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Competitive Squash

Overview:

While squash is a very social sport, and even competitive play is very focused on enjoyment, there are many avenues available to satisfy the competitive drive of a budding squash player in New Zealand. Districts organise interclub competitions (for players of all abilities) on weeknights, and there is a comprehensive selection of tournaments (played on weekends) which run throughout the year.  Click here for the national tournament calendar.

These avenues of competitive competition first require players to hold a Squash New Zealand 'grade'. This will give them access to the iSquash online grading list, which tracks players' grades. When a match of competitive squash is played in New Zealand, the winner receives grading points, while the loser loses grading points. As players win matches and accumulate points the iSquash system will promote them to a higher grade (see Grading Bands and Adjustments). Beware, this can become very addictive!

Click here to visit the iSquash grading list (note that you will need to be a member of a club to register if you have not already done so).

Squash New Zealand also organises and runs a series of national events, which clubs around the country take turns at hosting. These events include:

  • New Zealand National Championships (Individual and Team)
  • North Island Championships
  • South Island Championships
  • Cousins Shield/Mitchell Cup (premier club teams event)
  • Super Champs (graded club teams event)
  • Champion of Champions (graded individuals event)
  • New Zealand Junior Open
  • New Zealand Junior Age Group Championships (Individual and Team)
  • North Island Junior Age Group Championships
  • South Island Junior Age Group Championships
  • New Zealand Masters Club Teams Event
  • New Zealand Masters Championships (Individual and Team)

Click here to find out more about hosting these events.

Performing Count-backs

Squash New Zealand's policy on performing count-backs is consistent with World Squash Federation best practice, and incorporated in all National Events. 

The policy is available as a resource for clubs or districts that are running events.  However, please note that club/district events may have their own rules/guidelines in place.  To avoid doubt, please check with your event organiser before pool play begins.

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