The league is run with the spirit of social competitiveness. We look forward to our league games because we enjoy playing squash, we enjoy the competition and we enjoy catching up socially afterwards.
We should also be aware that we are advertising our sport. Quite often, especially for the Premier division matches, there are people watching from the balcony who are new to squash and finding out what it's all about. We need to be putting on a bit of a show...
Unfortunately, it can get a bit intense inside those four walls and a player can lose their cool. We appreciate that this is an ameteur league but the sorts of behaviour we do not accept are:
If you see a player exhibiting this sort of behaviour, it is within your right to complain. The following is the complaints proceedure.
The action decided will be based on the severity of the incident and any history and will mostly likely be one of the following
At the descretion of the committee, the player may also be reported to England Squash so their behaviour will be recorded more formally. This will only be under exceptional circumstances though.
Note if the player has caused damage, such as a broken door, then they will be expected to pay for the repairs.
The player will have the right to appeal and must do so within seven days of the decision being communicated to them. They will need to bring new evidence beyond what has already been provided and be convincing because the decision will already have been made by the committee and there isn't a higher authority in the county to go to.
Beyond that, the player can appeal to England Squash though the incident will only have been reported to them in extreme circumstances. England Squash do not take on appeals unless the player has been excluded from their league for at least 4 weeks.
The England Squash code of coduct can be found here. Their appeals process is covered in section 9.3.
Note, although this complaints procedure is aimed at player behaviour, it can also be used for any other complaint such as:
This process does not replace the current, informal, 'ask the league secretary' process that is used frequently throughout the league. It is specifically for serious cases where the game is being brought into disrepute.