Behavior at US Squash Sanctioned Tournaments

Dear Players, Coaches, Families and Spectators,

Please ensure you are fully aware that US Squash has detailed guidelines for sportsmanship and conduct for Players, Coaches, Families and Spectators-—both on and off court—at all US Squash sanctioned tournaments.

It is the responsibility of the player, coach, family member or spectator to know and understand the US Squash Player and Family-Coach-Spectator Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines which are posted on

A flagrant disregard or violation of the Guidelines shall render the player liable to disciplinary action as set forth by the US Squash Code of Conduct Sanction System. Coaches, representatives and relatives are under similar obligation to adhere to the Guidelines. Players shall be held liable for their entourage’s actions.

Player Misconduct
Misconduct on court includes, but is not limited to: (i) a flagrant violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines OR (ii) any violation of “Rule 17: Conduct on Court.”

Family-Coach-Spectator Misconduct
Players shall be held liable for misconduct by his/her family members and coach (“the entourage”) at US Squash sanctioned tournaments. Misconduct by a member of the entourage shall include, but is not limited to: (i) a flagrant violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines, (ii) language, gestures or actions which defame, berate or otherwise bring into disrepute the tournament, its staff or its participants at any time during an event; and (iii) interference of any kind with a tournament director, tournament staff member, referee, player or member of an opponent’s entourage during the course of a scheduled match.

Disciplinary action shall be enforced at the discretion of US Squash and may include the loss of exposure, exclusion from US Squash events, teams, squads or activities and the loss of ranking.

If you observe a violation of the Sportsmanship and Conduct Guidelines, please report it to the tournament director or staff.

From the Rules of World Singles Squash, 2001
17.1 If the Referee considers that a player’s behavior is disruptive, intimidating or offensive to the opponent, an official or a spectator, or could in any way bring the game into disrepute, the Referee shall penalize the player.

17.2 Offenses with which the Referee shall deal under this rule include audible and visible obscenities, verbal and physical abuse, dissent to Marker or Referee, abuse of racquet, ball or court and coaching, other than during the interval between games. Other offenses include significant or deliberate physical contact (Rule 12.12.1), excessive racquet swing (Rule 12.4), unfair warm-up (Rule 3.2), late back on court (Rule 7.4), dangerous play or action (Rule and time-wasting (Rule 7.6).

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