Competitions & Rankings
Every season England Squash & Racketball run hundreds of events around the country. The Guide to Competition page aims to give you the information you need to understand the events on offer for juniors, seniors, and masters, and also the types of event that you will find on the calendar.
At ESR we are always looking to improve our level of service to all players and parents. To analyse our Sanctioned Events effectively we would like a variety of feed back from all those who attend Sanctioned Events throughout the season. If you have the time please fill in the feedback form and return to our Events Department.
Sanctioned Event Feedback Form
England Squash & Racketball run a comprehensive junior calendar of events providing competitive opportunities for all standards of player. Junior Graded events are run by individual clubs and provide an introductory level of competition. More structured tournaments offering national ranking points are classed as England Squash & Racketball Sanctioned Events and involve Boy’s and Girl’s categories at Under 11/13/15/17 + 19 age groups. There are about 60 Sanctioned Events per season and these are broken down into differing levels:
Bronze events are local ‘open’ tournaments that attract both local players and nationally ranked juniors.
Silver events are also open to all but are designed primarily for the higher ranked individuals – there are traditionally 8 silver events per year and these are spread throughout both the country and the season.
The British Junior Closed and the England Squash & Racketball Grand Prix are classed as Gold Events and involve the very best junior players from around the country.
We also run the most prestigious junior open on the world squash calendar – The British Junior Open which is held in Sheffield every January. This is a Platinum level event and pits the best British players against the very best juniors from around the world.
There are hundreds of senior squash and racketball events taking place around the country throughout the year- from the highest level, such as the National Championships and Premier Squash League, to local and regional leagues.
Every county and region will have its own senior competition structure- including leagues, ladders, and open events. These events will be a mixture of individual and team competitions, and can lead to selection for county and regional sides.
Masters events are growing rapidly in England with the enlargement of the Harris Inter County Championships and the Masters Tournament circuit. One of the only age group tournament circuits in the world, England Squash Masters run five regional open events which are joined in the calendar by the two major events, the British Open and the National Championships.
All of these events are Open (except the Nationals which are for UK players) and cater for entrants from 35 to 70+ years of age for men, and 35 up to 55 for women in five year groups.
There are a wide range of standards from professionals down to club level enthusiasts and the tournaments are competitive, social and great fun. For the better players, the icing on the cake is to qualify to play for England in the Home Internationals. Points are awarded for matches won and the top four point scorers in each five year age category are automatic selections. Two ‘selectors choices’ make up the six player squad.