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03/02/2016
PSA News

 

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PSA To Trial New Referee System At Canary Wharf Classic

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have announced that a new one-referee system, which will still incorporate a video referee, will be trialled at the 2016 Canary Wharf Classic, the PSA M70 tournament which takes place in London this March, in place of the three-referee system currently in use.

The current system relies on a central referee working in tandem with two side referees, with decisions on Lets, No Lets and Strokes, being made by all three where the majority decision rules, but following a detailed feedback process over the course of the past few months which has taken in surveyed responses from both players and promoters, the decision has been made to trial the new system, consisting of one main Referee who will be able to ask for support from a Video Referee if he is unsure of a decision, to assist in eliminating errors at the very top level.

This new approach has been developed with the primary aim of allowing referees to have more dedicated support and control of matches while also providing a cost effective way for promoters to appoint referees for their tournaments. Players will retain their ability to review decisions via the video referee but, in a new move, the central referee himself will be able to call on the 'eye-in-the-sky' if they feel unable to accurately make a call during crucial moments of a match.

"We are grateful for the in-depth feedback we have received from players and promoters and look forward to trialling a new one-referee system that looks set to increase the influence and control of the central referee," said PSA Refereeing Director Lee Drew.

"This trial event will give us the perfect opportunity to witness the impact of the one-ref system at the highest level as we look to improve the decision-making and consistency of refereeing across all PSA World Tour tournaments. We are implementing this system with the dual goal of giving players greater protection from the eradication of errors and improving the sport as a spectacle overall."

 


 

 

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