UNDER 9 – UNDER 19 AGE GROUPS
Version 6.1 Effective 01/07/2018
1.1. This policy provides for matters that must be applied for ranking junior players in under 9, under 11,
under 13, under 15, under 17 and under 19 age groups for the State of Queensland.
2. ELIGIBILITY FOR STATE RANKING
2.1. Any full Q Squash Affiliated Member that has played in a ranking event in the past 12 months will be
ranked according to this policy.
2.2. A player will be ineligible and removed from State Rankings if:
2.2.1. A player has not played in a ranking event in the past 12 months, and does not have approved
exceptional circumstances; or
2.2.2. A player notifies the board in writing that s/he no longer wishes to be ranked, and this is accepted
by the board.
3. RANKING PROCEDURE
3.1. The Ranking Committee (comprising of one representative from each region then serving on the Q
Squash Selection Committee) will be responsible for rankings.
3.2. Rankings will comprise male combined seedings, female combined seedings, and age group State
3.3. The rankings will be decided in time for Q Squash to publish them on the Q Squash website:
3.3.1. Within 7 days after the QJC Individual Event;
3.3.2. On the first day of October, December, February, April and June.
3.4. Regional Bodies must:
3.4.1. Seed players for Regional Junior Selection Series Events in accordance with the combined
3.4.2. Apply this policy (except the “Rankings at QJC” sections) to decide and update regional rankings,
combined seedings, and State Rankings.
3.4.3. Within 14 days of completion of each Regional Junior Selection Series Event, the Regional Bodies
(through their representative on the Ranking Committee) must:
a) First, ensure all event results are accurately recorded in SportyHQ; and
b) Second, identify any new players, birth dates and affiliation expiry date; and
c) Thirdly, update the male and female combined seedings, and age group State Rankings; and
d) Finally, update Regional Rankings by extracting regional players into their age group rankings
and any other relevant combined rankings; and
e) give these to the Ranking Committee for decision and publication according to clause 3.3.
4. RESOLUTION OF DISAGREEMENT
4.1. If Rankers disagree about the merit of an individual ranking outcome, then that ranking disagreement
should be resolved by majority vote. If the committee is split, then the dispute must be referred to the Q
Squash president for resolution.
4.2. Where appropriate, reasons should be recorded in the minutes of the Ranking Committee to facilitate
any inquiry, review or appeal process.
4.3. If Rankers disagree about the proper interpretation of this policy (about how to properly apply the
policy), then any such dispute must be referred to the board to make a ruling on the proper legal
interpretation of this policy. The Rankers must apply that ruling to reach their ranking decision. Rankers
must not reach a compromise (or even a majority vote) about an interpretation dispute.
5. RANKINGS FROM QJC
5.1. The following rules must be applied by the Ranking Committee to decide and publish rankings next after
5.2. Start with the existing combined seedings of each player immediately before QJC and make all necessary
adjustments in accordance with this policy to update the combined seedings, and then extract players
into their relevant age group State Rankings.
5.3. Remove any player who was ineligible for rankings immediately before QJC.
5.4. Players will be ranked in accordance with their finishing positions in their age group in the QJC Individual
Event, except where players match up in a higher age group ‐ their ranking must accord with their
finishing positions in the higher age group. However, the QJC Individual Champion for each age group
must be ranked No. 1 in the relevant age group State Rankings first published after the QJC Individual
Event (irrespective of his/her position in the combined seedings).
5.5. Make any necessary adjustments to include or re‐order players whose participation in QJC was affected
by exceptional circumstances, after assessing the player’s relative strengths and likely contest with other
6. RANKINGS AT OTHER TIMES
6.1. The following rules must be applied to decide and publish rankings at other times.
6.2. Start with the existing combined seedings of each player immediately before this review and make all
necessary adjustments in accordance with this policy to update the combined seedings, and then extract
players into their relevant age group State Rankings.
6.3. Remove any player who became ineligible for rankings since the last ranking review.
6.4. Add new players to the relevant combined seeding as the lowest seed for his or her current age group.
6.5. If since the last ranking review, a player wins a National Junior Aged Title s/he must be ranked No. 1 for
that age group State Rankings, except where another same aged player wins a National Junior Aged Title
in a higher age group, then that other player must be Ranked No. 1 in the lower age group State
Rankings, irrespective of whether a direct match up occurred or exceptional circumstances existed.
6.6. Adjust the rankings of other players (including new players) by applying the following ranking rules to
results of matched ups in order of play in relevant events since the last ranking review:
6.7. Make any necessary adjustments to include or re‐order players whose participation was affected by
exceptional circumstances, after assessing the player’s relative strengths and likely contest with other
7.1. A player aggrieved by a State Ranking decision may appeal within 7 days after the date the rankings
on the Q Squash website.
7.2. An appeal may be lodged by a player or a player’s parent or guardian (if the player is less than 18 years of
age) or by a representative of the player’s Regional Body authorised by the player or his/her parent or
7.3. The appeal must be in writing in the approved form and emailed to the president of Q Squash.
7.4. Upon receipt of the appeal, the president will refer the appeal to the Ranking Committee to review its
decision and either affirm or change the ranking decision. The Ranking Committee must within 14 days
of the referral advise the president:
a) Whether the ranking decision is affirmed, or changed; and
b) Provide written reasons for the review decision.
7.5. The president will notify the appellant of the review decision within 3 days of receipt from the Ranking
7.6. The appellant will be deemed to accept the review decision, unless s/he (or representative) gives written
notice to continue the appeal within 7 days after the date the notice of the review decision.
7.7. The president will appoint an independent person to decide the appeal within 14 days of the notice of
dispute, and will notify the appellant in writing of the appeal decision. The independent appeal decision
is final and binding on all parties.
For this policy:
“State Rankings” means ranking list of junior players within their current age groups (consistent with the
relevant combined seedings).
“exceptional circumstances” includes senior school and university exams; international and national
squash representation; death or critical illness or critical injury of an immediate relative; and incapacity
from playing due to serious illness or injury (evidenced by a medical report identifying the
condition, severity and period of incapacity). Work is not considered an exceptional circumstance.
“female combined seedings” means a combined seedings list of all eligible female junior players for
“order of play” means that the Rankers must apply the ranking rules in the following way:
1. Start with the tournament first in time in the ranking period;
2. Rank each age group from youngest to oldest in the tournament;
3. For round robin draws – rank in order of the lowest ranked player to the highest ranked
player in the relevant pool, then finals matches (including official play‐offs).
4. For Monrad draws – rank in order of the rounds in the main draw from left to right, and from
top to bottom in each round, then finals matches (including official play‐offs).
“ranking events” means Regional Junior Selection Series Events, Queensland Junior Championships (QJC);
Australian Junior Championships, Australian Junior Open and Oceania Junior Championships; and other
“Regional Bodies” are the affiliated Q Squash Northern Region Inc., Q Squash Central Region Inc., Q Squash
Southern Region Inc., and Q Squash Brisbane Region Inc.
“Regional Junior Selection Series Events” means the qualifying events determined by the relevant regional
body for players to qualify for the Queensland Junior Championships.
“Regional Rankings” means the rankings of regional players decided by the relevant regional body.
“male combined seedings” means a combined seedings list of all eligible male junior players for