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Updated August 20, 2021

Following a recent surge in the pandemic,  shifting local government guidelines, and after extensive consultation with our Junior Squash Advisory Panel, our Medical Advisory Committee and our National Championships Committee, several additional safety measures are being put in place for accredited events effective from September 3, 2021.

We believe providing as safe an environment as reasonably possible is our responsibility and is what the community expects and wants from us. We certainly understand if some people remain hesitant to participate, or participate and travel extensively – these are unusual times, and everyone must individually and as a family balance the risks versus the benefits of the activities in which they engage.

It is our hope that these measures will help ensure squash events remain as safe as they have been, allowing them to continue, serving an important role in sustaining the sport for competitors, for the host facilities, tournament directors and teaching pros.

 

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Vaccination Requirements

  • Proof of vaccination must be provided, on or before the first day, by any player participating in a US Squash accredited tournament (except those participating in the U11 and U13 divisions of a junior tournament). All spectators at tournaments must also provide proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days after the second shot if a two does vaccine or first shot if a one dose vaccine. For example, if the last shot was given on August 2, a player would be deemed to be fully vaccinated on August 16. The following lists tournaments included in this requirement.
    • All players in the U15, U17 and U19 divisions of any junior accredited tournament,
    • All players participating in an Adult or Skill level accredited event,
    • All players participating in a US Championship,
    • Any tournament spectators (limited to 2 per player)
  • Players and spectators must upload their vaccination record using this form
  • Exemptions on Medical or Religious grounds may be given for players only. In this case players must wear a mask on court at all times, as well as off court. They will also need to undergo rapid testing each day of the tournament.
    • To submit for a religious exemption, complete this form.
    • To submit for a medical exemption, complete this form.

COVID-19 Test Requirements - 3 days before event

  • For US Championships, JCT and Gold tournaments, which require national travel, all players in all age divisions must submit evidence of a negative COVID test taken within 3 calendar days of the first day of the tournament. For example, if a tournament started on August 13, the test must be administered on or after August 10. Please see below FAQs for details of types of test that are acceptable. Or players must be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
  • For Junior Silver and Bronze tournaments, and all Adult and Skill level tournament, where travel is restricted, evidence of a negative COVID test is strongly recommended.
  • No exemptions for testing will be given
  • If a player tests positive, they will not be accepted into the tournament. Players in this case will be refunded and no penalty will be applied.

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COVID-19 Rapid Test Requirements

  • For US Championships, and JCT tournaments, all players will undergo a rapid test the day of the tournament.
  • If a player tests positive they will be allowed to take two further rapid tests. If both subsequent tests return a negative result the player will be allowed to participate in the tournament. If one more is positive the player will not be allowed to participate.
  • If a player tests positive, they will not be accepted into the tournament. Players in this case will be refunded and no penalty will be applied.
  • For Junior Gold, Silver and Bronze tournaments, and Adult and Skill Level tournaments, rapid testing of participants is recommended.

Masking

  • All players and all spectators must wear a mask at all times off court.
  • For US Championships and JCT tournaments players participating in the U15, U17 and U19 divisions and all Adult divisions will be allowed to play their match on court without a mask. Players participating in Adult or Skill level tournament will also be allowed to play without a mask. However, in this case players are still recommended to play with a mask to curb transmission of the virus whilst playing.
  • For Gold, Silver and Bronze tournaments U15, U17 and U19 players must wear a mask on court.

* where a tournament director of a Junior Gold tournament elects to carry out rapid testing, players in the U15, 17, 19 divisions will be allowed to compete on court without masks.

  • U11 and U13 players must wear a mask on court for all tournaments.
  • Players are recommended to continue to play and practice with a facemask.

Spectators

A maximum of 2 spectators per player will be allowed into the squash court area, be they parents, friends or coaches

Scheduling

  • For all tournaments the U11 and U13 divisions will be played at separate venues where possible. Where not feasible, these divisions will be played separately from U15, U17 and U19 divisions with as little mixing as possible between the two groups.

What types of COVID-19 test are acceptable to be taken within 3 calendar days of the tournament?

Players must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT). Examples of available NAATs for SARS-CoV-2 include but are not restricted to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP), transcription-mediated amplification (TMA), nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR), and helicase-dependent amplification (HDA). The test used must be authorized for use by the FDA.

Examples:

  • Diagnostic Lab Test (PCR): The RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel Test – NAAT is used to detect genetic material (mRNA) of the coronavirus and will be sent to a laboratory to determine results in a variable amount of time†.(Pixel/Quest) $119
  • Rapid Antigen Test
    • Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, Enabled by eMed, utilizes a digital platform to virtually guide the user through the test process from beginning to end. The test delivers results in just 15 minutes with no instrumentation, using proven lateral flow technology. EMed MUST be used with results trhough the NAVICA APP. A photo of the result is not accepted.

NAVICA, Abbott’s complementary smartphone app, provides a Digital Health Pass with BinaxNOW test results to show where people gather such as workplaces, schools, events, and when traveling.

  • Results reporting in 15 minutes
  • Test sensitivity of 97.1% and specificity of 98.5%
  • Third-party verification ensures authentication
  • Digital Health Results sent to mobile app with Digital Health Pass or Guide To Care Instructions
  • 24/7 Live Support – eMed certified guides & customer support agents

https://www.emed.com/products/covid-at-home-testkit-six-pack?hsLang=en)

  • Ellume COVID-19 Home Test – The test includes a nasal swab with protect child adapter, a dropper, processing fluid, and a Bluetooth®connected analyzer for use with an app on your phone. ($45)

https://www.ellumehealth.com/products/consumer-products/covid-home-test/

What information must be included on the test result?

A test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy). The documentation must include:

  1. Type of test (indicating it is a NAAT or antigen test)
  2. Entity issuing the result (e.g. laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service)
  3. Specimen collection date. A negative test result must show the specimen was collected within the 3 days before the first day of the tournament. A positive test result for documentation of recovery from COVID-19 must show the specimen was collected within the 3 months before the first day of the tournament.
  4. Information that identifies the person (full name plus date of birth)
  5. Test Result

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine or have tested positive for antibodies? Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?

Yes, at this time all players, regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.

What is the justification for letting people who recently recovered from COVID-19 participate without a negative test? What about reinfections??

People who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after their infection. CDC does not recommended retesting within 3 months after a person with COVID-19 first developed symptoms (or the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test if their infection was asymptomatic). Even if they have recovered from COVID-19, people who develop symptoms of COVID-19 should not participate and should seek care for testing and evaluation. This guidance may be updated as additional information about people who have recovered from COVID-19 becomes available.

Can US Squash help me get a refund for travel expenses if I have to cancel or delay travel because of testing requirements?

US Squash does not reimburse and is unable to help travelers get reimbursements for travel expenses as a result of canceled or delayed travel because of COVID-19 or testing requirements.

Will US Squash reimburse me for the cost of a COVID-19 test?

US Squash is not able to reimburse travelers for COVID-19 testing fees. You may wish to contact your insurance provider or the location that provided your test about payment options.

US SQUASH Broadcast Policy

US Squash has been and, in the future, will be entering into agreements with media companies to provide coverage for its various events. There are limitations imposed by these media companies on the spectators at these events, including coach, athlete and volunteer members of US Squash, prohibiting photographing, videotaping and other audio/visual recordings for commercial non-personal use, and broadcasting, publishing and disseminating the product for any and all commercial purposes, and are therefore prohibited without express written permission from US Squash.

Any photographs, videotape or other audio and/or visual recordings of the event created by a spectator may be used solely for such spectator’s personal non-commercial use, and may not be broadcast, published or disseminated, or used for any commercial purposes, without the prior written consent of US Squash. This policy allows for videotaping, filming, digitally recording and photography for educational and personal purposes, however prohibits others from taping and then attempting to sell or post on other sites.  Use of a photographic or recording device within the court, other than by parties approved by US Squash, is prohibited. Live-streaming videos taken during accredited play is prohibited, including, but not limited to, services such as Youtube, Periscope and Meerkat, unless previously approved by US Squash.

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Further Restrictions Applicable in the Case of Minors

Third party photography or recording of participants under the age of 18, other than by those approved by US Squash, is prohibited.  In the case of participants under the age of 18, a participant involved in a match or that participant’s relatives, coach or guardian are permitted to use a photographic or recording device outside of the court. In all instances, US Squash policies related to appropriate use of this content must be followed. In order to reduce the risk of misuse, US Squash does not recommend location-tagging of videos or photos.

This policy, which applies to all accredited competition, inter-relates with other policies and guidelines designed to foster a positive and safe environment for all players, parents, coaches, and spectators. These include, but are not limited to: the US Squash Code of Conduct; the Abuse, Harassment, Bullying and Hazing Policy; and practices espoused by the national SafeSport initiative.

Policies from facilities at which competitions occur may also place additional restrictions beyond those mentioned in this policy.

Examples of the Broadcast Policy applied to regularly occurring situations:

Appropriate Actions and Use:

    • Videotaping one’s own matches to review technique and tactics with the goal of improving one’s own future performance;
    • Photographs or video taken by a parent, player or coach of the players directly involved in the match.
    • Recording matches of personal significance: tournaments or matches of adult players for a personal library of footage;

Inappropriate Actions and Use:

    • Posting of match footage for public viewing online;
    • Third party use of any photographs or video through social media;
    • Any use in connection with disrespectful or bullying comments;
    • A third party requesting permission from parents of an under-18 participant to film a match, or simply filming without permission. This includes a coach, player, or parent of a non-participating player taking scouting footage.

US SQUASH Protective Eyewear Policy

The risk of eye injury in racquet sports such as squash is “high” according to the American Academies of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, the American Optometric Association, and eye care professionals who have studied sports eye injuries. Fortunately, these injuries are almost totally preventable with appropriate protective equipment.

    • All players and coaches must wear protective eyewear whether playing singles or doubles, hardball or softball squash during all activities that take place on the court involving racquets and balls at US Squash-only accredited events.
    • The eyewear must meet or exceed the current American Society for Testing and Materials standard (ASTM-F803). To be used in competition, protective eyewear must appear on the ASTM reference listing.
    • The eyewear must be unaltered and worn over the eyes as designed at all times.
    • The policy applies to participants at all events in the United States including tournaments, exhibitions, clinics and leagues which are accredited only by the US Squash or organized by its member districts.
    • Players under 19 years of age participating in Junior competitions internationally must wear approved eyewear at all times.
    • Members of Team USA (Men and Women) are strongly encouraged to wear protective eyewear while competing in international events.

US Squash will maintain a reference list of ASTM approved eyewear but does not test, evaluate, or certify eyewear as compliant with ASTM-F803.

Selecting protective eyewear that meets or exceeds the ASTM-F803 standard is the responsibility of individual participants. Streetwear spectacles and unlensed eye protection do not meet the standard. In some cases eyewear manufacturers may assert their products are compliant with the standard or the products may carry the seal of an independent certifier such as the Protective Eyewear Certification Council. However, US Squash recommends seeking advice from an eyewear professional before buying to insure that the eyewear meets or exceeds the ASTM-F803 standard.

Download a printable version of the ASTM-F803 Approved Eyewear List

APPROVED

The companies below assert these eyewear models have been tested and meet the ASTM-F803 standard for eye protection. If you have knowledge indicating otherwise, please send an email to office@ussquash.com.

Black Knight Action Eyes Stiletto
Black Knight Action Eyes Turbo
Black Knight Action Eyes Turbo Junior
Black Knight Lasers
Black Knight Sight Guards
Black Knight Kona
Black Knight Kona Junior
Black Knight Lynx
E-Force Crystal Wrap
E-Force Dual Focus
Ektelon Scopa Slim
Ektelon Speed
Ektelon Strobe
Ektelon Strobe 2009
Ektelon Vendetta
Dunlop I-Armor Protective Eyewear
Dunlop I-Armor Junior Eyewear
Gearbox Vision
Harrow Radar
Harrow Banzai
Harrow Shield Pro

HEAD Impulse
HEAD Pro Elite
HEAD Raptor
HEAD Rave
i-MASK, WARNING: For i-MASK users: Polycarbonate spectacle lenses should be used if spectacles are worn under protective eyewear.
Oliver Mirage
Oliver Prolite
Prince Speed
Prince Pro Lite
Prince Pro Lite II
Prince Scopa Slim
Python Rad Turbo Amber/Lens
Python Rad Turbo
Swans Sports Eye Guard
Tecnifibre Absolute Squash
Tourna Specs Clear
Wilson Jet Eyewear
Wilson Lynx
Wilson nVue Eyewear
Wilson Vents Hope Squash

UNAPPROVED

The following eyewear models have NOT been confirmed as having been tested or having met the ASTM-F803 standard for eye protection and are therefore are NOT currently approved for use in order to be compliant with the US. Squash Protective Eyewear Policy. If you have knowledge indicating otherwise, please send an email to office@ussquash.com.

Ektelon Attitude
Ektelon Mirage II
Ektelon More Game
Ektelon Quantum
Feather Eyewear – all models
Harrow Rudy Project – all models
HEAD Master
HEAD PowerZone Shield Junior
HEAD PowerZone Shield
I.X. Power Pro
I.X. Talbot Speed Pro

Oakley – all models
Rudy Project – all models
S&W Eyewear – all models
Vents Eyewear
Vents Junior
Wilson GPS
Wilson Triple X Squash
Wilson Vents Cadet
Wilson Vents Squash Goggles

ASTM International, known until 2001 as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.

The ASTM-F803 specification covers eye protectors, designed for use by players of racket sports, women’s lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, baseball, and soccer that minimize or significantly reduce injury to the eye and adnexa due to impact and penetration by racket-sport rackets and balls, women’s lacrosse and field hockey sticks and balls, baseballs, soccer balls, hands, elbows, and fingers. Protective eyewear offers protection only to the eyes and does not protect other parts of the head.

Junior Policy

A transgender athlete under the age of 18 should be allowed to participate in US Squash accredited events in accordance with his/her/their gender identity, irrespective of the sex listed on the athlete’s birth certificate or other records, and regardless of whether the athlete has undergone any medical procedure or treatments.

Adult Policies

    1. A transgender male (FTM) athlete may participate in men’s or mixed competitions without restriction, but is no longer eligible to compete in a women’s competition if undergoing hormone (testosterone) treatment.
    2. A transgender female (MTF) athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication may participate in women’s competition after completing one calendar year of testosterone suppression treatment. She may continue to participate in men’s competitions until the year of treatment is complete and general policies guiding participation will apply.
    3. Any transgender athlete who is not taking hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate in competition in accordance with his or her assigned birth sex.
        1. General policies guiding participation will apply to transgender male (FTM) athlete who is not taking testosterone related to gender transition.
        2. A transgender female (MTF) athlete who is not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete on a women’s team.

Recognizing excellence is a core goal of US Squash, and central to this goal is awarding national championships to the best competitors across different versions of the sport and varied age divisions.

US Squash engages in regular re-evaluation of its championship structure, utilizing the National Championship Committee, to ensure continued integrity with how championships are structured and champions recognized.

Term Definitions:

    • National Championship(s): A tournament held in which winners of some or all divisions determine a national champion.
    • Championship Division: A division within a National Championship(s) in which the winner is honored as a national champion.
    • National Champion: The individual, or team, honored as a U.S. champion through virtue of winning a Championship Division.
    • Open Division: A division in which players of any age or skill level may participate assuming other requirements have been met. For the purposes of this document, an “Open Division” does denote whether or not non-U.S. citizens can compete in that division.
    • Age Division: A division in which players are restricted to participate if they are younger, or older in the case of junior tournaments, than the age cutoff.

Key Principles:

To determine a national champion, a tournament or division should:

    • recognize those who are the best competitors nationally in the specific competition in which they are playing, whether in an open or age division;
    • have demonstrated a significant level of participation in a given year;
    • meet other specific qualifications, including age, for that division.

Criteria:

Based on the above principles, US Squash follows the below standards and criteria for awarding national championships and designating championship divisions.  Criteria apply across all versions of the game and apply equally, unless specifically noted otherwise. Versions include, but are not limited to: Singles/Doubles Softball, Singles/Doubles Hardball, Squash 57 (English Racketball).

Awarding National Championships

A National Championships must be representative of a version of the sport that has adequate participation across many regions of the country in which the sport is played. Versions of the sport that are localized in a particular region should not be eligible for a National Championships until participation has grown into multiple regions.

The National Championships should be made up of divisions in which there is a reasonable amount of accredited play occurring during the season, such as US Squash accredited leagues and tournaments.

NOTE: Consideration for versions of the game with lower overall participation numbers should be given to those which are showing sustained growth that is expected to continue.

Process for Certification and Decertification: This process evaluates existing or potential tournaments based on the criteria in this document.

    • Certification: In general, a minimum of two-year trial process be set for certifying a new event as a National Championships. In this time, the tournament would aim to clearly establish itself as meeting the criteria for a National Championships, along with an expectation of sustainability.
    • Decertification: The National Championships Committee may make a recommendation to the US Squash Board for a tournament to be decertified as a National Championships. This triggers a two-year process where recent prior participants of that tournament would be notified of the recommendation for decertification, and the areas in which the version of the sport or the National Championships needs to make progress to avoid decertification. At the end of the two-year timeframe, the National Championships Committee makes a follow-up recommendation to the board.

NOTE:  Hardball Squash Doubles presents opportunities for novel combinations of top-level players, even if those combinations are not competed in actively during the season, such as the Century or Father/Son Championships. These tournaments may not have robust equivalent accredited play throughout the season, however often involve elite players who are competing actively in hardball doubles throughout the year. They should still be evaluated based on the established criteria, while recognizing their unique positioning.

    • Designating Championship Divisions
        • Individual participants or teams must be scheduled to play at least three matches, against three different opponents or teams, over the course of the tournament (e.g. a minimum of four entrants in singles, or four teams in doubles or team competitions)
            • Both traditional draws or round robin formats are acceptable

           

            • Unexpected events leading to fewer matches, such as late withdraws or injury defaults, does not preclude a championship from being awarded

       

        • In the event divisions are combined, a national champion is only determined in the division played
            • If a men’s 45+ division did not have enough players and was combined with the men’s 40+, only a men’s 40+ champion would be recognized

           

            • Should a division already qualify as a championship division, it should not be combined with a younger division. In the above example, if there were adequate players to compete for a championship in a 45+ division, it should not be combined with the 40+, even if the 40+ was undersubscribed

       

        • National champion titles should be awarded only in open or age divisions. Skill level division winners (other than the top skill level at the national championships event) are not considered national champions
            • Only the winning team in the A division of Howe Cup, the top men’s and women’s divisions at the US Squash Skill Level Championships, or the top team at the U.S. High School Team Championships are considered national champions

       

        • The National Championships Committee should evaluate championship divisions annually on whether the best national competitors at that age or version of the game are competing for the championship. The following considerations are considered when making their evaluations and recommendation to the board:
            • Are players ranked at the top of that division, and/or the best eligible players, participating in the national championship?

           

            • Was a lower level of competition in a division a single-year phenomenon, or a pattern over time?

           

            • Are participants competing at a high level of play in related divisions over time or during the season?

       

National Championships Committee

The National Championships Committee is responsible for two primary duties (1) reviewing the criteria for national championships periodically and recommending any adjustments to the US Squash Board, and (2) evaluating potential and existing National Championships and National Championship Divisions based on the established criteria for the purposes of making a certification or de-certification recommendation to the US Squash Board. The National Championships Committee is separate from individual committees established to encourage participation across national championships.

The US Squash Codes of Conduct exist to elevate and maintain the high standard of sportsmanship in squash competition. They have been developed to maintain enjoyment and safety during accredited play, and are aligned with US Squash values of fairness, sportsmanship and respect.

Click here for US Squash Code of Conduct
 

 

 

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