By Michael T. Bello
Published Feb 2, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Jan 31, 2015 at 7:57 PM ET

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

Coaches, Team Contacts, and SIDs:
Here are a few reminders…
  • Awards: The nomination period for the MCSA’s Skillman Award and the WCSA’s Richey and Wetzel Awards ends February 1st. Please submit nominations using the forms listed below.
    • Minor Rule Modification: The MCSA and WCSA Executive Committees decided to extend the voting for the men’s Barnaby Award and the women’s Most Improved Team Award until the Friday after the respective Team Championships. This will allow teams to be fully evaluated based on their regular season and tournament performances.
    • Scholar Athlete/Academic Recognition Nominations: Nominations and forms for Scholar Athlete/Academic Recognition must be submitted to Dent Wilkens (dent.wilkens@ussquash.com) by February 10th. Late submissions will not be accepted. Info about the awards and the forms are on the website (http://collegesquashassociation.com/2015/01/09/2014-2015-csa-scholar-athlete-award-academic-recognition-award-nominations/). If a school has a January term, do not wait for January grades prior to submitting the forms.
    • MCSA Award Nominations: Nominations for the Skillman Award are due by February 1st,while nominations for the Barnaby and Sloane Awards are due by February 10th.
    • WCSA Award Nominations: Nominations for the Richey and Wetzel Awards are due by February 1st, while nominations for the Most Improved Team and Chaffee Awards are due by February 10th.
  • Club Teams NOT participating in Team Championships: The following club teams have not declared for team championships. Please contact Dent Wilkens (dent.wilkens@ussquash.com) if this is a mistake and to inquire if there is still room for your squad at the event.
    • WCSA Club Teams NOT Participating: North Carolina, University of; Notre Dame, University of; Rochester, University of; Vanderbilt University; and Washington University in St. Louis
    • MCSA Club Teams NOT Participating: Chicago, University of; Denison University; Duke University; Ithaca College; Johns Hopkins University; Lafayette College; Lehigh University; North Carolina, University of; Sewanee: University of the South; Vanderbilt University; and Washington University (St. Louis)
  • Team Rankings: NESCAC schools, please get your scores in by Sunday evening (6 PM) so seeding for the NESCAC tournament may be set. Rankings will be reviewed on Monday evening (6 PM ET). If your results are not posted to the US Squash Scoring System, they will not be considered for ranking purposes. Without results in the US Squash Scoring System, your team will not be credited appropriately. At most, you have 48 hours after a match is played to submit results. In addition, the sooner results are submitted to the US Squash Scoring System, the greater the chance that your team will be mentioned in the Sunday evening “Around the Courts” article.
  • Harrow Sports Player of the Week: Please nominate deserving players for Player of the Week honors by 6 PM ET on Monday.
    • Criteria: A Player of the Week should have a significant impact on his or her team’s performance during the prior week and demonstrate sportsmanship.
    • Nominations: Coaches, Sports Information Directors, and Team Contacts may nominate players by using the following link
  • Match Results with “Not on Roster” players: As a reminder, make sure your results include all players who participated in the match. Like last season, we are prepared to remove teams from the rankings if “Not on Roster” players are not entered. Please contact Dent Wilkens (dent.wilkens@ussquash.com) if you need assistance fixing match results with “Not on Roster” players.
    • WCSA teams that need to fix “Not of Roster” players (as of 1/31 at 4:30 PM) – first warning: Bucknell (Johns Hopkins match); Dickinson (Johns Hopkins match); Georgetown (Johns Hopkins match);
    • MCSA teams that need to fix “Not of Roster” players (as of 1/24 at 11:30 PM) – first warning: Brandeis (Tufts match)
    • MCSA teams that need to fix “Not of Roster” players (as of 1/24 at 11:30 PM) – second warning – will not be ranked this week if not fixed immediately: Charleston (Fordham, Notre Dame, Davidson, Miami, and Vanderbilt matches); North Carolina (Miami, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt matches); Sewannee (Vanderbilt match); and Vanderbilt (Charleston, Davidson, Sewannee, Miami, North Carolina matches)
  • Minimum # of Players: For a regular season match 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. If a match was not played, enter it as a “double default.”
  • Instructions for US Squash Scoring System: Here are links to the instructions on how to add/remove players from your rosters and enter match results. If you need to be added as the contact in the US SquashScoring System, please contact Dent Wilkens (dent.wilkens@ussquash.com).
  • Qualifications for Team Nationals: 
    • Varsity teams are required to play ten (10) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. At minimum, each team should have at least 6 different opponents. Varsity teams should play the majority of their matches against other varsity schools.
    • Club teams are required to play eight (8) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships in a 9 player division. In addition, club teams must play at least four (4) matches between January 1st and February 10th. At minimum, each team should have at least five (5) different opponents.
    • Unless a petition for an exemption is made to the Tournament Director, teams must submit and bring at least 9 players to Team Championships.