Summer 2016 - Racketball Rules

The rules will be as per England Squash

with the addition of following.

Teams will consist of three team members.

Matches are to be played best of 5, Par scoring to 11

Clubs and Teams should be registered at the start of the season and players should play in strict order of merit.

Changes can only be made to playing order with agreement from the committee, An Email request should be sent.

Players may only play for one club and only ONE team no transfers will be allowed.

If you need to add players due to injury,  team members can be added via request to

Players must be added prior to start of the match

Results should be entered to the results website within 48 hours of each match.

Rules of the Lincolnshire Squash Leagues

1. Registration

The competition is open to any clubs in the Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire area that are affiliated to England Squash and Racketball and who have adequate playing and changing facilities.

2. Entry Fee

The entry fee for the competition is £40-00 per team and this should be sent with the teams entry form. The fee should be made payable to “Lincolnshire SRA”.  This is payable prior to the first match.

3. Player Eligibility

3.1       Players must be squash members of the clubs from which their team plays from and generally may only play for ONE club per season.


3.2       Players who have not played in the first half of the season (before Christmas) cannot play at 1 or 2 string in the case of 3-man teams and cannot play at 1, 2 or 3 string in the case of 5-man teams.

3.3       Players joining clubs mid-season or returning from significant injury are exempt from 3.2.

3.4       Students who may be unable to play due to study may seek exemption from 3.2 from the League Secretary.

4. Team Members

A team will consist of three players for the mid-week league and 5 players for the weekend league. Players must play in order of merit. Contravention of this rule will result in all rubbers from the highest string down from where the contravention first occurred being awarded as 3-0 or 5-0, walkovers to the opposing teams, with the points from the match being recalculated accordingly.

5. Representing other team from the same club

5.1       A player may play for other teams within the club providing they play strictly to make up numbers in teams after all the teams registered players have been found unavailable and must not be used to strengthen a team.

5.2       Mid-Week League: Any team player may represent their club in a higher team for a maximum of FIVE games providing the teams are not in the same division.

5.3       Weekend League: Any team player may represent their club in a higher team for a maximum of FIVE games providing the teams are not in the same division.

When playing for the higher team the player must play at the lowest string possible or as agreed by prior arrangement with the committee the first team a player plays for is the team he or she is registered with and can only be changed with a written request to the fixture secretary who will bring it to the attention of the full committee for approval at the next monthly meeting. Until approval has been granted rules 8a and 8b shall apply.

6. Arranging Fixtures

6.1       All mid-week games are to be played on a Tuesday night. Dates and start times will be on the official fixture list. Match times must start no later than 19.40.

6.2       Weekend fixtures are to be played between 19.00 on Fridays to 22.00 on Sundays.

6.3       Late starts may be penalised by the forfeit of the last string for the offending team. If the match runs out of court time, the home team will concede any matches in progress or yet to begin.


6.4       In exceptional circumstances, provided both home and away Captains agree, fixtures may be re-arranged by agreement. Evidence of this agreement (i.e. email chain) must be emailed to When acknowledged the fixture becomes fixed and will be treated as any other fixture. This must be an exception and only for valid reasons.

7. Order of Play

7.1       Mid-week matches may be played over one or two courts at the discretion of the home captain. However it is recommended that one court is used, with a playing order of 3-1-2.

7.2       Weekend matches should be played with a minimum of 2 courts. Recommended order of play being: 5 - 4 – 1 – 2 - 3

8. Team Order

The team order must be written on the official scorecard before the start of play. The home team should write theirs out first. Any objection to the order by either team should be raised before the start of play. Where such objections are not settled, the match must be played and a full report forwarded to the League Secretary.

9. Results and Score Card

9.1       Team Captains are responsible for entering results on the respective league website. This must be done within 48 hours of the completion of the match.

9.2       The home team captain is responsible for keeping a record of the scores (including the game scores) as the match takes place. Result cards must be kept by the Home Captain and retained should any future dispute arise.  Late posting of results will be penalised by the deduction of 4 points. Cards to be filled in with both team names, game scores, match scores and signed by both captains.

10. Cancellations

Every effort to field a full team must be made. If a team cannot be raised the Team Captain should contact the League Secretary and the opposing Captain. The opposing team will be awarded a walkover and 12/19 points. In extreme weather conditions that cause problems in traveling a cancellation is allowed and rule 6.3 must then be followed.

12. Games and points

Matches will be the best of 3 rubbers (Mid-week) and 5 rubbers (Weekend), with each rubber the best of 5 games. Each game won will score one point for that team. A bonus of 3 or 4 points will be awarded to the winning team (decided on rubbers). Each game will be par scoring to 15 points & 2 clear points if required.

13 Referees and Markers

All matches must be properly refereed/marked. A single referee is considered adequate. The home team is responsible for arranging this. Unless agreed otherwise the home team will officiate all rubbers on mid-week league. Weekend Leagues should ideally share marking duties, with the onus on the Home Team to mark the majority.

14. Rules of Play and Ball

14.1    The rules of play are the current rules of the World Singles Game of Squash, approved by the World Squash Federation. Version 2014-03 the latest version available at the time of edit.

14.2    The ball used should be the current Dunlop Double-Yellow Spot Pro Squash Ball. Provided both captains agree, a Single Yellow Spot Dunlop Match Squash Ball may be used on cold courts.

15. Food

Captains should agree before the match if the home team shall provide food/refreshments after the match. If the home side refuses then the away side choosing to do so in the reverse fixture is entirely optional. An away side should indicate beforehand if they will be unable to provide food for the reverse fixture in which case providing food for the immediate fixture is entirely optional for the home side.

16. Courts

Courts used for League Matches must be of standard markings, with the walls painted white or cream and the court floors tactile and safe. Rainbow courts should not be used unless agreed by both captains.

17. League Table

The league table shall be ranked on priorities as follows:

1)         Total Points

2)         Most Matches Won

3)         Least matches Lost

4)         Most points Gained against opposing team*

5)         Fewest points conceded against opposing team*

6)         Fewest matches won by Walkover.

*Only used if separating a two-way tie.

In the unlikely event of teams still being inseparable a play off may be arranged at the discretion of the League Secretary.

18. Disputes and Complaints

Any dispute or complaint must be referred to the League Secretary, in writing, within seven days of the offence being discovered. The League Secretary may settle minor disputes. Otherwise matters should be brought to the attention of the League Committee by a team captain, referee or bystander to be considered. The Committee may refer the issue to a League Meeting or England Squash and Racketball depending on the issue.  The decision from any of these groups will be considered final with no right of appeal, whether or not it is covered by these rules and neither the County Committee or League Secretary will enter into further correspondence regarding the matter.

19. Infringing of Rules

The County Association Committee or League Secretary reserve the right to take such action as deemed necessary against any individual or club considered to be infringing any of these rules.

20. County Cup Competitions

Parker Cup                Any five squash players.

Kesteven Cup          Any two Squash, one Over 45, one Lady, One Racketball.

Alford cup                  Five over 35 squash players.


Relevant rules will apply to all of the cup competitions.

Registration forms will need to be completed for all cup competitions.

Cup registration will be £10 per team, with one team per club allowed in cup competitions.

21. Weekend League Cup Knockout format

Scoring will be Par scoring to 15 points  - sudden death at 14-14

All Teams will play in one competition, scoring will be handicapped per league status and updated each season. Games will be best of 5. A player has to play three or more league games before they can play in the final of the team knockout. Players may play up only ONCE in the cup competition. Each round will be re-drawn
Each round will be scheduled in to a week during the season except preliminary games.

Games must be played within specified weekend although home match times may vary with clubs hosting more than one home team.

Any team not fulfilling the fixtures from the first round will not be eligible for the cup plate competition.

Any court Fees are to be shared equally between home and away teams.

22.     Juniors

Juniors (u19) playing in the leagues must wear approved eye protection. If a player turns up without eye protection they will not be allowed to play and the points will be awarded to the opponent.