Rules and Regulations 2016/17

LEICESTERSHIRE LADIES SQUASH LEAGUE
 
2016/2017 SEASON
 
LEAGUE RULES AND REGULATIONS



Your Executive Committee:

 
Pauline McCoy/Young, Chair and League Secretary
Jackie Walters, Treasurer
Vicki Kemp
Sally Hurman

The rules and regulations for the 2016/17 season were approved by the Executive Committee on 28 July 2016


At the 2016 AGM, it was agreed that the Leicestershire Ladies Leagues would run differently for the 2016/17 season:

  • Teams would be ranked according to their final positions in the 2015/16 season.
  • Even numbered teams would form Division 1; odd numbered teams would form Division 2.
  • At the end of the first half of the season (December 2016), the first four teams would form Division 1, the bottom four teams would form Division 2.
  • At the end of the season, the team scoring the most points shall be the winners of their division.Trophies shall be awarded to the winning team of each Division at the end of the season.
  • Teams shall comprise four players.


All games are to be played in accordance with the current rules of the World Squash Federation


 

1.  The Leicestershire Ladies Leagues [the League] shall be managed by a General Committee comprising one representative from each club participating in the League. The General Committee shall meet annually at the end of the League season, usually at the Annual General Meeting.
 
2.  The day to day operation of the League shall be managed by an Executive Committee comprising three to four members elected annually by the members of the General Committee at the AGM.
 
3.  The League shall be open to any club in Leicestershire and Rutland and the surrounding area subject to the approval of the General Committee.
 
4. The League entry fee will be fixed by the General Committee at the AGM and will be due prior to the start of the season. No fixtures will be issued to any club failing to pay this fee by the due date.
 
5.  At the discretion of the Executive Committee, each of the clubs may enter one or more teams. Clubs shall not be limited to the number of teams they may enter. All team entries and fees must be received by the date specified on the entry form.
 
6. The number of teams in each division will be decided by the Executive Committee when all entries have been received. 
 
7.  At the end of the season/interim season, no team may avoid promotion or relegation.

8.  Team Captains must advise the League Secretary of any change of contact details.


Registering and Eligibility of Players
 
9.  No player may be nominated for more than one club in the Leicestershire League during a season.
 
10.  A team player must be committed to the club they play for, for the whole season.

11. A club ranking order AND (for clubs entering more than one team) a Team order for each team must be submitted to the League Secretary by the due date prior to the first match of the season (for clubs with only one team, ranking order and Team order will be the same).
It is the decision of clubs (which enter more than one team) as to whether their players are nominated in ranking order or whether the ranking order is split between teams.

Example:
Club Ranking (order of ability/standard)
1 Amy
2 Frances
3 Jill
4 Suzanne
5 Jane
6 Alison
7 Tina
8 Julie
9 Debbie
10 Kathy
 
 
Team Order (Ranking Order in brackets):
Team 1 Team 2
1 Amy (1) 1 Frances (2)
2 Suzanne (4) 2 Jill (3)
3 Alison (6) 3 Jane (5)
4 Tina (7) 4 Julie (8)
Reserves: Debbie (9)
Kathy (10)
 
Note: The ranking order should include reserves and is the order in terms of ability, which is not necessarily the Team order. The Team order is the order from 1 – 4 and 5 – 8 in which players will play in each team.
 
12.  Clubs with only one team will submit a ranking order which is the same as the Team order.


Reserve Players
 
13. If the club has one team, then players ranked 5 and below; or if the club has two teams, then players ranked 9 or below, will be reserve players.
 
14.  Reserve players will be asked if they wish to be in the pool player list.

15.  Pool players can be approached by any club to make up a team of four players; clubs using pool players MUST play in team order with the pool player in the No 4 position.

16.  In the event that two pool players are need, Team Captains should discuss and use their discretion with regard to playing order of the pool players.
 
17.  Clubs using pool players may not use players from the opposing team.

18.  Should the scenario arise where (at the beginning of each session within a season) a club with two teams requires a reserve in each team, these team orders MUST remain the same should the reserve players be required again. Otherwise, reserve players may play in either team. 


Playing Order

19. The Executive Committee will review all club raking orders and team orders and shall have the power to amend or exclude a player(s) should they consider any player(s) to be nominated out of position.
 
20.  The Team order and ranking order shall not alter until the half way point of the season. New players joining a club may be included in the Team order under paragraph 21 below.
 
21.  Should a new player arrive at the club during the season, she may be included in the Team order and ranking order on request to the League Secretary prior to the first match in which it is intended she plays. If permission is given, the new player must complete at least two matches. All players below her in the ranking order and Team order will then be moved down accordingly.
 
22.  Alterations to the Team order or ranking order can be made only at the half way point of the season. A new order should be submitted to the League Secretary prior to the first match of the second half of the season. If no new order is received then it will be deemed that the order will remain the same.
 
23.  Any player in a team position who does not play at least two matches for the club before the halfway point of the season, will be removed from the Team order and shall not be allowed to play in the second half of the season. Appeals in respect of this rule should be made to the League Secretary stating in detail the reason for the appeal (ie, relocation, injury, etc).
 
24. Any team player who is pregnant either at the start of the season, or discovers she is pregnant during the course of the season must seriously consider whether she should continue to play. It is the opponent’s right to decline to play the tie in which case, the team for which the pregnant player plays should play a reserve or pool player instead.


Scoring and Refereeing

25. The team shall score one point for each individual game won.

26. The player winning the tie shall be awarded one bonus point.

27. One bonus point shall be awarded for each player who plays in the match.

28. The Home team shall score the match; the away team shall referee the match, unless agreement is made otherwise prior to the start of the match.
 
29. Both home and away teams are responsible for ensuring scores are input to website within five days of the date of the match. In the event of dispute the League Secretary will be consulted.
 
Start Times and Playing Order.

30. All players intending to participate in a match should be ready to commence play at the designated start time, unless by prior arrangement between the two Team Captains and a good reason is given. 

31. The normal order of play should be 4, 3, 2, 1, unless by prior agreement with the Team Captains, and a good reason is given. It is not acceptable for the higher strings to play early and then stay for the rest of the evening.
 
32. If agreement has been reached by the Team Captains for the late arrival of a player, if that player is not ready to commence play when the court is free, then that player will be allowed 10 minutes in which to arrive, after which the tie will be deemed a win for the opposition.

Failure to Attend

33. In the event of a team failing to attend a match or failing to give 48 hours notice of their intention to concede a match, they shall be deducted 15 penalty points and their opponents awarded 20. The team failing to attend shall also be liable for any costs incurred.
 
34. Should fewer than three players from the away team stay for the food without giving at least 48 hours notice, the away team shall be liable for any costs incurred.
 
35. All Home Team Captains must confirm their fixture to the Away Team Captain at least seven days prior to the fixture date. However, if no contact has been made, the Away Team Captain should then make contact.
 
36. Any team changing their fixture night after the fixtures have been produced must agree the new fixture date with the opposing Team Captain.
 
37. Any team changing their fixture night after the fixtures have been produced must inform the League Secretary in order that the website can be updated.
 
38. For a match result to be valid, a team must consist of at least three players. It is the responsibility of the team who are intending to play with fewer than four players to (a) inform the opposition Team Captain prior to the match; and (b) access the Reserve Players Bank.
 
39. When a club enters two teams in the League, the match between the teams will be the first match of each half of the season.
 
Injury
 
40.  In the event of a player being injured during the course of a match and being unable to continue play, the injured player must concede the tie.
 
41. The World Squash Singles Rules 2014 apply regarding injury (attached).

42. All matches should be played on the dates arranged by the Executive Committee. The only
exceptions are:
  • Matches which have been altered by the Team Captains before the start of the season. Both Team Captains must notify the League Secretary at the point of agreement between teams. Failure to do so will incur a penalty of 10 points per fixture, per club.
  • A strike which affects the playing of the game, eg water, electricity.
  • Extreme weather conditions.
  • Exceptional circumstances, as deemed relevant and acceptable by the Executive Committee, eg flooding or fire at the host club or conflict with a major event
 
 

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