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Squash Winter League New Member Challenge Opportunity

To All Current and Future Cornhill Squash Club Winter League Players

After much deliberation by the Cornhill Squash Club Committee, a new opportunity for brand new members who wish to enter the Club’s Squash Winter League has been unanimously agreed. This opportunity is as follows:

Open to any brand new members to the Club who join from Monday 15th January 2024 and at any point thereafter and who intend to enter the Squash Winter League that typically runs between October and May each season. Existing members entering or returning to the Winter League who joined the Club prior to 15th January 2024 are not eligible following injury, illness or for any other reason.

These new members will be able to use the principle of “New Member Challenge” that is only available in the Squash Winter League.

If the new member wishes to enter the Squash Winter League, he/she will be placed in the lowest division (currently Division 6), as now, for their first 5-week period.

He/she will then have one Challenge Match available to them to be played at any point during the first two periods (10 weeks) of their involvement in the Winter League.

He/she may challenge any other player from any division in the Winter League to a one-off match, played under standard Cornhill Winter League rules and scoring.

If the new member wins this match, he/she will replace their opponent in his/her division at the start of the next Winter League period and his/her opponent will slip down one position or place for the next Winter League period.

All other Winter League players below these two players will also slip down one position or place for the next Winter League period.

If the new member loses his/her Challenge Match, he/she will remain in his/her current division until he/she is able to gain promotion by the usual process of finishing in the top two of the division. He/she has no access to any further challenges.

Please Note: The player in the higher position (the opponent) who has been challenged by the new member must accept the challenge and play the Challenge Match within 3 weeks of the challenge being made. If he/she fails to accept the challenge or play within 3 weeks, the new member will replace the player in the higher division (the opponent) and the opponent and all players beneath the opponent will slip one place in the divisions at the start of the next Winter League period. This will then count as the new member’s one and only challenge, even though he/she hasn’t actually played in a Challenge Match.

The new member is not obliged to take up a Challenge (ie it is not mandatory).

The opportunity for the new member to issue a challenge expires 10 weeks after they join the Winter League.

This New Member Challenge is being introduced in recognition of the fact that the Club has been quite successful in attracting new members from the local area who have been playing squash at quite a decent level in other squash clubs. We are keen to expand our membership, but we do acknowledge that some new members may be slightly frustrated by having to work their way through from the bottom division when they join the Winter League, knowing that many of their matches may be quite one-sided for the first season.

This is a fine balance, as we absolutely do not want to deter all the existing Winter League players from pushing themselves to their limits to gain promotion by their own personal efforts into the higher divisions of the League.

We hope you understand our reasoning and support our endeavours to make the Cornhill Squash Club a place where all squash players, of whatever standard or capability, are able to find their optimum level and enjoy the cut and thrust of regularly playing in the Winter League. Please note that this Challenge option only applies to the Squash Winter League and none of the other Club competitions, where most are managed on a handicap basis.

Please just reply to this message if you have any questions or comments relating to this.


The Cornhill Squash Club Committee


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