Non-Member Penalty Points

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The deadline to have your team players signed up with Squash BC has passed. That date was Oct 31 but we’ve given everyone an extra one week grace period but the automatic one point penalty is now in effect. Also note that in addition to the one (1) penalty point, the non-member cannot record ANY points for games won.

Captains have ONE WEEK to have their non-member renew their Squash BC membership in order to have the penalty removed and any points reinstated.

4.2.2 A player who, when they play for a team, is a “non-member” (defined as someone without a Squash BC membership), will not be able to record ANY points for a match. This “non-member” will be recorded on the match score as a “Default/Guest” and the team will receive an automatic one point penalty. This penalty will go into effect immediately after the October 31st grace period (for clubs to sign up all players with Squash BC) and is reversible if the player is signed up with Squash BC within one week of playing. (If the “Default/Guest” was used as a result of a missing player the captain can apply to have the penalty point removed, within one week of playing, by contacting the League Coordinator. It is expected that captains inform the other team’s captain, in advance, if they will be unable to field a complete roster.)

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3 Free Referee Clinics

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NOTE: There is a NEW DATE FOR RIVER CLUB CLINIC is Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 7pm. Sorry for any inconvenience but there was a conflict in the schedule of the instructor.

The BC Honda Vancouver Squash League (BCH VSL) is pleased to present three free referee clinics to players in the BCH VSL and Squash BC members.

If you play squash in the BCH VSL and are refereeing league matches on Monday or Tuesday evenings it is highly recommended that you attend one of these FREE referee clinics to learn, or brush up on, the rules that we all play by. Free to all BCH VSL players and Squash BC members. (*$10 charge for non-members of Squash BC.)

The first clinic will be held in downtown VANCOUVER at the Bentall Centre Athletic Club on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012. This clinic starts at 6:30pm and will be run by KEVIN KYDD, Squash BC’s Executive Director & Certified B1 Official.

The second clinic will be held in RICHMOND at the River Club on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012. This clinic starts at 7:00pm and will be run by STEVE LAWTON, VRC’s Club Professional & Certified A1 Official.

The third clinic will be held in NORTH VANCOUVER at the Evergreen Squash Club on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012.  This clinic starts at 6:30pm and will be run by MIKE TOOLEY, Certified B1 Official.

Please RSVP by Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Via Email: info[at]vancouversquashleague[dot]com
Or tell us you’re coming on the event page on Facebook

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New Rules for the 2012/2013 Season

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At the most recent BC Honda Vancouver Squash League AGM (March 10, 2012) several motions regarding rules were proposed and approved.

They are as follows:

> Rule 5.2.3 has been amended to allow matches missed before Christmas to be rescheduled in January.

Rule 5.2.3 – ORIGINAL
Matches missed for unforseeable circumstances (i.e., snowstorms) must be rescheduled promptly. A missed match before Christmas must be rescheduled and played during the Christmas break. Those missed after Christmas must be rescheduled and played up to and including the last scheduled match in that division.

Rule 5.2.3 – REVISED
Matches missed for unforeseeable circumstances (i.e., snowstorms) must be rescheduled promptly. A missed match before Christmas must be rescheduled and played either during the Christmas break or in the month of January following. Those missed after Christmas must be rescheduled and played up to and including the last scheduled match in that division.

> A new rule, Rule 7.3.4, was introduced that specifically deals with outcome of a defaulted match.

Rule 7.3.4 – NEW
In the case of a team defaulting, the winning team will receive the average of their scores in the cycle in which the default occurs.

> Rule 8.1.3 was revised. QuickDraws, (specifically the VSL rankings on QuickDraws), is now the standard for organizing a team roster.

Rule 8.1.3 – ORIGINAL
Quick Draws’ ranking system may be used by captains as a source of information to decide a player’s position on their team roster.

Rule 8.1.3 – NEW
Quick Draws (VSL) ranking system is to be used by captains to decide a player’s position on their team roster, unless otherwise agreed before play.

> Two new rules regarding AGM protocols were introduced.

Rule 10.1.1 – NEW
The VSL AGM will follow a fixed order of business in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

Rule 10.1.2 – NEW
A proxy may be used at the AGM.  A proxy form must be signed only by the captain of a team and may be given to anyone of his/her choosing who is attending in person at the AGM.  The proxy form will be used for voting on matters that are listed on the AGM agenda only, where the captain has given his/her vote(s) to their proxy on those matters, and not on matters raised for the first time and voted on at the AGM.

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New Rule Modifications

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At the most recent BC Honda Vancouver Squash League Board of Directors meeting several minor rule modifications were proposed and approved.

They are as follows:

> Rule 3.1.3 has been shortened.

Rule 3.1.3 – ORIGINAL
Manipulating the team order to gain an advantage will not be tolerated. If there is any concern over a breach of this rule, captains should resolve the problem before matches begin or declare that match is being played under protest

Rule 3.1.3 – REVISED
Manipulating the team order to gain an advantage will not be tolerated.

> Rule 8.2.1 has been struck as it is redundant and is dealt with in rule 7.4.2

Rule 8.2.1
A two (2) point penalty will be assessed for not recording results at the conclusion of matches (Monday or Tuesday evening).

Rule 7.4.2
7.4.2 The home team is responsible for reporting results immediately (by first thing the following morning)
online through Quick Draws. Results entered later than Wednesday at noon, for Monday night league, and Thursday at noon, for Tuesday night league, will be subject to a two (2) point penalty.

> Rules 8.3.1 and 8.3.2 have had the words “League Coordinator” removed as the League Coordinator is not involved in deciding the outcomes of protests and/or appeals.

8.3.1 – ORIGINAL
A protest of any alleged violation of the rules must be made in writing to the League Coordinator within one week of recognition of the alleged violation, or longer in the case of extenuating circumstances. The League Coordinator and
the VSL Board are responsible for ruling on any protest.

8.3.1 – REVISED
A protest of any alleged violation of the rules must be made in writing to the League Coordinator within one week of recognition of the alleged violation, or longer in the case of extenuating circumstances. The VSL Board is responsible for ruling on any protest.

> Rule 8.3.2 now states an official timeline of one week for appeals of Board decisions as opposed to “as soon as possible”.

8.3.2 – ORIGINAL
An appeal of any ruling made by the League Coordinator and
the VSL Board must be received in writing as soon as possible. The VSL Board will select three (3) Club Reps from a pool of those Club Reps willing to serve on the Appeal Committee when required. The appeal letter plus any other pertinent documentation will be forwarded to the Appeal Committee members for a decision to be reached by a feasible deadline. The decision will be forwarded to the League Coordinator who will forward to the VSL Board and to the Club Rep and Team Captain of the appealing team, and others where applicable. The decision of the Appeal Committee is final.

8.3.2 – REVISED
An appeal of any ruling made by the League Coordinator and
the VSL Board must be received in within one week of the VSL Board’s decision. The VSL Board will select three (3) Club Reps from a pool of those Club Reps willing to serve on the Appeal Committee when required. The appeal letter plus any other pertinent documentation will be forwarded to the Appeal Committee members for a decision to be reached by a feasible deadline. The decision will be forwarded to the League Coordinator who will forward to the VSL Board and to the Club Rep and Team Captain of the appealing team, and others where applicable. The decision of the Appeal Committee is final.

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New and revised rules for 2011/2012 season

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All club representatives, captains and players and  are encouraged to review the rules before the start of every season. Below are the rules that were added or revised in advance of the new season:

2.1.2 REVISED The VSL Board will use final League points (not playoffs) as the primary basis to determine placement of teams for the following season, i.e, two up/two down (Open) and one up/one down (Women). (Starting in the 2012/2013 season, (beginning with the the results of the 2011/2012 season) the process of relegation and promotion between Open Division 1 and Open Division 2 will be one up/one down.) Club Reps may make alternative requests for team placement which will be perused and decided upon by the VSL Board. These requests must be received in writing, or via email, by the League Coordinator by June 30 of each year.

3.1.4 REVISED If a club has more than one team in a division it may choose to have a stronger and a weaker team or two teams of equal strength. Clubs must decide the rosters of each of their teams prior to the start of the season and are not allowed to make significant changes without the written permission of the VSL Board.

3.1.7 NEW Spares cannot play for more that one (1) team per division and to a maximum of two (2) teams per club.

5.2.4 REVISED The rescheduling of an individual match, between two players, will not be allowed unless agreed to by both captains in advance. The rescheduled match must be played BEFORE the date that the two teams are scheduled to meet.

9.2.1 NEW In the semi final round of the playoffs the 1st place team will have home advantage and play the 4th place team. The 2nd place team will have home advantage and play the 3rd place team. The higher ranked of the two semi final winning teams will have home advantage in the finals except in Division 1 where the finals will be played at the club hosting the Wrap Party.

Default penalty now in effect.

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As of Monday, January 17, 2011, teams will be automatically penalized one point for each position where either no one played or where a player who is not a member of Squash BC played. (In either case, the home captain will have entered a “Default/Guest” into the match scores.)

The “Default/Guest” penalty has been in effect all season but what is new is that you will no longer be able to enter ANY points for your “Default/Guest”: A score of ZERO will be the only score QuickDraws will allow you to record when you enter “Default/Guest”.

In cases where the “Default/Guest” player won the match QuickDraws will now record it as a loss for the “Default/Guest” player and a 3-0 win for the player who is a Squash BC member. (This scenario can be corrected if the player is signed up with Squash BC within one week.)

In the case where your team had a player available and your opponent could not field a player (an actual “Default/Guest”) please ensure you enter your player’s name in the results or QuickDraws will record it as a ZERO – ZERO tie.

Captains who recruit non-members to play on their team have ONE WEEK, from the date of the match, to sign the player up with Squash BC and have their points reinstated.

Captains who enter “Default/Guest” will no longer receive an email from the league coordinator advising them of penalties. It is the captain’s responsibility to forward the league coordinator proof of the player’s membership WITHIN ONE WEEK in order to have points reinstated.

New rule regarding use of “Default/Guest”

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At the 2010 AGM a motion was put forward, and approved, to simplify rule 4.2.2 which concerned the use of “Default/Guest” when recording results for matches. Previously, the captain was able to enter “Default/Guest” to refer to a player who was not a member of Squash BC or to a position that went vacant. The captain was expected to inform the league coordinator whether or not a match was played and, if so, what the name of the “non-member” was. A sliding scale of penalty points was then put into place.

This rule proved to be difficult to enforce and has now been changed so that the penalty is automatic. When a captain enters “Default/Guest”, when recording the match results, an automatic 1 point penalty will be assessed for each position so entered. If the “Default/Guest” was an actual player the captain can have the penalty point removed by signing up the player WITHIN ONE WEEK of playing and forwarding the email confirmation of membership to the league coordinator.

This rule is meant to encourage all teams to field a complete roster and all squash players to become members of Squash BC.

If you have any questions about this or any other rules please refer to the FAQ page or contact the league coordinator: info[at]vancouversquashleague[dot]com

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OLD RULE > If a player is not a current member of Squash BC when they play for the first time, the team they played for will be penalized one (1) penalty point. If they play a second time without becoming a member of Squash BC the team they play for will forfeit ALL points for that player earned in the second match. However, if the captain, or player, has renewed their membership with Squash BC prior to league result entry no penalty point will be applied.

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NEW RULE > REVISED 2010 > A player who, when they play for a team, is a “non-member” (defined as someone without a Squash BC membership), will not be able to record ANY points for a match. This “non-member” will be recorded on the match score as a “Default/Guest” and the team will receive an automatic one point penalty. This penalty will go into effect immediately after the October 31st grace period (for clubs to sign up all players with Squash BC) and is reversible if the player is signed up with Squash BC within one week of playing.