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Junior Policies for the Points Based Ranking System Effective from September 8, 2021

Junior Rankings Structure PoliciesCut List Calculations, Processes, and PoliciesSeeding Calculations, Processes, and PoliciesTournament Withdrawal and Match DefaultTournament Procedure PoliciesEntry Management and Tournament Timelines Tournament Eligibility Criteria

The Points-Based Ranking System

The Points-Based Ranking System

Players earn points towards their ranking based on the type of tournament in which they play, the finishing position they achieve in the tournament, and size of their division at entry close.

Tournaments are broken up into the following four main categories, listed in order of descending point value: Junior Championship Tour (JCT), Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Additionally, players can earn points in U.S. Championships, Regional Junior Championships, and High School League Individual Championship Tournaments.

The points table is structured in a way where there is overlap in points between each level of tournament. Therefore, the top finishers in one level of tournament will earn more points than the bottom finishers of the higher-level tournament.

Therefore, a player can increase his or her ranking by performing well at a level of tournament in which he or she can qualify for. Consistent, strong performances at one level of tournament will increase a player’s point average to a point where that player will be able to qualify for the higher points earning tournaments.

For a full breakdown of the points available in different tournament types please view the Junior Ranking Points Table.

Junior Ranking Points Table

The Rankings

The Rankings

To determine a player’s ranking, an average of their highest points-earned tournaments is taken and compared against the averages of other ranked players in their age group.

Only tournaments from the previous 11 months (determined as forty-eight weeks) will be factored into a player’s ranking point average. After 11 months, tournament points become inactive and no longer affect a player’s ranking.

NOTE: Tournaments will not be included in the ranking calculation on or after to the drop-off date listed on a player’s profile.

A minimum of three tournaments in a specific age division within an 11-month period are required to receive a ranking.

The rankings calculation takes place every Wednesday by 5:00am EST and will take into account all active tournaments, including those from the previous weekend.

Players must be current U.S. Citizens or U.S. Residents to be listed in the rankings.

International players who are not permanent U.S. residents may earn junior tournament points by participating in accredited tournaments. These points will be used to calculate their seeding points and cut list points average for future tournaments, but international players are not eligible to receive a US Squash ranking.

Players must complete the age-appropriate online referee exam to be listed in the rankings. Players will need to recertify with a new referee exam every two years as they move into older age divisions.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

NOTE: Should a player be removed due to not successfully completing their referee exam requirement, that player will be added back to the rankings in the first rankings calculation after successfully completing the missing requirement.

Ranking Average Divisor

Ranking Average Divisor

If a player participates in 4 or fewer tournaments, their ranking average is calculated as the sum of these points for all active tournaments, divided by 4.

If a player participates in up to 12 tournaments, their ranking average will be calculated by taking the average of their best 4 tournaments (sum of top point-earning 4 tournaments, divided by 4).

If a player participates in 13, 14, or 15 tournaments, their ranking average will be calculated as the average of their best 5 tournaments (sum of top point-earning 5 tournaments, divided by 5).

As a player’s exposure count increases by three tournaments, their divisor will continue to increase by one.

Aging Up into a New Division

Aging Up into a New Division

When a player ages into a new division, their ranking is removed from the younger age division.

Tournaments from the younger age division are carried over into the rankings for the older age division. These tournaments will count as exposures in the new age division. The points earned in each of these tournaments will be converted to older age divisions at the below rates before being factored into the rankings of the older division.

Division            Conversion Percentage
U11 to U13       45%
U13 to U15       50%
U15 to U17       60%
U17 to U19       65%

Once a player ages up into an older division, a maximum of four tournaments will be converted. Each tournament in which a player competes in the older age division will then replace a converted tournament from the younger age division in the ranking calculation, until no converted tournaments remain on a player’s ranking.

NOTE: The four tournaments that are converted into the older division are the top active point earning tournaments from the younger age division.

EXAMPLE: If a player ages up into the GU17 division and has already played two tournaments in that division, her average would be based off those two tournaments (regardless of what she earned in those events) and her two highest points-earned GU15 tournaments are converted at a rate of 60%. When she plays a third GU17 tournament, another converted GU15 tournament will drop off her GU17 ranking; when she plays a fourth GU17 tournament, no converted tournaments will remain part of her ranking.

Competing in Higher Age Divisions

Competing in Higher Age Divisions

  • Players are expected to participate in the division in which their age places them.
  • Except for Bronze tournaments (Bronze tournaments, players may only participate in the one division that corresponds to his or her age), players may play up one age group when:
    • they are within 11 months of aging up
    • they are ranked in the top 16 of a division below the one they wish to enter, regardless of their age. For example, if a player is ranked in the top 16 of the GU15 division, she will be able to compete in the GU17 division of a tournament regardless of her age.
    • For a player to play in an age group more than one above their standard age division, they must first earn a top 16 ranking in the division one age division higher.
    • Exceptions may be allowed to this policy due to geographic isolation leading to limited playing opportunity for players and is at the discretion of US Squash. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In this instance players should email tournaments@ussquash.org before registration deadline of the tournament which is in question.

When a player plays in an older age group, he or she will earn points towards a ranking in the older age division. The points earned in the older age division will stay on the player’s ranking in the older age division until the points become inactive.

Points from an older age division cannot be converted downward to apply to a player’s ranking in a younger age division.

NOTE: In the case of a combined age division, players may choose to convert their points to a younger age group. For more on policies concerning a combined age division, please see “Tournament Procedures and Policies” in the “Rules and Policies” section.

Summer Gold Tournaments

Summer Gold Tournaments

Points from a maximum of two gold tournaments may apply to a player’s ranking in any given age division held from June 1, 2022 through Labor Day weekend.

If a player participates in more than two gold tournaments in any given age group, their top two point-earning events will automatically be used.

Summer gold tournaments not counting towards a player’s ranking average will not be included in that player’s overall tournament exposure count.

NOTE: If a player incurs a 0-point ranking penalty due to a second late withdrawal or mid-tournament default, that tournament will count on the player’s record even if they have played in more than two summer gold tournaments.

Cut List Calculations, Processes, and Policies

When a division is oversubscribed, a cut list is created to determine which players directly enter the tournament, and which are placed on a wait list. A player’s cut list points generally equates to their ranking points average, but differs in certain circumstances, e.g. when a player does not have four or more exposures in an age division.  The criteria for calculating cut list points is the following:

  • If a player has four or more active tournaments in the age group for which they are registered, their cut list points are based on their ranking points average in that division.
  • If a player chooses to “play up” in an older age group, the player’s cut list points will be based on their ranking points average as if they had aged-up into that division per the age-up policy for rankings.
  • If a player has fewer than four active tournaments in the division he or she intends to play and also has active tournaments in an older age group, tournament points will be converted “down” to the younger age group at a rate of 120% of the tournament points in the higher age division.
  • If a player has fewer than four active tournaments, their cut list points will always be based on a divisor of four, e.g. if a player only has two active tournaments within the last 11 months valuing 1500 and 500 tournament points, their cut list points calculation for the Cut List will be 2000/4 = 500.

Seeding Calculations, Processes, and Policies

In any given draw, players will be seeded in order of their US Squash “seeding points” in the appropriate age division. Generally, seeding points equate to a player’s ranking points average, but differ in certain circumstances, e.g. players with fewer than four exposures in a division.

In the event of a tie in seeding points, player rating will be used as a tiebreaker.

Seeding will be based on the seeding points calculation from the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament.

Late withdrawals after the draws have been released may be replaced with the next player on the waitlist, if the waitlisted player is ranked below the withdrawing player. However, in the event of a withdrawal from a top seeded player or if the waitlisted player has a higher ranking than the withdrawing player, US Squash reserves the right to entirely reseed the draw, rather than simply replacing the withdrawing player with the #1 player on the waitlist. If there is no waitlist, the withdrawing player will remain on the draw and the first-round match will be recorded as a default.

US Squash may use its discretion, and will consult with the local tournament director, when seeding foreign players or U.S. players with little or no tournament exposure, to seed players accurately with the goal of balanced and fair draws.

The seeding points calculation is based on the following criteria:

  • If a junior is playing in their current age group and has a “full” ranking in that division, as defined by four or more tournaments in the last 11 months, seeding points are based on their ranking points average in that division.

NOTE: Late withdrawal penalties are not factored into the seeding points calculation.

  • If a player chooses to “play up” in an older age group, that player’s seeding points will be based on the ranking point average as if they had aged-up into that division per the standard rankings age-up policy. Age-up percentages are listed in the “Junior Ranking System” section.
  • If a player has fewer than four active tournaments in the division in which they intend to play, but also has active tournaments in an older age division, tournament points will be converted down to the younger age group at 120%.

NOTE: Points in the division of participation take priority over any possible point conversions from younger or older age divisions.

All seeding points are calculated after tournament points have been converted into the division in which seeding is occurring.

  • If a player has fewer than four active tournaments in their age division, as well as no active tournaments in an older or younger age division, the following calculations will be used to calculate seeding points based on the number of active tournaments:
    • One active tournament: the seeding point average is calculated by taking 50% of that one tournament.
    • Two active tournaments: the seeding point average is calculated by taking 70% of the average.
    • Three active tournaments: the seeding point average is calculated by taking 90% of the average.

Straight bracket seeding will be used for National Championships (1 v. 32, 2 v. 31, etc.). National Championships seeding is based on the “seeding point” calculations listed above. For all other events, randomized seeding groups are used: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, and 29-32. Players in each seeding group are drawn at random to fill the positions on the draw for those groups.

For Gold and JCT events, the only seeding changes that are permissible are when siblings are scheduled to play on the same half of a draw. If this occurs, the lower seeded of the two siblings may be moved within their seeding group to the other half of the draw to avoid playing their sibling until later in the tournament (e.g.: switching a 17 seed with an 18 seed).

NOTE: Siblings will not be moved to opposite halves of the draw if there are extenuating circumstances with the draw, for National Championships, or if both players are seeded in the top four positions.

Tournament directors of Bronze and Silver events have some flexibility to move players within the randomized seeding groups that are provided above. Any seeding changes must be approved by US Squash.

Late Withdraw

For all junior accredited tournaments, a player may withdraw without penalty before 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Monday prior to the start of the tournament. Any withdrawal after this deadline and before the start of a player’s first match is considered a late withdrawal. Any player who is registered for a tournament and does not show up to play is also considered a late withdrawal. Doctor’s notes are not accepted to waive late withdrawal penalties.

Penalties for late withdrawals are as follows:

  • 1st late withdraw within an 11-month period: No penalty, but the late withdrawal will be noted on the player’s record.
  • 2nd withdraw within an 11-month period: The player receives a rankings penalty. The penalty is a zero-point tournament being added to the player’s record. The zero-point tournament counts as a tournament exposure and will be treated like any other tournament with regards to rankings
  • 3rd or further withdrawal within an 11-month period: For any additional late withdrawal within the 11-months, the player will continue to receive a late withdrawal rankings penalty for each tournament in question.

NOTE: Any ranking penalty which results from a late withdrawal in a Summer Gold tournament will count on that player’s record as a penalty/exposure, even if he or she has played in more than two summer gold tournaments. In other words, the penalty associated with a late withdrawal cannot be waived, removed, or otherwise opted out of.

Mid-Tournament Defaults

The tournament director may default a player if that player has not arrived on court by 15 minutes after the scheduled match time. Players who default a match in a tournament also default any subsequent scheduled matches. Players may be permitted to continue in the tournament at the discretion of the tournament director. In making these decisions, the tournament director will take into consideration the level of communication with the player, court availability, and any other relevant specific factors. In no case is the tournament director obligated to make special accommodations for a player.

Players are expected to arrive at each tournament with the intention of playing and completing all scheduled matches. Any player deemed to have needlessly defaulted out of a tournament will receive a mid-tournament default ranking penalty. The penalty will be a zero-point tournament being added to the player’s record. The zero-point tournament counts as a tournament exposure and will be treated like any other tournament with regards to rankings.

If a player begins a tournament but is unable to complete all scheduled matches due to illness or injury, the zero-point mid-tournament default ranking penalty can be waived with a doctor’s note. The doctor’s note must be submitted using this form within one week of the last day of the tournament. The doctor’s note cannot be written by a family member and must be from an independent source.

In the case of an approved and received doctor’s note, the player will receive the lowest amount of points available based on the round achieved at the time of the withdrawal. For instance, if a player defaults a semifinal match, he or she will receive points for a 4th place finish if there was a 3/4 playoff match scheduled.

Players may not opt out of zero-point rankings penalties when a penalty is assessed during a points-optional tournament (e.g. Regional Junior Championships or U.S. Junior Open). In the event the rankings penalty occurs during a Summer Gold tournament, the tournament will count as one of the two Summer Gold tournaments allowed to count towards a player’s ranking.

Scoring

Standard point-a-rally scoring (PAR) to 11 points will be used in all accredited junior tournaments. All matches in accredited junior tournaments are best-of-5 games.

Refereeing Requirements

In all US Squash accredited junior play, players are responsible for refereeing their peers. Winners and losers are responsible for officiating after their match–the winner acts as referee and the loser as marker–unless released by the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director may also ask players to referee matches at other times or on other courts.

Referees should know and understand all World Squash Federation Softball Singles Rules.

To sign up for and participate in Bronze, Silver, Gold, Regional, JCT, and National Championship tournaments, all players must have passed the appropriate age-specific referee exam based on their age at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

The referee and marker must be ready and present immediately following the completion of their match. While the losing player must remain at the court to time the four-minute warm up, the winning player may go to the tournament desk to turn in their score sheet and obtain the score sheet for the next match on their court if digital scoring is not being used.

A player not fulfilling their refereeing responsibilities may lose their current US Squash referee certification and will need to retake the online age-specific referee exam. Current referee certification is required to maintain a US Squash junior ranking.

Additionally, a player who abandons their referee responsibilities will be given zero points for their participation in the event.

Number of Guaranteed Matches

A minimum of 3 scheduled matches will be provided for all players in an accredited tournament. Players are expected to complete all scheduled matches.

Late withdrawals, injuries, or other unexpected events may lead to some players receiving 2 or fewer matches.

*Note: Due to scheduling issues resulting from the structure of the draws, division sizes of 13, 17, and 25 are exceptions to the 3 minimum match policy. In the case of a 13, 17, or 25 player draw, one player will receive only 2 matches.

Break Between Matches

For National, Gold, and JCT events, players will have a minimum of 3 hours between scheduled match start times.

For Silver events, players are recommended to have a minimum of 2 hours between scheduled match start times.

For Bronze events, players are recommended to have a minimum of 1.5 hours between scheduled match start times.

Combined Age Divisions

In some cases, a tournament director may choose to combine age divisions due to low entries or other extenuating factors.

EXAMPLE: If the GU11 division receives 2 entries and the GU13 division receives 5 entries, the tournament director may choose to combine the GU11 and GU13 divisions. In the event divisions are combined, players who are age-eligible for the younger age division may choose to have their points earned from that tournament applied to their ranking in the younger age division.

NOTE: If a player who registered in the lower age division wishes to have their points converted into their standard age division, he or she must communicate this request via email to tournaments@ussquash.com in order to have the points adjusted. Players must make the request to have points converted to the younger age division within 4 weeks of the completion of the tournament. Once the conversion has been made, the points cannot be converted back to the original division at a later date. If a request is not formally sent to US Squash, the points will not be converted.

NOTE: In the rare event that three or more age divisions are combined, players may only request to have points converted down one age division. For example, if the GU15, GU17, and GU19 divisions are combined, points are only available for the GU17 and GU19 divisions.

If there are four or more players who are eligible for the younger age division that has been combined into the older age division, the requesting player will earn points equivalent to their relative finish compared to only players eligible for the younger age division that also participated in the combined division.

EXAMPLE: If five players qualify for the BU11 division by age and the BU11 and BU13 divisions were combined, the player with the best finish out of those five players will receive points for first place in the BU11 division if a points conversion is requested.

If there are three or fewer players in a combined age division who are age-eligible for the younger age group, any players requesting to convert their points to the younger age division will earn the same number of points in the younger age division as they did for their finish in the older combined division.

The player may also choose to not convert their point values into the younger age division and instead take the points in the older age division.

Regular Tournament Registration Deadline (Entry Deadline)

For National, Gold, and JCT Events: Regular tournament registration closes at 12:00pm (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 3.5 weeks before the start of the event.

For Silver events: Regular tournament registration closes 12:00pm (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 2.5 weeks before the start of the event.

For Bronze events: Regular tournament registration closes 12:00pm (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the event.

The U.S. Junior Open Squash Championships operates on a different timeline then all other tournaments. Please see the tournament page for the entry deadline.

Entry into a tournament is only guaranteed once regular entry deadline has passed and the cut list has been announced. Prior to the deadline players will be placed on the entrants list in order of their cutlist points. At the regular entry deadline, a cutlist will be formed in oversubscribed divisions.

All players who register for a tournament after the regular entry deadline are considered late entries and will be entered into the division on a first come, first served basis if the division is under the division size cap.

Players per Division

Division sizes will be limited to 8, 12, 16, 24, or 32 players. The specific division size cap per division varies based on tournament type, region of the tournament, and division. Each tournament page will clearly specify the size of each division. To summarize the division sizes for each level of tournament:

  • National and JCT Tournaments: Divisions will have a maximum of 32 players, except for the U11 divisions, which will be capped at 16 players
  • East Coast Gold Tournaments: The BU13, BU19, GU13, and GU19 divisions will have a maximum of 24 players. The BU15, BU17, GU15, and GU17 divisions will have a maximum of 32 players. U11 divisions will be capped at 16 players
  • Non-East Coast Gold Tournaments: All divisions will have a maximum of 16 players
  • Silver Tournaments: All divisions will have a maximum of 16 players
  • Bronze Tournaments: All divisions will have a maximum of 8 players. In certain areas, bronze tournament division sizes may be increased to 12 or 16 player draws.

In addition to the division size caps stated above, the U.S. Junior Open and the U.S. Junior Bronze Championships will allow division sizes to increase past 32 players.

Divisions at all types of tournament require a minimum of 4 players to be an accredited division and offer ranking points. Tournament directors may combine divisions to reach this minimum.

Number of Divisions

For National, Gold, Silver and JCT events, players may only enter and participate in one division.

For Bronze events, players are only eligible to participate in the division that corresponds to their age (i.e. a 12-year-old may only participate in the U13 division at Bronze tournaments).

Cut List

The cut list is released for tournaments after the regular registration deadline to confirm the final player entry list and to indicate which players have been placed on a waitlist in the event of oversubscribed divisions. The cut list will be made public at the regular registration deadline.

All divisions at tournaments are initially open to any player who would like to participate. If entry numbers for any specific division are below the division size cap at the regular registration deadline, all players will be accepted. However, if the entry numbers for any specific division exceed the division size cap at the regular registration deadline in Silver, Gold, JCT, Regional Junior Championship, or National Championship tournament, players will be entered into the tournament in descending order of their cut list points. Players who do not make the cut in these tournaments will be placed on a waitlist in descending order of their cut list points and will only be granted entry if a player withdraws and a position becomes available. Entry in Bronze tournaments is granted on a first come, first served basis.

The cut list point’s calculation can be found in the “Cut List Calculations, Processes, and Policies” section above.

Waitlist

All players who sign up for a tournament after the regular registration deadline (late entrants) will automatically be placed on the waitlist, regardless of draw size at the time of entry. If the draw has not reached the division size cap, the player will be moved to the main draw for the tournament.

If entries exceed the division size limit and a waitlist already exists in a specific division, late entrants will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist behind all players who were originally placed on the waitlist when the cut list was released.

Any player on a waitlist will be considered to be available to participate in the tournament should a space open up due to a withdrawal.

Late Entry Management

If there is an available playing position in a division for which a player is registering as a late entrant for, or a playing position otherwise becomes available, that player will be moved from the waitlist into the main draw. Players on a waitlist will be considered to be available to participate in the tournament in this case.

In Gold, JCT, and National Championships, the waitlist will officially close at 12:00pm NOON (in the time zone of the tournament) 24 hours before the tournament starts. Once the waitlist closes, no player will be moved to the main draw, regardless of last minute withdrawals. Once the waitlist closes, players who did not gain entry into the tournament will be withdrawn and issued a refund.

Registration Close and Locked Division Size

For National, JCT, Gold and Silver tournaments, division sizes lock and registration closes at 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament.

For Bronze tournaments, division sizes lock and registration closes at 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Tuesday before the start of the tournament.

Division sizes will not increase in size once they lock even if those divisions are below the tournament size limit. Registration will be taken down and players will no longer be able to register or request a change in division.

NOTE: Any waitlisted players will still be moved to the main draw to replace any withdrawing players until the waitlist closes at 12:00pm (noon) 24 hours before the tournament starts.

Late Withdrawal Deadline

For all junior accredited events, the late withdrawal deadline is at 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Monday prior the start of the tournament.

Late withdrawal penalties can be found in the “Tournament Withdrawal and Match Default” section above.

Division Start Times

Division start times indicate the earliest possible match time a player can expect to receive within their division.

  • National, Gold, and JCT events: division start times will be released online by Friday at 5pm in the time zone of the tournament one week before the tournaments starts.
  • Bronze and Silver events: division start times are not required to be released.

Player Start Times

Player start times are the assigned match time for a player’s first match in a tournament:

  • Gold, JCT, and U.S. Championships: individual player start times will be released upon release of the full online draws by 5:00pm Wednesday in the time zone of the tournament.
  • For Silver events, player start times will be released by 5:00pm in the time zone of the tournament on the Tuesday before the start of an event.

Draws

For JCT, Gold and Silver tournaments, online draws will be available by 5:00pm in the time zone of the tournament on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament.

For Bronze tournaments, online draws will be available by 5:00pm in the time zone of the tournament on the Thursday before the start of the tournament.

Eligibility to Compete in Accredited Junior Tournaments

All players in US Squash accredited junior squash tournaments must be current members of US Squash through the last day of the tournament in which they are competing.

All players must be age-eligible through the last day of the tournament in which they are competing.

To sign up for and participate in Bronze, Silver, Gold, Regional, JCT, and National Championship tournaments, all players must have passed the appropriate age-specific referee exam based on their age at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

A player may enter any level of junior tournament regardless of their ranking. However, divisions in Silver, Gold, JCT, Regional Championship, and U.S. Championship tournaments are limited in size, and entry is granted to the highest-ranked players that apply by the regular registration deadline. Entry in Bronze tournaments is granted on a first come, first served basis.

In certain instances, such as a significant lack of girls’ or adult competition in the region, girls may be permitted to compete in boys’ divisions at accredited tournaments. This is permitted only upon the submission of a formal request to US Squash and subsequent approval. Any request must be submitted to tournaments@ussquash.com by 5:00pm on the Friday four full weeks before the start of the tournament.

Junior Championship Tour (JCT)

The Junior Championship Tour (JCT) is designed to bring together the best players from around the country, and hence has the highest available ranking points.

JCT tournaments are restricted to the top 32-players who apply in the Under-13, 15, 17, and 19 divisions. The Under-11 divisions are restricted to the top 16-players who apply. JCTs may be limited to divisions of fewer than thirty-two players at US Squash’s discretion. Entry into JCT events is determined by cut list points in that age group as of the release of the cut list. Please see the tournament information page of each JCT for additional regulations and other pertinent information.

All players must have passed the appropriate referee exam based on their ages at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

All players must be either U.S. Citizens or current U.S. Residents.

All players must be current US Squash members.

U.S. Junior Squash Championships

The U.S. Junior Squash Championships is considered the culmination of the junior squash season and crowns the ten U.S. Junior National Champions (one from each age division). All players must be age-eligible through the last day of the competition.

The U.S. Junior Squash Championships is restricted to the top 32-players who apply in the Under-13, 15, 17, and 19 divisions. The U11 divisions are restricted to the top 16-players who apply.

In the event that a player has competed in an older age division during the season, they may be allowed to compete in the younger age group if their ranking average from an older age group qualifies them in the younger age group. The ranking average from the older age division will not be converted to a higher number to the younger age division for qualification purposes. For example, if a player has a point average of 1450 in the older division, 1450 is the average that will be used to determine qualification in the younger age division.

All players must be current U.S. Citizens.

All players must be current US Squash members.

All players must have passed the appropriate referee exam based on their ages at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

All participants must have a minimum of three active junior tournament exposures (within the past 11 months) as of the tournament entry deadline.

U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championships

The U.S. Junior Silver Squash Championships is restricted to players ranked number 33 and below (17 and below for players in the U11 divisions) as of the February 26, 2020 rankings run. Players that are age-eligible as of March 22, 2020 may compete in their age division even if they age out of the division before the competition.

The ranking run for the cut list will be the same date as that used for the U Junior Championships.

Players who are unranked will not be permitted to compete if their manually calculated points average would place them at number 32 or better in the rankings (number 16 or better in the rankings for U11 players) in the age division in which they registered for the tournament. US Squash reserves the right to refuse entry to any unranked player for the U.S. Junior Silver National Championships.

Draw sizes will be limited to 32-players in the U13, 15, 17, and 19 divisions. Draw sizes will be limited to 16-players in the U11 divisions. Entry will be based on descending order of cut list points. If a player does not make it into a division based on their cut list points, he or she may participate in an older age division if space remains in that division after release of the cut list and in accordance with the late entry management guidelines.

All players must be current U.S. Citizens or U.S. Residents,

All players must be current US Squash members.

All players must have passed the appropriate referee exam based on their ages at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

All participants must have a minimum of three active junior tournament exposures (within the past 11 months) as of the tournament entry deadline.

U.S. Junior Bronze Squash Championships

The U.S. Junior Bronze Championships is restricted to players ranked number 65 and below (33 and below for players in the Under-11 divisions) as of the rankings run of the US Junior championships. Players that are age-eligible as of the dates of the US Junior Championships may compete in that age division even if they age out of the division before the competition.

The cut list will be based off the rankings run of the Us Junior Championships

Players who are unranked will not be permitted to compete if their manually calculated points average would place them at number 64 or better in the rankings (number 32 or better in the rankings for U11 players) in the age division in which they registered for the tournament. US Squash reserves the right to refuse entry to any unranked player for the U.S. Junior Bronze National Championships.

Draw sizes will be limited to forty-eight players per division, selected based on descending order of cut list points. If a player does not make it into a division based on their ranking, he or she may participate in an older age division if space remains in that division after the release of the cut list and in accordance with the late entry management guidelines. If court capacity allows it, some division sizes may be extended to sixty-four players.

All players must be current U.S. Citizens or U.S. Residents,

All players must be current US Squash members.

All players must have passed the appropriate referee exam based on their ages at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

All participants must have played in a minimum of three active junior tournament exposures (within the past 11 months) as of the tournament entry deadline.

U.S. Junior Open Championships

The U.S. Junior Open Championship is open to junior players from around the world who meet gender and age requirements. Additionally, the tournament has the two following entry criteria:

  • Players from the U.S. must be ranked in the top 150 in their division of competition on the regular entry deadline in order to qualify
  • Entries from non-U.S. countries are limited to 8 players per division per country

Draw sizes will be limited to 128 players per division prior to the regular entry deadline. Once the regular entry deadline passes, US Squash reserves the right to mandate draw size limits on a division by division basis. A cut list will be created for divisions that receive more than 128 entries as of the regular entry deadline. In the case of oversubscribed draws, the following criteria will be used to determine entry:

  • U. S. Players: the top 64 U.S. players based on cut list points are guaranteed entry. The cut list points will be based on the regular registration deadline.
  • Non-U.S. Players: the first 64 non-U.S. players to enter the tournament will gain entry (as long as they meet the limit of 8 players per country per division). Admittance is based on the time of entry received (i.e. first come, first served).

If both categories are oversubscribed at the regular registration deadline, US Squash will create two separate waitlists – one for U.S. players and one for non-U.S. players.

All players must be age-eligible through the final day of the tournament.

All U.S. Citizens and Residents who participating in the tournament must be current US Squash members. Non-U.S. players are not required to be current US Squash members.

US Squash will make its best effort to seed non-U.S. players appropriately.

Players may opt to not receive the points and exposure from their participation in the U.S. Junior Open. To remove the points and exposure, players must email tournaments@ussquash.com within one week of the completion of their tournament.

Participation in Multiple U.S. Junior Championships

Players may compete in only 1 of the 3 U.S. Junior Individual Championships (not including the U.S. Junior Open Squash Championships).

Regional Junior Championships (Closed)

In the 2021-2022 season, the weekend of Regional Junior Championships (Closed) tournaments around the country is to be confirmed. These regional tournaments are restricted to players who maintain their primary residence in the region where the tournament is hosted.

ELIGIBILITY

Players must have primary residency in the region of the Regional Junior Championships (Closed) tournament in which they are participating. A primary residence is defined by where a player resides for the majority of a year. For example: if a player lives in PA, and they attend boarding school in MA, they may only participate in the New England Junior Championships (Closed).

All players must be current US Squash members.

All players must have passed the appropriate age-based referee exam at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

Players are eligible to participate according to the following regional divisions:

The Connecticut Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes only players living in CT

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes only players living in these states: DC, DE, MD, VA

The Midwest Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes only players living in these states: IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, WV

The New England Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

The New York Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: NY, Northern NJ (including counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren)

The Pennsylvania Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: PA, Central NJ (including counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem)

The Southern Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX

The Western Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY

POINTS

Please refer to the Junior Ranking Points Table for the available points at the Regional Junior Championships.

OPT OUT

Players may opt to not take the points and exposure from their Junior Regional Championships if they choose. To remove the points and exposure, players must email tournaments@ussquash.com within one week of the completion of their tournament.

Interim Junior Policies: May 28, 2021 through September 8, 2021

These policies apply during Stage 2 of the transition process back to full rankings and national competition, beginning on May 28, 2021. More information about the transition process is available at www.ussquash.com/return.

Junior Rankings Structure PoliciesCut List Calculations, Processes, and PoliciesSeeding Calculations, Processes, and PoliciesTournament Withdrawal and Match DefaultTournament Procedure PoliciesEntry Management and Tournament Timelines Tournament Eligibility CriteriaTournament Exposures and Ranking divisors

The Points-Based Ranking System

The Points-Based Ranking System

During Stage 2 of the return to competition players will compete in tournaments and earn points which will be used to calculate their ranking when the points based ranking system returns in Stage 3. Players will earn points towards their ranking based on the type of tournament in which they play, the finishing position they achieve in the tournament, and size of their division at entry close.

During this stage, tournaments will be broken up into the following four main categories, listed in order of descending point value: National Open, Regional and Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

The points table is structured in a way where there is overlap in points between each level of tournament. Therefore, the top finishers in one level of tournament will earn more points than the bottom finishers of the higher-level tournament.

Therefore, a player can increase their ranking by performing well at a level of tournament in which they qualify. Consistent, strong performances at one level of tournament will increase a player’s point average to a point where that player will be able to qualify for the higher points earning tournaments.

For a full breakdown of the points available in different tournament types please view the Junior Ranking Points Table.

Junior Ranking Points Table

Phantom Points

At the beginning of Stage 2, players will be assigned tournament points in 4 “phantom” tournaments. Phantom tournament points provide a starting level for player rankings for when the points-based ranking returns in Stage 3. Assignment of phantom points will be based on a player’s current rating and resulting RCI as of May 26, 2021, and will be released at the start of Stage 2 on May 28, 2021.

Phantom points will be assigned in the age division based on a player’s age as of May 28, 2021. If a player ages up to a new division after May 28, 2021 but before the phantom points tournaments have rolled off, the standard age-up policies will be applied to the points. Any time a player earns points in a tournament in Stage 2 or 3, the points for that tournament replace those of one of the phantom points tournaments. If a player has not competed in points-earning tournaments, phantom points tournaments begin to be removed once per month at the beginning of each month from October 2021 until January 2022.

Phantom Tournament Number Roll-off date (if not already replaced by a points-earning tournament in Stage 2 or 3)
1 November 1, 2021
2 December 6, 2021
3 January 3, 2022
4 February 7, 2022

For a full breakdown of the phantom points available per age group please view the Phantom Points table below

Junior Phantom Points Table

Ratings Confidence Index

The Rating Confidence Index (RCI) is an indicator of the accuracy of a player’s rating. If a player has played many recent accredited matches recorded on Club Locker, their rating will be reliable and stable which means their RCI will be classified as “high”. A player with fewer recent matches will have a “medium” or “low” RCI since their rating will not be based on the same amount of recent information meaning it will be less reliable as an indicator or playing level.

Accredited matches recorded since the restart of competition on October 7, 2020 through May 26, 2021 will count towards the RCI match total. Accredited matches include those recorded on Club Locker through organized play such as Box League, Ladder, League, Tournament, Match Play. Friendly Club matches will NOT count.

The RCI level will determine the percentage of available phantom tournament points (described in more detail above) that will be assigned to a player. The RCI, combined with the phantom tournament points, is designed to provide a balanced approach to players returning to a points-based ranking system for both players that have been playing actively and those who have not been willing or able to begin competition.

Accredited matches recorded October 7, 2020 through May 26, 2021 RCI level RCI percentage for phantom tournament points
7+ High 100%
4-6 Medium 90%
0-3 Low 80%

 

The Rankings

The Rankings

Rankings during Stage 2 will remain by player rating.

  • Ratings-based rankings will be viewable on the US Squash website at the national and state level. District and Facility-based rankings will also be available.
  • Players will only be ranked in their age group. They cannot be ranked in older age groups.
  • To ensure inclusion in the rankings, players must be a current US Squash member and have passed the age-based referee exam for the age division in which they will be ranked, and player profiles should also be updated with the most recent home address information and date of birth. Membership verification, referee certifications and address updates can all be done through a player’s Club Locker profile, reached by logging in to their account on the US Squash website. Players are also asked to verify their high school graduation year, available on the “demographics” tab when editing their player profile.

 

Age Group Exam Required
U11 & U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4
  • The rankings calculation takes place every Wednesday by 5:00am EST and will take into account all active tournaments and accredited match play, including those from the previous weekend.

 

NOTE: Should a player be removed due to not successfully completing their referee exam requirement, that player will be added back to the rankings in the first rankings calculation after successfully completing the missing requirement.

Aging Up into a New Division

Aging Up into a New Division

Ratings are equivalent across age groups and genders. Therefore when a player ages up they will take their full rating and place in the list at the appropriate position relative to their peers.

Competing in Higher Age Divisions

Competing in Higher Age Divisions

A player may choose to participate in an older age group in all levels of tournament,

When a player chooses to play in an older age group, that player will earn points towards a ranking in the older age division. The points earned in the older age division will stay on the player’s ranking in the older age division until the points become inactive.

Points from an older age division cannot be converted downward to apply to a player’s ranking in a younger age division.

NOTE: In the case of a combined age division, players may choose to convert their points to a younger age group. For more on policies concerning a combined age division, please see “Tournament Procedures and Policies” in the “Rules and Policies” section.

Cut List Calculations, Processes, and Policies

When a division is oversubscribed, a cut list is created to determine which players directly enter the tournament, and which are placed on a waitlist. The cutlist will be formed based on player rating at registration deadline.

Where there is a tie in rating, ratings will be expanded to more decimal places until the tie is broken.

Seeding Calculations, Processes, and Policies

In any given division, players will be seeded in order of their US Squash rating as of the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the event in the appropriate age or skill division.

Where there is a tie in rating, ratings will be expanded to more decimal places until the tie is broken.

Late withdrawals after the draws have been released may be replaced with the next player on the waitlist.

US Squash may use its discretion, and will consult with the local tournament director, when seeding foreign players or U.S. players with little or no tournament exposure, to seed players accurately with the goal of balanced and fair draws.

US Squash reserves the right to entirely reseed the draw in the case of a late withdrawal.

For all events, randomized seeding groups will be used: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, 29-32, 33-40, 41-48. Players in each seeding group are drawn at random to fill the positions on the draw for those groups.

For Gold, Regional and JCT events, the only seeding changes that are permissible are when siblings are scheduled to play on the same half of a draw. If this occurs, the lower seeded of the two siblings may be moved within their seeding group to the other half of the draw to avoid playing their sibling until later in the tournament (e.g.: switching a 17 seed with an 18 seed).

NOTE: Siblings will not be moved to opposite halves of the draw if there are extenuating circumstances with the draw, for instance if both players are seeded in the top four positions.

Tournament directors of Bronze and Silver events have some flexibility to move players within the randomized seeding groups that are provided above. Any seeding changes must be approved by US Squash.

Late Withdraw

For all junior accredited tournaments, a player may withdraw without penalty before 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Monday prior to the start of the tournament. Any withdrawal after this deadline and before the start of a player’s first match is considered a late withdrawal. Any player who is registered for a tournament and does not show up to play is also considered a late withdrawal. Doctor’s notes are not accepted to waive late withdrawal penalties.

Where a player has been exposed to COVID during the week of the tournament and must withdraw to isolate, the late withdrawal penalty will be waived. Players should submit evidence of this exposure to tournaments@ussquash.org as part of their withdrawal process.

Penalties for late withdrawals are as follows:

  • 1st late withdraw within an 11-month period: No penalty, but the late withdrawal will be noted on the player’s record.
  • 2nd withdraw within an 11-month period: The player receives a rankings penalty. The penalty is a zero-point tournament being added to the player’s record. The zero-point tournament counts as a tournament exposure and will be treated like any other tournament with regards to rankings
  • 3rd or further withdrawal within an 11-month period: For any additional late withdrawal within the 11-months, the player will continue to receive a late withdrawal rankings penalty for each tournament in question.

Mid-Tournament Defaults

The tournament director may default a player if that player has not arrived on court by 15 minutes after the scheduled match time. Players who default a match in a tournament also default any subsequent scheduled matches. Players may be permitted to continue in the tournament at the discretion of the tournament director. In making these decisions, the tournament director will take into consideration the level of communication with the player, court availability, and any other relevant specific factors. In no case is the tournament director obligated to make special accommodations for a player.

Players are expected to arrive at each tournament with the intention of playing and completing all scheduled matches. Any player deemed to have needlessly defaulted out of a tournament will receive a mid-tournament default ranking penalty. The penalty will be a zero-point tournament being added to the player’s record. The zero-point tournament counts as a tournament exposure and will be treated like any other tournament with regards to rankings.

If a player begins a tournament but is unable to complete all scheduled matches due to illness or injury, the zero-point mid-tournament default ranking penalty can be waived with a doctor’s note. The doctor’s note must be submitted using the form below  within one week of the last day of the tournament. The doctor’s note cannot be written by a family member and must be written on the Doctors letterheaded paper, and it must explain in detail the injury or illness.

In the case of an approved and received doctor’s note, the player will receive the lowest amount of points available based on the round achieved at the time of the withdrawal. For instance, if a player defaults a semifinal match, he or she will receive points for a 4th place finish if there was a 3/4 playoff match scheduled.

Submit Doctors Note Here
 

Scoring

Standard point-a-rally scoring (PAR) to 11 points will be used in all accredited junior tournaments. All matches in accredited junior tournaments are best-of-5 games.

Refereeing Requirements

In all US Squash accredited junior play, players are responsible for refereeing their peers. Winners only are responsible for officiating after their match. The Tournament Director may also ask players to referee matches at other times or on other courts.

Referees should know and understand all World Squash Federation Softball Singles Rules.

To sign up for and participate in Bronze, Silver, Gold, Regional, JCT, and National Championship tournaments, all players must have passed the appropriate age-specific referee exam based on their age at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U11 & U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

The referee must be ready and present immediately following the completion of their match.

A player not fulfilling their refereeing responsibilities may lose their current US Squash referee certification and will need to retake the online age-specific referee exam. Current referee certification is required to maintain a US Squash junior ranking.

Additionally, a player who abandons their referee responsibilities will be given zero points for their participation in the event.

Number of Guaranteed Matches

A minimum of 3 scheduled matches will be provided for all players in an accredited tournament. Players are expected to complete all scheduled matches.

Late withdrawals, injuries, or other unexpected events may lead to some players receiving 2 or fewer matches.

*Note: Due to scheduling issues resulting from the structure of the draws, division sizes of 10, 18, and 34 are exceptions to the 3 minimum match policy. In this case two player will receive only 2 matches.

Break Between Matches

For National, Regional, Gold, and JCT events, players will have a minimum of 3 hours between scheduled match start times.

For Silver events, players are recommended to have a minimum of 2 hours between scheduled match start times.

For Bronze events, players are recommended to have a minimum of 1.5 hours between scheduled match start times.

Combined Age Divisions

In some cases, a tournament director may choose to combine age divisions due to low entries or other extenuating factors.

EXAMPLE: If the GU11 division receives 2 entries and the GU13 division receives 5 entries, the tournament director may choose to combine the GU11 and GU13 divisions. In the event divisions are combined, players who are age-eligible for the younger age division may choose to have their points earned from that tournament applied to their ranking in the younger age division.

NOTE: If a player who registered in the lower age division wishes to have their points converted into their standard age division, he or she must communicate this request via email to tournaments@ussquash.org in order to have the points adjusted. Players must make the request to have points converted to the younger age division within 4 weeks of the completion of the tournament. Once the conversion has been made, the points cannot be converted back to the original division at a later date. If a request is not formally sent to US Squash, the points will not be converted.

If there are four or more players who are eligible for the younger age division that has been combined into the older age division, the requesting player will earn points equivalent to their relative finish compared to only players eligible for the younger age division that also participated in the combined division.

EXAMPLE: If five players qualify for the BU11 division by age and the BU11 and BU13 divisions were combined, the player with the best finish out of those five players will receive points for first place in the BU11 division if a points conversion is requested.

If there are three or fewer players in a combined age division who are age-eligible for the younger age group, any players requesting to convert their points to the younger age division will earn the same number of points in the younger age division as they did for their finish in the older combined division.

The player may also choose to not convert their point values into the younger age division and instead take the points in the older age division.

Regular Tournament Registration Deadline (Entry Deadline)

For National, Regional, Gold, and JCT Events: Regular tournament registration closes at 12:00pm (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 3.5 weeks before the start of the event.

For Bronze and Silver events: Regular tournament registration closes 12:00pm (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Wednesday 2.5 weeks before the start of the event.

Entry into a tournament is only guaranteed once regular entry deadline has passed and the cut list has been announced. Prior to the deadline players will be placed on the entrants list in order of their rating. At the regular entry deadline, a cutlist will be formed in oversubscribed divisions.

All players who register for a tournament after the regular entry deadline are considered late entries and will be entered into the division on a first come, first served basis if the division is under the division size cap.

Players per Division

During Stage 2 of the return to competition division sizes reflect the number of ranked players in an age division and are designed to be as inclusive as possible. Each tournament page will clearly specify the size of each division. To summarize the division sizes for each level of tournament:

Division Size
Tournament Type BU11 BU13 BU15 BU17 BU19 GU11 GU13 GU15 GU17 GU19
National Open 24 32 48 48 32 24 32 48 48 32
Regional Championship 8 24 32 32 32 8 24 24 32 24
Gold 24 32 48 48 32 16 32 32 32 32
Silver 8 16 16 16 16 8 16 16 16 16
Bronze* 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

 

  • *In some circumstances Bronze tournament divisions may be expanded to 16 players.

 

Divisions at all tournament require a minimum of 4 players to be an accredited division and offer ranking points. Tournament directors may combine divisions to reach this minimum.

Number of Divisions

For National, Regional, Gold, and JCT events, players may only enter and participate in one division per tournament per weekend.

For Silver events, the tournament director may allow players to participate in multiple divisions. However, players must be prepared to play all matches at their scheduled times and should not expect any scheduling accommodations from the tournament director

For Bronze events, players are only eligible to participate the division that corresponds to their age (i.e. a 12-year-old may only participate in the U13 division at Bronze tournaments).

Cut List

The cut list is released for tournaments after the regular registration deadline to confirm the final player entry list and to indicate which players have been placed on a waitlist in the event of oversubscribed divisions. The cut list will be made public at the regular registration deadline.

All divisions at tournaments are initially open to any player who would like to participate. If entry numbers for any specific division are below the division size cap at the regular registration deadline, all players will be accepted. However, if the entry numbers for any specific division exceed the division size cap at the regular registration deadline in Silver, Gold, JCT, Regional Junior Championship, or National Championship tournament, players will be entered into the tournament in descending order of their rating. Players who do not make the cut in these tournaments will be placed on a waitlist in descending order of their rating and will only be granted entry if a player withdraws and a position becomes available. Entry in Bronze tournaments is granted on a first come, first served basis.

Waitlist

All players who sign up for a tournament after the regular registration deadline (late entrants) will automatically be placed on the waitlist, regardless of draw size at the time of entry. If the draw has not reached the division size cap, the player will be moved to the main draw for the tournament.

If entries exceed the division size limit and a waitlist already exists in a specific division, late entrants will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist behind all players who were originally placed on the waitlist when the cut list was released.

Any player on a waitlist will be considered to be available to participate in the tournament should a space open up due to a withdrawal.

Concurrent Tournament Entry

Players may register for more than one tournament per weekend. However the following policies will be applied:-

At registration deadline of any of the tournament(s)

  1. If a player is waitlisted in all registered tournaments they may stay on the waitlist of those tournaments. If a player is subsequently offered a place in one of those tournaments, and they accept, they will be removed from the waitlist of the other tournament(s). If they reject the offer they will be removed from that tournament and remain on the waitlist of the other(s).
  2. If a player is in the main draw of one tournament and on the waitlist of other(s) at registration deadline they will be removed from the waitlist of all other tournament(s) and a refund for those tournament(s) will be processed.
  3. If a player is in the main draw of more than one tournament at registration deadline, they will remain in the tournament that is geographically closest to their primary residence, regardless of level of tournament. They will be removed from all other tournament(s) without a refund.

Late Entry Management

If there is an available playing position in a division for which a player is registering as a late entrant for, or a playing position otherwise becomes available, that player will be moved from the waitlist into the main draw. Players on a waitlist will be considered to be available to participate in the tournament in this case.

In Regional, Gold, JCT, and National Championships, the waitlist will officially close at 12:00pm NOON (in the time zone of the tournament) 24 hours before the tournament starts. Once the waitlist closes, no player will be moved to the main draw, regardless of last minute withdrawals. Once the waitlist closes, players who did not gain entry into the tournament will be withdrawn and issued a refund.

Registration Close and Locked Division Size

For all junior tournaments, division sizes lock and registration closes at 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the tournament.

Division sizes will not increase in size once they lock even if those divisions are below the tournament size limit. Registration will be taken down and players will no longer be able to register or request a change in division.

NOTE: Any waitlisted players will still be moved to the main draw to replace any withdrawing players until the waitlist closes at 12:00pm (noon) 24 hours before the tournament starts.

Late Withdrawal Deadline

For all junior accredited events, the late withdrawal deadline is at 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Monday prior the start of the tournament.

Late withdrawal penalties can be found in the “Tournament Withdrawal and Match Default” section above.

Division Start Times

Division start times indicate the earliest possible match time a player can expect to receive within their division.

  • National, Regional, Gold, and JCT events: division start times will be released online by Friday at 5pm in the time zone of the tournament one week before the tournaments starts.
  • Bronze and Silver events: division start times are not required to be released.

Player Start Times

Player start times are the assigned match time for a player’s first match in a tournament:

  • Regional, Gold, JCT, and U.S. Championships: individual player start times will be released upon release of the full online draws by 5:00pm Wednesday in the time zone of the tournament.
  • For Bronze and Silver events, player start times will be released by 5:00pm in the time zone of the tournament on the Tuesday before the start of an event.

Draws

For all junior tournaments, online draws will be available by 5:00pm in the time zone of the tournament on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament.

Eligibility to Compete in Accredited Junior Tournaments

All players in US Squash accredited junior squash tournaments, must be current members of US Squash through the last day of the tournament in which they are competing.

All players must be age-eligible through the last day of the tournament in which they are competing.

Players competing in Bronze, Silver, Regional, Gold, JCT, and National Championship tournaments are required to have passed the correct age-specific online referee exam before entering the event.

Age Group Exam Required
U11 & U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

A player may enter any level of junior tournament regardless of their ranking. However, divisions in Silver, Gold, JCT, Regional Championship, and U.S. Championship tournaments are limited in size, and entry is granted to the highest-ranked players that apply by the regular registration deadline. Entry in Bronze tournaments is granted on a first come, first served basis.

In certain instances, such as a significant lack of girls’ or adult competition in the region, girls may be permitted to compete in boys’ divisions at accredited tournaments. This is permitted only upon the submission of a formal request to US Squash and subsequent approval. Any request must be submitted to tournaments@ussquash.com by 5:00pm on the Friday four full weeks before the start of the tournament.

Regional Junior Championships (Closed)

During Stage 2 of the return to competition there will be two weekends allocated for Regional Championships. The weekend of May 29-31 and August 13-15. These regional tournaments are restricted to players who maintain their primary residence in the region where the tournament is hosted.

ELIGIBILITY

Players must have primary residency in the region of the Regional Junior Championships (Closed) tournament in which they are participating. A primary residence is defined by where a player resides for the majority of a year. For example: if a player lives in PA, and they attend boarding school in MA, they may only participate in the New England Junior Championships (Closed).

All players must be current US Squash members.

All players must have passed the appropriate age-based referee exam at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U11 & U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 Level 4

 

Players are eligible to participate according to the following regional divisions:

  • The New England Regional Junior Championships
    • Includes only players living in CT, MA. RI, ME, NH, VT
  • The New York Regional Championships
    • Includes only players living in NY
  • The Pennsylvania and New Jersey Regional Championships
    • Includes only players residing in PA, NJ
  • The Mid-Atlantic and South East Regional Junior Championships
    • Includes only players living in these states: DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA
  • The Midwest and Texas Regional Junior Championships
    • Includes only players living in these states: AL, AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MS, OK, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, WV, TX
  • The West Coast Regional Junior Championships
    • Includes players living in these states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY

The following adjustments will be made to past junior rankings policies regarding the the number of tournaments that can be played during the summer that will apply to rankings in Stage 3, as well as the number of tournaments that will determine the ranking divisor upon the resumption of junior points-based rankings in the fall.

  1. Players may participate in as many tournaments (of any level) as desired during Stage 2 (May 28 – September 8, 2021).
  2. During Stage 2, points earned from a maximum of four tournaments per division will be factored into player ranking and exposure count. If a player chooses to participate in more than four tournaments during Stage 2, only the four highest points-earning tournaments per age division will be used – any additional tournaments played in Stage 2 beyond these four tournaments will not impact ranking or exposure count.
  3. When a player has played fewer than 4 tournaments during Stage 2, then beginning in Stage 3 that player’s ranking will include the assigned phantom points. For instance, if a player competes in 1 tournament during Stage 2, then his/her ranking will be calculated using the points from that 1 tournament plus the points from the 3 remaining phantom tournaments.
  4. When points-based rankings begin in Stage 3, the amount of tournament exposures that determine the ranking divisor will be adjusted to the following:
  • Up to 12 tournaments: divisor of 4
  • 13-15 tournaments: divisor of 5
  • Divisor number continues to increase by 1 for each subsequent 3 tournaments added (16-18: 6, etc.)

Ratings Based Accredited Tournament Guidelines and Policies

Junior Ratings Based Tournament StructureJunior Rankings Structure PoliciesCut List Calculations, Processes, and PoliciesSeeding Calculations, Processes, and PoliciesTournament Withdrawal and Match DefaultTournament Procedure PoliciesEntry Management and Tournament Timelines Tournament Eligibility Criteria

Tournament Types

The ratings based junior tournament framework is intended to provide competitive play for players of all skill levels, from beginner to elite, crossing age groups and genders.

Duration

Tournaments can be 1, 2 or 3 days long.

Divisions Offered

Divisions offered per event will be dependent on the tournament director. Options include:-

  • Based on age: U11, U13, U15, U17, U19, U23, 19+, 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+
  • Based on rating: U2.5, U3.0, U3.5, U4.0, U4.5, U5.0, U5.5, 5.5+
  • Both types offer options for both single sex and co-ed divisions

Division Size

Divisions will be limited in size as follow and may further depend upon the occupancy limits as stated by local authority guidelines.

  • 1-day events – division size limit 8
  • 2-day events – division size limit 16
  • 3-day events – division size limit 32

Tournament Size

The maximum capacity of the tournament may depend upon local, state or federal guidelines regarding gathering limits.

The Ratings-Based Ranking System

Ratings seamlessly integrate competition between players of different genders and ages, and between juniors and adults.

Ratings Based Rankings

  • Ratings-based rankings will be viewable on the US Squash website at the national and state level. District and Facility-based rankings will also be available.
  • Players will only be ranked in their age group. They cannot be ranked in older age groups.
  • To ensure inclusion in the rankings, players must be a current US Squash member and have passed the age-based referee exam for the age division in which they will be ranked, and player profiles should also be updated with the most recent home address information and date of birth. Membership verification, referee certifications and address updates can all be done through a player’s Club Locker profile, reached by logging in to their account on the US Squash website. Players are also asked to verify their high school graduation year, available on the “demographics” tab when editing their player profile.
Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 and Adult Level 4
  • Ratings are processed daily and national and district rankings are recorded on player profiles every Wednesday by 5:00am EST.

Ratings FAQs

Aging Up Into a New Division

Ratings are equivalent across age groups and genders. Therefore when a player ages up into a new age group they will take their full rating and place in the list at the appropriate place relative to their peers.

Cut List Calculations, Processes, and Policies

When a division is oversubscribed, a cut list is created to determine which players directly enter the tournament, and which are placed on a wait list. The cutlist will be formed by player rating at registration deadline.

Seeding Calculations, Processes, and Policies

In any given draw, players will be seeded in order of their US Squash rating as of the Wednesday 1.5 weeks before the start of the event in the appropriate age or skill division.

Late withdrawals after the draws have been released may be replaced with the next player on the waitlist.

US Squash reserves the right to entirely reseed the draw in the case of a late withdrawal.

US Squash may use its discretion, and will consult with the local tournament director, when seeding foreign players or U.S. players with little or no tournament exposure, to seed players accurately with the goal of balanced and fair draws.

Late Withdraw

For all accredited tournaments, a player may withdraw without penalty before 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Monday prior to the start of the tournament. Any withdrawal after this deadline and before the start of a player’s first match is considered a late withdrawal. Any player who is registered for a tournament and does not show up to play is also considered a late withdrawal. Doctor’s notes are not accepted to waive late withdrawal penalties.

Any player who withdraws late from a tournament 3 times in a 3 month period is subject to the code of conduct and may be suspended from competition for a 4 week period.

 

Mid-Tournament Defaults

The tournament director may default a player if that player has not arrived on court by 15 minutes after the scheduled match time. Players who default a match in a tournament also default any subsequent scheduled matches. Players may be permitted to continue in the tournament at the discretion of the tournament director. In making these decisions, the tournament director will take into consideration the level of communication with the player, court availability, and any other relevant specific factors. In no case is the tournament director obligated to make special accommodations for a player.

Players are expected to arrive at each tournament with the intention of playing and completing all scheduled matches. Any player deemed to have needlessly defaulted out of a tournament will receive a mid-tournament default penalty and be subject to the code of conduct.

If a player begins a tournament but is unable to complete all scheduled matches due to illness or injury, the conduct process can be waived with a doctor’s note. The doctor’s note must be submitted via email to tournaments@ussquash.com within one week of the last day of the tournament. The doctor’s note cannot be written by a family member and must be from an independent source.

Scoring

Standard point-a-rally scoring (PAR) to 11 points will be used in all accredited junior tournaments. All matches in accredited junior tournaments are best-of-5 games.

Refereeing Requirements

In all US Squash accredited play, players are responsible for refereeing their peers. Winners are responsible for officiating after their match–the winner acts as referee and marker–unless released by the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director may also ask players to referee matches at other times or on other courts.

Referees should know and understand all World Squash Federation Softball Singles Rules.

To sign up for and participate in ratings based tournaments, all players must have passed the appropriate age-specific referee exam based on their age at the time of the tournament.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 and Adult Level 4

 

A player not fulfilling their refereeing responsibilities may lose their current US Squash referee certification and will need to retake the online age-specific referee exam. Current referee certification is required to maintain a US Squash junior ranking.

Additionally, a player who abandons their referee responsibilities will be subject to the code of conduct.

Number of Guaranteed Matches

The minimum number of scheduled matches depends on the duration of the tournament. Players are expected to complete all scheduled matches.

  • 1-day event – 2 matches
  • 2-day event – 3 matches
  • 3-day event – 3 matches

Late withdrawals, injuries, or other unexpected events may lead to some players receiving 2 or fewer matches.

Break Between Matches

For ratings-based events, players will have a minimum of 2 hours between scheduled match start times.

Regular Tournament Registration Deadline (Entry Deadline)

For ratings based events registration deadline is 12:00pm (in the time zone of the tournament) on the Monday prior to the start of the event. Registration will be taken down at the registration deadline and no more entries will be allowed.

Before the regular entry deadline players will be placed on the entrants list on a first come first served basis. At regular entry deadline a cutlist will be formed in oversubscribed divisions.

Players per Division

Division sizes will be limited to 4, 8, 12, 16. The specific division size cap per division varies based on tournament type, region of the tournament, and division. Each tournament page will clearly specify the size of each division.

Divisions at all types of tournament require a minimum of 3 players to be an accredited division. Tournament directors may combine divisions to reach this minimum.

Number of Divisions

For ratings based events, players may only enter and participate in one division

Cut List

The cut list is released by tournaments after the regular registration deadline to confirm the final player entry list and to indicate which players have been placed on a waitlist in the event of oversubscribed divisions. The cut list will be made public at the regular registration deadline.

All divisions at tournaments are initially open to any player who would like to participate. If entry numbers for any specific division are below the division size cap at the regular registration deadline, all players will be accepted. However, if the entry numbers for any specific division exceed the division size cap at the regular registration deadline, players will be entered into the tournament by rating. Players who do not make the cut in these tournaments will be placed on a waitlist in order of their rating and will only be granted entry if a player withdraws and a position becomes available.

Waitlist

All players who sign up for a tournament after the regular registration deadline (late entrants) will automatically be placed on the waitlist, regardless of draw size at the time of entry. If the draw has not reached the division size cap, the player will be moved to the main draw for the tournament.

If entries exceed the division size limit and a waitlist already exists in a specific division, late entrants will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist behind all players who were originally placed on the waitlist when the cut list was released.

Any player on a waitlist will be considered to be available to participate in the tournament should a space open up due to a withdrawal.

Late Entry Management

If there is an available playing position in a division for which a player is registering as a late entrant for, or a playing position otherwise becomes available, that player will be moved from the waitlist into the main draw. Players on a waitlist will be considered to be available to participate in the tournament in this case.

The waitlist will officially close at 12:00pm NOON (in the time zone of the tournament) 24 hours before the tournament starts. Once the waitlist closes, no player will be moved to the main draw, regardless of last-minute withdrawals. Once the waitlist closes, players who did not gain entry into the tournament will be withdrawn and issued a refund minus the $10 processing fee.

Late Withdrawal Deadline

For all accredited events, the late withdrawal deadline is at 12:00pm (noon) in the time zone of the tournament on the Monday prior the start of the tournament.

Late withdrawal penalties can be found in the “Tournament Procedure Policies” section above.

Draws

For all accredited tournaments, online draws will be available by 5:00pm in the time zone of the tournament on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament.

Eligibility to Compete in Accredited Tournaments

All players in US Squash accredited squash tournaments, must be current members of US Squash through the last day of the tournament in which they are competing.

All players must be age-eligible through the last day of the tournament in which they are competing.

Players competing in ratings based tournaments are required to have passed the correct age-specific online referee exam before entering the event.

Age Group Exam Required
U13 Level 1
U15 Level 2
U17 Level 3
U19 and Adult Level 4

 

A player may enter any level of tournament regardless of their rating. However, divisions will be limited in size, and entry is granted on a first come first served basis.

Girls and Women may be permitted to compete in Boys’ and Mens’ divisions at ratings based accredited tournaments.

Residence Eligibility

Entry into ratings-based tournaments may be closed to members or residents of the designated area. Each tournament will specify if it is Facility, District, State, Regional or Open and only players within those organizations will be allowed to compete.

The geographical reach of the tournament will take into account any local, state or federal guidelines on the return to sports as well as any acting travel advisories.

Facility membership will be based on a players affiliation on their Club Locker profile.

Residence will be based on a player’s address as listed on their Club Locker profile.

District tournaments will only be open to players affiliated to that District.

Players are eligible to participate according to the following regional divisions:

The Connecticut Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes only players living in CT

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes only players living in these states: DC, DE, MD, VA

The Midwest Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes only players living in these states: IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, WV

The New England Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

The New York Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: NY, Northern NJ (including counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren)

The Pennsylvania Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: PA, Central NJ (including counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem)

The Southern Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX

The Western Regional Junior Championships

  • Includes players living in these states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY

     

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