Our Policies & Recommendations

We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all people to play squash in and reach their potential. We acknowledge that safety does not just happen - it requires conscious action. Everyone has a responsibility to safeguard and protect each other. The following policies and regulations have been developed that apply to all individuals involved – whether paid or in a voluntary capacity.

Our Policies and Recommendations

Squash New Zealand Code of Conduct

The purpose of our Code of Conduct is to encourage fair, ethical treatment of all persons and organisations involved with squash in New Zealand. All people participating in Squash New Zealand activities will agree to abide by this Code of Conduct and acknowledge that any breach of the Code of Conduct, or any part of it, may result in disciplinary action.

Squash New Zealand Regulations

Our regulations cover procedural matters, matters of misconduct and rules for individual competitions. These outline our responsibilities and the responsibilities of all affiliated organisations and individuals associated with Squash New Zealand:

  • Member Protection Policy - This has been developed to provide an outline of our responsibilities and the responsibilities of all affiliated organisations and individuals associated with Squash New Zealand, on a range of key issues such as child protection, anti-discrimination, harassment.
  • Disputes and Disciplinary Policy - This helps to determine alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct and Member Protection Policy.
  • Eyewear Policy - We require players to wear protective eyewear in all junior National Events, and all doubles events.
  • Ball Manufacturer Policy - The eleven affiliated districts of Squash New Zealand have signed an agreement to exclusively use the Dunlop squash ball in tournaments held under the jurisdiction of Squash New Zealand.
  • Clothing Policy - This outlines our required court attire standards for national events. We recommend the adoption of these standards in all other events.
  • Choice of Ball Policy - B2 (and above) graded players shall use a double yellow dot Dunlop squash ball. C1 (and below) players shall use a single yellow dot Dunlop squash ball. Where a B2 graded (or higher) player and a C1 (or lower) graded player meet in competition play (including where a man plays a woman), the player with the highest grading points shall have the choice of which ball is used. 
  • Performing Count Backs Policy - Where a count-back is required to decide placings in a pool / round-robin competition, we use the same methodology as the World Squash Federation. This methodology is used for all National Events, and its use is recommended in all District and club events.
  • Manual Adjustments Policy - This outlines the certain circumstances where manual adjustments may be made to change players' grading points.
  • Anti-Doping Policy - We adopt the Anti-Doping Rules made by Drug Free Sport New Zealand, and as amended from time to time.
  • Anti-Match-Fixing and Sports Betting Policy - This applies across squash in relation to any Match or Event Under the Jurisdiction of, or connected to, Squash New Zealand whether inside or outside of New Zealand.
  • National Junior Guidelines re. Drugs and Alcohol - These guidelines apply across all National Junior Events in the relation to drugs and alcohol at Junior events. 
  • Refereeing Policies - These policies have been developed to outline the process for selection of referees and referee reimbursement for events as well as other general refereeing policies. 

Squash New Zealand Recommendations

  • Scoring 
    • All junior events will be played using PAR (point a rally) 11. Where a junior competes in a senior event the below ruling based on grading will take effect.
    • We recommend using PAR (point a rally) to 11 scoring for higher graded players (roughly B1 and above), and to 15 for players graded roughly B2 and below.
    • At national events, PAR to 11 scoring is used for B Grade Superchamps, A & B Grades in Champion of Champions, Cousins Shield / Mitchell Cup, all junior age group events, and the top divisions of open events. PAR to 15 scoring is used in grades C-F / J in Superchamps and Champion of Champions, all national Masters events, and where appropriate (using the guidelines above) for lower divisions of open events.
    • The scoring system used should be the same for every player in a tournament grade / division. 
  • Defaults Guidelines - This provides recommendations to frequently asked questions about what to do when defaults occur.

Sports Tribunal of New Zealand

Should there be any appeals to policies, the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand is an independent body that determines certain types of disputes for the sports sector. Find out more

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