Following a review of the competition structure and consultation with regions and clubs, Scottish Squash implemented a new competition structure for the 2017/18 season.
The aims behind the competition restructure are:
- To provide a competition structure for players at all levels of the player pathway;
- To provide national rankings for all competitive players;
- To support clubs and regions to develop effective opportunities for competition.
The Regulations for Sanctioned Competitions contains further information about running or hosting competitions for clubs, regions and competition organisers. The Roles and Responsibilities for Sanctioned Competitions is also useful to make clear what support Scottish Squash will provide and what is expected from clubs/regions when running/hosting a sanctioned competition.
BOUNCEBACK SANCTIONED COMPETITIONS
The BounceBack sanctioned competitions have been introduced as a new level of sanctioning to support the return of competitions as we continue to progress through the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Due to the continued restrictions in place and the variations across local authorities we are not yet re-introducing the National Competition Pathway and Masters circuit.
BounceBack sanctioned competitions will support regions, clubs and competition organisers who wish to start to re-introduce competitions in their area when appropriate. By sanctioning your competition as a BounceBack competition we can ensure support is provided in the run up to the competition.
Similar to Bronze sanctioned competitions, there is no levy fee retained by Scottish Squash when delivering a BounceBack sanctioned competition. When delivering this level of competition, organisers will have to follow current covid-19 guidance available in the ‘COVID-19 Guidance for Squash Clubs, Players, Coaches & Competitions in Scotland‘ and ensure the current Scottish Government covid protection level allows for your type of competition.
BounceBack competitions come with no set delivery structure. They aim to provide local competition organisers full flexibility when starting to deliver competitions again.
To register your BounceBack sanctioned competition please complete the online application form. Our team will then be in touch to support you with re-starting competitions under the current restrictions/guidance.
NATIONAL COMPETITION PATHWAY & LEVELS OF COMPETITION
***As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the National Competitions Pathway and Masters Circuit has been suspended***
There are four levels of competitions which make up the National Competitions Pathway (Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum) aimed at junior and senior level squash. The Masters circuit (for players aged over 35 years) aligns to it’s own competition pathway. Further information on each level can be found below.
Bronze Sanctioned Competitions
These are local competitions that mainly attract players from within the region. They are 1 day competitions that aim to have players playing as many games as possible in a relatively relaxed atmosphere and flexible structure. These competitions are great for beginner players or players new to a competition environment.
Clubs can apply for sanctioning to run a Junior Bronze competition or Adult Bronze competition.
Bronze sanctioned competitions are organised by local competition organisers. There is no limit on the number of these competitions in each season. To apply for Bronze sanctioning please complete the application form. Clubs should complete a Bronze sanctioning application form 4 weeks prior to the competition.
Silver Sanctioned Competitions
These are open competitions that are run in a graded format for all levels, meaning you should play matches with players of a similar ability. All levels of players can take part in this level of competition.
Competition organisers can choose whether to run a Junior Silver competition, Adult Silver competition or a combined Junior/Senior Silver competition. Silver competitions also have the potential to register their event as a Professional Squash Association (PSA) Satellite competition to attract a stronger entry and PSA registered players.
Silver sanctioned competitions are organised by local competition organisers. There is no limit on the number of these competitions in each season. To apply for Silver sanctioning please complete the application form. Clubs should complete a Silver sanctioning application form 8 weeks prior to the competition.
Gold Sanctioned Competitions
Gold sanctioned competitions are run in age groups at junior level and men’s and women’s open at senior level. These competitions will typically attract the higher ranked players throughout the country and will link to selection for team representative competitions, although all other levels of players are also encouraged to take part.
The number of junior and senior Gold sanctioned competitions is set by Scottish Squash ahead of each season. Clubs/facilities then have the ability to apply for one of the Gold sanctioned competitions each season. These competitions are then organised by local competition organisers with support from Scottish Squash.
Masters Sanctioned Competitions
There will be 5 regional Masters competitions plus the Scottish Masters National Championships that link to the Masters circuit and Masters ranking points. The region of the club that is awarded the bid to host the Scottish Masters National Championships (Platinum level competition) will not host a Masters regional competition. The Masters competitions sit separate from the Bronze, Silver and Gold competition structure which is specifically aimed at junior and senior level. All players aged over 35 years are encouraged and welcome to compete in the Masters competitions.
The National Masters Selection Procedures & Criteria to determine the Masters Teams that represent Scotland at the Masters Home Internationals is reviewed ahead each season.
All regional Masters sanctioned competitions are organised by regional associations with local competition organisers. The Scottish Masters National Championships is organised by Scottish Squash in partnership with an identified host club/facility.
Platinum Level Competitions
These competitions cover National and European competitions and will attract the highest ranked players and occasionally players from throughout Europe. Players of all other levels are also encouraged to compete.
The delivery of Platinum level competitions are overseen by Scottish Squash in partnership with a host club/facility.
Clubs/Venues can bid to host Platinum competitions. The essential requirements from Clubs to host each Platinum competition can be found in the Regulations for Sanctioned Competitions document. Scottish Squash may award Platinum competitions on a 1 year, 2 years or 3 years contract. Platinum competitions have currently been suspended as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Future dates and locations will be communicated.
- Scottish Under 23 National Championships – TBC
- Scottish Junior National Championships – TBC
- Scottish National Championships – TBC
- Scottish Masters National Championships – TBC
- Scottish Junior Inter-Regional Team Championships – TBC
- Scottish Racketball National Championships – TBC
- Scottish Masters Home Internationals – TBC
- Scottish Senior Inter-Regional Team Championships – TBC
Anyone wishing to discuss the competition structure further should contact firstname.lastname@example.org