The board would like to thank club pro Shauna Flath, catering manager Rhonda Porter and AV superstar Dara Sklar for their help in organizing and running this event. We hope to run this event every year and we look forward to any feedback you might have.
The BC Honda Vancouver Squash League is holding a Captain’s Meeting on Wednesday, September 21st, at 6pm, in the social lounge at the Jericho Tennis Club (3837 Point Grey Road).
All captains are encouraged to attend this brief information session. Topics to be discussed will include an overview of a captain’s requirements, new rules and a Quick Draws demo. There will also be a question and answer period.
If you cannot make it to the meeting, feel free to send a representative from your team.
Our season starts tomorrow and there still seems to be confusion about which division is playing with which official scoring system. Below is a quick and official reminder of the official scoring systems that will be in place for the 2009/2010 VSL season:
Division One OPEN - PAR 11
Division One WOMEN - PAR 15
Divisions 2 through 8 OPEN and WOMEN - Hand In, Hand Out to 9.
Please note that the above scoring systems will be in effect throughout the season and can only be discussed, changed or debated at the next AGM (date TBD). We hope that you attend the next AGM to voice your opinion and vote on the direction that the league takes in future seasons.
Have a great season!
The results of the Division 1 survey, that was requested during the VSL AGM, are in. For the 2009/2010 season both Open Division 1 and Women’s Division 1 will use Par 11 (Point A Rally).
Divisions 2 through 8, Open and Women’s, will continue to use HiHo (Hand In, Hand Out) scoring to 9 as mentioned in the previous post.
During the VSL’s AGM a motion was put forward to have the VSL maintain the existing scoring system of HiHo, or “Hand-In-Hand-Out” scoring to 9, for all divisions. This motion was voted on by the membership and passed unanimously. Therefore Divisions 2 through 8 will continue with HiHo for the 2009/2010 season.
Following the vote, an amendment was forwarded to have the VSL survey Division 1 players, those who played in that division last year and the two new teams moving up, on whether they wish to continue with HiHo scoring or switch to PAR 11. Results of this survey will be posted online by July 15, 2009.
It should be noted that while the World Squash Federation has chosen PAR 11 as the new “standard scoring method” the governing body still recognizes both HiHo and PAR to 15 as approved scoring systems.
Welcome back everyone. Just a quick reminder to all captains that if you select a “Default/Guest”, when entering your scores, it is YOUR responsibility to inform the League Coordinator whether or not the match was a true default or not. If someone did spare for your team you must submit their name and ensure they register with Squash BC before they play for your team a second time.
Also, it is the home captain’s responsibility to enter match results as soon as possible. (Ideally the VSL would like all results entered on same night that the match was played.) As the season gets closer to the playoffs captains will be checking the rankings more often and everyone appreciates an updated results page. Be advised that Monday night match results MUST be entered no later than noon on Wednesday and Tuesday night results MUST be entered no later than noon on Thursday. Results entered later than this will become subject to a two (2) point penalty.
Lastly, the VSL would like to ask all captains to properly rank their players on their team roster - you know, 1 through 5. There are some teams that have have every player on their team listed as a “#1″ and that’s not good thing:) Those teams that feel that all players on their team are interchangeable must then rank their team based on the rankings.
Good luck in the rest of the season.
Congratulations! The new VSL season is off to a great start! We’ve had a few questions and comments from players and thought it might be a good time to publish this little primer for the captains: Old hat for some but informative for others:) Let us know if you have any tidbits you’d like us to add
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On the Friday prior to your match:
Check the court schedule for your team and confirm your match with the opposing captain.
Make sure that your players will be available at the club, and ready to play, ON TIME and resolve any anticipated problems. (Delayed starts can cause a domino effect for teams scheduled after you and no one wants to start eating dinner at 11pm:)
If there are changes from the published court schedule inform your players and the opposing captain at the very earliest date.
If you are host captain, make arrangements for refreshments to be available. These should be of satisfactory quality and quantity.
Meet with the opposing captain and arrange the order of the individual matches. Captains should resolve any alleged infractions of rules wherever possible. If unresolved, match should be declared as “being played under protest” (see Rule 8.3.1). Encourage all players to stay and enjoy the entire evening of squash and socializing.
Assign at least one official referee for each match and direct players to courts. Limit warm up to five (5) minutes. Prompt commencement of play is important and Captains should consider utilizing the 10-minute default rule for excessive lateness (see Rule 7.2.2). Captains should also ensure that significant late arrival of teams, whether visiting or hosting, are brought to the attention of the League Coordinator.
The host captain is responsible for:
i) Filling out the results score sheet and giving the opposing captain a copy. If you are unfamiliar with the process ask your Club Representative to assist you.DO NOT FAX IN YOUR RESULTS! The VSL no longer has a fax line and your results will not be recorded if you fax them in.
ii) Entering the results on Quick Draws that evening or first thing the next morning.
Make sure that the socializing is going well:) (Beer will help:)
Check about next week with your players before they depart to prevent annoying surprises.
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• If you are to be absent for any given week, make sure that you appoint a stand-in captain who has very specific and clear instructions on the responsibilities and duties of being captain.
• The VSL encourages juniors to participate in the league. Captains should be aware that there are issues, primarily around the socializing side of league that may need to be addressed when juniors are playing in an adult oriented league. It is the responsibility of the Captain/Club Rep to be aware of these issues and to make all expectations known to the junior(s) playing on the team.
• Verify match results and report any discrepancies immediately.
• Keep your players informed of league standings. You are central to your team’s enthusiasm, enjoyment of the league experience and success on court.
• As captain, be sure your contact information is included and UP TO DATE on Quick Draws.
• Ensure that ALL of your team members are members of Squash BC. All players competing in the league must be current individual members of Squash BC to avoid penalties. (See Rule 4.2.2 re spares.) If your team relies on spares make sure that they become members before they play a second time for your team. (It’s in their interest as a Squash BC membership offers insurance benefits.)
• Remember the philosophy of the league (”Highly competitive play is encouraged but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors”) and ensure all players can have a competitive evening of squash followed by an enjoyable session of socializing.
• For playoffs (semis and finals), it is recommended that the cost of hosting is split between the two participating teams.