By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM ET

Northampton, MA — On Sunday, the e-mail below was sent to coaches and team contacts.

Coaches, Team Contacts, and SIDs,

Here are a few reminders….

1. Team Previews: We are in the process of drafting team previews. If you have not submitted the responses for your team, please do so. We will only publish previews for teams that respond by October 4th. Information about graduates and incoming players is used in the preseason rankings, so if you do not respond, we will assume your team will be weaker than it was last season. Additionally, you will be unable to appeal your preseason ranking based on new players.

2. Rule Updates: The CSA recently published a number of rule updates (All-Americans, Eyewear, Match Play, Rankings, and Sportsmanship Statement):

  • All-Americans: New rules for both the MCSA and WCSA. This replaces the WCSA’s All-American rules and selected sections of the MCSA and WCSA Bylaws
  • Eyewear: Updated the list of approved eyewear. Changed “In the event of a player not having approved eyewear and a suitable replacement not being found, the player may forfeit the match” to “In the event of a player not having approved eyewear and a suitable replacement not being found, the player must forfeit the match”
  • Match Play Rules: Defined the end of the regular season as the Sunday prior to the National Team Championship. Deleted the Event Lineup section
  • Ranking Rules: Added Minimum Number of Players Per Team section: “For a regular season matches to officially count for ranking purposes, each team must have at least seven players. Except for Emerging Teams, matches with less than seven players per team will not count towards the required number of matches for entry into the National Team Championships.”
  • Sportsmanship Statement: Created a new section that defines preexisting sportsmanship expectations for student-athletes, coaches, staff and spectators

To see the exact changes, please refer to the recent article on rule changes.

3. Squash Ball Orders: Information about CSA squash ball orders will be distributed this week. As a reminder, orders through the CSA help support the association.

4. Club Program Questions: I’ve received several questions from club teams on the eligibility of graduate students and the official beginning of the regular season. As a reminder, Club and Emerging programs may not have graduate students participate in official college squash competitions. The regular season officially commences on October 15th. Matches played prior to October 15th are exhibition matches only and will not count toward the minimum qualifications for Team Championships.

5. Team Schedule Submission: If they have not already done so, all college coaches should now submit their 2013-2014 match schedule to be entered into the CSA league schedule online. Coaches should submit their team’s schedules to moc.hsauqssu@snekliw.tned for entry. All submissions should include the match date, time, opponent, and whether the match is home, away, or at a third venue.

6. Team Roster Entry: The 2013-2014 CSA league is now posted online and available for CSA coaches to update their rosters for the upcoming season.

To update your team roster, log on to your account and click on the “manage roster” tab. Then add any new players and remove any that are no longer playing for your team.

7. Intercollegiate Doubles Championships Registration: The Intercollegiate Doubles Championships will be held October 11-13 in Philadelphia, PA. The tournament will be hosted by the Racquet Club of Philadelphia and the Germantown Cricket Club. To register for the tournament, please click here to visit the tournament site. For those looking for a doubles warmup, the M4 tournament is scheduled for September 27-29 in Baltimore. Here is a link to the M4 info.