The following are the rules that apply to all Leagues run by Munster Squash:
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.
Except where otherwise stated by Irish Squash, the Dunlop double-yellow dot ball must be used in all matches.
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 World Squash Federation.
Only players who have paid full membership of Irish Squash are allowed to play in leagues. A player cannot play for more than one club in the course of the season. However, a lady may apply to the Committee for permission to play in the men's leagues for an alternative club as may junior players.
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
Panels and Teams
Prior to the commencement of the league team, captains are required to submit a panel of players in order of merit ranking to the league secretary or other designated person. Only players on that panel may participate in the league and players must play in order of merit ranking. Where a league is decided on the basis of play-offs only players who have played 50% or more of the matches in the previous part of the league may play in the play-offs.
In the event of a team playing out of merit ranking order, the player shall be deemed to have lost the match by a margin of 3-0, regardless of the result, and all matches below that position will be similarly deemed to have been lost by the same margin.
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 the committee shall have the power to impose whatever penalties it deems appropriate.
Players and teams
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 it will be entitled to require that player to be played in a higher league and not in the lower league.
Time of matches
All matches must be played at the date, place and time of the fixture, except by prior arrangement with league secretary, sufficient notice having been given in all cases. It is recommended that all ties commence at 7.30 p.m.
Order of play
Matches should be played in the order 5 - 4 - 1 - 3 - 2, unless the team captains agree otherwise.
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 the league secretary at the time specified. In addition, where result sheets have been supplied they should be completed and signed by the team captains or other authorised team members and returned by the winning team captain to the league secretary to reach him/her no later than 3 days after the tie. Failure in either regard may incur a penalty of 5 points.
League fee 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.
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.
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.
In League matches the home team should appoint three of the five referees and the visiting team the remaining two. 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.