Wiltshire Squash

Mens County Championships
Three sets of championships are held in Wiltshire, in common with what goes in most other counties. These are the Men's Seniors, Over-35's & Over-45's. These have always effectively acted as the trials for the County teams, so anyone harbouring ambitions of County squash is encouraged to enter these prestigious events.

We will also run our very popular Doubles Closed Tournament which has been a fantastic success and attracted plenty of pairs.

Give it I go I know you will enjoy it - register online right now by following the link below.
2014/15 Tournament Schedule

We have our tournaments scheduled as follows:

 Mens Doubles 13-15 Sep 2014 Wessex Howard Wilson
Mens Seniors23-26 Jan 2015Mercure South Marston (TBC)Brian Brock
Mens Over-35's7-8 Mar 2015
MarlboroughMike Hyland
Mens Over-45'sApr 2015 (TBC) 
John Peirce

The entry fee for all our competitions is £10 and you will be guaranteed a minimum of two games.

As usual there will be a plate event if we have enough entries - we should see a great weekend of squash.

These events are great fun and give you a chance to improve your competitive squash. You can also meet some of the other players from around the county and get to see some first class squash from the county's top dogs.

Player Eligibility

In order to play in a Wiltshire County Closed event, all players must be eligible according to the County 'Eligibility Rules' that follow:

  1. Players may only compete in the Closed Championships if they are qualified to play for England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales for the relevant season. (Except for Women over 40 and 50 and Men over 45 and 55)
  2. A Player may not enter more than one County Closed in one season. A qualification applying on the first occasion in a season in which a player participates in a county closed shall hold good throughout the season.
  3. Players are always (subject to (i) above) qualified to play in their County of birth.
  4. A player is qualified to play in the County Closed if they have resided continuously in Wiltshire for the three months preceding the start of the season (1st October) and are still residing.
  5. A residential qualification cannot be obtained through school, university, college or other place of further / higher education or training unless a player's bona fide home is in the same county as the school or university eg. unless they are a permanent member of the resident staff.
  6. A player may continue to enter a County Closed for which they have played in the previous season by virtue of a residential qualification after they have ceased to reside in that county provided that they have not played in any other County Closed since ceasing to reside in that county.
  7. In all cases where a player's qualification is in doubt, it is obligatory on the Player to prove the qualification to the satisfaction of the Wiltshire Squash Rackets Association (WSRA).
  8. Eligibility criteria specific to event categories will be in accordance with details in Appendix A (below).
  9. A player may appeal to the County Panel if neither his/her county or residence (if applicable), nor his/her county of birth, if the county of birth has a common border with the county of residence, has a Closed event, or he/she has no county of residence, but he/she has a demonstrably strong link with another county. Any appeal should be forwarded at least 28 days before intended participation. This shall be deemed residential qualification.

Last Updated: 6 November 2002

Appendix A

Under 19, 17, 15, 13 Events

Players shall be eligible to participate if they are under [19, 17, 15 or 13] on the final day of the Closed. ie. Under [19,17,15 or 13] throughout the event.

Men's Over 35, 45, 55 Events

Players shall be able to participate on, and after, the day of their [35th, 45th or 55th] birthday.

Women's Over 40, 50 Events

Players shall be able to participate on, and after, the day of their [40th or 50th] birthday.

Codes of Conduct

Sport allows players of all ages, especially children, to develop skills and participate in the spirit of competition. With competitive opportunities becoming more accessible as the value of sport increases within our society, it is important not to forget the principles of Fair Play. The following guidelines have been produced for all those involved in squash to adopt enabling the success of our sport to continue.
1.   Player Code of Conduct

  • Play for enjoyment, not just to please your parents or coach. Abide by the rules and spirit of the sport. 
  • Never argue with the decisions of match officials - let your captain or coach ask any necessary questions. 
  • Control your temper - no foul language or damage to your racket or the court. 
  • Work equally hard for yourself and your team - your team's performance will benefit and so will your own. 
  • Treat all participants as you yourself would like to be treated. 
  • Don't interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of any other player. 
  • Remember that the aim of sport is to have fun, improve your skills and feel good. 
  • At the end of play applaud and thank your opponents and the match officials. 
  • Win with humility - Lose with dignity.

2.  Parent Code of Conduct

  • Do not force an unwilling youngster to participate. 
  • Never ridicule or shout at your child, or any other, for making a mistake or losing. 
  • Encourage you child always to play by the laws of the sport
  • Focus on your children's efforts rather than their win or loss.
  • Turn defeat into victory by helping young people work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship. 
  • Remember that young people learn best by example.
  • Do not publicly question the judgement or honesty of match officials.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from all levels of youth sport.
  • Recognise the value and importance of volunteer coaches and officials and show your appreciation accordingly.
  • Applaud all good play.

3.   Spectator Code of Conduct

  • Remember that young people are taking part in organised sport, which is intended to be played for enjoyment. The are not professional or international gladiators.
  • Be on your best behaviour. Do not use profane language or harass players, coaches or officials.
  • Acknowledge good performance and Fair Play by opponents as well as by your own team.
  • Show respect for opponents and officials. Without them there would be no competition.
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms.
  • Verbal abuse of players or officials is not acceptable in any shape or form.

Updated: 17 June 2002

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