Message from ES: Junior competition pathway: changes for 2017/18
Junior competition pathway: changes for 2017/18
Following six months of extensive consultation with players, tournament organisers and parents, we are implementing a number of significant changes to enhance our junior competition pathway for the 2017/18 season. From the feedback collated, the shared ambition is to create a level playing field and provide more opportunities for juniors to flourish, whatever their age or ability.
To assist preparation for the year ahead and avoid any potential clashes, we've created an integrated calendar showcasing all our events including our junior circuit, seniors, masters and PSA events. Please ensure you review this carefully as there are some significant changes. View the calendar (PDF).
The regulations for the 2017/18 season have been updated to reflect the changes in competition format and provide clarity for tournament organisers, players and parents. Take time to read these to ensure you’re up to speed on the improvements. View the updated regulations (PDF).
There will be no ranking points awarded for any county competition for the forthcoming season in order to provide equal opportunities to all junior players.
For the full explanation and background on this decision, please read the ICC ranking changes paper (PDF). We will encourage players to represent their county and this competition should be about pride of that representation and not seen as an opportunity to collect extra ranking points.
Sanctioned event changes
Following feedback and to allow us to streamline the process, a new procedure is being introduced to apply for sanctioned events. This will ensure earlier communication regarding events and consistency throughout the different event levels whilst making sure minimum standards are also met.
In brief, the main points to highlight are:
Levels of competition
There will now be five levels of competition for the forthcoming season:
All levels of sanctioned competition will be online entry through the England Squash website.
PLATINUM, GOLD, SILVER will be full monrad draw format.
Sanction process and timeline
There will be a sanction application window open from 1 May - 18 June 2017 for Silver, Bronze and Copper events.
During this time, all applicants must:
* Complete our Tournament Organiser (TO) online workshop and receive a “pass” grade.
* Complete the sanction form.
All allocation of events and the calendar will be published on 1st July 2017.
Only if we have any space available to take any additional events we will re-open the sanction application window from 1 September - 30 September. The calendar will then be confirmed by 14 October and closed for the remainder of the season.
Flat rate points will be awarded for all age groups. Playing up an age category should purely be about ability, performance and experience and not about chasing additional ranking points.
Additional significant changes
Please read the attached document to obtain full detail of changes relating to administration, ranking points and sanction process.