TDWSA Rules

TDWSA RULES

A. GENERAL

1/ The Toronto & District Squash Association, Women’s League, (hereafter called “TDWSA”), shall consist of female players who are members of local Clubs and which Clubs shall be members of Squash Ontario.

2/ The TDWSA is sanctioned by Squash Ontario, the provincial squash association recognized by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Health Promotion & Sport.  As such, we abide by the policies of the association, one of which is the Regional League Code of Conduct.

3/ The TDWSA shall have a League Executive Committee, which shall be made up of the Chair, Treasurer, Division Convenors, and other positions as determined.

  • a) Members of the Executive Committee are volunteers who are generally recruited.
  • b) Any player interested in being a part of the Executive Committee is encouraged to notify the Chair at info@tdwsa.com of their interest and request a copy of the TDWSA Constitution and Bylaws for review.

4/ Leagues, Divisions, and Zones

  • a) The TDWSA offers the following seasonal Leagues:
    – Winter League
    – Summer League
  • b) The Winter League is comprised of teams in up to five divisions: “A”, “B”, ‘C”, “D” and “E”.
  • c) Divisions generally have between 5 and 10 teams.  When a sufficient number of teams register in any one division, that division may be divided into zones (usually assigned geographically).
  • d) The Summer League consists of an A/B division and a C/D division.

5/ Boundaries

The boundaries of the TDWSA encompass the Metropolitan Toronto area, and include outside boundaries of Oakville, Georgetown, Brampton, Newmarket, Markham, Richmond Hill, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa. Clubs located outside these designated boundaries may make an application to the TDWSA before the start of the season for consideration to play in the League. Applications should be submitted in writing to the TDWSA Chair at info@tdwsa.com.

6/ Schedule

  • a) The Winter League schedule runs from approximately the 1st week in October to approximately the 2nd week in December, and resumes the 2nd week of January to March/April. The week immediately following the end of regularly scheduled matches is left open to allow teams to schedule “make-up” matches (where time permits). The greatest effort is made to avoid scheduling any matches during March break. Immediately after the end of the regular scheduled season, playoffs will commence. Games are held on non-observed holidays such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day.
  • b) The Summer League schedule runs from approximately the 3rd week in May to July.  Divisions and playoffs will be formed based on the number of team registrations.

7/ Social

One of the goals of the TDWSA is to foster camaraderie among women in squash and teams are strongly encouraged to participate in a post-match social experience. Please refer to the Captain’s Responsibilities for more information about the social component of League participation.

8/ Balls

Teams are required to provide squash balls for the season. Home teams may use balls for two home nights (4 matches), provided the logo is still visible on the ball.

9/ Safety

  • a) The safety of all players is of utmost importance and all players are required to abide by the World Squash Singles Rules as laid out by the World Squash Federation. The main difference being that, in the TDWSA, games are scored to 15 points and, in the event the score reaches 14-all, the game continues until one player leads by 2 points.
  • b) Junior players MUST wear appropriate eye guards for all League matches, and it is recommended that all players wear eye protection during League matches.

10/ Courts

In the case where a club has North American, Racquetball converted courts, or has unusual court construction, their use is permitted for regular season play only. An alternate location will be arranged for play off play.

  1. TEAM AND PLAYER REGISTRATION

1/ Clubs shall register online at www.squashnut.com .  At the time of registration the team captain needs to be designated.

2/ Entry Fee

  • a) The Winter League entry fee is $100.00/team. Payment is due by the date specified on the entry form (typically one month after the registration deadline). Failure to remit payment by the Due date will result in a penalty of 1 point per week until paid.
  • b) The Summer C/D League entry fee is $50.00/team. Teams that have not submitted their registration by the date specified on the entry form will be charged a late fee of $15.00.  Teams that have not submitted their entry fee by the first night of matches will not be scored.
  • c) The Summer A/B League entry fee is $25/person. Individuals who have not submitted their registration by the date specified by the A/B Convenor will be charged a $5 late fee.

3/ Team Roster

  • d) Prior to the captain’s meeting, each captain must input a team roster on Squashnut.  Teams must register a minimum of 4 players in all divisions. Captains cannot register/add players when entering the scores.  Players MUST be entered in advance through the methods outlined above.

4/ All players must be registered to participate in the TDWSA League.  There are 2 ways to register a player:

  • a)  Be listed on a team roster as outlined above.
  • b) Captain contacts the convenor of your division a minimum of 24 hours in advance of play to have player added.
  • c) The convenor will review all rosters and requests to register players to ensure players are playing in a division appropriate to their skill level.

5/ If a player changes clubs in mid-season, she can also change teams, even though the new team may be in a lower division.

6/ Female junior players are encouraged to play in the TDWSA League and there shall be no limit of junior players per team, except that an adult must accompany the team. Clubs that have age restriction policies should be aware that, as a Squash Ontario sanctioned league, TDWSA junior players are covered by Squash Ontario’s insurance policy and therefore may be admitted to clubs to participate in League play.

7/ Substitution

  • a) At the start of the season a player can only be registered for one team. If the player is expected to play in one division and substitute in a higher division, she must be registered on a team in the lower of the two divisions.
  • b) A registered player cannot substitute on a lower division, but shall be allowed to substitute in a higher division to a maximum of 3 times during the entire season. If she plays more than 3 times, she shall then complete the remainder of the season on the higher level team.
  • c) A player can play for only one team in each division.
  • d) In the event a Club has entered two teams in the same division, there shall be no exchange of players.

8/ Player rankings

  • a) Each team shall consist of 4 players, ranked in order of playing level. When planning a team, the Captain should be sure to distinguish the level of all team players in relation to each other. Team Captains shall prepare prior to the evening’s matches, a list of players in order of ranking and ensure that all players are aware of the position they are playing before arriving for the match. Play shall commence with the lowest ranked players, unless the teams agree otherwise. (i.e.: No. 4 plays and proceeds numerically to No. 1).
  • b) If your team has players of a similar ability and player positions are likely to change over the season, please notify your convenor to let them know.  We expect captains/teams to be sportsmanlike in their ranking and not play players out of order to gain points.
  •  PLAYING RULES

1/ Matches shall be the best 3 out of 5 games, using the International rules and method of scoring: PAR to 15 points (rather than 11). See the World Squash Singles Rules for reference.

2/ All matches should be MARKED AND REFEREED. Two matches must be officiated by the home team and two by the visiting team. Marking and refereeing may be done by one person or two. . All players are encouraged to referee.

Note: Players are encouraged to become well versed with the rules of squash, attend or host rules clinics. Markers, referees, players, and spectators are expected to display sportsmanlike behaviour and adhere to the appropriate Code of Conduct at all times (both on and off court).

3/ In the event a team is not able to field a complete team, the opposing captain should be notified as early as possible.  The opposing team wins the match at the No. 4 position. Defaults shall always be at the No. 4 position, and the remaining three players shall play in position 1 to 3.

4/ Use of non-registered players, improper substitutions or player rankings and no-shows are considered “illegal players” and shall be scored as a default.  If the illegal player is at the number four position, the offending team will default at number four.  If the illegal player is at any other number, all matches below & including that position will be defaulted.

5/  The published schedule should be adhered to under all circumstances, with the only exceptions being inclement weather or other unexpected or grave events, such as facility issues or accidents.  The Division Convenor MUST be informed IMMEDIATELY of all such postponements. The rescheduling of these matches will be done through the Division Convenor and MUST be played by December 31 in the first half of the season and by the end of the regular scheduled season in the second half.

6/ Match results shall be entered online within 48 hours by the home team Captain and confirmed within 48 hours by the visiting team Captain. Where results are not received within the time limit, a penalty point shall be deducted.

7/ In the event of a complaint or dispute, the team captain must send a written protest to the Division Convenor within 48 hours of the occurrence.

The TDWSA Executive shall confer to decide if action should be taken. Acknowledgement of the protest will be sent within 48 hours to the team captain. Every effort will be made to expedite a decision, however in the event the Executive is not available to meet immediately; it may take up to 3 weeks to respond. The team captain will receive a written response from the Division Convenor.

  1.  LEAGUE STANDINGS

1/ Teams will earn 1 point per match won, either by playing the match or by default, with a total of 5 points being awarded each evening.

2/ Notice of results are posted online at www.Squashnut.com.

3/ If there is a tie for playoff positions, the process of elimination shall be as follows:
Total number of games won by each team; if tied, then
– Total number of games lost by each team; if tied, then
– Total number of points won by each team; if tied, then
– Total number of points lost by each team, if tied, then, play off against each other, or, as a last resort, flip a coin.

  1.  PLAYOFFS

1/ At the end of regular season play, playoffs are held.  Divisions with a sufficient number of teams or with zones may have quarter finals, schedule permitting. All Leagues will have semi-finals where the 1st place team hosts the 4th place team and the 2nd place team hosts the 3rd place team.  The winners of the semi-finals play in the Finals.

  • a) In the Winter League, the Finals for all divisions are held on the same night at the same location.
  • b) In the Summer League, the C/D Division holds semi-finals and finals, depending on participation rates. The A/B Division does not hold semi-finals or finals.

2/ Players are required to play one third of the scheduled matches in the regular season in order to be qualified for playoff action.  In the case where the number of seasonal games is not equally divisible by 3, round off to the nearest number.  E.g.  If the season has 14 games, one cannot play 4.666 games.  In order to qualify round up to 5 games.  Rounding up occurs at x.5 or higher, while rounding down occurs at x.4 or lower.

3/ Player order for the playoffs (including quarter finals and semi-finals) is determined by the average playing position of each player. Teams in the finals must also play in this order. Where 2 players on a team have equal average playing positions, the player with the higher winning percentage shall play at the higher position.

For example: If Player A plays position #1 4 times during the season and position #2 4 times, their average playing position is 1.5.  If Player B on the same team plays #1 3 times and #2 twice, they will have an average playing position of 1.4.  Player B must play above Player A in the finals regardless of win/loss record.

4/ All playoff matches must be played on regulation International courts.
A club that has no International courts and is scheduled to host a playoff match must select a club with International courts where the playoff match can be played.  The team still maintains host team status.

5/ Every effort will be made to hire referees certified by the CRSA for the Winter league finals matches. In the absence of CRSA certified referees, individuals who have experience refereeing and who are not affiliated with the teams competing will be asked to referee.

  1.  TEAM MOVEMENT/ NEW TEAM

1/ Upon completion of the season, the results of the Playoff finals will determine which teams will move up or down.

  • a) Teams finishing in 1st place in their division shall move up to the next division. In divisions with 10 teams or more, teams finishing in 2nd place in their division shall move up to the next division if they meet the following criteria:
    – The team must consist of the same players and/or stronger players as the previous year
    – Results of the final standings of the regular season of both 1st and 2nd place teams are close.
  • b) The team finishing in last place in their division shall move down to the lower division.

4/ Relief from the above rules may be granted on request to the Executive Committee.  Should a team wish to request relief, the Captain must notify the League Chair one month prior to the registration deadline.

5/ Newly formed teams applying for entry into the league in a division other than “D” or “E” shall make application to the TDWSA through the League Chair at info@tdwsa.com.

CAPTAIN’S RESPONSIBILITIES

1/ Co-ordinate team registration and payment of fees with club pros, on or before stated deadlines.

2/ Submit a team roster.  See rules B3 and B4.

3/ Attend TDWSA Pre-Season Captains’ Meeting.  At these meetings:

  • Captains meet their Division Convenor
  • Schedules and rules are reviewed
  • Official balls may be distributed
  • New clubs are introduced
  • Changes are made to the schedule, if necessary
  • Notice of date/time/place are given for League Playoffs and Finals.

4/ Ensure familiarity with League rules.  Where there are questions, please address them to your Division Convenor.

5/ Ensure players are assigned for all matches, that they are aware of their ranking order, and that they arrive on time.

6/ Ensure that players are encouraged to take on officiating roles and develop their skills and confidence as referees and markers.

7/ Captains are encouraged to promote their team’s results within their clubs and social networks. This can include: posting league standings and TDWSA notices on Club notice boards and social media feeds; encouraging club pros, members, and friends to join the TDWSA mailing list; following the TDWSA on Facebook and posting to our page; inviting others to participate in T&D events as players and supporters; and generally helping to raise awareness about women’s squash.

HOME CAPTAIN

1/ Co-ordinate social arrangements with visiting captain prior to home matches.

2/ Ensure court bookings have been made and double-checked prior to arrival of visiting team.

3/ Prepare score sheets and balls prior to the matches.

4/ Submit scores online at www.squashnut.com  within 48 hours of play. See rule C6.

VISITING CAPTAIN

1/The responsibility lies with the visiting team to ensure exact location of Club and starting time of matches.

2/ The entire team is expected to be at the club at the published starting time and should have awareness of the playing order. Contact the home team captain if there are any issues prior to game time that prevent a full team arriving on time or that affect match play starting at the scheduled time.

3/ Verify scores submitted online within 48 hours of their submission.