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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2016 S.A. INTERPROVINCIAL JARVIS/KAPLAN CUP RULES

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Jarvis/Kaplan Cup
The inter-provincial tournament, which shall be known as the Jarvis Cup (A Section) for men incorporating the XXV Trophy (B Section), Banana Bowl (C Section) and the D Section,  the Kaplan Cup (A Section) for women, incorporating the Ransome Trophy (B Section) hereafter referred to as “the Tournament” shall be held each year during the second week of July.  The precise dates upon which the Tournament will be held will be determined by the National Convention.
2. Venue
The Tournament will be hosted by an affiliated (Provincial) Association in the following rotation:  
2011 Border, 2012 Northerns, 2013 Eastern Province, 2014 Western Province, 2015 SACD, 2016 Midlands, 2017 Easterns, 2018 Gauteng, 2019 KwaZulu Natal, 2020 Border, 2121 Northerns, 2022 Eastern Province, 2023 Western Province, carrying on in this order unless a particular Province would rather not hold the event then a decision will be taken as to where they fit back in or move other provinces forward.  (NB Easterns, Midlands and SACD are relatively new provinces in the rotation and should be included if they wish to host the Jarvis Kaplan event.)
3. Tournament
3.1 Sections      :The Tournament shall be divided into sections as follows:
Jarvis Cup
A, B, C and D sections with 6 teams in each section:  in certain circumstances and should there be a demand, the B, C and D section may comprise 8 teams and be played in the pool system.  Sections A, B, C and D will be played in the Round Robin format seeded, and the draw done by Squash SA.
Kaplan Cup
A section with 6 teams; B section in descending order in round robin (or pool system if the number of teams is 8 or 10).
3.2 Each year the teams which constitute each of the sections of the Tournament shall be the same as the preceding year except –
a. Where the automatic promotion/relegation rule results in the winning team of the section below being promoted to a higher section and the team coming last in that higher section being relegated provided there are 6 teams in the A section. 
or
b. Where a Province by notice in writing informs Squash SA by the 31 March of that year, that it no longer wishes to enter one or more teams
or
c. Where a Province by notice in writing informs Squash SA by the 31 March of that year that based on their objective assessment they are of the opinion that their team or teams will not be strong enough to compete in that section and therefore request to play in the lower section/s.
or
d. Where a Province by notice in writing informs Squash SA by the 31 March of that year, that based on their objective assessment and supported by factual motivation that they are of the opinion that their team or teams will be strong enough to compete in the higher section/s.
e. The Squash South Africa selectors will make the decision on c and d above with the Exco ratifying the decision.
3.2.1 If the automatic promotion/relegation rule results in contravention of 8.1, Squash SA will at its discretion
a. Invite lower placed teams to be promoted.
b. Request the lower ranked team of that province to move down a section.
or
c. Any other suitable request to maintain the standard of the sections in the spirit of the Tournament.
3.3 In the event of an Invitation side competing in any of the said sections, provided that such Invitation side consists entirely of overseas players or a team at the discretion of the Exco, the points awarded to and against such team shall be taken into account.  However, such Invitation side may not qualify as the winner of any section, and gain promotion and the trophy shall be awarded to the affiliate (Provincial) Association team with the highest aggregate points in that section.
4. Squash SA
4.1 The Tournament is, and at all times shall, remain the property of Squash SA, arranged and played under the auspices of Squash SA, notwithstanding that the actual running thereof is done each year by a Provincial Association, affiliate or other duly authorised organisation, agent or individual, on behalf of Squash SA.
4.2 Once the court allocation and the schedule has been completed by the host province, it must be submitted to Squash SA for approval before the information is printed.
5. Notification by Squash SA
5.1 On 1st February each year Squash SA shall write to each of the provinces entitled to participate in that year’s Tournament advising them of the number of teams that each province is entitled to enter and the sections in which they are entitled to play, having regard to the automatic promotion/relegation rule.
5.2 A copy of this notification is to be sent to the host province.


6. Replies by Provinces
6.1 Each province, which is entitled to enter teams in the Tournament shall, in writing, reply to Squash SA not later than 31st March as to whether it wishes to take up its entitlement or add another team/s.
6.2 Failure to reply by 31st March will result in forfeiture by that province of its entitlements in that year’s Tournament.
7. Team Order
7.1 Team orders shall be submitted to Squash SA by the participating province or affiliate 14 days prior to the start of the event.
7.2 A province shall nominate 5 players per side followed by the available reserves in their correct order in relation to the respective teams.
7.2.1 Should a player withdraw from a side then all players shall move up.
7.3 A province with two teams in any one section may split strength.
 7.3.1 :  A Province with two teams in a section playing in ladder order i.e.:  A Team 1 – 5, B 6         – 10, then player 6 moves into the A Team at number 5 in the event of any of 1 – 5 sitting out.  11 would move into number 5 in the B Team.  If the province decides to split strength then the province is required to have 2 reserves 11 and 12 and either may move into A Team or B Team, however, once a reserve has played in one team they may not play in the other team.
Ladder order
1   1
2   2
3   3
4 sits out  5
5   6
7
8
9   10
11 reserve   

Split Strength
1, 3, 5, 7, 9 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
Reserves 11, 12
11 or 12 can move into either team but once having represented the A Team may not play in the B Team and vice-versa.
7.4 All participating provincial leagues and tournament results must be submitted to Squash SA by 11th June in order that an up-to-date ranking can be generated and made available for the purposes of ranking players and seeding teams.
7.5 The latest national ranking relative to the tournament dates for the top 20 men and women will be used and Squash SA will change team orders accordingly.
7.6 A Province, which includes an overseas player in their team, must furnish Squash SA in writing with results, which justify that player’s position in the team.  Failing this, the selectors of Squash SA shall in consultation with the office, place the overseas player.
7.7 Team orders will be circulated to the provinces 7 days prior to the start of Jarvis/Kaplan Cup.
7.7.1 Any objections to this order must be sent with the relevant head-on-head results and motivation to Squash SA in writing within 48 hours.
7.7.2 Squash SA will then make a decision and circulate the provincial order to the provinces and to the organising province.
7.8. If any province is disputing/querying anything prior to Jarvis/Kaplan, then if there is a   selector on the panel which represents that Province they must recuse themselves.
7.9 Once a decision has been made by the Selection Panel/Committee and ratified by Exco, this issue can not  be disputed and brought to the Dispute Committee at Jarvis/Kaplan.

8. Composition of Sections
8.1 No province shall be entitled to field more than two teams in any one section.
8.2 No province shall be entitled to field more than four teams in either the men’s or women’s sections.
9. Travel and Accommodation Costs
9.1 The travelling costs, the costs of accommodation and meals for the players who participate in the Tournament, may be borne by the Provincial Body whom the player represents.
9.2 Each province must include in their budget the travel and accommodation costs for 2 referees (1 male and 1 female).
10. Tournament Costs
10.1 The host province shall be responsible for all costs of running the Tournament.
10.2 In order to meet such expenditure, the host province shall be entitled to levy each Provincial Association with an amount, which shall be determined by the Executive Committee of Squash SA, after consultation with the host province concerned.
10.2.1 A detailed Income and Expenditure Budget must be submitted to the Executive Committee before the consultation.
10.3 The host province shall not be entitled to incur any expenditure outside of what is provided for in the approved budget without the prior approval of Squash SA first being obtained.

11. Order of Play
11.1 The team order will be set out as in Clause 7.
11.2 The order of the team confirmed by Squash SA in Clause 7 shall be strictly adhered to and no variation thereof shall be permitted.
11.3 Should a province have two teams in any one section, those teams shall play each other on the first day of the tournament if in the same pool.
11.4 A player shall not represent his/her association in more than one team or section on the same day.
11.5 In the event of any player not playing a particular match for any reason, then subject to 11.2, all players below him/her shall move up in accordance with the order in which they were nominated.  In this event the number 5 position shall be filled by the highest ranked available player from the next lower team, taking into consideration Rule 11.3.
11.6 It shall be considered contrary to the spirit of the Tournament for any player who is injured or ill to play a match unless, despite such injury or illness, he/she is able to and does play to a standard that can be reasonably expected of him/her and is able to complete the match.
11.7 If in the opinion of the Disputes Committee any player has breached 11.6 solely in order to defeat 11.5 then the Disputes Committee shall, after taking all relevant steps into account, decide if any penalty should be imposed in order to achieve a result that in their opinion would be fair.
11.8 A team may play short, forfeiting position number 5 if said team was unable to draw on reserves from below as scheduled ties had been completed.  A doctor’s certificate must be produced and notification must be given to the Tournament Convenor and the opposing team before completion of the scheduled tie.
11.9 The order of play shall be 3, 4, 5, 2, 1.  The playing order may be drawn at the Captain’s meeting on prior approval by Squash SA in order to make matches more entertaining.
11.10 If the playing order is drawn the following will apply:
The number 1 player does not play in the first or the last match of the fixture;
The number 5 player shall not play the last match of the fixture.
11.11 In the event of a pool system in a section then:  
a. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 Pool matches shall be played
b. Day 4 Semi-final Cross pool play-offs.
Pool A winner plays Pool B runner-up (D)
Pool A runner-up plays Pool B winner (E)
Pool A 3rd position plays Pool B 4th position (F)
Pool A 4th position plays Pool B 3rd position (G)
c. Day 5 Positional Play-offs
Winner of Section Winning team of match between Winner D/Winner E
Runner-up in Section Losing team of match between Winner D/Winner E
3rd position Winning team of match between Loser D/Loser E
4th position Losing team between Loser D/Loser E
5th position Winning team between Winner F/Winner G
6th position Losing team between Winner F/Winner G
7th position Winning team between Loser F/Loser G
8th position Losing team between Loser F/Loser G

12. Captains’ Meeting
12.1 During the afternoon of the day preceding the start of the Tournament, the Tournament Committee of the host province shall convene a meeting of the captains and managers of all teams competing in the Tournament, which meeting shall be known as the “Captains’ Meeting”.
12.2 Notice of precise time and venue of the Captains meeting shall be:
a. Sent to the Chairperson of the invited provinces at least one week prior to the commencement of the Tournament.
b. Posted at the hotel at which participants will be staying during the Tournament week.
12.3 The following matters shall be attended to at the Captains’ Meeting:
a. The distribution of score sheets, result cards, balls, handbooks and other handouts
b. The team order as stipulated by Squash SA as per Rule 7.
c. The election of a Disputes Committee.
d. The giving of notice of the venue and precise times for the taking of team photographs.
e. The notification of a tournament referee at each of the several venues at which matches are to be played.
f. Any other matter as may be necessary for the smooth and successful running of the tournament.
12.4 The Tournament Convenor, after consultation with Squash South Africa, may confirm the final team order from the nominated list of players submitted to him/her by 16h00 on the afternoon of the scheduled Captains’ Meeting.

13.  Disputes Committee
13.1 The Disputes Committee shall consist of 5 persons, who shall be elected from the following:
a. Captains, members or managers present at the meeting;
b. A province may only have 1 representative on the Committee;
c. At least 1 member shall be a woman;
d. The Tournament Referee shall be the convenor.
13.2 The Dispute Committee shall consider and decide upon any dispute or issue arising out of or connected with the playing or which is referred to it for a decision.
13.3 If any dispute or issue referred to the Disputes Committee relates to a team from the same province as a member of the Dispute Committee, then that member shall recuse him/herself and the remaining member or members shall co-opt one or two persons (as the case may be) who shall then act as members of the Disputes Committee for the purpose of deciding that particular dispute or issue.
13.4 The Disputes Committee shall not give a ruling or decision on any dispute or issue without first giving the captains and the managers of the teams involved an opportunity to make representations.
13.5 If it is necessary in order to arrive at a fair decision the Disputes Committee shall also hear the views of any player, marker or referee who is directly involved in the dispute or issue.
13.6 If there is no specific rule or bylaw directly applicable to the dispute or issue which is referred to it, the Disputes Committee shall base its decision on principles of fairness in accordance with the spirit of the game and the Tournament.
13.7 The responsibilities of the Tournament Director are:
a. To ensure that all facilities are in good order – both playing and change-rooms.
b. To ensure that all necessary equipment e.g. Balls, score sheets, pencils, result cards are distributed and collected.
13.8 The responsibilities of the Tournament Referee are:
a. To be convenor of the Disputes Committee.
b. To ensure that all matches start on time and to use his/her discretion in imposing the necessary penalty award.
c. To adjudicate any disputes regarding marking and refereeing.
d. To adjudicate any violations of rule 17 of the WSF Rules.
e. To report to Squash SA any on/off court disciplinary matters.

14. Scoring System
14.1 Jarvis Cup/Kaplan Cup  – round robin.
For the Round Robin system 14.2 ,14.3, 14.4, 14.5,  apply
14.2 The winner of each individual game shall be awarded one point (called a game point) and the team winning the most matches shall be deemed to be the winner of the tie and shall be awarded five bonus points i.e. a team winning with score 3/2, 3/2, 1/3, 1/3, 3/1 will earn 11 game points plus five bonus points i.e. 16 points while the losing team will earn 11 points.  
14.3 The team winning the most ties will be deemed the winner.
14.4 In the event of two teams having the highest aggregate of points in the same section, then the team that won between the two tied teams will be deemed the winner.
14.5 If more than two teams are tied on points, the team with the most number of game points won will be deemed the winner.
14.6 Jarvis Cup/Kaplan Cup: Crossover play-offs and final if the event is played in pools.
The scoring as in 14.2.
14.7 In each pool the team winning the most ties in the round robin will be deemed to be the winner.
14.8 In the event of two teams having the highest aggregate of points in the same section with ties even then the team which won between the two tied teams will be deemed the winner.
14.9 If more than two teams are tied on points, the team with the most number of game points won will be deemed the winner.
14.10 For the cross over play-offs and the final position final play-off refer to 11.11.b and 11.11.c
15. Jarvis Cup/Kaplan Awards Dinner
15.1 The Tournament Committee shall organise an Awards Dinner to be held on the last day of the Tournament.
15.2 At the Awards Dinner
a. The relevant trophies shall be presented to the captains of each of the winning teams in each section.
b. A team consisting of 5 players – the best players in positions 1 to 5 – from the Jarvis Cup i.e. A section and from the Kaplan Cup i.e. A section, other than the winning teams, shall be announced.  (These teams shall be selected by a selection committee of 3, who shall be those National selectors present at the Tournament.  Should the National selectors not be present, then those present shall co-opt one or two members as the case may be, to constitute a committee of three.  If no National selectors are present at the Tournament then the Disputes Committee shall nominate three persons to act as a selection committee.
c. The Tournament shall be entitled to present and award to:
i. The most promising young female player (the Lisa O’Grady Trophy);
ii. The most promising young male player (the Greg Hammond Award);
iii. The most improved male player (the Lance Sibbald Trophy);
iv. The most improved female player (the Glenda Erasmus trophy);
v. A recipient of the Seccie de Villiers Award;
vi. A recipient of the Clifton-Parks Award;
vii. A recipient of the Gary Thomson Award;
viii. The most organised province;
ix. Former President’s Award.
16. Eligibility
16.1 Only one non-South African player per province will be permitted for the Jarvis Cup and only one non-South African player per province for the Kaplan Cup (See Note 1).
16.2 A player may not represent more than one provincial association in one season.  (This applies to Juniors, Seniors and Masters).
16.2.1 No residential qualifications is necessary, but players must opt by 1st March to play for a province.  This must be submitted in writing to Squash SA and signed by the respective Provincial Chairperson.  Players, who have completed transfer forms to move to a province, do not have to repeat and will be deemed to represent that province until such time as another form is completed.
16.2.2 Once a player has played for a province they need to complete a transfer form as in 16.2.1 if they wish to represent another province.  In this way both provinces are aware of movement of players in and out of their respective provinces.
16.2.2 SA Citizens and permanent residents who have:
Gone overseas specifically to obtain a world ranking and are members of PSA or WISPA
Or
Who are engaged in coaching or league activities must demonstrate proof of 
i. PSA or WISPA membership;
ii. Active participation in league/tournament/coaching activities such as to satisfy the Exco that their participation will enhance Jarvis/Kaplan Cup.
16.2.3 Players (SA Citizens or non-South African players) playing overseas wanting to play for a different province other than that for which they played previously, must apply by 1st March for a transfer.
16.2.4 Each province shall impose its own criteria as regards eligibility which shall be submitted to Squash South Africa annually before the 1 March in respect of league participation to qualify playing for that province.
16.2.5 All players selected for the Tournament must have written and passed the Level 2 Marking and Refereeing examination every two years.
16.2.6 All players selected must also satisfy any other criteria as laid down by Squash SA.
16.2.7 Should a province wish to select a player under the age of 18, they must apply in writing to Squash South Africa motivating the selection and providing the name of the designated person, preferably of the same gender, who shall chaperone.
Notwithstanding anything else herein, Squash SA may consider requests for variances to the rules at its discretion.
Note 1
A player is considered to be a South African player if he/she is the holder of a South African passport and has a South African identity document or has permanent residency in South Africa and is eligible to represent South Africa in international competition.  (Proof of permanent residence citizenship may be requested).

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