Nottinghamshire County Team Leagues – Rules for 2021-22

1. The League is open to clubs in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding locality. ALL member clubs MUST be affiliated to ENGLAND SQUASH and all players must be Player Members of ENGLAND SQUASH

1a. All Clubs must have a Club Representative and/or a Club League Captain to manage and organise the teams, seedings etc. for their Club. Certain communication must be done solely by the Club Representative, e.g. Seeding List, Re-Seeding List, Team Lists. The Club representative takes responsibility for ensuring that teams, team captains and players understand and play to the these rules and the code of conduct. Ignorance of any rule is no excuse, poor conduct will not be tolerated. The Club Representative must be the communication channel for any significant appeals and disputes. 2. The League shall be made up of not more than SIX teams in each division. The number of divisions shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting. It is noted here that the leagues now have 2 PREMIER divisions, unless specifically mentioned any rule re “PREMIER” applies to both leagues. 3. There shall be an entry fee per team, fixed at the Annual General Meeting, and payable by 30th September. (for 2021 £25) An additional fine of £50 per Club may be payable in the event of any contravention during each season of the following requirements:- (i) attendance of Club representative at the Annual General Meeting (ii) full completion of season's fixtures (iii) receipt of League entry fees by the due date (iv) receipt of Club seeding lists, in the correct format, by the due date. 4. Clubs may amend their fixture lists up to the 31st October at the discretion of the League sub-committee and opposing Clubs. There shall be no re-arrangement of fixtures after 31st October. (CLARIFICATION: a team may request a change in exceptional circumstances. While we recommend that these requests are given reasonable consideration by the other team (ie so games are played rather than forfeited) the other team should not significantly suffer (weaker team) from the rearrangement)

5. A Club must submit its seeding list (in the correct format) to the League Sub-Committee PRIOR to the first match played by ANY of that Club’s teams in the League AND NO LATER THAN the first Monday in October. Failure to do so will result in a 2 point penalty (per team). The seeding must identify Junior who are U19 at the start of the season by suffixing the name with (U19). 6. PREMIER DIVISION. Only two teams from each Club shall be allowed to compete in a Premier Division, provided that the conditions of Rules 20 and 22 below are complied with. 7. Except where otherwise provided for in these rules, the rules of England Squash shall apply.

ELIGIBILITY AND SEEDING OF PLAYERS 9. No player shall represent more than one club during EACH HALF of the seasons.

 11. A team including an ineligible player(s) shall forfeit the match and TWENTY points shall be awarded to the opposing team.  13. Teams shall consist of FIVE players. 14. Teams unable to field a full side must forfeit the lowest rubber(s). It is ESSENTIAL that Premier Division teams field a full quota of FIVE players. Premier Division teams who fail to field five players for a match shall have five points deducted. 15. The seeding list should reflect those members of each Club willing to play in the League. (Clarification: It is required that all known club players who are expected to play or may play for the teams are included in the list)(see also rule 24 for new players) 16. All players MUST be seeded in STRICT ORDER OF MERIT according to ability. The League sub-committee reserve the right to amend a club’s seeding list at any time if they see fit. 17. A Club with ONE team must seed a minimum of TEN players; a Club with TWO teams must seed a minimum of FIFTEEN players; a Club with THREE teams must seed a minimum of TWENTY players; and so on according to the total number of teams entered in the League. (Clarification: this is the minimum allowed, see rule 15 which notes all possible players should be included) 18. Players seeded 1 to 5 should constitute a Club's FIRST TEAM. Players seeded 6 to 10 should constitute a Club's SECOND TEAM. Players seeded 11 to 15 should constitute a Club's THIRD TEAM; and so on throughout the seeding list and all teams entered in the League. (Clarification: These are the official “TEAM POSITION” seeded players, see rule 23. EG For a 3 team club this is the first 15 players)

18a. Where a club has two teams playing on the same night (including against each other) then the players need only be in seeding order within the individual team – not across both teams. 19. A player shall not play LOWER than the place in which (s)he is seeded, but MAY PLAY HIGHER if player(s) above are not available (subject to the special conditions for Clubs with two teams in the Premier Division, see Rule 20 below). (Clarification: Read Rule 18, if you are seeded 6-10, ie the second team then you cannot play lower ie for the third team, but you can play higher for the first team; Read rule 21, you can become tied to a higher team if you play up too often) 20. If a Club has two teams in a Premier Division, all players must be seeded in STRICT ORDER OF MERIT according to ability. The FIRST team must NOT call upon players in the SECOND team in the event of non-availability of FIRST team players, but must utilise players constituting the Club’s THIRD team and below. The SECOND team may call upon players in the THIRD team and below in the event of non-availability of SECOND team players. 21. Once a player has played FOUR times for a team in the season then (s)he MAY NOT play for a LOWER team in the season remembering rule 10 also applies.

22. A Club may re-seed after part one of the season is completed. Notice of re-seeding MUST be received by the League Sub-Committee PRIOR to this date by return of a revised seeding list or the seeding list marked "No change" if appropriate. Failure to do so will result in a 2 point penalty. (Clarification: Note also rule 24; This is the only time you can change the order of players in your seeding list. If players are removed from the list you are confirming that they are no longer eligible* or willing (Rule 15) to play team squash. *they will be deemed ineligible (note rule 11)). (see also rule 24) If a Club has two teams in a Premier Division, re-seeding at the end of part one of the season of the FIRST and SECOND team players may only take place within their respective teams. FIRST team players MUST NOT be re-seeded into the SECOND team and vice-versa. Players from the THIRD team and below may be re-seeded into either the FIRST or the SECOND team.

24. For all teams, on introduction of any new player(s), existing players MUST REMAIN in their ORIGINAL SEQUENCE and PRIOR PERMISSION must be obtained from the League Sub-Committee. (Clarification: League Secretary must be informed of new players and their position) 25. Every Club must have its seeding list on display. (Clarification: This is still required, any new players should be shown) PLAYING OF MATCHES 26. Each team shall play two matches, one at home and one away, against each other team in the division and shall score FIVE points for each MATCH won and ONE point for each individual GAME won (each individual tie shall be the best of five games). 27. Unless MUTUALLY AGREED BEFOREHAND, all matches will be played in the order 5,4,3,2,1. The numbers 4 and 5 of BOTH TEAMS must be available to commence within TEN minutes of the advertised starting time of the match and the numbers 3,2 and 1 MUST be available to play IMMEDIATELY following the first match to finish. (Clarification: not abiding to this is unreasonable and unfair to your opponents. Breaking this rule could result in the match being forfeited) 28. The HOME team is responsible for making all arrangements for the match, including provision of courts and balls, confirmation of matches and provision of markers and referees. Premier Division Clubs MUST provide TWO courts for matches. 29. The date for the playing of a particular match may be re-arranged PRIOR TO 31st October if BOTH Clubs are in agreement. After this date re-arrangement of matches will only be allowed in EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES and by the MUTUAL CONSENT of BOTH Clubs, irrespective of the length of notice given. If any match is conceded or cancelled at short notice the offending away team may be liable to reimburse the home team for any reasonable expenditure incurred with regard to court fees and/or meals. 30. Failure to notify the League Secretary of a re-arranged fixture, prior to the original fixture date may result in a 2 point penalty. (Clarification: Either team can inform the League Secretary, both teams will receive the penalty when applied. If a fixture is delayed but the new date is not known, please still inform the League Secretary prior to the original fixture date) 31. PREMIER DIVISION matches shall be arranged by the League Sub-Committee and any cancellation or re-arrangement must be prior agreed with the League Secretary. 32. The Home Team Captain must enter the match result on the web site WITHIN 48 HOURS of the match being played. Failure to do so may result in a 2 point penalty. (Clarification: This rule can be applied at any time but is especially important towards the end of the season when teams are calculating the points need to get promotion/avoid demotion. Ie its unfair for other teams not to be able to see the results of recent team games)

33. ALL LEAGUE MATCHES must be completed and MATCH RESULT entered on the website by 30th April. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the unreported or un-played matches being deemed void. (Clarification: Any not played will be deemed void and both teams will get a 5 point penalty) 34. The overall League positions shall be determined by the total number of points scored (less penalties). Where teams have an equal number of points and the position affects either the winning of the division, or promotion or relegation between divisions, then the positions shall be determined by the number of matches won. If still tied then by the lesser games conceded. 35. Where a walkover is conceded TWENTY points shall be awarded to the team claiming the walkover. Any team not fulfilling a fixture shall have FIVE points deducted. Any team conceding more than one walkover in a season shall have its results expunged. If a walkover is not agreed by both teams then the issue must be referred to the League Sub-Committee who will make the appropriate decision. (Clarification: Expunging teams and their results is the only fair way to have a fair result in the league at the end of the season. Our strong preference is for teams to play all their games) 36. All matches must be marked and refereed.

 37. In the event of any doubt or dispute as to the interpretation of these rules, the matter shall be referred, in writing, to the League Sub-Committee. 38. If the League Sub-Committee shall be of the opinion that there has been a breach by any Club of either the letter or the spirit of any of the above rules, they may take such action (including the award of the match to the Club not in default, the deduction of points or the replay of the match) as they think fit. 39. If the League Sub-Committee shall be of the opinion that there has been a breach by any person involved in a Nottinghamshire Squash Rackets Event, of either the letter or the spirit of the adopted Code of Conduct of the League, they may take such action as is outlined in the Grievance Procedure and Guidelines on Punishments adopted by the League. 40. There will be no 'double header' games allowed except for when matches coincide with a County Cup Match, Both teams must agree it is a double header otherwise separate matches are to be played. 41. (NEW) Scoring rules:

· PAR 11 for the Premier 1, Premier 2 and Division 1.

· PAR 15 for Division 2, 3 ,4, 5, 6 and 7.

42. In all disputes the decision of the Competition Sub-Committee shall be final and binding.

43. All Clubs, Teams, Players & Officials, by taking part in the County League (and County Cup) agree to behave in accordance with the official. Code of Conduct. For any deemed breach of the code the League Sub-Committee may take any action it sees fit in proportion to the breach.

44. Junior Safety. In line with England Squash policies, approved eye protection must be worn by all juniors (ie Under 19) playing in these leagues. Failure to comply - League Sub-Committee may take any action it sees fit in proportion to the breach.

45. Match Ball, as now the official match ball for most leagues is the Double Yellow Spot Dunlop Match Squash Ball. However, Captains may agree in advance of the match that the Single Yellow Spot Dunlop Match Squash Ball will be used for all rubbers. The County feel that the use of a slightly bouncier ball for improving players will improve their game and their enjoyment. It also allows some mitigation of cold courts and cold weather.