How Junior Ranking Work
The format of the England Squash & Racketball (ESR) junior calendar is changing for the 2013/4 season with the establishment of specific periods to focus on county, regional and national level activity.
Players wishing to participate in regional, super regional and national activity should note that there is an expectation from ESR that players support their own county activity and make themselves available whenever possible. Furthermore, it will be expected that any player wishing to participate in the England Development Programme will participate at both regional and super-regional level.
It remains mandatory for all juniors wishing to be nationally ranked to participate in their County Closed and the Inter County Championships (at their true age group) if asked by their county. Players that refuse to comply may be removed from the national rankings and may miss out on invitations to participate in any higher level activity.
Last summer we introduced changes to the junior ranking points available for the differing levels of sanctioned event. This was designed to make it easier for talented players to rise through the rankings and to prevent higher ranked players from maintaining a protected ranking.
The changes were effective in achieving this but over the course of the season it become evident that the points change was too great and had reduced the importance and status of our silver level events. These events are vital to the ranking system and must remain as our top level of event behind national championships.
To address this issue, changes will be made to the ranking points which will be implemented in time for the September rankings. (Please see the new point table further down the page)
This retains the important elements of last year’s change whilst restoring slightly more importance and recognition to performance in our most prestigious events.
It is hoped that this change will improve the accuracy of the rankings system and help to enhance the overall junior circuit.
Over recent year’s all ESF Super Series events have attracted domestic silver level ranking points for all English players participating. From the start of the 2013/4 season these events will no longer be classed as ranking tournaments.
ESR will still heavily promote the events and encourage players to enter. However these should be viewed as development opportunities where players can gain valuable tournament experience in a very differing environment to that encountered at home along with testing themselves against some of the world’s best junior talent.
It is felt that these events are not easily accessible to all players and that the English domestic rankings should be calculated predominately from events on the ESR junior circuit.
It is hoped that players and parents will still see the benefit of participating in these events which do provide an important element of a players development and progression.
Please note that all previous ESF results will still count towards a players ranking for the normal 12 month period.
If you would like to be entered onto the rankings system please email RANKINGS stating your:
DATE OF BIRTH
ESR Membership Number
and list the sanctioned events played.
The Junior National Ranking system is based on a players finishing position in tournaments.
The rankings are calculated from tournament results on a rolling 12 month period. Hence points are removed from a players total one year after the event.
Rankings are updated at the start of each month. All results obtained by 15th of the previous month will count towards the next months rankings.
A player’s best 7 results (for Under 19 rankings it is a player’s best 6 results) from the previous 12 months are used to calculate their ranking. Over a 12 month period a player needs to play at least 7 tournaments to maximise their ranking.1
A player can only use two results from a lower and /or higher age group in the calculation of their ranking. For example an Under 15 ranking can include two under 13 and two Under 17 results but no Under 19 results.
The ranking system has now been developed so that Inter County results can be included. These are inputted as ‘head to head’ results with the winner receiving bronze level points equivalent to one round. Inter County points will only count for the age group played. For example, if an Under13 player competes in Inter County at both Under 13 & 15, only the Under 13 results will count towards their Under 13 ranking and only the Under 15 results will be included in their Under 15 ranking. These points are in addition to a players ‘best 7’ results.
Ranking lists are produced for Under 19/17/15/13 & 11’s. A player can appear in more than one age group ranking but they must play in 1 event at a particular age group before they are eligible to appear.
All junior England Squash & Racketball members who are active Sanctioned Event players are eligible to appear on the rankings provided they are eligible to represent England. Players are able to access their ranking position via the rankings website.
A player moving into a new age group retains the points obtained in the lower age group. However they must compete in 1 event at the new age group before they appear in the new age group (these events can have been played whilst still in the lower age group).
For Platinum and Gold events players must player in their true age group. The only exception to this is where permission is given by the ESR Performance Team – and this will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
Players must also play in their true age group in the Regional Closed Championships – any player who plays up will only be given ranking points for their true age group.
Players can only play 1 age category per Sanctioned Event.
Players withdrawing from events without a valid reason will be awarded points for a Round 1 loss and the event will count towards the players best 7 events.
It remains mandatory for all juniors wishing to be nationally ranked to participate in their County Closed and the Inter County Championships (at true age group) if asked by their county. Players that refuse to comply may be removed from the national rankings.
Tournaments are weighted with results in the major events gaining more points. The following table shows the number of points per round for each age group and weight category:
Please Note: These points will take effect from the September 2013 rankings update
Events fall into the following weighted categories: (Please note that this is subject to change)
|Platinum Events||World U19 Champs / European U19 Champs / British Junior Open|
|Gold Events||British National Champs / England Squash Grand Prix’s|
|Silver Events||A higher weighted level of Sanctioned Event2|
|Regional Events||Regional Closed|
|Bronze Events||Sanctioned Events / County Closed|
1 The use of 7 events is a result of England Squash & Racketball’s close work with some of the leading experts in junior athlete development. Whilst players are welcome to play in as many events as they wish the above will enable juniors to plan their schedule properly and select events for both ranking and training purposes.?
2 Silver Events carry more points and are designed to attract higher ranked players. Draw sizes will be limited in these events and acceptance will be based on England Squash ranking. Foreign ESF Super Series events will no longer be classed as ranking tournaments.
System amendments and developments will be introduced as necessary.
Ranking queries MUST be put in writing – they will NOT be discussed over the phone. Email RANKINGS
All ranking queries will be dealt with but please note that there may be a delay in responding as queries are looked at in batches – usually once a week.
If you do not appear on the rankings and would like to, please email us stating your Name, England Squash & Racketball Membership No, Date of Birth and County and list the sanctioned events played. You will then be added to the ranking system.
England Squash & Racketball is firmly committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people to play squash. An importany aspect is the Players Safeguarding Code of Conduct which applies to all individuals who participate in squash as a player (under the age of 18) at every level. Click here for full Safeguarding details