Awards Criteria

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SKILLMAN AWARD
Senior Sportsmanship

Criteria: The Skillman Award is given annually to a senior men’s squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire college career. The candidate shall be evaluated in the following areas:

  • On-court poise and demeanor
  • Skill level and ability in the game of squash
  • Team play
  • Contributions to intercollegiate squash
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation with players, coaches, and tournament officials


Procedures: 
Each coach is invited to nominate a player through a form provided to all coaches. Coaches should respond with nominations and any supporting material, which should not exceed three paragraphs in length. Once nominations close, the Board of Directors will decide upon three (3) finalists, who will be posted on the CSA website along with a summary of each nominee’s accomplishments.

The Board of Directors will select the winner of the award, which will be announced at the National Team Championships.

BARNABY AWARD
Team Improvement

Criteria: The Barnaby Award is given annually to the men’s varsity team showing the most improvement from the previous season’s record.

Procedures: Coaches will be polled for their nomination during the season. Varsity coaches then consult with their teams prior to casting the school’s single vote. The voting is conducted online and opens at the conclusion of the National Team Championships.

SLOANE AWARD
Team Sportsmanship

Criteria: The Sloane Award is given annually to the varsity team that, as judged by their peers, best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season. The team characteristics this award represents may be described in the words of former Williams coach, Clarence Chaffee: “a sense of esprit de corps, of sportsmanship, of hard but fair play, of being gracious in victory and defeat, and enjoying the camaraderie and pride of being part of a team.”

Procedures: Coaches discuss with their teams which team they feel is deserving of this award. Coaches will be polled for their nominations. Voting is conducted online and the award is usually presented at the National Team Championships.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Criteria: This award recognizes those rare individuals who have contributed throughout their career to college squash as a whole and who have dedicated a career to the sport.

Procedures: Nominations for the award should be sent to admin@csasquash.com, and are evaluated by the Board of Directors.

HALL OF FAME

Criteria: Induction into the College Squash Hall of Fame is an honor reserved for the top players and coaches at the collegiate level.

Players: Hall of Fame awards are given for overall excellence exhibited during an individual’s college career, usually (but not necessarily) including at least one win of the collegiate individual championships. Inductees also usually have continuing presence in and commitment to squash following their college career. Players must be ten years beyond graduation to be considered.

Coaches: Hall of Fame awards are given to coaches who have left a signature imprint on the college game and who usually coached at least ten years. The award is typically given after individuals retire from coaching.

Friends of College Squash: Hall of Fame awards are given to individuals who have made a significant impact on the college game as promoters, sponsors, or in other roles.

Procedures: Hall of Fame awards are recommended by the Awards Committee and decided on by the Board of Directors.

CSA SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD AND ACADEMIC RECOGNITION AWARD

Criteria: Each year, the College Squash Association recognizes its players who have exemplified the definition of a scholar athlete.

For varsity teams (Scholar Athlete Award), the following criteria must be met:

  • Two-time varsity letter winner at the school he is currently attending
  • Has a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • Junior or senior
  • Enrolled at his present school for one full year prior to the present term
  • Played a top-10 ladder position for the majority of scheduled CSA sanctioned matches during the season

For club teams (Academic Recognition Award), the following criteria must be met:

  • Two appearances at the National Team Championships
  • Has a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • Junior or senior
  • Enrolled at his present school for one full year prior to the present term
  • Played a top-10 ladder position for the majority of scheduled CSA sanctioned matches during the season

Procedures: Coaches determine the eligibility of their players and submit the the applications to admin@csasquash.com by February 10. Applications are reviewed by the CSA to determine eligibility for the award, and scholar athletes are announced around the time of the Team Championships.

 

MEN’S ALL-AMERICANS

Criteria: All men’s and women’s players must compete in at least 50% of their team’s matches and compete in the Individual Championships in order to be considered for All-American status.

First Team All-American: Players who meet any of the following criteria will be awarded First Team All-American status:

  • Ranked 1-4 in the final regular season individual rankings
  • Top-10 finish at the Individual Championships

Second Team All-American: Players who meet any of the following criteria will be awarded Second Team All-American status:

  • Ranked 5-10 in the final regular season individual rankings
  • Finished 11–16 at the Individual Championships
  • Winners of each of the four Molloy division draws at the Individual Championships

Players who meet the qualifications for both the First and Second Teams will be named to the First Team All-American squad.

HARDSHIP WAIVER

Hardship Waiver: The CSA Board of Directors may approve a hardship waiver for injury, illness, or the death of a family member that prevents a player from participating in the Individual Championships if he or she would otherwise have been ranked in the top twenty. If the committee does not approve a hardship waiver, Honorable Mention All-American status can be awarded to such players if deemed appropriate. Information on injuries and illnesses preventing athletes from participating must be brought to the attention of the CSA by the head coach of the individual. No appeals from players or parents will be accepted.

Below is the protocol for applying for a hardship waiver:

  1. A letter from the player’s coach explaining the injury, illness, or death of a family member that prevented him or her from competing in the Individual Championships. An accompanying letter from the player’s doctor documenting the medical problem should be included in cases of injury or illness.
  2. This information must be emailed to admin@csasquash.com by the first Wednesday after the completion of the Individual Championships.

BETTY RICHEY AWARD 
Player and Sportswoman of the Year

Criteria: Candidates are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • On-court poise and demeanor
  • Skill level and ability
  • Team play
  • Contributions to intercollegiate squash
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation with players, coaches, and tournament officials


Procedures: 
The CSA solicits nominations for the Betty Richey Award by email. Teams may not nominate players from their own college or university. Nominations close on February 1, and the Board of Directors then select no more than three candidates for the award.

Notification of these candidates and a summary of each nominee’s accomplishments is then posted on the CSA website prior to National Team Championships.

Each varsity team has two votes: the head coach’s vote and the team’s vote. The head coach and captain(s) should consult with their team prior to casting their votes. The voting is conducted online and opens a few days prior to the National Team Championships. It closes on Friday at 11:59:59 PM EST of the National Team Championships weekend. In the event of a tie, a run-off vote between the candidates will be held the following day.

The award is usually presented to the winner at the National Team Championships.

CLARENCE C. CHAFFEE AWARD 
Team Sportsmanship

Criteria: The Chaffee Award is for the women’s varsity squash team and coach who best represent the ideals around which Clarence Chaffee built his teams. Teams are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Sportsmanship
  • Teamwork
  • Character/Friendliness
  • Work Ethic
  • Improvement

Procedures: Coaches discuss with their team which team they feel is deserving of this award.

The CSA solicits nominations for the Chaffee Award. Coaches then consult with their teams prior to casting their school’s single vote. The voting is conducted online and opens a few days prior to the National Team Championships. It  closes on Friday at 11:59:59 PM EST of the National Team Championships weekend. The award is usually presented at the National Team Championships.

MOST IMPROVED TEAM AWARD

Criteria: The Most Improved Team Award is given annually to the women’s varsity team showing the most improvement from the previous season’s record.

Procedures: Coaches will be polled for their nomination during the season. Varsity coaches then consult with their teams prior to casting the school’s single vote. The voting is conducted online and opens at the conclusion of the National Team Championships.

ANN WETZEL AWARD
Best Senior Player to Learn Squash in College

Criteria: To be eligible for this award, candidates may not have played squash prior to their experience at their collegiate institution. The individual who wins must show:

  • Outstanding growth technically as a player
  • A sound understanding of the rules of squash
  • Positive on-court poise and demeanor

Procedures: Players are nominated by their varsity coaches. The coach and the varsity player must certify that the player has not played squash prior to starting college.  The varsity player’s nomination will be published on the CSA website prior to the National Team Championships to confirm their eligibility. The Board of Directors selects the winner.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Criteria: This award recognizes those rare individuals who have contributed throughout their career to college squash as a whole and who have dedicated a career to the sport.

Procedures: Nominations for the award should be sent to admin@csasquash.com, and are evaluated by the Board of Directors.

HALL OF FAME

Criteria: Induction into the College Squash Hall of Fame is an honor reserved for the top players and coaches at the collegiate level.

Players: Hall of Fame awards are given for overall excellence exhibited during an individual’s college career, usually (but not necessarily) including at least one win of the collegiate individual championships. Inductees also usually have continuing presence in and commitment to squash following their college career. Players must be ten years beyond graduation to be considered.

Coaches: Hall of Fame awards are given to coaches who have left a signature imprint on the college game and who usually coached at least ten years. The award is typically given after individuals retire from coaching.

Friends of College Squash: Hall of Fame awards are given to individuals who have made a significant impact on the college game as promoters, sponsors, or in other roles.

Procedures: Hall of Fame awards are recommended by the Awards Committee and decided on by the Board of Directors.

CSA SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD AND ACADEMIC RECOGNITION AWARD

Criteria: Each year, the College Squash Association recognizes its players who have exemplified the definition of a scholar athlete.

For varsity teams (Scholar Athlete Award), the following criteria must be met:

  • Two-time varsity letter winner at the school he is currently attending
  • Has a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • Junior or senior
  • Enrolled at his present school for one full year prior to the present term
  • Played a top-10 ladder position for the majority of scheduled CSA sanctioned matches during the season

For club teams (Academic Recognition Award), the following criteria must be met:

  • Two appearances at the National Team Championships
  • Has a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above
  • Junior or senior
  • Enrolled at his present school for one full year prior to the present term
  • Played a top-10 ladder position for the majority of scheduled CSA sanctioned matches during the season

Procedures: Coaches determine the eligibility of their players and submit the the applications to admin@csasquash.com by February 10. Applications are reviewed by the CSA to determine eligibility for the award, and scholar athletes are announced around the time of the Team Championships.

 

WOMEN’S ALL-AMERICANS

Criteria: All men’s and women’s players must compete in at least 50% of their team’s matches and compete in the Individual Championships in order to be considered for All-American status.

First Team All-American: The first team All-American represents each Association’s top ten players. The players will be listed alphabetically.

Second Team All-American: The second team All-American represents each Association’s players ranked 11-20 and will be listed alphabetically.

Placement on the All-American teams is primarily based on the final individual rankings of the season (following Individual Championships). The winners of each of the four draws of the Holleran division at Individual Championships will be named Second Team All-Americans.

If warranted, the CSA may name more than 20 All-Americans.

HARDSHIP WAIVER

Hardship Waiver: The CSA Board of Directors may approve a hardship waiver for injury, illness, or the death of a family member that prevents a player from participating in the Individual Championships if he or she would otherwise have been ranked in the top twenty. If the committee does not approve a hardship waiver, Honorable Mention All-American status can be awarded to such players if deemed appropriate. Information on injuries and illnesses preventing athletes from participating must be brought to the attention of the CSA by the head coach of the individual. No appeals from players or parents will be accepted.

Below is the protocol for applying for a hardship waiver:

  1. A letter from the player’s coach explaining the injury, illness, or death of a family member that prevented him or her from competing in the Individual Championships. An accompanying letter from the player’s doctor documenting the medical problem should be included in cases of injury or illness.
  2. This information must be emailed to admin@csasquash.com by the first Wednesday after the completion of the Individual Championships.