How the ranking system works
- Eligible tournaments
- Tournament weighting
- Ranking system development
- Ranking queries
- Player safeguarding
The junior national ranking system is based on a player’s finishing position in tournaments.
The rankings are calculated from tournament results on a rolling 12-month period. Points are therefore removed from a player's ranking average one year after the event.
Rankings are updated at the start of each month. All results for tournaments played on or before the 15th of the previous month will count towards the next month’s rankings.
A player’s best seven results (or best six results for Under 19 rankings) from the previous 12 months are used to calculate their ranking. Over a 12-month period, a player needs to play at least seven tournaments to maximise their ranking.
Players can be included in more than one ranking list if they have played tournaments in more than one age category. Up to two results from a higher age category may be included in a player's ranking and points can only be transferred to the age category immediately above or below the age category played.
Players move age category as soon as they celebrate their relevant birthday (11, 13, 15 or 17). Players do not appear in the ranking list for the new age category until they have at least one result in that age category (which can be earned whilst still in the lower age category). When aging up, players carry up to four results from their previous age category into their new age category, transferred at 50% of their original value.
Ranking lists are produced for Girls and Boys Under 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19. A player can appear in more than one age group ranking but they must play in one event in a particular age group before they are eligible to appear.
All junior England Squash members who are active sanctioned event players can appear on the rankings provided they are eligible to represent England. Players are able to access their ranking position via the national junior rankings page.
A player moving into a new age category retains the points obtained from up to four results in the lower age category. These are transferred at 50% of their original value. Players must compete in at least one event in the new age category before they appear in the ranking list. These events can have been played whilst still in the lower age group.
For platinum and gold events, players must play in their true age group. The only exception to this is where permission is given by the England Squash Performance Team (this will only be granted in exceptional circumstances).
Players can only play in one age category per sanctioned event.
Players withdrawing from events without a valid reason (once the event has started) will be awarded points for a Round One loss and the event will count towards the player’s best seven events.
Under the new policy, only England Squash sanctioned events are eligible for ranking points. This means that points previously awarded for Junior Inter County Championships will no longer be awarded. Players participating in Junior Regional Closed Championships and Junior County Closed Championship will receive ranking points only if the event has been sanctioned by the tournanent organiser, county or region. Ranking averages have been updated from 1 September 2017 to reflect this.
We are conscious of the impact this will have on junior rankings for some players, and on the tournaments themselves. However, we would like to remind all parents and players that these changes have been made in order to create a level playing field with equal opportunity for junior players to earn ranking points regardless of where they live.
A detailed paper outlining the rationale for this changes and the associated impact is available on the junior competition pathway changes page. This policy will be reviewed at the end of the season, along with all other changes to the junior pathway.
Tournaments are weighted with more points awarded to events with larger draw sizes. The tournaments themselves are also weighted, with more points awarded for the major events in the calendar. Events fall into the following weighted categories (please note that this is subject to change):
- Platinum Event - World Under 19 Championships, European Under 19 Championships, British Junior Open.
- Gold Events - British Junior Championships, English Junior Championships.
- Silver Events - sanctioned events, aimed at higher ranked players.
- Bronze Events - two-day sanctioned competitions aimed at juniors who play at a club or county level.
- Copper Events - one-day sanctioned competitions aimed at locally based juniors who are new to the sanctioned event circuit.
A full breakdown of the points available for each tournament level and finishing position can be viewed on the junior ranking points table page.
The use of seven events is a result of our close work with some of the leading experts in junior athlete development. Whilst players are welcome to play in as many events as they wish, the limitation to seven events will enable juniors to plan their schedule properly and select events for both ranking and development purposes.
Silver events carry more points and are designed to attract higher ranked players. Draw sizes will be limited in these events and acceptance will be based on England Squash ranking.
Ranking system development
The junior rankings are produced using purpose-built software within Club Locker. We are collaborating with US Squash in relation to the Club Locker technology (through a joint venture established in the United States), which provides a number of significant improvements for England Squash, counties, clubs/venues, coaches and members.
Any amendments and developments to the ranking system and policies will be introduced as necessary.
The changes in policy will inevitably result in some changes to players' rankings and generate questions about the new system. In the first instance, we'd like to invite you to familiarise yourself with the new junior rankings policy. You may also find the answer to your query on our rankings FAQs.
If you think there are results missing from your or your child's rankings, or need to get in touch with us for any other reason, you can submit your query via our form: enquiry form for England Squash junior rankings.
All ranking queries will be dealt with, but please note that there may be a delay in responding as information may need to be verified with tournament organisers. Corrections will be made for the next month's rankings.
England Squash is firmly committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people to play squash. An important aspect is safeguarding which applies to all individuals who participate in squash as a player (under the age of 18) at every level.
Full details of England Squash's safeguarding policies and procedures can be found on the Safe Squash page.