We are now calling for entries for this year’s Superchamps Eliminations.
Venue: HBSRC (using HBLT if required)
Date: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July
The rules have been revamped for 2019 by a Competition Review Committee and were then ratified by Districts before being published. These are below, but changes to be most aware of pertain to:
- Player Eligibility (Rule 2.2)
- Grading Eligibility (2.2.3)
- Team Playing Order (Rule 4.1)
So read the rules carefully before putting together a team. Following the National guidelines, from a District perspective if you, as a club, cannot make up a team without asking players from other clubs, you can apply for dispensation. This will not be granted if it is perceived that there are sufficient players of that grade who are willing to play already at your club on the appropriate grading list.
13th June: any club transfers to be completed
14th June: Grading Lists run by SNZ to determine player eligibility
5th July: Entries for Eastern Eliminations close
26th-28th July: District Eliminations to be held at HBSRC
9th August: Winning teams to submit entries to Nationals to District
23rd August: Eastern to send entries to host clubs for Nationals
30th August: Grading Lists run by SNZ to determine playing order
Both the Club and District Referees Exams are now online.
Club Referee Exam:
District Referee Exam: https://squashnz.formstack.com/forms/district_referee_exam
Remember to play Superchamps, Senior Inter District Teams or Junior Inter District Teams, you must have sat and passed the Club Referee exam by the Monday prior to the event. The qualification is valid for two seasons e.g. if you sat the test in 2017 the exam will have expired by 2019. Squash New Zealand will verify that all players in teams representing their district have gained this qualification. Any matches played at these events by players that have not passed this test by the Monday prior to the event will count as 3/0 losses for their team, with grading points lost.
As District we would like to encourage all those taking part in District Eliminations to sit and pass the Club Referee Exam prior to the weekend of 26-28 July. A suggestion is that the clubs entering teams arrange a referee night; this is a great way to learn the rules as a group and bounce questions off each other.
Also, as Districts are now looking after major events (for instance this year Eastern are hosting the North Island Junior Age Groups), it would be great to have some qualified referees in our District. The online process is just the first part of the assessment. Anyone interested would then be required to pass a practical assessment. Before the practical assessment is carried out, the candidate needs a 100% pass rate online.