The vision of Squash South Africa, to create an online registration process for all squash players, has become a reality.
From 9 April 2015 all players will be required individually, to register on the Squash SA website.
Everyone one knows the challenges that Squash South Africa faces and will understand the benefit of this initiative when it comes to funding and developing the game of squash in South Africa. As SSA, and with the support of our provinces and affiliates, we want to ensure a clean and accurate database that can serve the game.
This will ensure ease of:
- Information to Government which includes demographics and participation statistics.
- Information to potential sponsors at the push of a button.
- Communication with players and provinces.
- A clear picture of squash in South Africa.
One can see the benefit to our players as:
- Results in both league and tournaments can now be immediately updated by smart devices to reflect current standing of players on the SA ranking and be accessed by the players and administrators for information purposes.
- All tournaments will be managed by software that also updates the system.
- Registered players will have access to various benefits from hotel accommodation to Vitality and Multiplier points received for measurable squash matches played, to mention a few.
- Registration fees will allow SSA to fund some of our national junior and senior teams to participate in world championships. The more players that register the easier it is to add to the value-added benefits for all.
What we need to activate this system is:
- All players who want to play league and or tournaments, to complete the online registration form including the electronic payment section for the annual donation fee of R120.00.
- Registration opens on the 9 April 2015 and players have until the 10 May 2015 to register.
- Non-league players should also be encouraged to register, which will make them eligible to partake in the benefits and make them available to participate in league when ready or needed.
The impact for non-registration:
- The results of players, who are not registered, will not be captured into the system and therefore the result will not count for ranking or as an official match.
- Players wishing to enter any tournament run under SSA will need to be registered as a SSA player to enter.
- Players will not be able to participate in league or any interprovincial event after the cut-off date, unless registered.
- We need the administrative bodies in the provinces and affiliates to drive this registration process to avoid disruption of leagues and tournaments which you will agree, should be avoided at all costs.
This is an exciting step forward for squash in South Africa as it holds great benefits for all concerned. We can help to make this a smooth transition which will result in players, squash development and securing sponsors alike benefiting. We realise that naturally it will also lessen our workload allowing us to get on with building this wonderful game for all.
We have approached Johan Bester to assist with the registration drive nationally. Your support to him in this regard is appreciated.
We understand that the time frame is short, but it is essential that we get this project finalised as a matter of urgency to avoid disruption to leagues and tournaments going forward.
Thank you in anticipation for we know that this is a joint effort.