven’t please get in touch and we will arrange for these to be resent. Please remember to share this information with any relevant coaches.

Each school is required to upload to the system their contact details, players' information and following games results (home team priority to be verified by away team).

You will be able to see under view results summary your fixtures. The dates are play by dates to be agreed between yourselves as per the regulations on our website. You will only play each school once either home or away in stage one as per the fixtures. The groups where they have only two schools in is slightly different as they will play best of three games.

National Schools queries

Please contact our events team on 0161 231 4499 and select option 1 or email: events@englandsquash.com