Singles League Overview


 

1. Organization

This season the league will be led by Nick Tatti, League Coordinator. Mike Pepper, Sam Roeca, and Alberto Rezende will join Nick as League co-coordinators. Former League Chair Dov Kleiner and NY Squash President Cleve Miller will join them in the overall management of the league through the League Committee.

2. Divisions and Eligibility

Players should have a US Squash rating below the division they are playing in. For example, players competing in the 4.5 division need to have a rating of 4.49 or lower. Eligibility is strictly enforced.

Because the 3.0 beginner division is so fluid, players under 3.1 may occasionally be deemed eligible fro 3.0, based on considerations such as age and rating history; any player included through this exception may be moved up to 3.5 during the season if match results so indicate.

Unrated player eligibility

Players with a US Squash rating of 1.5 (i.e. unrated) follow this process to define their divisions:

  • Any player without a US Squash rating will need to be assessed by his/her home club pro

  • The pro will determine the appropriate division and team for that player

  • There will be a probationary period of three matches

  • The player’s results will be assessed by the pro and NY Squash, and final determination of division will be provided after that assessment

Additionally, we ask that club pros monitor the true level of their 3.0 and 3.5 division players, who may have had a US Squash rating below 3.5 as of last April, but who have improved over the last six months and may now be more appropriately placed in the 4.0 division.

3. Rules and captain’s responsibilities

Rules are posted here and will be outlined in the Captain’s Meeting on October 16, (7:00 pm at the Princeton Club, drinks and food at 8:00 pm).

The Captain’s Meeting must be attended by either the captain or co-captain of every team because important regulations are outlined that allow the league to run smoothly for everyone. If neither the team captain or co-captain can attend, please send another member of the team as a delegate.   

4. Playing schedule and match nights

MON

M3
MO

TUES

M4.0
M5.0

WED

W ABC
M4.5

THURS

M3.5
M5.5

Scheduling and Home vs. Away balance

In the 2017-18 season, NY Squash developed an improved scheduling software tool that controls the balance between Home matches and Away matches. Home vs. Away scheduling is a complicated process because many clubs have more than one team per division, some clubs have restricted or no home courts, and the number of teams varies each season.

To best manage this, we aim on an overall 50% - 50% Home vs. Away balance, without having it be team specific. For example, your team will have roughly half of your overall matches at home, and half away, but you may play the same team at home for both meetings, or vice versa. While it’s impossible to achieve a perfect balance for every team, the system works as well as possible given the constraints involved.

Calendar

While still subject to change, the season calendar looks like this:

October 1
Teams must be registered

October 15
Rosters must be submitted (minimum seven players, except Women's rosters)

October 17
Captain's meeting (7:00 pm at the Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street)

October 23
Schedules published, captains and pros should book courts

November 5
League play begins

December 21
Deadline for paying League dues

There will be breaks for holiday weeks and the Tournament of Champions week, as usual.

Pool Play

The schedule will be published in full in October and pool play is no longer used in league. This is partly due to the Home vs. Away balance outlined above, but more importantly dropping pool play produces far less stress on club pros when booking courts.

5. Playoffs and finals

Playoffs

We will use a knockout playoff format for all the divisions. The size of the draws will depend on division registration, but ideally 4, 6, or 8 teams will be included in playoffs. For the largest divisions, we will likely use a full 16 seed tournament format that may start earlier. We will communicate the format for each division, as well as dates, when we know division sizes.

Finals

During the 2017-18 season, we introduced a league finals event that was held on a Saturday at the end of season for all divisions. This event received positive feedback, so we’re happy to announce we are planning to continue this format for the upcoming season.

This format allowed us to assure that all finals are played on standard courts with no defects, as well as create a community event at the end of year for us to celebrate our finalists. Plus: beer.

6. Dues

Individual team dues are $225 per team (plus club dues) and are due by December 21. Clubs that pay for league teams will receive an invoice, and team captains who pay for their team can pay through Venmo. The NY Squash Venmo account is: @NY-Squash.