Announcements
Summer 2017 write-up by Dave Harrison.

Please play at a level to suit your squash ability.
The league Executive has received an increasing number of complaints of players playing at a Division level much lower than their squash playing ability, resulting in very one sided matches. This is of no benefit to either player and does not reflect the true spirit of competitive squash in the T&D. We ask that all Captains & club Pros act in the spirit of the game which matches players with reasonably similar abilities. We look forward to co-operation from all.

To all Clubs & Captains ...... the DUNLOP double yellow dot ball is the official ball of the T&D Men's Squash League & must be used in all league matches.

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1. GENERAL RULES
MASTERS & ALL SUMMER DIVISIONS WINTER DIVISIONS 1, 2, 3, 4
Teams consist of 4 players. Teams consist of 5 players.

Prior to the start of the match team captains will exchange lists of players ranked in ability (from No. 1 to No. 5) and the matches are between players of equal rank. All matches are best three out of five games.

A player may only move 1 team position up or down from position played on last League appearance. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a default at the position played. (See Rule 16).

Exception: Should 2 or more higher level players be unavailable, a lower level player may move up more than 1 position or down more than 1 position on the higher level players return on consecutive appearances.

Should a captain be unsure of proposed lineup positions, send proposed line-up to your statistician for verification well in advance of the match

2. CLUB STARTING TIMES & DAYS OF PLAY
Club starting time to be no earlier than 6.30 pm. no later than 7.40 pm. The nights of League play including playoff matches are as follows & are only changeable with League Executive approval. See Playoffs Note 4:

TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Division 3Division 1Division 2Division 4
  Masters 1 
  Masters 2 

(Masters age eligibility Masters 1 40+ & Masters 2 50+ ).

3. STARTING TIMES & ORDER OF PLAY.
Each club has its own starting time. Captains should confirm details in advance of the match, by phone or by e-mail. (Captains Duties Note 2).
If a team is late in arriving, it may result in that team’s default of the entire match.
Play should commence with the lowest ranked players unless the teams agree otherwise i.e. No. 5 s first & proceed numerically in order to No. 1 s. (See Playoff Rule 9 for finals).

4. SCORING
Division 1 PAR to 11
All other Divisions and Masters PAR to 15
In all PAR (point-a-rally) scoring, a player must win by 2 points to win a game.

5. OFFICIAL BALL
The official ball of the T&D is the Dunlop Pro Double Yellow Championship ball which must be used for all matches. New balls must be provided at the start of the match; It is also acceptable to use slightly used balls where the printing on the ball is still visible.

6. REFEREES
All matches must be refereed unless court construction prohibits the use of referees. 5 Player teams….The home team should referee 3 matches & the visiting team 2 matches. 4 Player teams each team referees 2 matches. If a player refuses to have a referee for his match the match will be forfeited. For playoffs see Playoff Rule 4.

7. REPORTING
Team captains must submit match result via the www.squashnut.com web site within 24 hours of the match. Failure to report match result within 24 hours by either team will result in that team being assessed a 1 (one) point penalty in Divisions 1,2,3 & Masters & a 3 (three) point penalty in Division 4 which will be deducted from that teams total points.
If the match result is not reported within 7 days by either team, 0 (zero) points will be scored to both teams & the match will be recorded as a default to both teams. (See Rule 20).

 

8. POINTS

SUMMER & MASTERS DIVISIONS WINTER DIVISIONS 1, 2 & 3
One point for winning each match, plus one bonus point for the winning team If the match is tied the bonus point will be awarded to the team with the most games won. If still tied the bonus point will be awarded to the team with the most points scored. If still tied 2.5 points shall be awarded to each team.(See Playoff Rule 11) One point is received for each winning match thus a 3-2 win scores 3 points for the winners & 2 points for the losers.

DIVISION 4
Each game a player wins counts as one point toward the overall team score.
In the event of a tie in games at
the end of any night – the team that wins 3 matches will be considered the
winner of the evening.

9. LIMITS ON PLAYER MOVEMENTS – VERTICAL
a) A player who plays 3 times on a Division 1, &/or Division 2 level team cannot play on a Division 3 level team.
b) A player who plays 3 times on a Division 1 level team cannot play on a Division 2 &/or Division 3 level team.
c) A player who plays 3 times on a Masters 1 level team cannot play on a Masters 2 level team. A player may play Masters & any other level subject to Rules 9a) to 9d).
d) DELETED
e) A player can never drop 2 or more levels in consecutive seasons without special clearance from the League Executive
i.e: A player who plays 3 times on a Division 1 level team is NOT eligible to play on a Division 3 level team in the following 2 seasons (winter & summer or vice versa).
Exception: A player may be exempt from this rule when the player plays Div 1 one season followed by playing Div 2 the following season. The player may seek exemption from this rule with approval from the League Executive.
f) A player who play 3 times on a Division 1, 2,or 3 level team cannot play on a Division 4 team.

10. LIMITS ON PLAYER MOVEMENT – WITHIN A CLUB
Where clubs have 2 or more teams entered at the same level either Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, Division 4 or Masters, a player can only play on 1 team. (See Rule 16)

11. LIMITS ON PLAYER MOVEMENT – BETWEEN CLUBS
Note: Clubs with multiple locations eg. Mayfair, YMCA’s, GoodLife etc….each location is considered as a separate club. In addition
when a player has played once for a second club he cannot play for the original club again in the same season.
A player cannot play for two clubs during the same season. Exception Masters subject to 11 e).
a) If the player played at Division 3 level at the original club, he must play at Division 1 or Division 2 level at the second club in that season.
b) If the player played at Division 2 level at the original club, he must play at Division 1 level at the second club in that season.
c) If the player played at Division 1 level at the original club, he cannot play league at the second club in that season.
d) If a player played Division 4 at the original club, the player must play Division 1, Division 2 or Division 3 at the second club in that season & subject to Rules 9 a) to 9 d).
e) A player may play Masters at one club & Division 1, Division 2, or Division 3 at a second club.

12. BASIC STANDARDS FOR PLAY
Basic standards for play in leagues include:
a)Properly maintained, clean squash courts & changing facilities.
b)The home team will arrange for dinner as an option for the away team, with home & away players responsible for their own dinner/drink cost.
c)Home team must supply towels for the visiting team.
d)Deleted.

13. DRESS CODE
Dress standard for league play is appropriate squash attire of any colour, exceptions being individual clubs as noted in each league. No sleeveless tops.

14. LAST 3 MATCHES OF REGULAR SEASON
No new players may be added to a team in the last 3 matches a team plays in the regular season. (See Rule 16)

15. – Intentionally deleted –

16. ILLEGAL PLAYERS & DEFAULTED MATCH
Any illegal players will cause a loss of points to the team. If the illegal player is at the number five position, the offending team will default at number five If the illegal player is at any other number, all matches below that position & including that position will be defaulted. The definition of "illegal player" includes a defaulted match.

17. SCHEDULE CHANGES
All matches must be played as scheduled .. . Only exception being a situation that affects both teams, in which case the match may be played prior to the scheduled date and this situation must be approved by the statistician prior to playing the match. Only extenuating circumstances such as a power failure, a major snowstorm will be considered by the League Executive as a reason for possibly postponing a match. Should a match be postponed a reschedule date must be agreed on by both captains & approved by the statistician within 48 hours of any postponement Failure to comply with the above will result in a default to both teams. Any reschedule date will again be subject to Rule 17.

18. CONVERTED COURTS
Where a club has North American, Racquetball converted courts or has unusual court construction their use for regular league play is at the option of the home team captain.
All playoff matches must be played on regulation International courts.
A club that has no International courts that has to host a playoff match must select a club with International courts at which the playoff match can be played while still maintaining host team status.

19. SQUASH ONTARIO
Any club entering a team in the league must be a member of Squash Ontario

20. DEFAULTS
If a team defaults 3 matches during the regular season they will be considered to have withdrawn from the league. (See Rules 21 & 22) If a team drops out of a league part way through the season, all points scored in competition with that team will be expunged, & points for a bye awarded if necessary.

21. WITHDRAWL
If a team withdraws from the league after September 27 (winter season) or after March 31 (summer season) the next entry from that club at the level withdrawn, will be levied a re-entry fee of $150.00 plus the current registration fee.

22. MINIMUM ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT

SUMMER & MASTERS DIVISIONS WINTER DIVISIONS 1, 2, 3, 4
If there are less than 2 players in attendance the match shall be considered a default. If there are less than 3 players in attendance, a match shall be considered a default (See playoffs Note 3).

23. PROTECTIVE EYE WEAR
The T&D League recommends the use of protective eye wear at all times All Juniors (Under 19) shall appropriately wear eye guards made of polycarbonate or similar material designed for protection in sport.

24. CODE OF CONDUCT
The T&D Men’s Squash League 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 Members' Code of Conduct.


Change Control Listing
Issue 2 Oct 14/03 Rule 21 change
Issue 3 Dec 15/03 Rule 2 change
Issue 4 Oct 01/2004 Rules 7,14,17,21 Duties of Team Captains Note 6 changed
Issue 5 Nov 28/2004 Rule 17 change
Issue 6 Sept 8/2005 Rule 11 change
Issue 7 July 23/2006 Rule 2 Change
Issue 8 Jan 24/2007 Removal of A2 & Vets levels
Issue 9 Apr 9/2007 Rule 11 f) added. Rule 14 clarified.
Issue 10 Oct 4/2007 general update
Issue 11 July 4/2008 general reformatting; added titles to each rule; moved rules 14 and 15 to “Playoff Rules”
Issue 12 July 25/2008 Rule 18 change
Issue 13 Sept 2/2008 General update
Issue 14 Dec 14/2008 Minor update
Issue 15 Jun 15/2009 Rule 2 & 4 changes
Issue 16 Oct 7/2009 Rule 3 changed
Issue 17 Apr 2/2010 Rule 1 reworded. Rule 21 changed.
Issue 18 Mar 22/2011 Rule 12 d) added.
Issue 19 Nov 7/2011 Rule 24 change.
Issue 20 Oct 7/2012 Rule 7 change
Issue 21 Oct 1/2013 General update
Issue 22 Sep 26/2014 Masters A and B renamed to Masters 1, and Masters C renamed to Masters 2. Friday Night League renamed to Division 4
Issue 23 Apr 28/2015 Rule 14 added
Issue 24 Aug 18/2015 Rule 2 - change day of week from Thursday to Wednesday for Masters matches
Issue 25 Dec 1/2015 Rule 2 - change day of week from Wednesday to Thursday for Masters matches
Issue 26 June 18/2016 Rule 5 - Official ball wording change. Must use new balls
Issue 27 Aug 31/2016 Rule 5 - It is also acceptable to use slightly used balls where the printing on the ball is still visible.
Issue 28 Sep 29/2016 Rule 12b - The home team will arrange for dinner as an option for the away team, with home & away players responsible for their own dinner/drink cost. Issue 29 Sep 29/2016 Captain's Duties 2 and 3.

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