Top coach Malcolm Willstrop sees benefit in a PAR 11 Move
"Nothing has amazed me more in recent times
than the reluctance of squash’s official bodies to adopt PAR to 11 scoring
universally. That the last European Team Championships were played on a high
tin with traditional scoring beggars belief.
The success of 11 scoring on the PSA Men’s
Tour is there for all to see; equally obvious is that when men’s matches are
juxtaposed with women’s matches, spectators walk away. This is not in my
imagination, it is a fact. Nor is it anything to do with the quality of
women’s squash. There is nothing wrong with that – the scoring system kills
When the women have played 11 scoring, there
has been no problem, and like the men they will quickly adopt the attacking
style 11 scoring demands.
When the men took on 11 scoring, short
matches were the fear, a fear that was never realised. The same fear is now
being expressed for the women and the outcome will be the same.
Apart from the advantages for spectators, it
will do the game of squash universal good to have one scoring system, so
that the uninitiated will not be confused.
One thing is for sure: it will happen – and
the sooner the better."