League Squash matches.
At the AGM there was a discussion on match night meals and team
arrival times. The committee do not want to get involved in any rule making on
the subject of meals and feel that that is for the clubs to deal with
The committee agreed to send out to clubs, informal
guidelines to clubs on the subject of match hosting and level of
This has been split into 3 sections
Arriving late at matches has a
knock on effect to the whole evening.
Clubs book their courts out from
their stated match start time to allow enough time to play 5 matches (a league
requirement). When teams turn up late and there are games, which overrun the
allocated court time, the players get knocked off court and the match is
unfinished. This may well result in a dispute and this brings in the question
was enough court time booked out. Not all teams have the facility of the bigger
clubs to just play through to the finish of a match. Also the higher the
standard of play the longer the matches go on, especially in the summer and on
well temperatured courts. There is a complaint and the county committee get
We appreciate that some players work a distance from the
match venues, but if you are going to be late a phone call would not a go a
miss, it is after all only a matter of courtesy.
These problems can
easily be remedied - arrive on time! Especially the home team - after all you
are the hosts!
The type of
meals provided by clubs varies and we do not intend to get involved in the
catering arrangements of clubs, or to stipulate what should be offered. Not all
clubs have full catering facilities and therefore suppers vary. In some clubs
it is the caterers who set the time of the meals, so if you arrive late, you
are late for food. It has been known for the match to run too late for a meal
to be served.
Some players play their matches then leave straight
away, which is discourteous to the home team. There may be valid reasons for
this, but if a player is not going to stay at least give the home team notice
(at least a days notice and not just at the beginning if the match), so that a
meal is not prepared for that player. Other players do not want to, or cannot
eat a meal after a game but are prepared to stay to socialise, if you have
players like that, please give the home team plenty of warning, so a meal is
not wasted. The home team have to pay for these meals.
also have special diets, if any of your team comes under this heading, then
speak to the home team captain to see if they can be accommodated. Do not
spring it on the clubs at the time of the match.
On the question of
drinks offered by the home team, this is a sensitive area. With costs ever
rising, a good level of entertainment would be a drink after the game before
showering and up to 2 drinks with the meal, but this is not something that the
committee can set in stone. It is down to the individual clubs, they can set
the limits right at the start of the match - or the contacts can let each other
know what their guide lines are.
If you have to concede a walkover please give the home team
as much notice as possible, they may be able to save the cost of catering,
teams may have to pay for courts which cannot be relet.
When teams are
setting the level of match fees they usually budget for a home and an away
match against each team, so walkovers can leave a short fall in the kitty. You
may well be asked to cover the costs, so a phone call could avoid that.
Before you concede a match just remember if you have 3 players you can
still win a match, so turn up for the match, there would only be a 5 point
penalty, and you could get that back with the win bonus. All we would suggest
is you notify your opposition that only 3 players are turning up and they can
adjust the catering and courts (if possible) accordingly and may only have a
slight loss on the courts.
As a final thought
- Just ask your team how they would feel if a team turned up late and then did
not stay for supper, and they were asked to cover all the costs. All because
their opponents did not let them know they would be late and would not be
eating. Just one phone call could avoid any ill feeling between the two teams.