League Rules

RESULTS REPORTING

We will continue to use and improve our on-line scoring system for entering your weekly matches.  The system provides:  1) team schedules and rosters, rankings and standings, 2) Online entry of weekly interclub results and 3) Detailed viewing of game and match results and player statistics.  To access the results reporting website:

Logging In: A player’s user name for logging in will be the player’s “firstname.lastname” (e.g. “bill.smith”). Click on the “Click here to retrieve your password” link to have the system email you password to you. Please contact VP League concerning issues with logging in to the website. Each person can change her/his password by clicking on the “Edit profile” link after logging in.  Everyone is encouraged to click on the “Edit profile” link and make sure their contact information is up to date.

Reporting Results: Results must be reported within one week of the scheduled match time – 0 points will be registered for both teams where match results are not received on time.  Players must log in to the system before they can enter match results. Any player from either team may enter the match results. If the entered results are not accurate, please contact VP League to request a correction.  In the case of a dispute, teams will have two weeks to submit their correction to the VP league as outlined above. After two weeks, no corrections to the results will be allowed, barring mitigating circumstances.  Reporting time lines (based on the scheduled match time):

  • Results must be entered within 7 days.
  • Disputes or corrections must be submitted within 14 days.

GENERAL RULES

LEAGUE PARTICIPATION: All players that participate in the Edmonton Squash League must be a member of a Squash facility that has current status as an Affiliated Club of the Edmonton Squash League.  No teams will be allowed from clubs whose affiliation for the previous year has not been completed.

LEVELS OF PLAY: Teams are recommended to enter levels following guidelines set out by the Edmonton Squash League (ESL) as stated on the League Registration Poster.  Individual players are responsible for ensuring that they play at the appropriate level.  The ESL reserves the right to approve all team entries.

TEAM ROSTER: Teams must be made up a minimum of 5 players.  New players may be added to or removed from a team at any time during the ESL season at any position.  Any roster changes must be reported to VP League in order to take effect and may not result in a team having less than the 5 player minimum.  New players must be paid-up members of both Squash Alberta and the ESL.  Players can register on-line by going to the Squash Alberta Website at: www.squashalberta.com.

SQUASH ALBERTA & ESL MEMBERSHIP DUES: All players must be current paid-up members of Squash Alberta and the Edmonton Squash League.  No exception to this rule will be allowed – a significant liability issue may exist otherwise.  Team captains are responsible for enforcement of this rule – no player may participate in an Edmonton Squash League match without having paid their required membership fees.  The team will not be credited with any points earned by a player who has not paid the required dues.  No Pay, No Play!

NIGHTS OF PLAY: The general League schedule with respect to nights of play is:

Tuesday (even levels) Mixed Levels 2, 4, 6 and 8, Women’s Level 2
Wednesday (odd levels) Mixed Levels 3, 5 and 7, Women’s Level 3
Thursday Mixed Level 1, Women’s Level 1

As much as possible, the League will schedule matches on the designated night of play of each level.  However, due to limited court availability at the various clubs some matches may be scheduled for a different night of the week.  Captains should take note of which matches her/his team do not play on the usual night of the week and plan the team’s playing schedule appropriately.

RULES AND SCORING: Point a Rally Scoring to 15 will be the scoring system for the league, with the exception of Men’s Level 1 which will used PARS to 11.  All matches should be officiated by players from both teams not currently playing their match.  The home team is responsible for providing balls (new or almost new) and marking materials.

OFFICIAL BALL: The official ball in all levels of play is the Dunlop Revelation Pro XX (double yellow dot) ball.

RESCHEDULING OF MATCHES: Matches are to be played when and where scheduled – no rescheduling of matches is permitted except in extraordinary circumstances.  In the event that a match is not played at its allotted time and the span is greater than 1 week, players will be unable to enter scores and must contact VP League.

FIELDING TEAMS: Teams-based match play requires that both teams have four eligible players available to play a best 3 out of 5 games match at the scheduled start time of the match.  Play commences with the two corresponding lowest ranked players (position 3 & 4 start followed by positions 1 & 2) unless alternatives are agreed upon by both teams.  Any player who is scheduled to play that night who is not at court-side changed and ready to play at the scheduled start time is considered to be late. If a match at a position cannot be finished due to time constraint, the team that has a late player will lose the match regardless of the score of that match.  If both teams have late players or if both teams’ players were all on time then the match will be entered as a partial match score, counting only the completed games.  For example:

  • If Team A has a late player and the position 2 match has to be stopped at 2-1 in favour of the Team A player, the match would be recorded as a 3-2 win for the Team B player (4 points for Team B, 2 points for Team A) because Team A has a late player.
  • If both Team A and Team B has late players or if both teams’ players all were on time and the position 2 match has to be stopped at 2-1 in favour of the Team A player, the match would be recorded as an uncompleted match with a score of 2-1 (2 points for Team A and 1 point for Team B).  In this case, neither team would receive the bonus point for winning the match because the match is incomplete.

LENGTH OF MATCHES: Due to strict closing times at several interclub facilities (namely MacEwan Centre for Sports and Wellness and YMCA), teams must make every effort to complete matches at all four positions within the allotted court times.  Matches that run over the allotted court times may be completed on any free courts at the same club while the club is still open.  Otherwise, teams must respect the court bookings of other players (whether they are Interclub players or not) and vacate the court when asked to do so.  Maximize the use of the limited court times.  Make sure matches start on time with no more than 5 minutes for the warm-up!

PLAYING OUT OF ORDER: Any team that plays out of ranked order will be penalized – all team members that are playing out of order will receive no points.  Enforcement of this rule in results reporting is dependant upon team captains to accurately report results – other teams rely on you to ensure that they are not wrongly affected by the way you report match results.

VERIFICATION OF RESULTS: It is strongly recommended that both team captains verify the results of each week’s match.  Players can view results, statistics and more by going to the ESL website and click on the “League Standings” link.  Results are to be reported within 1 week of the scheduled time after which the system will not allow you to enter the scores of that week.  Contact the VP League to report scores that are older than one week or to correct an already entered score.  Reporting of late scores and/or score corrections must be done within 2 weeks of the match date.

RANKING CHANGES: Rankings may be changed 3 times during the season.  The start and end of the three ranking change periods are based on the day of the week your team plays:

Night Start End
Tues 1 After entry of Nov. 5, 2013 match Nov. 12, 2013
2 After entry of Jan. 14, 2014 match Jan. 21, 2014
3 After entry of Feb. 25, 2014 match Mar. 4, 2014
Wed 1 After entry of Nov. 6, 2013 match Nov. 13, 2013
2 After entry of Jan. 15, 2014 match Jan. 22, 2014
3 After entry of Feb. 26 2014 match Mar. 5 2014
Thurs 1 After entry of Nov. 7, 2013 match Nov. 14, 2013
2 After entry of Jan. 16, 2014 match Jan. 23, 2014
3 After entry of Feb. 27 2014 match Mar. 6, 2014

Team rankings can only be changed by the team captain and must be done via the on-line scoring system.  During the re-ranking period, once the team captain logs in to the system, the “Re-rank Team” link will be available.  Please note that a player can only move 1 position on the third (or last) ranking change.

AFTER GAME SOCIALIZING (Hosting): The Edmonton Squash League has long supported the tradition of league participants socializing or hosting after the competition has been completed.  Home teams are encouraged to host the visiting team by purchasing a reasonable amount of beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and snacks for their opponents that night.  The following are guidelines for post competition socializing that teams should adhere to:

  • The home team should provide a reasonable amount of food and drink for all participating players of the evening’s match.  The home team can limit the amount of food and drink purchased as they see fit.  It is not required that the home team buys full meals and unlimited drinks as part of hosting.
  • The visiting team should not abuse the hospitality of the hosting team.  Members of the visiting team who do not play that evening and any friends and family should not be expected to be hosted.  Those who do not play that evening are welcome to stay and socialize with those who did play, but they should pay for their share of the food and drinks.
  • Hosting should not be an all night affair.  It is up to the individual players on both teams to decide how long to stay to socialize after the match.
  • Please drink responsibly.  Do not drink and drive!

JUNIOR PLAYERS AND EYEWEAR: It is mandatory that all juniors in the league (19 years or under) wear certified eye protection.  Any junior player observed playing without the proper eye protection will be asked to leave the court.  Her/his team will be assessed a default at that position, along with any other penalties that results from the default.  Team captains are responsible for ensuring compliance with this rule.  Eye protection is recommended for all players.

USE OF SUBSTITUTE PLAYERS

  1. Substitute players must be registered with both the ESL and Squash Alberta and are only allowed during regular season play.
  2. If a team cannot field enough players during a regular season encounter and they wish to use a substitute, they must bring a player up from a lower level of play within the same division (Mixed / Women) in the ESL.  Teams at the lowest level of the Mixed and Women divisions must find substitutes from other teams in the same level of their division.  (See 4.  for complete rules)
  3. Substitutes must play at the bottom of the team order (i.e. position 4, or positions 3 and 4 if two substitutes) when they act as substitute players.  Subs for teams at the lowest level of the Mixed and Women divisions are exempt from this rule.  (See 4. for complete rules)
  4. Players may only substitute in the division (Mixed or Women) in which they are registered to play.  Ladies players who play on both Mixed and Women teams may substitute in either division relative to her level of play in the division that she is subbing.
  5. Teams at the lowest level of the Mixed and Women divisions must find substitutes from other teams in the same level of their division.  The sub must play in the appropriate position as determined by his/her ranking on his/her team relative to the ranking of the players on the team that he/she is subbing for.  If the sub is ranked the same as a player on the team that he/she is subbing for then the sub must play one below the player of the same rank.  Below are examples to clarify the rule:
  • A team fields their number 1, 3 and 4 players for a match and has the number 5 player of another team to be their sub.  The sub must play position 4 that evening.
  • A team fields their number 1, 2 and 4 players for a match and has the number 1 player of another team to be their sub.  The sub must play position 2 that evening.
  • A team fields their number 2, 3 and 5 players for a match and has the number 3 player of another team to be their sub.  The sub must play position 3 that evening.
  • A player can substitute at a higher level a maximum of 5 times and still remain at her/his current level.  If a player subs up for the 6th time she/he is no longer eligible to play at the original level of play for the remainder of the year, including playoffs, and is deemed to have joined the team for which she/he most recently subbed.  The number of times a player has subbed is counted separately between the Mixed and Women divisions.  For example, a ladies player who plays on a Mixed team and a Women team can sub 5 times in the Mixed division and 5 times in the Women division (10 times total) without having to move up to a higher level team in either division.

DEFAULTS

During the regular season, -2 points will be assessed to the defaulting team for each position that is defaulted while the opposing team receives 4 points.  The defaulting team will also receive 0 (zero) points at all non-defaulted positions that are lower than the defaulted position.  For example, if Team A defaulted at position 3 and won at positions 1, 2 and 4, then Team A will receive 6 points for the night: 8 points for positions 1 and 2, -2 points for position 3, and 0 points for position 4.  Therefore, it is in the best interest of the team to make sure that defaults occur at the lowest positions.

If the opposing team defaults, DO NOT report default results as a 3-0 win; report the match as a default.  By being sympathetic to the defaulting team and reporting a 3-0 win, you are unjustly punishing the other teams in your level.

SCORING

For each position, the team is awarded one point for each game won and one point for winning the match at that position.  For example, if a player from Team A beats the corresponding ranked player from Team B 3-1, then the Team A player scores 4 points and the Team B player scores 1 point.  The maximum number of points a team can score in one night is 16 (winning all 4 matches).  The lowest number is negative 8 (defaulting all 4 matches – see the DEFAULTS section)

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Edmonton Squash League supports the use of Code of Conduct procedures provided by Squash Alberta and Squash Canada.  Unsportsmanlike conduct or abuse of any kind is not appropriate and should be reported in writing to the VP League as soon as possible.  The League reserves the right to take appropriate action when unsportsmanlike conduct occurs.  In extreme cases, the ESL will hand down suspensions to offending players.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol represents a serious lack of judgment and responsibility on your part.   Drinking and driving do not mix.  Act responsibly and live to play another match!!

CONFLICT RESOULTION AND SPECIAL REQUESTS

Any dispute regarding any league matches, late players, unsportsmanlike conduct and awarding of points must be submitted in written form to the league – such as an email to one of the league executives.  The league executives will make every effort to resolve the dispute in a fair and equitable manner.  The final ruling made by the league on any dispute is considered to be final and not subject to appeal.

Any special requests, including those that violate league rules, may be made to the executive committee in written form.  The executives will discuss and vote on the request.  The decision of the executives will be final and not subject to appeal.

 

PLAYOFF RULES

  1. Teams are seeded for the playoffs based on their ranking at the end of the regular season. Team rankings within eachdivision are determined by the number of points earned by each team. However, if all teams in the same division do not play the same number of matches or if there are any incomplete matches played in that division then team rankings for that division is determined by each team’s winning percentage.
    If two teams are tied for a position in the division at the end of the regular season, the following tie-break rules will be applied:

    1. head to head team match results
    2. head to head point differential
    3. head to head match results at position 1
    4. coin toss

    If three teams or more are tied in the division at the end of the regular season, a random draw among the tied teams will be performed to determine the seedings in the playoffs.

  2. A player must have played sever (7) matches for her/his team during the regular season to be eligible to play in the playoffs. The use of substitues is not allowed in the playoffs. All players must be registered players of the team they are playing for at the end of the regular season. A player who moves to a different team, whether in the same division for a different division, during the regular season will be eligible to play in the playoffs for her/his new team provided she/he has played seven matches, four (4) or more of which must be played as part of the new team.
  3. Due to the fact that no substitutes are allowed for the playoffs, teams will not be assessed the -2 point penalty for defaulted matches.  If a team does not have enough players present and must default one or more matches then each defaulted match is counted as a 3-0 win for the other team.  If both teams default at a position then both teams will receive zero points for that position.
  4. All four players of each team must be at court side at the scheduled start time of the playoff match to confirm the match pairings at each position. If a team is missing one or more players at the scheduled match start time then the players who are present will be paired against the other team’s players starting at position 1 and the match(s) at the lowest position(s) is(are) defaulted. For example, if Team A’s position 2 player is not present at court-side a the match’s start time and Team B has all four players present then Team A’s positions 3 and 4 players will move up to play positions 2 and 3 respectively and Team A will default at position 4.
  5. Point scoring of playoff matches is the same as that of regular season matches – one point for each game won and one bonus point for each match won. In the event of a tied outcome – each team has the same number of match points – points scored in each game of all four positions will be summed and the team with the greater number of points is the winner. If the match is still tied then the team that won at position 1 is the winner.
  6. The ESL will ensure that all playoff matches are played on international size courts. In the event that the home team has courts that are not international size, the league will find a neutral site where match will be played.

 

TEAM CAPTAIN’S DUTIES

  • Ensure that a full team is ready at the scheduled match start time to play in the correct ranking order; otherwise, your team may lose points if a match cannot be finished due to court time constraint.  See rule 9 of the General Rules section.
  • Report match results.  Refer to RESULTS REPORTING section.
  • When playing at your home club you must ensure that::
  • Courts have been booked correctly
  • Two new balls, score pads and pencils are provided
  • Post-game refreshments and snacks are organized and the financial arrangements are made with the team captain of the opposing team.
  • The other team captain is contacted ahead of time if there are any issues with the match or your team is not participating in hosting.  As most teams expect to be hosted, it is common courtesy to advise if that is not the case.
  • Attend scheduled team captain’s meetings so you will be informed regarding standings, playoff schedules and other relevant concerns.  Communicate this information to your teammates.
  • In the event that the captain is not playing, another team member must be appointed to act as captain for that match.

We will continue to use and improve our on-line scoring system for entering your weekly matches.  The system provides:  1) team schedules and rosters, rankings and standings, 2) Online entry of weekly interclub results and 3) Detailed viewing of game and match results and player statistics.  To access the results reporting website:

Logging In: Every player.  If you have any issues with passwords, please contact VP League.  Your user name for logging in will be “firstname.lastname” (e.g. “bill.smith”) and all members of the same team will have the same password.  Each person can change her/his password by clicking on the “Edit profile” link after logging in.  Everyone is encouraged to click on the “Edit profile” link and make sure their contact information is up to date.

Reporting Results: Results must be reported within one week of the scheduled match time – 0 points will be registered for both teams where match results are not received on time.  Players must log in to the system before they can enter match results.  If teams have not submitted their match results within 3 days, a reminder email will be sent to both team captains.

Either team may enter the match results. If one team has already entered the results, then the other team will be able to review their entries.  If the entered results are not accurate, please contact VP League to request a correction.  In the case of a dispute, teams will have two weeks to submit their correction to the VP league as outlined above. After two weeks, no corrections to the results will be allowed, barring mitigating circumstances.  Reporting time lines (based on the scheduled match time):

  • Results must be entered within 7 days.
  • A reminder email will be sent after 3 days.
  • Disputes or corrections must be submitted within 14 days.