by Ted Gross
February 11, 2013
US Squash on Thursday made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the US High School Championships, a mammoth three-day event involving nearly 1,500 players, in light of the impending weekend storm.
Near the end of the official US Squash statement, however, is a passage which comes across as ham-handed and offensive.
After broaching the topic of possibly rescheduling the tournament later this winter, US Squash notes that if this cannot be achieved, “we will then evaluate the potential for full or partial refunds of entry fees and also communicate a decision with regard to finances to the coaches and school administrations at the earliest possible time.”
You have got to be kidding.
It is shocking that the Association would even consider not refunding all entry fees paid by all the schools, in full. The schools entered their teams and paid the applicable fees into the tournament in good faith, in the hope of enhancing the athletic, cultural and educational experience of their student-athletes.
But then the event got canceled, which happens.
For US Squash there is only one course of action: You open your checkbook, and you give everyone their money back.