Cape Town Hosts Successful WSF AGM

6 November 2019

The World Squash Federation Annual General Meeting took place today in Cape Town, South Africa, hosted by Squash South Africa.

The WSF Conference, which preceded the AGM, facilitated informal discussions and featured presentations to update the delegates on key initiatives – including the World Squash Officiating, a joint enterprise between the WSF and Professional Squash Association (PSA) to develop an online platform that will provide National Federations with the tools to develop refereeing in their country. The new initiative is scheduled to go live before the end of the year.

Additionally James Sandwith, from BEBRAND, presented the findings of a strategic review commissioned by WSF, with the report now available for all member nations to appraise.

The 49th Annual General Meeting, attended by representatives of 24 National Federations, saw delegates agree an amendment to the Articles of Association to reduce the risk of inappropriate leadership behaviour and to ensure that delegates in attendance at an AGM have a formal connection with their National Federations.

There were no changes to the standard Rules of Squash. However, the Rules of Squash 57 were updated, adding an extra ball rebound resilience at 33 degrees C that will help to ensure that the differential between blue and black balls – and their range of bounce – will be more uniform across the brands that are WSF-approved.

The WSF Championship Regulations were updated with respect to player eligibility, the use of random draws and a new timeline and procedure for seeding juniors.

The WSF Forward Plan and budget were also received and endorsed. There were no elections this year.

In his closing statement, WSF President Jacques Fontaine (pictured above, seated centre, with delegates at the AGM) said: “Next year should be a year where we will see strategic initiatives that will lead the sport, as well as enhancing the WSF’s relationship with the PSA: This in order to give new horizons and directions for the future of our sport.

“Furthermore, we thank Squash South Africa for their superb hosting of our AGM.”

Individual Registration 2020

14th October 2019

All Provincial, Associate Members, Clubs and School Chairpersons and Players

Individual Registration 2020

Dear All

A sincere thank you to those who completed the Registration questionnaire and sent it back to Squash South Africa. Of those who replied all were in favour of a 100% registration in 2020 for the Growthpoint Interprovincial and SACD/Festival, as well as Junior IPT’s and Masters IPT’s.

The 2019 registrations enabled Squash South Africa to do the following:

Affiliation to WSF (If we did not affiliate, none of our players can play Internationally.) R 100 000,00
Affiliation to SFA R     1 500,00
SA Nationals Prizemoney R 120 000,00
PSA Fees for players R   35 000,00
WSF World Doubles (JP Brits and Christo Potgieter won a bronze medal) R   34 000,00
Junior team to WSF World Junior Championships R   95 000,00
WSF Mens World championships (Draft Budget) – Dec 2019 R 320 000,00
WSF AGM/Conference R   28 000,00
Total R 733 500,00

As stated in 2015, all the funding raised by the individual Registration Scheme has been used for the benefit of the players.

In 2020 additional events will be the World Masters in Poland as well as the World Universities Championships. Squash South Africa has made contributions to both these events when there has been funding.

For 2020 there has been no increase in the cost of the Individual Registration which remains at R120.00 for ALL junior, senior and masters players participating in league and tournaments throughout South Africa.

The Squash SA registration is an annual registration system so all players must renew their registration each year – 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020. The registration number remains the same. Should the player not renew, the system will not capture the player’s results and players will not be eligible to play tournaments or any form of league.

Therefore: A valid registered player is one, who is in good standing i.e. the registration fee of R120 has been paid for the current year AND one must be registered to play in sanctioned tournaments and leagues.

Leagues includes: provincial, district, regional, friendly, interschool, interclub where there is an official schedule of matches: results are collated and there is usually a prizegiving at the end of the league.

Tournaments are all official sanctioned tournaments on the Squash South Africa calendar.

With tournament organisers placing their tournament and league results on Sporty HQ,

Individual entries will be validated by the system.

All provinces need to have the players’ registration number on league and tournament results.

Deadline dates:        Juniors need to be registered by 31st January 2020.

Please note: Under 11 players do not pay the fee, but Squash South Africa needs all their details.

Senior and Masters players must be registered by 31st March 2020

Five important aspects:

  • Squash South Africa is building a valuable database and can communicate directly with the players.
  • Sport, Arts and Culture and SASCOC require factual statistics regarding numbers, demographics, gender etc.
  • With actual numbers, one can provide prospective sponsors with the real activity taking place around the country.
  • Squash South Africa will have a national ranking system.
  • With the funding raised, Squash South Africa can assist more players to participate internationally.

If every player registers much more can be done regarding capacity building (coaching, refereeing, administration in all the regions: camps for junior and senior players) and Squash will only grow and the standard will flourish.             

Should any club need assistance with the bulk registration please contact Jacqui Fryer – and she will be able to assist.

Yours sincerely



Squash SA strategy workshop

Sharon Wakeford   -“Being Different. Supporting different conversations, relationships and actions” – facilitated a constructive and successful workshop with members of the Squash Executive on Saturday 12th October 2019 at the Wanderers Main Club.  Alison Burchell joined us for the session from Fiji on Zoom -despite the time difference!

Sharon started with an apt quote by Tim Cope on Journeys.

“Journeys are integral to our lives. They present testing challenges, moments of exquisite rewards and insights, and times when you are racked by self-doubt and problems. Battling it out involves confronting fears, making yourself vulnerable, aiming for something worthy and clinging onto self-belief and passion even when it seems that everything is stacked against you. In the end, a journey invariably offers us a chance to learn and grow and reach out to our dreams. I am still amazed at how things seem to work out in the most unlikely ways: it’s as if you just have to be willing to give it a go. There is always something new to be discovered, something waiting to surprise us around the next corner.

Peru’s Elias Topples Gawad to Become First South American U.S. Open Semi-Finalist

Peru’s World No.7 Diego Elias will become the first South American to appear in the semi-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after he came back from a game down to overcome World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad at Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

22-year-old Elias hadn’t beaten Gawad on the PSA Tour prior to tonight – losing all five of their previous meetings – but he played with maturity to defeat the Egyptian 4-11, 12-10, 11-7, 5-11, 11-7, earning a spot in only his second major semi-final. Continue reading

Goldfields Invitational Squash Tournament

Welkom 25 October 2019 – 27 October 2019

Northern Free State Squash Association invites you to enjoy the Goldfields Invitational Squash
Tournament. Come and enjoy competitive Squash played on quality Squash courts.

The format of the tournament will be as follows:

  • Three Sections – A, B, C division (depending on number of entries)
  • All sections consist of 5 players per team (could consist of men and woman) according to

Full details: Goldfields INV IPT Tournament 2019

Manager/Coach for the 2019 South African National men’s team

Squash South Africa is looking for a Manager/Coach for the 2019 South African National men’s team which is participating in the 2019 WSF World Men’s Team Championships to be played at the unique Squash on Fire facility in Washington , USA.
It is the first time in the 50 year old history of the event that it will be played in the USA . Continue reading