The squash rules of the League

  1. What is it about?
    1. This is our unique squash league for individuals.
    2. You pay the starting fee, fill in the questionnaire and we will place you at your most accurate level, according to our ranking system.
    3. We will give you 4 equal opponents every month.
    4. You can organize matches yourself when and where it suits you. We recommend using our match planning feature.
    5. The game is played in 3 sets up to 11 points. At 10:10 you must win by 2 points.
    6. It is played with a ball that has two yellow dots, unless you agree with your opponent on another ball.
    7. You type the results of the matches into our system on the web and according to your results, you will get stronger or weaker opponents next month.
    8. The League season is made of autumn, spring and summer.
    9. Each season consists of 4 rounds, which roughly correspond to calendar months.
    10. Entrance fee for the whole season (4 rounds) is 35 GBP when a player registers in the first wave of enrollment for a new season, 37 GBP when a player registers in the second wave and 39 GBP when a player registers in the third wave before the start of the new season. In case of registration during the season, the entry fee is as follows: 3 rounds for 35 GBP, 2 rounds for 28 GBP and 1 round for 20 GBP. Therefore, playing from the beginning of the season is the most convenient.
      1. The first wave of entries lasts until the 10th of the month before the start of the season.
      2. The second wave of entries lasts from the 11th to the 20th day of the month before the start of the season.
      3. The third wave of entries lasts from the 21st to the last day before the start of the season. With three different price categories, we are encouraging players to sign up early, so that the administrators can prepare the necessary documentation for the most accurate placement of the players in the league, in time. The goal of the ranking within the league is to offer the most well-balanced matches possible.
    11. We reward the best players of the year, as well as draw multiple prizes for year-round players.
    12. Now you know how to do it, so come and join us!.
  2. Agreements and apologies
    1. At the beginning of each round, we will email you a list of opponents and a link to a group where you can start playing matches right away. The date and the time will be chosen by you and your opponent.
    2. You can easily suggest dates in your group on our web, by e-mail or by phone. You book the court just like a regular customer, except that you are going to play FLEXILIGA. When paying for the court, mention FlexiLiga. The receptionist will verify that you and your opponent are both on the updated player's list for that month and then offer you a reduced court fee.
    3. The five day rule and the "Not played" score: It is ideal that matches take place during the whole month. Of course, if you want, you can play all of your matches in the last week, but it's important that you let your opponents know about it in time. In this way, they will plan their matches according to your possibilities. Therefore, propose match dates as soon as possible - no later than five days after the start of the round. If you cannot play at the beginning of the round, please write to your opponents an excuse message - thanks to the match planner, you can write an apology or suggest dates one month before the start of the new round. After five days of the round, players who have not proposed any match dates, who have not written an apology message, players who haven't recorded the results of the match or who are not active within the opponent's match dates are automatically marked with a so-called "not played" score or n:3 or n:n.
    4. The "Not played" score has the purpose of getting the non-communicative players to work. When will you get a "not played"? When you do not meet any of the following conditions within five days of the start of the round:
      1. if you do not propose any deadline to your opponents in the Match Planner
      2. if you do not write a note in the Apologies section
      3. if you do not record the result of the match
      4. if you do not respond to your opponent's suggested match dates
      If you arrange matches by phone or e-mail, write it to the Apology and Discussion tab within five days. Just communicate well in order to avoid the 'not played' score. However, if you receive it, pick up your phone and get in touch with your opponents as soon as possible or suggest a number of suitable match dates on our Match Planner. It is up to the opponents whether they will play a match with you or decide to not give you a second chance. We believe, however, that all of us want to play as many matches in the league as possible and that there will be a minimum of such scores. If the match happens, just enter the correct match result in the usual way. If the match does not take place, the small "n" turns into a big "N", at the end of the round.
    5. Communication by phone or e-mail. If you are arranging a match by phone or by e-mail, you must either contact your opponent with the dates of the matches, within five days of the start of the round or leave a message in the Apology section, where you mention that you will contact them soon via phone or e-mail.  Now it's your responsibility to make the first step towards match planning as well as contacting your opponent. If you do not contact your opponents, they have the right to select 3:N.
    6. You cannot make it to the agreed match? Be considerate of your opponent's time and either call him/her or send a message, so that he/she is not showing up on the court unnecessarily. If you are required to pay a cancellation fee for the last-minute court cancellation, please be fair and pay the fee. If you do not agree with your opponent on the alternative date for the match, he/she is entitled to win by 3:N (Not played).
    7. Are you running late? Let your opponents know about that, either by phone call or message. 
    8. What do you play with? Unless the opponents agree otherwise, the official ball of the squash league is Dunlop ball with two yellow dots .
    9. Whose ball will be chosen for the match ? Both you and your opponent should bring to the match a functional ball and decide at the place, which one to use. If the first ball bursts, the second one will be used.
    10. You are not able to play at all in the given month? Please let your opponents know about it as soon as possible! In addition, type into the system the N:3 result for all 4 matches. 
    11. If you know that you won't be able to play in the next month or months, set the pause you need by clicking Unsubscribe in My Overview. 
    12. Whichever strategy we try, the League is mainly about people. Please be proactive in communication with your opponents and set a good example for others.
  3. How many points do you earn?
    1. Immediately after the match, decide which one of you will type in the result. Usually this step is done by the winner who gets to enjoy documenting the victory,  writing down the result according to the ratio of played sets (E.g. 3:1). If you lost the match, make sure you opponent has written the result correctly and in case he hasn't done it, do so for him. You should always write the number of your own sets first. The points of each set are not recorded. Write the result within 24 hours after the match.
    2. Based on the scored result, you will be awarded points. See table below:

      Result 3:0 3:1 3:2 2:3 1:3 0:3 N:N 3:N N:3
      Points7 6 5 2 1 0 -2 6 0
    3. In exceptional cases, when a group is made of 4 members (or 6 members), the players earn points calculated as if the group had 5 members. Specifically, according to the formula „the earned points are multiplied by 4/(x-1), where x is the number of people in the group“. The resulting number of points is rounded up (so that 0,5 is rounded up to 1). This rule is introduced so that players do not have a disadvantage in the number of points scored compared to players playing in 5-member group.
    4. If you write the result incorrectly, you can correct it directly in the result table within 10 minutes of writing it. After 10 minutes, you can report the bad result to the administrator by filling out the form within that table. Just click on the wrong result. If the result is entered by your opponent, check that it's correct. After the end of the round, the results can be claimed within 12 hours of the following day.
    5. What happens if you do not enter your result? At the end of the round, the N:N result is automatically recorded and 2 points are deducted from both players. Therefore, be careful not to forget to type in the result so that you don't lose points. After the end of the round, the results can be claimed within 12 hours of the following day.
    6. Points you earn from all matches in the given round are added up. According to them, the players will be placed in the certain order within that group. The points of the matches are added up together with the points received according to the position within the group and the points received according to the level (see section 5 below). Overall, these points are also corresponding with the ranking of all players within the league in that round. The ranking is recalculated every time a new result is entered.
    7. We strongly encourage fair-play, because we play for pleasure and not for points.
    8. Don't forget to show off in front of your loved one with all these points you earned!
  4. What if we do not agree? Disputes and Penalties
    1. If your opponent does not come to the agreed match without an apology, you win by scoring 3:N (Not played).
    2. If your opponent apologizes in advance for not attending the agreed match, both of you should try to find a new suitable match date. If you are not able to agree on an alternative match date, the 3:N victory is yours. Nevertheless, we strongly believe that everyone wants to play as many matches as they can. This is the main purpose of the league.
    3. If you receive a small "not played" score (see Rules 2.3 a 2.4), your opponent is not obliged to respond to your later proposals to play matches. Playing a match is therefore at his good will. We still believe that most matches will be played despite the small penalties and the results will be changed. Playing matches is the main purpose of the league. 
    4. If the match fails to finish and you can't agree with your opponent on a different date for finishing it, the result should be decided in the following order:
      1. If one of the opponents arrives late, he is losing the unfinished sets by default.
      2. If both opponents arrive on time, the winner will be decided according to completed sets (e.g. when scored 2:1, type in 3:2). If the score is 2:2, the player who has more points at the end of the last game wins the decisive set (type in 3:2).
      3. If players have not managed to play the decisive set, the opponent who has the greater difference between won and lost points from previous sets wins.
      4. If points 1 through 3 cannot be decided, the players determine the result by flipping a coin.
    5. If the match does not take place due to the injury of one of the players caused by the opponent's dangerous act, the remaining sets are awarded to the injured player.
    6. If a match is not played due to the injury of one of the players without the fault of the opponent, the points for the unfinished sets go toward the opponent. An “uninjured player” wins the set by 3 :  number of sets won by “injured player”. In the event when the injury is not serious, players may agree to finish the remaining sets of the match and record the results only after all sets have been completed or a new match has been played. However, playing a substitute match is purely voluntary.
    7. The wiser one retreats. Are you the wiser one?
  5. How do the points work? League system.
    1. One round of FlexiLiga lasts approximately one calendar month (see section 6 below).
    2. The are 5 players in each group, including you (exception is 4 or 6) per round and you play a match with each other.
    3. According to your results in this round, you move up or down in our ranking system and in the next round, you will play either with stronger or weaker opponents.
    4. League year consists of 3 seasons and each season has 4 rounds. At the end of each season, we will announce the best players of the season. 
    5. Newly registered players start playing right away inside the group that corresponds to their level at the beginning of any new round, during the season. The administrator will place you at the right level as accurately as he can, according to your submitted questionnaire, personal consultation or additional information received by other means.
    6. If during your first matches within the league you decide that your level of play does not match your opponent's level, please contact the administrator and he will try to fix it.
    7. As you can see in the picture below, the league structure has 3 possible schemes, according to number of players.
    8. In case there are 38 players or less, the groups are positioned below each other.
    9. In case there are 39-93 players, the groups in the middle are placed parallel to each other and that facilitates a better exchange of opponents and a faster movement up or down the league. 
    10. When there are 94 or more players, the middle groups are aligned in sets of 3, which makes the movement down or up the league even faster.
    11. Level of the league N of players up to 38  N of players 39-93 N of players 94 and more
    12. In the levels with parallel groups, players are randomly mixed into one of the groups after each round. This ensures sufficient replacement of opponents.
    13. The opponents in the new round are decided according to the points you earned during the previous round. You earn points for match scores (section 3), group placement (5.13-5.14) and group level (5.15) within the league.
    14. The placement inside a group is decided according to these points (exception 5.14):
      1. 1st place  - 14 points
      2. 2nd place  - 11 points
      3. 3rd place  - 0 points
      4. 4th place  - 11 points (except 6-member group -  0 points)
      5. 5th place  - 14 points (except 6-member group -11 points)
      6. 6th place  - 14 points
    15. Group placement exceptions are in the following cases (for a smoother transition within the league scheme):
      1. Expanding from 1 to 2 parallel groups (often between Levels 3 and 4): 2nd place players below the expansion receive 3 points (instead of 11 points)
      2. Expanding from 2 to 3 parallel groups (often between Level 6 and 7): 2nd place players below the expansion receive 5 points (instead of 11 points)
      3. Narrowing down from 3 to 2 parallel groups: 4th place players (or 5th place placers in the 6-member group) inside the level above the narrowing down, receive -5 points (instead of -11 points)
      4. Narrowing down from 2 to 1 parallel group: 4th place players (or 5th place placers in the 6-member group) inside the level above the funnel, receive -3 points (instead of -11 points)
    16. When similar points are scored for matches between 2 or more players, the following criteria determines the placement of the players inside the group:
      1. Mutual match (when 2 players have the same amount of points). When 3 or more players have the same amount of points, a table with the results of those particular players will be taken in consideration in the following way:
        1. points earned during matches with each other, as per table
        2. the difference between won and lost sets during the mutual games, as per table
        3. number of won sets during mutual matches, as per table
        4. If non of the criteria helped determine the placement, please proceed to point 5.15.2 
      2. the difference between won and lost sets within the whole group
      3. number of won sets within the whole group
      4. difference between won and lost sets within the whole group
      5. number of won sets withing the whole group
      6. position in the ranking of the previous round
      7. earliest web registration
    17. Points received for group level are determined in the following way: the lowest level receives 20 points and each higher level gets 20 points more than previous level.
    18. At the beginning of the new round, we take the table with the rankings of the previous year and dived it from top to bottom (with some exceptions) into groups of 5 people.  
    19. Sometimes your group in the new round will not match the ranking at the end of the last round. This happens because new members are joining the league, some of the old members are leaving or returning.  Even if you find yourself inside a weaker group, next time you move up, you'll get stronger opponents. It is in the interest of the league to include new players so that the league grows even.
    20. At the beginning of a new round or a new season, the administrator carries out semi-automatic classification of the players, approximately in this way:
      1. We start with the ranking of the players in the previous round.
      2. We exclude the players who quit or paused the round.
      3. We add new players to the levels assigned to them according to their questionnaires. New players are usually placed at a level a little below their described abilities.
      4. We add players who paused the previous round, to a level a little below their latest ranking.
      5. The newly formed group is divided into 5 people.
      6. If the total number of players cannot be divided by 5, the lowest groups can be made of 4 or 6 players.
      7. Points received at the end of the round are immediately added to the points received at the end of the season, calculated after the end of all 4 rounds.
      8. The season ratings are separate for men and women in addition to the overall ratings. 
    21. When the points in the ranking (of a round/season/year) match, following is taken into consideration:
      1. difference between won and lost sets (in a round/season/year)
      2. number of won sets (in a round/season/year)
      3. difference between won and lost sets (in a round/season/year)
      4. number of won sets (in a round/season/year)
      5. position in the ranking of the previous round (only for the round)
      6. earliest web registration
    22. At the end of the summer season (end of September), the year-round ranking will be closed  (the sum of the points earned during all 3 seasons ), the winners of the year will be announced and various prizes will be awarded.
    23. Everyone who has played the league continually throughout the year, can win in the draw. Higher his/her position is in the ranking of each season, more tickets he/she will receive for the draw. The maximum amount of received tickets is 30, 10 for each season (first 10 % receive 10 tickets, next 10 % 9 tickets, ..., last 10 % 1 ticket).
    24. Earning points is great, but please don't hurt your opponents because of them. We play after all for fun.
  6. Legal nonsense at the end
    1. By signing up for the League, you agree to these rules and to the publication of the results on www.flexiliga.co.uk 
    2. In order to make the competition work better, we reserve the right to modify these rules during the competition. 
    3. If you do not play any matches for two consecutive rounds without an excuse, you will be eliminated from the League, with no possibility to claim the refund.
    4. If the League didn't meet your expectations and you have a reasonable claim, we will refund you the full sign up fee.
    5. You play at your own risk. We recommend using protective equipment, especially safety goggles for squash. 
    6. If you incur damage by participating in this competition, the responsibility cannot be put on us, the organizers of FlexiLiga.
    7. The rules that were not mentioned here, can be found in the Official Squash Rules. (link)
    8. May you never need this legal nonsense.

Schedule of the League in 2020 - 2021

Autumn season

  • October round: 6.10. – 2.11.
  • November round: 3.11. – 1.12.
  • December round: 2.12. – 4.1.
  • January round: 5.1. – 31.1.

Spring season

  • February round: 2.2. – 1.3.
  • March round: 2.3. – 31.3.
  • April round: 1.4. – 2.5.
  • May round: 3.5. – 31.5.

Summer season

  • June round: 2.6. – 30.6.
  • July round: 1.7. – 1.8.
  • August round: 2.8. – 31.8.
  • September round: 1.9. – 3.10.

The FlexiLiga team is wishing you all the best, on the court and in life.

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