|ENGLAND SQUASH AND RACKETBALL CODE
(New Code of Conduct October 2009)
For the Singles and Doubles Game
(References to Squash also include Racketball)
The England Squash Code of Conduct is issued pursuant to the bye-law
9 of the England Squash Bye-Laws and covers the conduct of events
run and organised under the auspices of England Squash and is designed
to secure the future wellbeing of squash. Different aspects of the
Code may have relevance to players, officials, spectators and administrators
involved in a squash tournament or competition. The Code, therefore,
applies to all these categories and should be understood by all
concerned with competitive squash. England Squash supports the Rules
of Squash as published by the World Squash Federation and is responsible
for the publication of the current Racketball rules. All tournaments
and competitions organised in England under the auspices of or in
conjunction with England Squash shall be played according to the
rules of squash.
2. EVENTS ADMINISTRATION
Organisers of squash tournaments and competitions must ensure that
clear and comprehensive regulations are prepared and available to
all competitors in time to permit compliance with such regulations.
Administrative instructions, which require particular actions by
players and / or officials, must be clearly stated and communicated
to those concerned.
Adequate arrangements must be made to permit the proper conduct
of a tournament or competition.
Officials should be competent to handle the level of match to which
they are appointed, and must ensure that it is conducted in accordance
with the Rules of Squash. These officials are responsible for ensuring
the good conduct of players during a match.
The Code of Conduct for players (and their managers and coaching
staff where applicable) applies to individuals and teams. Any player
who enters tournaments or competitions thereby accepts all regulations
associated with the event, and shall subsequently comply with them.
No players shall withdraw from an event after submitting an application
to enter without the consent of the event organiser. Such consent
will normally only be given in the following circumstances:
a) When the player has incurred accidental injury or ill-health
after submitting an entry application.
b) When the player application to enter is turned down following
completion of the draw.
c) When adequate notice is given to permit substitution in the event
draw without undue discretion
Players must be familiar with the Rules of Squash and must make
every effort to comply with them.
Players must conduct themselves at all times in a way which brings
credit to the image of squash in the eyes of spectators, the media
and sponsors. They must behave with dignity on court and recognise
the need for continuity of play. They must recognise the legitimate
interests of the squash media, and make themselves available to
meet reasonable requests for interviews, photo calls and press briefings.
They must also recognise their responsibilities to sponsors and
event organisers, and meet reasonable requests to attend formal
and informal functions associated with the event. Some specific
aspects of behaviour on court, or in public which are considered
contrary to creditable conduct are include in the following list
which is not intended to be comprehensive.
b. Making offensive gestures
c. Disputing decisions made by a referee
d. Deliberate contact between players or between players and playing
e. Making offensive comments, or comments which might be regarded
as offensive about opponent, match officials, coaches or spectators
on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender or disability.
Spectators must remain silent during rallies, and should not encourage
extended and undignified delays between rallies by attempting to
provoke discussion between players and officials, or between the
6. DISCIPLINARY MATTERS
England Squash supports the Rules of Squash as published by the
World Squash Federation and is responsible for the publication of
the current Racketball rules. All tournaments and competitions organised
in England under the auspices of or in conjunction with England
Squash shall be played according to the rules of squash.
7. RULES OF SQUASH - CODE OF CONDUCT AND RESULTING PENALITIES
1. Are contained within the Rules of Squash and they outline the
powers available to any referee for dealing with on court offences
1. In addition, and provided that the referee is England Squash
qualified, the referee must submit a report to England Squash within
four days of awarding a Code of Conduct Penalty (stroke, game or
match). Each conduct offence attracts penalty points as set below
2. Accumulation of Code of Conduct penalties following the submission
of these report forms will result in an automatic ban as set out
in 7.1.6 below. Additional penalties may also be imposed, as denoted
in 7.1.4 and 12.9.
3. A player will accumulate penalty points for each conduct offence:
CONDUCT STROKE AWARDED = 1 penalty point for each conduct stroke.
CONDUCT GAME AWARDED = 3 penalty points for each conduct game.
There is no sanction for a warning.
4. There is no penalty provision for the award of a conduct match
against a player because this would be automatically dealt with
by the England Squash Disciplinary Panel on an individual case basis.
5. All infringements occurring during a match shall be used for
the purpose of points accumulation.
6. A player will invoke automatic bans as set out under 188.8.131.52
below for reaching the following penalty point levels in any 12
month period in addition to any other sanction which a player may
1. Accumulation of 3 -5 points during any 12 month period = 4 week
2. Accumulation of 6 points or over during any 12 month period shall
result in an ENGLAND SQUASH DISCIPLINARY HEARING under paragraph
3. Points remain active for a 12 month period.
4. If a player is subject to a ban in each of two successive years,
a further sanction may be imposed by the England Squash Disciplinary
5. A ban would prohibit a player from competing in any England Squash
Sanctioned Event or Metropolitan/County League during the period
6. Any bans commence on the third Monday after the details of the
conduct offence are received by the England Squash office. However,
all periods of bans will fall within the months of October - April
and may be carried over if necessary.
7.1.7 The England Squash office will collate the information relating
to conduct offences (against which there is no right of appeal),
and inform the offending player when a ban is imposed.
8. DISCIPLINARY MATTERS AT CLUB LEVEL
8.1 If not already covered in paragraph 2, will be dealt with by
the club concerned or other delegated appropriate authority.
2. Any appeals will be dealt with by County SRA.
9. DISCIPLINARY MATTERS AT EVENTS WITHIN A COUNTY AND COUNTY LEAGUE
9.1 If not already covered in paragraph 2 will be dealt with by
the County SRA concerned.
9.2 Any appeals will be dealt with by a County SRA Appeals Panel,
so convened or by England Squash itself, if so referred (9.3). The
County SRA Appeals Panel should meet within 28 days of appeal notification.
9.3 Appeals against decisions involving fines of less than £50.00,
or bans of less than four weeks, cannot be referred to England Squash.
10. DISCIPLINARY MATTERS AT EVENTS RUN BY ENGLAND SQUASH
10.1 If not already covered in paragraph 2, will be dealt with by
the England Squash Disciplinary Panel.
2. Any appeals will be dealt with by the England Squash Appeals
11. PLAYER ASSOCIATION REGISTERED TOURNAMENTS
1. The Player Association Code of Conduct governs their tournaments.
11.2 Disciplinary Authority - Player Association Board
11.3 Appeals Authority - Player Association Appeals Committee.
4. The Code of Conduct forms will be submitted to the England Squash
Office in the normal way by the England Squash qualified referee,
when the event is being held in England. England Squash reserves
the right to discipline a player, official, spectator or administrator
when the event is being held in England.
5. Similarly, England Squash reserves the right to discipline an
English player, official, spectator or administrator whilst involved
in a Player Association registered event outside England.
6. Penalties imposed by the Player Association Boards for on-court
and on-site offences will normally be endorsed by England Squash.
7. The implementation of penalties relating to off-site offences
as they affect a player in England will be dealt with on their merits
by the England Squash Disciplinary Panel.
12. GUIDANCE DEALING WITH DISCIPLINARY OFFENCES, DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS
12.1 If not already covered in paragraph 2, the alleged offender
must be informed as soon as possible after the alleged breach of
the Code of Conduct, that a report is to be submitted to the appropriate
Disciplinary Authority and that he/she may be the subject of a disciplinary
12.2 A written report and written statements must be submitted to
the appropriate Disciplinary Authority by the appointed tournament
director, competition director or other appropriate person within
seven days of the alleged breach.
12.3 The appropriate Disciplinary Authority must notify the alleged
offender in writing that a formal complaint against him/her has
been received, and copies of the written report and statements referred
to in paragraph 12.2 above should be supplied to him/her. He/she
must be invited to provide written response about the incident or
incidents which gave rise to the allegation, and indicate whether
he/she accepts the accuracy of the supplied documentation, and in
serious cases should be informed of his/her right to have the matter
dealt with at a disciplinary hearing under 12.4 below
4. A Disciplinary Authority shall consist of not less than three
persons appointed to consider the written reports and other relevant
documentation and, if necessary, shall convene a disciplinary hearing
to be held at the Disciplinary Authority's discretion. The Disciplinary
Authority should be given clear guidance as to its powers to impose
disciplinary sanctioned should it find the allegations to be substantiated
by the evidence. The Disciplinary Authority may be standing or convened
to consider a particular incident, and may not contain any person
who has any connection with the parties involved.
5. If a hearing is called, it is essential that the alleged offender
be given reasonable opportunity to attend (minimum 14 days) and/or
be represented, and statements taken from witnesses must have been
served on him/her fourteen days prior to the hearing.
6. Consideration of the alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct,
whether involving a disciplinary hearing or not, should be dealt
with as a clear priority. (It is impossible to set an arbitrary
timescale to cover all levels of squash but, at the very least,
the aim should be to complete the initial disciplinary process (excluding
appeal) within one month of the alleged breach).
7. Except in the case outlined in 9.3, the alleged offender should
have the right to appeal to a superior authority as set out in paragraphs
8-11 above against the findings of the relevant Disciplinary Authority
(the Authority receiving the disciplinary matter referred to in
paragraph 12.2), and/or any penalty imposed. He/she should also
have the right to convene an appeal hearing (see paragraph 12.9).
8. A range of sanctions are available for application by a Disciplinary
Authority which considers that the England Squash Code of Conduct
has been breached. The range included administrative action against
event organisers, officials, players and spectators, which could
affect their future involvement in squash competitions and tournaments.
There is also provision for specific financial penalties.
9. Any person wishing to appeal against a decision by a Disciplinary
Authority must register an intention to appeal to the relevant Appeal
Panel in writing, with the Disciplinary Authority which issued the
sanction within seven days of being notified of the Disciplinary
Authority's decision. Persons appealing against a decision by the
England Squash Disciplinary Panel must provide a deposit of £400.00
in the form of a cheque to England Squash. The deposit will be returned
in full if the appeal is upheld. If the appeal is not upheld, the
costs of the appeal will be taken from the deposit. Any penalty
imposed by a Disciplinary Authority shall be suspended pending the
outcome of the appeal. An Appeal Panel will consider the matter
afresh by way of a re-consideration of all relevant reports and
statements and should consider the reports and findings of the Disciplinary
Authority who first handled the case. The Appeal Panel may call
a further hearing and may consider fresh evidence those appointed
to hear an appeal may confirm, set aside, reduce or increase any
penalties already imposed.
10. Any expenses of the Disciplinary Authority, the informant and
witnesses involved in the first disciplinary hearing will be borne
by the Disciplinary Authority dealing with the alleged breach of
the Code. The alleged offender must bear his/her own expenses unless
the Disciplinary Authority otherwise decides. However, the Disciplinary
Authority may, if it so decides, pass on costs reasonably incurred
by the offender.
11. All expenses incurred or connected with any Appeal (including
costs associated with any hearing) will be borne by the person making
the appeal, unless the findings of the Disciplinary Authority (or
any part thereof if there is more than one allegation), are set
aside. These costs or such proportion as is considered reasonable
by the relevant Appeal Panel hearing the appeal, will then become
the responsibility of the Disciplinary Authority whose decision
has been appealed against.
12. An alleged offender may be assisted by a legal adviser or supporter
at a hearing if he/she so wishes.
13. CIVIL OR CRIMINAL ACTION
If civil or criminal proceedings are pending, all reports and statements
should be collated as normal, but the disciplinary proceedings postponed
until a decision by the civil or criminal authorities has been reached.
In order to ensure that punishments are as consistent as possible,
all results of the disciplinary hearings should be given to the
England Squash office immediately the appeal time limit has expired.
Relevant information will then be circulated periodically to Clubs
and County Associations