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Doubles League Rules

Listed below are the rules and procedures for the upcoming season:

  • The league will be play on Saturdays at Windsor Squash & Fitness and Sundays, at the Detroit Athletic Club, starting at 1 pm, with matches scheduled at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.
  • It is a mixed league, so men and women are equally encouraged to participate. There will be A, B & C Classes
  • Both players from each team at each level must be present on the day. Each player is solely responsible in arranging for a substitute in any week he cannot play. Contact the doubles league director, John Dunwoody, only as a last resort to assist in finding a substitute.
  • Rearranging of matches is strictly forbidden.
  • Point-a-rally scoring to 15, no tie breaker sets.
  • Players must play at the same level every week. Players’ rosters are entered at the start of the season with players in a specific Class – including all substitutes and alternates. Players cannot play out of their “ranking” level (A, B, C) during any match. For example, if the right wall A team player cannot play, then he/she MUST be replaced by another A level player, to insure an equal and competitive match. For example, a B ranked player cannot move to the A level.
  • The Michigan Squash doubles league coordinator reserves the right to promote or demote any one player, if necessary, to a different playing level.
  • After each match, it is all 4 players’ responsibility to fill out the results sheet in its entirety, sign it and fax or email it to the Michigan Squash doubles league director, within 24 hours of match completion. Failure to do so will result in defaults and possible penalty points deducted.You can find the results sheet here:
    http://www.michigansquash.org/blog/doubles-league-results-sheet/
  • All players must be registered for the league and must be US Squash and Michigan Squash members. Any player who is NOT a US Squash and Michigan Squash members will automatically forfeit that match.
  • Defaults: A match will be defaulted if a player is not present and ready to play by 15 minutes after location start-up time.
  • Michigan Squash Ban Rules: Upon a written complaint received by a member of Michigan Squash regarding the on-court behavior of a member during an Michigan Squash Doubles League match witnessed by the complaining member, a subcommittee of the Board will be appointed by the President or highest ranking official who was not a witness of the match which is the subject matter of the complaint. If nobody is willing to act, the matter must be tabled until a subcommittee can be formed. A complaint that has been tabled for two years will be dropped. The subcommittee shall determine whether the complained-of behavior was antagonistic, belittling, reckless, injurious, or disruptive. A referee’s or judge’s decision (if any) during the incident are to be ignored for purposes of the determination (e.g., failure to impose penalties shall not be indicative that the behavior is sporting, and vice versa). If the subcommittee determines that the behavior was antagonistic, belittling, reckless, injurious, or disruptive and hence a departure from sporting behavior, the subcommittee shall recommend that the board impose a sanction against the player or players involved in the incident. The board shall determine by majority vote the appropriate ban and length of the ban. The ban may consist of barring the player from league play for part of a year, a year, and multiple years and even for life.
  • Host Club Ban Rules: If a Club is hosting a Michigan Squash Doubles League match and the Club has banned a Michigan Squash member from playing at or entering the Club, Michigan Squash will honor the Club’s ban. The Michigan Squash member will not be permitted to play matches at a different venue in order to avoid the ban.
  • Ball: The Michigan Squash Board Members and Club Representatives prior to the season will determine the official ball for league and tournament play. In the case of a large number of teams in any one division, the Michigan Squash Board Members may establish, prior to commencement of league play, various scheduling techniques in order to complete league play within the season. (Examples: arbitrarily shortening season, establishing two divisions within one league, etc.).
  • Penalties: Michigan Squash may invoke sanctions against any offenders of the above rules. These may include banning that player and making that player ineligible to play the Doubles League the following season. Specifically, a league player, who, in case of absence, does not provide for an alternate or no-shows. Players violating the Rules of Conduct may, in addition to defaulting the match, have season’s playing rights forfeited.
    Exceptions: Exceptions to the printed rules may be made by the Officers of Michigan Squash upon written request. The Officers shall have final authority regarding all disputes.
  • General: All players are requested to adhere to dress codes established by Michigan Squash member clubs as indicated in the Directory. Michigan Squash league players must wear US Squash approved eye protection. Annual physical examinations are advised for all players.

Additionally, the Squash Doubles Playing Rules located on the US Squash website apply.

It is imperative you read through them.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Doubles League coordinator, John Dunwoody, by e-mailing doubles@michigansquash.org.

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