The World Masters Squash Championships event consists of 10 men’s age divisions and 9 women’s age divisions. The men’s divisions are 35-39 yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49 yrs, 50-54 yrs, 55-59 yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69 yrs, 70-74 yrs, 75-79 yrs, and 80+ yrs. Women’s divisions are the same, but without an 80+ tournament. Women’s divisions are guaranteed not to start until July 31 at the earliest. To enter a division, you must meet the minimum age requirement for that division on the first day of the competition. All of the rules and regulations governing entry can be read here.
The closing date for entry is June 15th. The scheduling of matches is expected to be finalized and published at some point between Monday June 25th and Friday June 29th. Until that date it is not possible to give a 100% commitment to start dates for each division, but the following is meant as a guideline, and I emphasize the word “guideline” here!
1. Men’s divisions with more than 64 players entered will almost certainly start July 29.
2. Men’s divisions with 33 to 64 players entered will likely start July 30.
3. Divisions with an entry of 16 players or less may be organized in a round robin format, and therefore could require two matches per day.
4. Women’s divisions with 33 to 64 players entered will almost certainly start July 31.
5. Women’s divisions with 17 to 32 players entered will likely start August 1.
6. No matter what date a divisions starts, the intention is to play all semi-finals of all divisions on Friday August 3, and the finals of all divisions on Saturday August 4.
7. With Consolation rounds, plates, and play-off matches, we hope to keep as many participants competing for as long as possible. All players are guaranteed three matches, but we hope the majority will end up with 4 or 5.
8. Our intention is to schedule all divisions ending in “zero” (so 40+, 50+, etc) for matches in the afternoon/second session of play each day.
9. Our intention is to schedule all divisions ending in “five” (so 35+, 45+, etc) for matches in the morning/first session of play each day.
10. All participants should be fully prepared to play matches at the two alternate venues. Approximately 20% of the total tournament matches will not be at McArthur Squash Center, and the plan is to rotate divisions through the secondary venue of St. Anne’s. Some plate matches may be played at the third venue, North Grounds.
The world masters squash championships is a world championship’s and as a result some of the world’s very best age group players compete, and there are no B divisions. However, it’s not just a tournament for the experts. All players are guaranteed three matches, and the majority will get four or more. With plates, consolation rounds, and play-off matches, all competitors will end up with a match or two against someone of their own playing level, and amateur club players make up the majority of the total entry.