Squash SA Referee Ratification

The Squash SA Refereeing Sub-Committee has spent the last 14 months taking the Squash SA referees through a ratification process to better align South African Refereeing with World standards and to update the Squash SA Referees list. The new Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) Programme came into effect in January 2016 and all current referees had 12 months to comply with the new standards of the programme via transitional arrangements that were put into place. New Referees were also taken through this new programme.

The Refereeing Sub-Committee is pleased to announce the new list of Referees along with their qualification levels as follows:

Referee list summary Mar 2017The Refereeing Sub-Committee requests the Squash SA Executive to confirm the above appointments so that certificates can be issued for the first 3-year cycle to 29 February 2020. All Referees will be required to renew their qualifications based on the requirements of the CBTA every 3 years.

Moving Forward

The Refereeing Sub-Committee recognizes that the structure is a little top-heavy and our goal moving forward will be to recruit more Club Referees across the country initially, with a view to identifying any talented individuals to progress to Provincial level and beyond. Ultimately, we will be looking to have at least one Provincial/Tournament Referee in each Province to help train up more Club Referees and assist with the talent identification process.

Madibaz reclaim super league squash title

NMMU overcame chief rivals Londt Park 16-9 in a gruelling battle in the final round to reclaim the men’s Super League squash title at Londt Park last week.

The varsity side have dominated the top division in Eastern Province squash in recent years, having won the men’s first league title five years in a row and the league crown from 2012 to 2015.

The NMMU squash team which won the Eastern Province Super League men’s title last week is (from the left) Johan Thiel, Gershwin Forbes, Brendan Bassett and Jason le Roux. The fifth member was Grant Greyling. Photo: Fabian Smith

The NMMU squash team which won the Eastern Province Super League men’s title last week is (from the left) Johan Thiel, Gershwin Forbes, Brendan Bassett and Jason le Roux. The fifth member was Grant Greyling. Photo: Fabian Smith

Last year, they conceded the league title to Londt Park and player-coach Jason le Roux said they were delighted to annex it for the fifth time this year.

Le Roux, who plays at number one for the team, said they had set themselves the goal of continuing the tradition of success NMMU squash had achieved in the last few years.

“We had two new players in the squad in Grant Greyling and Gershwin Forbes and we told them we were all under pressure to maintain our level of success,” he said. Continue reading

WSF MEMBER INFORMATION – MARCH 2017

WSF COMMISSIONS

New WSF Commissions are being formulated, as Member Nations will have read from the direct notification and in the March/April WSF Instant Update. They cover the full set of activities that fall within the WSF remit.

The WSF Board will finalise the composition of them all at the Board meeting on 29 April.

A reminder of the new commissions, unifying the previous mixture of committees and commissions and ensuring full focus on all areas:

WSF COMMISSIONS 2017:

ANTI-DOPING MAJOR GAMES (New – split from Olympics) 
ATHLETES MASTERS (Was a Sub-Committee) 
AUDIT & FINANCE (New)  MEDICAL
CHAMPIONSHIPS OLYMPIC GAMES
COACHING PARA-SQUASH
COMMERCIAL REFEREE EDUCATION & TRAINING

(Referees split into two)

COURTS & EQUIPMENT (Was Technical)  REFEREE MANAGEMENT

(Referees split into two)

DEVELOPMENT  (New – split from Coaching) RULES
DISCIPLINARY & APPEALS SQUASH 57 (New)
ETHICS (New)

WOMEN’S TIN HEIGHT

Following on from the PSA moving to a 17” tin for all $25,000+ events and accepting it for lower prize band events too, the WSF Championships Committee has reviewed the situation for our Championships. This resulted in them unanimously recommending to the WSF Board that for the World Games this year and for Women’s Championships 2018 and other events held under our auspices (e.g. multi-sports championships), we should use a 17” tin too.

This recommendation was accepted by the WSF Board.

This means that the Commonwealth, Asian and PanAm Games will be asked to use a 17” tin for women’s singles events, and Regions may consider aligning for future senior Regional Championships too, after notice has been given by Regions to nations so that their players are prepared.

The tins for Junior and Masters Events would remain at 19” height, as this alteration is only applicable for Women’s events.

WSF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

The only WSF World Championship that remains available before 2020 – for which tenders close on 31 December this year – is the WSF World Junior Championships 2019. It features both Men’s & Women’s Junior Individual events and the Men’s Junior Team Championship. Any National Federation wanting more information about the hosting opportunity should contact the WSF office. Continue reading

New service provider for registration process

To all squash players

Squash South Africa has entered into an agreement with SportyHQ, a sports management platform in providing membership management, live rankings, league platforms, tournament platform as well as other club services. SportyHQ is currently being utilised by Tennis South Africa and we believe the services they are offering adds value to our squash communities nationwide. Continue reading

New Professional Squash Event set to make its mark

Johannesburg, South Africa
Bull Ring Squash Events is pleased to announce that the inaugural Bull Ring Open Squash Championships will be taking place from 1st to 6th May 2017. Hosted at the exclusive Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg the event boasts prize money and prizes worth R300,000 making it the biggest Open Squash Tournament in Southern Africa.

Squash SA

The event is registered on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour for both Men and Women to showcase South Africa’s top professional squash players competing against their international counterparts.

But there is also plenty of opportunity for squash players of all Continue reading