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.
LEVELS OF COMPETITION
There are four levels of competition:
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.
To apply for Bronze sanctioning please complete the application form. Clubs should complete a Bronze sanctioning application form 4 weeks prior to the competition.
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.
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 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.
Junior Gold Competitions 2019/20
- Junior Gold (1) – 31st – 1st September 2019: Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow
- Junior Gold (2) – 16th – 17th November 2019: Edinburgh Sports Club
- Junior Gold (3) – 7th – 8th March 2020: Bridge of Allan Sports Club
Senior Gold Competitions 2019/20
- Senior Gold (1) – 7th – 8th September 2019: Colinton Castle Sports Club, Edinburgh
- Senior Gold (2) – 12th – 13th October 2019: Newlands Lawn Tennis Club, Glasgow
- Senior Gold (3) – 22nd – 23rd February 2020: Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow
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 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.
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.
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 available for bids for the 2019/20 season are:
- Scottish Under 23 National Championships – Friday 17th – Sunday 19th January 2020: Scottish Squash Rackets Club, Glasgow
- Scottish Junior National Championships – Friday 31st – Sunday 2nd February 2020: Aberdeen Squash & Racketball Club
- Scottish National Championships – Friday 14th– Sunday 16th March 2020: Edinburgh Sports Club
- Scottish Masters National Championships – Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd March 2020: Inverness Tennis & Squash Club
- Scottish Junior Inter-Regional Team Championships – Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April 2020: Oriam, Heriot-Watt University
- Scottish Racketball National Championships – Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th April 2020: Scottish Squash Rackets Club, Glasgow
- Scottish Masters Home Internationals – 8th – 9th May 2020: Edinburgh Sports Club
- Scottish Senior Inter-Regional Team Championships – Friday 21st -Sunday 23rd August 2020: Aberdeen Squash & Racketball Club
Anyone wishing to discuss the competition structure further should contact firstname.lastname@example.org