National Ranking Changes

 

Changes for the upcoming 2012-13 season

England Squash & Racketball ESR are constantly looking to improve the way the junior circuit works and will implement the following changes for the upcoming 2012-13 season. These changes will be made in August 2012. Please take the time to read through them as they are likely to have an impact on all junior ranked players and tournament organisers. 

         New One Day Sanctioned Event

Tournament Organisers will now have the option to run a one day bronze event. All matches will be played to the best of 3 and must be run on one day only. This will allow participants to play more matches and individuals with less time and financial commitments. Bronze ranking points will be awarded as normal, dependant on a players finishing position. The more recognised two day bronze event will of course continue as normal, which along with the new format event should increase the competitive opportunities available to junior players throughout the country.

         Under 11 Squash

All U11 sanctioned events will be ran to the best of 3 games with the emphasis on playing as many matches and different opponents as possible. However the English U11 Championships will continue to run as a major event playing the best of 5 games but with reduced ranking points. We will also be looking to introduce another major U11 event in the first half of the season, possibly split in the North, Midlands and South.  

         Ranking Points Structure

It is generally felt that there is a need to reduce the point difference between the various levels of events. Highly ranked players are guaranteed entry into major tournaments and therefore guaranteed the bigger points, leaving a tier between these and the players below. Lower ranked players can therefore struggle to get entry into larger events and have little opportunity to rise up the rankings regardless of their standard.

To correct this, points (per round) from the following season will be reduced as detailed below

Current System

Platinum

Gold

Silver

Regional

Bronze

Under 11

/

4

/

1.5

1

Under 13

10

8

4

3

2

Under 15

20

16

8

6

4

Under 17

40

32

16

12

8

Under 19

80

65

32

24

16

 

New System

Platinum

Gold

Silver

Regional

Bronze

Under 11

/

2

/

1.5

1

Under 13

5

4

3

2.5

2

Under 15

10

8

6

5

4

Under 17

20

16

12

10

8

Under 19

40

32

24

20

16

Currently a player can use two results from a higher age category in their ranking calculation.  This concept is to also apply to results from a lower age group. For example:

An Under 15 player will only be able to include two Under 13 and/or two Under 17 results in the calculation of their Under 15 ranking.

This is important as currently players are gaining inflated rankings as they move between age groups.

         Player Behaviour

As more players than ever are now participating in events and entering the National Rankings it is a good time to re-emphasise the expected level of behaviour for everyone playing in England Squash & Racketball events.

Squash prides itself on high levels of sportsmanship and England Squash & Racketball are determined to uphold this tradition. 

All players are reminded that they must always show RESPECT, SPORTSMANSHIP and SELF CONTROL:

RESPECT

         Respect the referee / marker and refereeing decisions

         Respect your opponent and always shake hands at the end of a match

         Respect the club and facilities

SPORTSMANSHIP

         Embrace fair play and own up to shots that you know are out, down or not up

         Acknowledge good shots by your opponent

SELF CONTROL

         Always refrain from shouting and the use of foul and abusive language

         Always refrain from throwing or abusing your equipment

         Always stop and ask for a let if you think there may be a danger of hitting your opponent with a racket or ball.

Sanctioned Event organisers are being asked to report all incidents of bad behaviour and these will be treated seriously.  Where it is felt appropriate sanctions will be imposed including the possibilities of competition bans and players being excluded from both Regional and National activity.

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