League Rules

The following are the rules that apply to all Leagues run by Munster Squash:

Jurisdiction 
The Munster Squash Committee shall have absolute power to deal with any matter that may arise in connection with all competitions and which is not provided for in these rules. In particular the Committee may waive the application of any rule if it considers that exceptional circumstances warrant it. The decision of the Committee on any such matter or on the interpretation of any rule shall be final.

Rules of the Game 
All matches will be played under the rules of Irish Squash.

Ball 
The double-yellow dot ball (very slow) shall be preferred for Munster Championships and Munster Leagues for Division 1, 2, 3 and 4 unless court conditions are cold enough to warrant using a single-yellow dot ball (slow).
The single-yellow dot ball (slow) shall be preferred for Divisions below Division 4, unless the ability of the players or court conditions are cold enough to warrant using a bouncier ball such as the red-dot ball (medium), blue-dot ball (fast), or the Dunlop Progress ball (slightly larger and bouncier), or Dunlop Intro ball (much larger and bouncier). 

Clothing 
IS and WSF rules on clothing apply to all matches under the jurisdiction of Munster Squash. Currently there is no colour requirement other than players are required to respect the requests of host clubs; shoes must be non-marking; typical clothing includes for men is described as – short sleeved top, shorts, stockings and shoes and typical clothing for women include top, skirt or shorts, stockings and shoes. Juniors (U19) playing in competitions under the jurisdiction of Munster Squash are required to wear protective eye-guards that meet the requirements of the World Squash Federation.

Eligibility 
Only players who have paid full membership of Irish Squash are allowed to play in leagues or tournaments.

Ability of Players 
It is the responsibility of participating clubs to ensure that all the players entered on a league panel are being entered in a league appropriate to the ability of the players. Players should not be entered in leagues below the standard of their play. Where Munster Squash believes that a club is entering a player in a league below the standard of that player Munster Squash shall be entitled to require that player to be played in a higher league and not in the lower league.
Players will be set into divisional bands on a yearly basis by the Munster Captain at the end of the league season. Promotion and relegation of players between bands will depend on results throughout the season.
Contact the Munster Captain if you have any queries over which band a player should fall under.
Players can play in a division above their divisional band, but cannot play in a division below their divisional band.

Points 
Each league tie shall be the best of five matches. One point will be awarded per game won in each match. Bonus points will be awarded to the winning team as follows:

  • 5 points for a 5 – 0 win
  • 4 points for a 4 – 1 win
  • 3 points for a 3 – 2 win

Scoring in games shall be Point-A-Rally (PAR),

  •        Div 1 and Div 2 shall be up to 11 and must win by 2 clear points,
  •        Div 3, Div 4, Div 5 and Div 6 shall be up to 15 and must win by 2 clear points.

Panels and Teams 
Prior to the commencement of the league, team captains (or a club representative) are required to submit a panel of players in order of merit ranking to Munster Squash. The Munster Captain (or a delegate from the Munster Committee) as administrator for the Munster Leagues shall be responsible for collecting and checking the panels for the Munster Leagues.

Traditionally teams are of 5 players, but depending on the numbers available in each division, from time to time it may be more practical to have teams of 4 players. It is the prerogative of the Munster Captain to determine the number of players required to enter a team in each division.

At the half-way point in the league (if a full round robin it is the halfway point in that round robin, if there are split groups for a preliminary round robin stage before knockouts it’s the halfway point in the group round robins) the panel personnel and panel orders may be reconsidered and re-submitted by the Team Captains to their respective League Secretary, and subject to unanimous approval by their respective League Committee may be allowed for the second half of the league (including play-offs).
N.B. Any late-comers not on the originally submitted team listing may only be introduced onto a team at the half-way point, and only if agreed by the league committee.

Only players* on submitted panels may participate in the league (including play-offs if there are any) and for the duration of the league players must play in the relevant order of merit submitted.

*If a player(s) that is(are) below the standard of the league and is not listed on their team listing is required at short notice to sub up to fill the bottom place(s) in a team on a league night, in order to fulfill a commitment to field a team as a gesture of goodwill towards the opposing team, the League Committee must be consulted in advance of playing, and subject to unanimous agreement may be approved.

In the event of a team playing out of the submitted merit ranking order, the player shall be deemed to have lost the match by a margin of 3-0, regardless of the result, and the committee shall have the power to impose whatever penalties it deems appropriate.

The Committee may request any club to justify its panel or team. If in the opinion of the Committee a player has been incorrectly ranked or incorrectly played in a league below the standard of their play the committee shall have the power to impose whatever penalties it deems appropriate.

Time of matches 
All matches must be played at the date, place and time of the fixture except in very exceptional circumstances and by prior arrangement with their respective league secretary, sufficient notice having been given in all cases. It is recommended that all ties commence at 7:30 p.m. For the 3rd place playoff and final it may be preferable to begin play at 7pm to allow time for the presentation of prizes afterwards.

Order of play 
Matches should be played in the order 5 – 4 – 1 – 3 – 2.

Walkovers 
A walkover may be claimed by the opposing team if, all other matches having been played, 20 minutes have elapsed since the time of calling the players on court. Only team captains can concede or accept walkovers.

Return of results 
The captain of the winning team must communicate the results of the tie to their respective league secretary directly after the last match of the tie is played.

League Fees 
League fees are due from the date of commencement of each league. Once a team has been entered in the draw for a league, the league fee becomes payable even if the team subsequently withdraws.
Entry fee is €100 per team to be made payable to Munster Squash before commencement of the league.
The fee for entering a second team in any division is now reduced to €50.
Please contact the Munster Squash Treasurer, Martin Walker, to arrange payment of league fees.
Contact details are on the Committee page on this site, direct link: www.munstersquash.com/index.php/committee/

Novice League 
Where a novice league is being played a ‘Novice’ player is one new to competitive league squash or with little previous experience of same. Clubs should check with Munster squash regarding the eligibility of their novice players. Currently Division 5 is the novice league.

Beginner League 
Where a beginner league is being played a ‘Beginner’ player is one new to competitive squash or with little previous experience of same. Clubs should check with Munster Squash regarding the eligibility of their beginner players. The rule of thumb is a player playing for up to 1 to 2 years, or a player who would be considered weak enough to play with beginners. Currently Division 6 is the beginner league. We hope to run a series of events this season for beginner players around Munster, so please get in touch with the Munster Captain if you have any queries. It depends on what players will be available but we will attempt to organise something this season, probably more likely to be one-day events or club invitationals to meet people from other clubs, rather than a weekly team league.

Conduct 
Players are advised that offensive, disruptive or intimidating behaviour in squash is not acceptable and is deleterious to the game. Included in this category are: audible or visible obscenities; verbal or 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 dangerous play or action; and coaching other than between games.
Misconduct will be dealt with under the Code of Conduct described in the Constitution of Munster Squash.

Refereeing 
In league matches the home team should appoint three of the five referees and the visiting team the remaining two.
i.e. 1st match = refereed by Home team, 2nd match = refereed by Away team, 3rd match = refereed by Home team, 4th match = refereed by Away team, 5th match = refereed by Home team.
For playoffs in neutral venues Munster Squash will organise that neutral referees will be available.
Players may not request a change of referee once the match has commenced.
In this regard, clubs are reminded of their responsibility to ensure an adequate supply of qualified referees to meet their obligations throughout the season.
Please check out our refereeing section of this website for further info, there are some useful quizzes and resources to aid your understanding of the rules, and info about upcoming refereeing coaching sessions.

Team submission date:

************* All panels are to be submitted to the Munster Captain by 6pm Friday 16th September 2016 *************
************* Panels may still be re-ordered or altered after submission up to 6pm Friday 23rd September 2016 *************
****** After having played every team once in the round robin or group stage round robin,
panels may be re-ordered or altered
 before resuming the second round of matches ******

Start dates

  • Division 1 league (either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the week) League starting on Tuesday 4th October 2016, with 6 rounds with at least 3 weeks between rounds, ending on 15th March 2017.
  • Division 2 league (Tuesdays) League starting on Tuesday 27th September 2016, with 9 rounds with at least 2 weeks between rounds, ending on 4th April 2017.
  • Division 3 league (Tuesdays) League starting on Tuesday 4th October 2016, with 9 rounds with at least 2 weeks between rounds, ending on 11th April 2017.
  • Division 4 league (Thursdays) League starting on Thursday 29th September 2016, with 9 rounds with at least 2 weeks between rounds, ending on 6th April 2017.
  • Division 5 league (Thursdays) League starting on Thursday 6th October 2016, with 9 rounds with at least 2 weeks between rounds, ending on 13th April 2017.

Promotions:

An assessment of the league results from last season were carried out, and a number of players were deemed too strong to compete again at the same division as last year, so the following mandatory promotions will apply for this coming season (2016/17):

Division 2 – No mandatory promotions

Division 3 – Mandatory promotions to Division 2 as follows:

  • John O’Donnell (Thurles)

Division 4 – Mandatory promotions to Division 3 as follows:

  • Ray McInerney (Ennis)

Division 5 – No mandatory promotions

The League Committee for each division will be comprised of 3 personnel: the Munster Captain, the Munster President, and a League Secretary* for each respective division.
Each team that enters a league, on submission of their team listing, must have a nominated Team Captain for communication with the League Committee, and must supply a candidate for League Secretary of that division (it will be acceptable to have one person fulfill both roles if necessary).
*For each division the League Secretary will be drawn out of a hat containing all of the candidates pertaining to their respective league, and the club that supplied the League Secretary for the previous season for each league will be exempted from each draw accordingly.

Any complaints are to be directed via the Team Captains to the League Secretary for communication to the League Committee members. Complaints will be put before all 3 members of the respective League Committee for discussion before coming to a decision.

At the half-way point in the league the team orders may be reconsidered and re-submitted by the Team Captains, and subject to unanimous approval by their respective League Committee may be allowed to be re-ordered.
N.B. Any late-comers not on the originally submitted team listing may only be introduced onto a team at the half-way point, and only by prior consent  from the league committee.

If a sub(s) that is below the standard of the league and is not listed on their team listing is required at short notice to fill the bottom place(s) in a team on a league night, in order to fulfill a commitment to field a team as a gesture of goodwill towards the opposing team, the League Committee must be consulted in advance of playing, and subject to unanimous agreement may be approved.

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