RE Squash Championship Tuesday 31st October to Thursday 2nd November

CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIPS 31 OCTOBER – 02 NOVEMBER 2017

1. The Corps of Royal Engineers Squash Championships will be held at 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment in Chatham over the period 31 Oct – 02 Nov 2017. This event will be followed by the Army Inter-Corps Championships to be played at the Aspire Leisure Centre, Aldershot, during the period 14 – 16 Nov 2015. Teams for the latter event will be selected from the Corps competition and all players will receive their colours for representative sport.
2. The following events will be competed for:
a. Male Individual Open. Open to all male serving members of the Corps of Royal Engineers, Regular or Reserve. Civilian or other arms may not enter this event.
b. Female Individual Open. Open to all female serving members of the Corps of Royal Engineers, Regular or Reserve. Civilian or other arms may not enter this event.
c. Plate Competition. For those players (male and female) losing in the preliminary or first rounds of the Individual Open event. Players will be automatically placed in this event unless they particularly opt out.
d. Saucer Competition. For those players (male and female) losing in the preliminary or first rounds of the Plate competition.
e. Super Plate. For those players (male and female) losing in the second round of the Individual Open competition.
f. Classic Plate. For those players (male and female) losing in the third round of the Individual Open Competition.
g. Veteran’s Open Competition. Open to all serving or retired members of the Corps aged 40 or over on the 31 Oct 2016.
g. Veteran’s Plate Competition. For all players losing in the first round of the Veteran’s competition.
h. Veteran’s Play-Offs. For all players losing in the second/third round of the veteran’s Open competition.
i. Under 25’s Competition. Open to all serving personnel, Regular or Reserve, male or female aged 25 or under on the 31 Oct 16.
j. Inter-Unit Competition. Open to any Regular or Reserve Engineer Major or Minor unit. Teams must consist of five players in ability rank order with no more than 1 other arm or civilian member. Units wishing to submit a ‘B’ team must play their second order after the number five seed of the ‘A’ team. HQ’s or formed bodies which have a representation of Engineers (i.e. HQLF) may submit a team observing the rule stated above. Units may enter teams of less than 5 players and will be augmented with affiliated individual entrants who are not part of a formed unit to ensure maximum participation.

3. Player Eligibility. The following eligibility rules apply:
a. Regulars. All Regular personnel may enter any individual competition for which they are eligible and represent the unit that they are held on established strength. Where individuals are not part of a Major Unit, serving at E2 or in isolation they can affiliate in accordance with Para 3c.
b. Reserves. All Reserve personnel may enter any individual competition for which they are eligible and represent the unit that they are held on established strength. Where individuals are not part of a Major Unit, serving at E2 or in isolation they can affiliate in accordance with Para 3c. All Reserve personnel must adhere to extant guidelines regarding representative sport1, particularly the direction regarding their duty status.
c. Affiliation. Where individuals are serving within a unit that cannot muster a team to enter ‘Army’ level sport, affiliation is permitted to their nearest geographical unit2. RESRC will apply the same rules for Corps level squash for consistency. Therefore, players serving in a unit where that unit is unable to enter the team competition may apply to be ‘Affiliated’ to the nearest unit who are playing and competing in the Corps Squash Championships. This must have the approval of both COs/OCs and the undersigned is to be notified of the agreed affiliation. It may be worth individuals considering formalising the affiliation through formation PD branches to enable participation in Army level inter unit events throughout the remaining season.

4. Entries. Unit Squash Officers are requested to complete the returns at Annex A and forward to the RESRC Secretary, Maj PE Marsh RE by CoP 27 Oct 17. All entry fees for both teams and individuals will be collected at the event to avoid delayed cheques or failure to pay. The RESRC Treasurer is to provide a cashbox and receipt capability. Fees for the event are as follows:
a. Male Individual Open Competition. £7.00 per player (including all plate competitions).
b. Female Individual Open Competition. £7.00 per player (including all plate competitions).
c. Veteran’s Open Competition. £6.00 per player (including all plate competitions).
d. Under 25’s Competition. £2.00 per player (this is a knockout event).
e. Inter-Unit Competition. £30 per team entered.

It should be noted that entry fees provide: extensive prizes for all competitions; hot and cold refreshments; daily light lunch and consumable equipment throughout the competition. All these costs enhance the experience and support to the participants, ensure individuals are not making a personal contribution and ensure public funds are not expended for these activities. Unit fund managers are requested to support entry fees where possible.

5. Reporting. All players are to report to the 1 RSME Squash Courts no later than 0830hrs Tue 31 Oct 2017 for a competition briefing. At least one unit representative should be in attendance as a minimum. Play will commence immediately following this briefing so prompt arrival is paramount.

6. Duty Status. All serving personnel are to have their personal details and attendance published on unit part one orders prior to attending the event. This will ensure the appropriate ‘on duty’ status is endorsed. Non serving attendees are to ensure they have sufficient personal and liability insurance.

7. Adaptive Sports. Where access to squash compliments the rehabilitation of individuals who are wounded, injured or sick, be that to assist with a return to an active lifestyle or support the transition to civilian life their attendance is welcomed. Players who register with additional needs will be embedded alongside able bodied players and appropriate handicap systems will be introduced to ensure participation is conducted on equal terms wherever possible.

8. Scoring. The Corps event will follow the new format of scoring, best of 5 games under England Squash Rules which is PAR 11. Any players not familiar with this scoring should contact the undersigned or alternatively go onto the England Squash website for a complete set of rules.

9. Trophies. There will be prizes awarded this year in keeping with tradition. All trophy winners from the 2016 competition are to return their trophies prior to the event ensuring that engraving has been completed. All engraving fees will be reimbursed by the Corps Squash Treasurer on production of a receipt.

10. Accommodation. Accommodation bookings are the responsibility of unit representatives and should be submitted directly to Holdfast using the application at Annex B to the following POC rsme.ssd@hts.army.mod.uk. Teams should be aware that accommodation is tight and RSME cannot guarantee Mess status for all Officers and SNCOs.

11. Authority for Travel. All personnel are to travel under their respective unit travel and subsistence budgets. Where possible, units should endeavour to utilise minibuses and collective travel arrangements.

12. Unit Squash Officers. Unit Squash Officers are kindly asked to sponsor this event as they have in previous years. It is accepted that we as a Corps are remarkably busy at the moment but this event has gained momentum and support in recent years resulting in a significant increase in Corps squash ability. This is the only opportunity available annually, so must be supported to ensure the Corps continues to succeed.

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