Rules Update April 2017
Normal club rules apply with the following amendments:
The BSL will now make less announcements to its members by text message and more in the members area on our website. All announcements (if any ) will be in posted by 12 noon on Mondays. It will now be the players responsibility to check for updates/announcements.
Should any urgent notifications need expressing a text message will be forwarded as well as posted on the Bridlington Squash League Facebook account (please send friend request) and our Twitter page.
A scheduled calendar will be made available on our noticeboard at the Leisure Centre as well as on our website. This will display a 4 month cycle of the BSL important dates to include - Stage 1,2 &3 dates, Presentation Dates, Competition Dates, Training Workshop dates, etc. and will constantly be updated where necessary.
3. League Arrangements
All Players are arranged into divisions of appropriately 12/13 players. Every player in each Division plays each other once within a season. There will be 3 seasons per year. Each season lasting 3 months being separated into stage 1(first month) stage 2 (second month) and stage 3 (third month).
Players must complete at least 3 of their total games within stage 1, a further 3 games in stage 2 and the remaining games within stage 3. Each player who successfully completes their quota of games within the specified time will receive a 5 point bonus for each of the stages. If a player has completed his/her quota of games in a particular stage and any of the said games are nil and voided due to a retirement, that game will still be calculated as a game played (although points will be deducted) and therefore be tallied accordingly. No time extension for any reason will be permitted.
Players are given access to all participants mobile phone numbers so as to arrange games by text message or telephone, these may be located on the ‘player details’ tab. Please contact any player within your division and make arrangements for a match, If a player receives no reply after forwarding two text messages over a 2 day period to a fellow participant to arrange a game, please contact the organisers immediately, then continue to contact other participants within the relevant division to arrange further games. The non compliant player will be contacted by an organiser and if no reply is received within a 5 day period that player may be removed from the current season without further notice.
Each player will receive a user/password by email. To record a result click on the link on the website to input results which will direct you to ‘Inzone’ which is a self updating league, log in using your passwords, locate your division and click on your name. Input the player and result then click apply. The software will instantly update your score and correct position within the division.
Divisions 1-4 will play with a yellow double dot ball. Divisions 5 & 6 and Ladies Division should be played with a single yellow dot so as to gain valuable racket skills.
8. Cancelling Games
If a game has been arranged between two players, a player may cancel and rearrange only if it’s not within one hour of the game. If a player cancels within one hour of the arranged game or if a player forgets to turn up for the arranged game a win of 3-0 is awarded. This result must not be decisive in the promotion or relegation of any player unless it ‘mirrors’ the result from historic games, otherwise the organisers will make a decision should a complaint be received.
Matches are the best of 5, American scoring (point a rally) to 15points (winning by 2 clear points) After a short period of warming up, all arranged matches are to begin within approximately 5 minutes of the arranged period of play.
1. If a player arrives 10 minutes late the game will proceed although, that player must concede the first game so the match starts at 0-1.
2. If a player arrives 15 minutes late that player must concede the match in total and a 3-0 is awarded.
3. Players must agree before the match begins to either :
A) On the stroke of 40 minutes the game stops immediately no matter the score.
B) If there are a few points remaining, agree to continue the match so as to complete the game currently in play, as long as there are no players due to come onto the court of play, although a new game must never be started after the 40 mins and therefore the result submitted must be that at the 40 minute stage.
If an injury occurs to any player during a game and that player cannot complete the game players have 14 days to replay the match although please note the 14 days must not surpass the end of the season and will not be counted as a game played to achieve bonus points. We strongly advice to get games in as soon as possible.
11. Points System
Win 3-0 = 5pts to winner 0 to loser, win 3-1= 4pts winner 1 point loser, win 3-2 = 3pts to winner 2 points loser, Draw 2-2 = 2 points to each player, Win 2-1= Winner 3 points, loser 2points (we reward a good game rather than penalise it)
12. Promotion & Relegation
The squash league guarantees promotion to all first and second placed players in each division. As from season start 1/5/17, the bottom 2 players will be relegated and 3rd from bottom will be open for a challenge from 3rd placed runner up in the division below. These matches must be agreed with the organisers before arrangements are made and to be played at a convenient time between seasons. At the start of each season should there be in excess of 12 players per league the organisers will announce how many relegation places there will be that season so as to even out the Divisions. If any 2 players have equal points at the end of the season a playoff is to be arranged at a mutually convenient time between the end of season and the presentation night. If for any reason a player cannot make such an arrangement please contact the organisers.
13. Uncompleted games due to Retirements and Injuries
If a player retires or becomes injured during a season and cannot complete their schedule of games all points received will be stripped back
Note: It has come to our attention that reoccurring names repeatedly season after season do not complete their schedule of games. As from 1/5/17 any player who does not complete their schedule of games for 2 consecutive seasons must sit out for 1 season as it is obvious their injuries have not been given the appropriate time to heal.
14. New Players
An entry window for new players will exist in all divisions; the entrant will play an appropriate player suggested by the organisers. If the new entrant wins the game the committee may ask for another game to take place with another seeded player before a decision is made on a suitable division.
Each player is expected to conduct oneself in a fitting manner during all league games. Bad language, cheating, aggressive or intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated in any circumstances. Players must report immediately any incidents that occur.
16. Official Warning/Debarred
An official warning may be awarded to any player for behaviour unbecoming, only after consultation of the organisers. Each player may receive 3 official warnings after which, that player would be debarred from the squash league. Each official warning will ‘cancel out’ one year from receipt, if the player has received no further warnings within the said year. If the committee have reasonable grounds to believe it would be best served for Bridlington Squash League to debar/exclude the player this decision will take immediate effect.
All players are expected to understand the Let/Stroke rules and adhere to these rules. Where there is a genuine argument from both players on WHY IT IS OR NOT A LET/STROKE - the reasoning based on facts, the league encourages leniency to prevail and to replay the point as a let.
At an arranged Presentation Night proceeding each season, trophies will be awarded for Division 1 for 1st 2nd & 3rd places and 1st & 2nd places in all other divisions. Trophies will also be awarded for any of the squash knockout tournaments, Most improved Player, Best Newcomer (if applicable) on the same night.
19. Future Seasons
Any Player missing a season due to injury or any other reason will start the following season in the division below unless he has finished within the top 3 of any of the division the previous season with the following exceptions :
20. Annual Payments
Each player must pay a ‘Players Payment’ of £10 per year, which will be due in the month of January as contribution towards all trophies, junior development, Squash Promotion & Webpage costs . The BSL will remind all players twice over the month of January in the members area that payment is due, on Feb 7th if no payment is forthcoming that player will immediately be removed from the current season although they will be free to join the following season should payment be received. If a new player should join mid year a £10 payment is still due to cover the said player until January the following year. There will be reduction of this fee , no refunds /part refunds for any reason.
21. HITTING AN OPPONENT WITH THE BALL
If a player strikes the ball, which, before reaching the front wall, hits the opponent, or the opponent’s racket or clothing, play stops. If the return would have been good and the ball would have struck the front wall without first touching any other wall, the striker wins the rally, provided the striker did not "turn". If the ball either had struck, or would have struck, any other wall and the return would have been good, a let is played. If the return would not have been good, the striker loses the rally.
If the striker has either followed the ball round, or allowed it to pass around him or her - in either case striking the ball to the right of the body after the ball had passed to the left (or vice-versa) - then the striker has "TURNED". If the opponent is struck by the ball after the striker has turned, the rally is awarded to the opponent. If the striker, while turning, stops play for fear of striking the opponent, then a let is played. This is the recommended course of action in situations where a player wants to turn but is unsure of the opponent’s position.
23.CONDUCT ON COURT
Offensive, disruptive or intimidating behaviour in squash is not acceptable.
Included in this category are: audible and visible obscenities, verbal and physical abuse, dissent, abuse of racket, court or ball, unnecessary physical contact, excessive racket swing, unfair warm-up, time-wasting, late back on court, deliberate or dangerous play or action and coaching (except between games).
The organisers has the right to overturn any rule or make any decision in relation to the running of the league if the organisers feels it’s in the squash leagues interest to do so.