From: Harold E. Helson
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 4:34 PM
To: CRFC squash players
Subject: Squash boxed ladder

Dear squashers,

Some of you have signed up for the new squash "box ladder" at the CRFC, but this e-mail is aimed at those of you who have not heard about it yet. There's a flyer describing things on the squash board, but here's the basic idea. Whereas previously there were a number of separate ladders (Women's B, Men's D etc.), now participants will be ranked on one continuous list. Boxes are drawn around groups of about five or six players. During the course of a month you are supposed to play everyone else within your box. You get points depending on the number of games won. (And you even get a point just for showing up that's the part I like!) The scoring is simple but I won't explain it here. At the end of the month, the player with the most points (or perhaps the two players with the most points) will move up a box, and those with the least will move down a box.

I'm looking forward to trying this system for the following reasons:

1. It encourages us to play regularly. Consequently, the ladder is "dynamic" and current.

2. It gets us to play people we don't know.

3. It gets around the problem of "bottlenecks" in a ladder. A major cause of bottlenecks is individuals you can't get past because they're much too good, but don't themselves challenge up.

There is of course no reason why you can't play people outside of your box! If competitive (but friendly) squash appeals to you, I encourage you to sign up (or e-mail me), no matter what your playing level. Feel free to call or write if you have any questions. (I'm not behind this project, by the way, just assisting the club with setting it up. It's Steve Hayes' suggestion and Carl Baker's work.)