Division III Women’s Team Squash Rankings – February 12, 2012

February 18, 2012

Here is the second published ranking for Division III Women’s Squash Teams (click here for the CSA combined Division I and III rankings).  Click here to read the rational for publishing a separate ranking for squash-playing Division III schools. Bates dropping to #2 from #3 is the main change.

  1. Trinity College
  2. Middlebury College
  3. Bates College
  4. Williams College
  5. Mount Holyoke College
  6. Hamilton College
  7. Franklin and Marshall College
  8. Bowdoin College
  9. Amherst College
  10. Wesleyan University
  11. Colby College
  12. Connecticut College
  13. Tufts University
  14. Wellesley College
  15. William Smith College
  16. Smith College
  17. Vassar College
  18. St. Lawrence University
  19. Haverford College
  20. Johns Hopkins University
  21. Rochester, University of

Division III Women’s Team Squash Rankings – February 9, 2012

February 10, 2012

One of the guiding principles of sport “fairplay” is the concept of a “level playing field” – in other words, participants who compete against each other should have access to similar resources and play under similar rules – including rules related to eligibility, recruiting, and access to coaches and training resources (e.g., strength & conditioning coach).

Although theoretically desirable, a level playing field is not always entirely possible.  A very good example of this is U.S. college squash where a number of inequities affect a college’s national ranking.  The most obvious inequity is that there is almost a perfect correlation between academic ranking (e.g., U.S. News College Rankings) and squash ranking(some exceptions), in other words, the best academic schools attract the best high school squash players – perhaps more so than for other college sports, as the use of squash to get into a highly rated college or university is well documented.  This provides an unfair recruiting advantage to the Division I schools, particularly the Ivy League Schools.  Read the rest of this entry »