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SQU i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

SQU ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

SQU ii.i The Squash Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of the World Squash Federation (WSF). 


Team Championship


SQU 1 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women. No player may play in a team of the opposite gender.


SQU 2 Competition Structure: Eight Men’s and eight Women’s teams, selected on merit, will compete in the Premier League, the remainder to participate in the Conference Leagues.


SQU 2.1 League points will be awarded to each team according to the number of games won. The winning team will also score additional bonus points: 5 players per team = 5 bonus points, 4 players per team = 4 bonus points, 3 players per team = 3 bonus points


SQU 2.2 In cases of walkover the non-offending team will score the maximum number of points available to them. The offending team will be deducted 10 points


SQU 3 Team Format


SQU 3.1 Men’s National Premier League, Tier One and Tier Two teams shall consist of 5 players. Men’s Tier Three teams and below shall consist of 3 players.


SQU 3.2 Women’s teams will consist of 5 players in the National Premier League and 4 players in all other leagues.


SQU 3.3 In Men's and Women’s leagues with 5 players a minimum of 3 players must play. In Women's leagues with 4 players a minimum of 3 players must play and in Men's leagues of 3 players a minimum of 2 players must play.


SQU 3.4 Competition Format: The competition format should be the same across the whole league. Which format is used must be a majority decision between all teams in that league, choosing round robin tournaments, or weekly fixtures. If a majority decision cannot be reached fixtures will be weekly, as scheduled by the BUCS office.


SQU 3.5 All squads must submit their ranking lists by the date outlined in the BUCS affiliation document. All rankings will be published on the BUCS website. Failure to submit a squad list by the specified date will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS affiliation document and possibly further disciplinary action. Squads may re-rank players but this must be done between dates specified in the BUCS affiliation document. Changes outside these windows will not be considered.


SQU 3.5.1 Institutions may request to add a player to the bottom of the ranking list when ranking windows are not open. Requests must be submitted and approved by the BUCS office in advance of any fixtures being played by the non-ranked player. This is to encourage the fulfilment of fixtures and must not be manipulated. Teams found to be attempting to manipulate the rankings using this regulation will face disciplinary action under REG 17.


SQU 3.6 Playing out of rank order or not declaring ranking in genuine order of playing standard will be considered as misconduct.


SQU 3.7 Three player teams will only be promoted to a Tier where teams of five players are required if they are able to guarantee five players for the following season.


SQU 3.8 In knockout rounds, Women’s teams will consist of 5 players in the Championship and 4 players in the Trophy and Conference Cups. Men’s teams will consist of 5 players in the Championship and Trophy. Men's teams will generally be 5 players in the Conference Cup, unless one or both teams involved in match are from Tier Three or below, then 3 players (unless both teams agree to play with 5 players). 


SQU 4 Player Restrictions & Ranking Lists


SQU 4.1 All players must play in rank order at all times. Please note REG 6.7 - each team should be selected as though the other teams would be playing in a match of equal importance at the same time 


SQU 5 Booking Guidelines: Failure to book the minimum prescribed time below will result in the home team forfeiting any rubbers not completed should the match not be completed.        


No of Players    5          4           3        

1st Court        2hrs     1½hrs    2hrs        

2nd Court       2½hrs  1½hrs    1hr  


SQU 6 Match Scoring


SQU 6.1 Each player shall play the correspondingly ranked player of the opposing team, for the best of five games. The team winning the majority of individual matches shall be the match winners.


SQU 6.2 Incomplete Fixtures - In the event of a fixture being incomplete due to a late start, with a team at fault, their opposition may claim any rubbers not completed or un-played.


SQU 6.3 A BUCS Score Card must be used by all teams. This score card must be completed by each team and retained by the AU until the end of the BUCS season, as per REG 7.5. Team sheets are not required in addition to score cards.


SQU 6.4 Tie in a knockout: Where teams are tied at the end of a knockout, the following will be used in turn until a winner can be determined:

-          Team with the most games won

-          Team with the most points won

-          Team which won the first string match (ie. 1v1)

SQU 7 Rules


SQU 7.1 All matches shall be played according to WSF Governing Body rules and regulations.


SQU 7.2 The Dunlop Revelation Double Spot or an alternative WSF approved ball shall be used. Women’s matches at tier two and below should use a single yellow spot ball.


SQU 7.3 For all matches, PAR 11 will be played for both men and women. This is true for the league programme and the Championship, Trophy and Conference Cup matches. 





SQU 8 Order of Play: All matches must be played in the following order:        


No of Players in team    5                         4                3        

1st Court             String 5 then 4        4 then 2           3        

2nd Court           3 then 1 then 2        1 then 3       1 then 2          


SQU 9 Conference Leagues


SQU 9.1 In the event of a tie on points for the leadership of a Conference League the procedure shall be as detailed in REG 9.9.


SQU 9.2 Eight teams from the Conference Leagues shall proceed to the last 16 stage of the Championship draw (including Scotland), where the teams shall be seeded according to respective league results.  


SQU 10 National Premier League Competition


SQU 10.1 Competition format: The National Premier League shall be played in two stages. Each stage shall be completed during a weekend competition involving three matches per team using the same format as England Squash’s inter-county Championship.


SQU 10.2 For Stage 1, the eight National Premier League teams (incorporating England, Wales and Scotland) shall be divided on a broadly geographical basis into northern and southern groups of four teams each (on the basis of minimising travel distance/time as a prescribed method of deciding upon the composition of the two groups).


SQU 10.3 Venues shall be selected on the basis of facility availability / cost and reasonable travel time for teams. Wherever possible, both Men’s and Women’s events shall be played at the same venue in each of the north and south groups. Costs will be split equally between all competing teams.


SQU 10.4 Following completion of the first stage, the top team from each group will qualify for the upper tier group and compete for places 1-4. The bottom team from each group will be placed in the lower tier group and compete for places 5-8. The teams finishing in 2nd place in their group will play against the 3rd placed team from the other group in a one off play off. The 2nd placed team will be at home. The winner will qualify for the upper tier group and the loser into the lower tier.


SQU 10.5 All eight teams shall progress to the BUCS Championship knockout stages, where they will be placed at the last 16 stage according to their finishing position in the Premier League.


SQU 10.6 Promotion to and Relegation from the National Premier League: Premier League 1,2 and 3 guaranteed. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 play against Tier 1 qualifiers in last 16 of knockouts. Winners of first round Championship knockout to become the 8 Premier League teams for following season.


SQU 10.7 Players retiring during a match may not play again in the same weekend. The only exception to this rule is if the cause of retirement is considered transitory (e.g. nose bleed, cramp, migraine, vomiting) and that the player has recovered fully for their next match. If the player then retires during a second match, their string and all strings below them shall be forfeited.


Individual Championship


SQU 11 Events: Individual Championships for Men and Women will be held annually.


SQU 12 Entries


SQU 12.1 Each University may enter an unspecified number of competitors. There shall be paid, on behalf of each competitor, an entry fee to be determined annually.


SQU 12.2 Entries may be restricted should they exceed the capacity of the event.


SQU 12.3 Fines may be imposed for late withdrawals, no shows and withdrawals during competitions. Details will be outlined in the entry and pre event information.


SQU 13 Competition Format: In order to accommodate the large numbers of individual entries, the entries will be distributed into an appropriate number of graded-type draws based upon the information on playing standard provided on the entry form. 


SQU 14 Rules


SQU 14.1 The draw shall be made in the presence of a neutral referee.


SQU 14.2 Players will be seeded according to governing bodies recommendations and results in the current season’s BUCS Team Championships as well as details of current form/playing standard provided by players on their entry form.


SQU 14.3 Wherever possible players from the same University shall be placed in different quarters of the draw.


SQU 14.4 The Tournament shall be played on a straight knockout basis.  


SQU 14.5 Each match shall be the best of five games.


SQU 14.6 Where possible, a plate shall be held for first match losers in the qualifying events.


SQU 14.7 The Dunlop Revelation Double Spot or a WSF approved ball shall be used.


SQU 14.8 For all competitors under 19 years of age, eye protectors must be worn for all matches, as per England Squash regulations.


SQU 15 Fines for Withdrawals The following fines will be imposed:

-          Withdrawals after Version 1 of draw has been released will receive a £50 fine.

-          Withdrawals after 12pm on Wednesday prior to the competition will receive a £75 fine.

-          No shows on the day will receive a £100 fine.

-          Withdrawals during the competition will receive a £25 fine. 


Medical notes will only be accepted for new injuries.  If you have an existing medical condition and choose to enter the competition you will still face a fine if you withdraw.


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