Squash SA supports and endorses senior tournaments across South Australia. Most tournaments have divisions for all level players, from social players to higher level pennant players. Junior players are able to register for senior tournaments. All players will be ranked in divisions according to their Sporty HQ rating, a provisional Sporty HQ rating can be arranged for players that don't yet have one. Most often players will play 3 matches, and there are prizes for winners of each division. It is a great way to meet new people and potential playing partners.
Squash SA endorsed junior tournaments include a Big Ball junior division for brand new junior players. The modified equipment, support and rules used in Big Ball ensure beginner squash players have a fun, positive experience. Starting your child early in a Big Ball division will educate them on how to play real squash matches in a supportive environment.
Big Ball Division
For your child to enter a big ball tournament they must:
- Be using a junior or modified size racquet (not a full size adult racquet)
- Be under 10 years of age
- Be able to get around 30% of their serves in play according to the international rules of squash
Rules for Big Ball division:
- A Karakal, Grays or other brand of big ball can be used. The diameter of the ball should be 46mm
- The Tournament Organiser must ensure that an experienced marker or qualified coach stands on court marking and controlling the match
This person must be over 16 years of age, have a comprehensive knowledge of all the rules of squash and can give players brief hints on how to play during the match
- The rules in Big Ball are exactly the same as all other squash divisions, except for the marker being able to change the rule of where the serve must land.
Serves can not be bounced prior to hitting and must hit the front wall above the service line
If a marker deems it best and equally fair for both players, they may change the rule of how deep the serve can land, but can only make this change prior to the start of a game
- Matches may be best of 3 or 5 games. Matches that are stated as best of 3 prior to the match beginning can be changed to best of 5, but only after the first game
- Scoring can be timed, PAR to 11 or PAR to 15, but should align to the rest of the tournament
- Players of Big Ball matches should be trained on how to mark and referee the next match by an experienced marker or accredited coach once their match is finished
- Interference rules like lets and strokes should not be “dumbed down” to suit a lower level of play. Refereeing at all levels of squash uses the same interpretation of the same rules. The experienced marker or coach can however give explanations, advice or hints on how to avoid interference or call lets better whilst on court.