By Michael T. Bello
Published Jan 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Jan 10, 2016 at 10:54 PM ET

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

A few reminders…

Team Rankings: The next rankings will be reviewed on Monday, at 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.

Awards: It is time to begin thinking about nominating players/teams for the CSA’s awards.
  • 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 award and the forms will be published on the website this week. 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.

Training Trips: If any teams have done (or are doing) training trips this season, the CSA would like to publish an article from your captains or players on the experience. Please submit articles to me upon your return. These may be rough and I will clean the articles up.

Match Results with Default Players: As we prepare for computerized team and individual rankings towards the end of the month, please remember to enter only matches that were actually played in your results. For example, entering “Player A” defeated “Default” 11-0, 11-0, 11-0″ does nothing but cause extra work and could potentially inflate or deflate Player A’s and Default’s individual ranking. (“Default” does better than you would think in the simulated individual rankings!) If a match is not played — even if your player would have played the match — do not enter your player’s name; mark the match as a double default.

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
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.
Men’s Matches with “Not on Roster” players (as of 1/10/16):
  • Ohio St University: Denison University match (6th warning)
ReBound Initiative: As announced, the CSA will support the ReBound initiative. The ReBound initiative aims to collect usable squash gear, such as racquets, goggles, shoes, and grips, and donate it to the emerging international affiliates of NUSEA. Teams will be individually contacted about this initiative in the coming weeks.
Team Roster and Schedule Updates: The 2015-2016 CSA league is posted online and available for CSA coaches to update their rosters for the season.
To update your team roster, logon 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.
Note: If you are not listed as a coach on your team’s page, please contact dent.wilkens@ussquash.com to have your team’s page updated.
Here are links to the instructions on how to add/remove players from your rosters and enter match results.
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.
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.
Rule Updates: During the offseason, the Executive Committees discussed possible rule changes. Many of these proposals were also discussed by coaches during the two-day CSA Strategic Review session, which was held in early June at Yale University. In preparation for the 2015 – 2016 season, the College Squash Association has updated six of its rules:
Coaches and Team Contacts need to be familiar with these rule updates. To see exact changes, please refer to the “Update on″ link at the bottom of the page for each modified rule.