After extensive trials at recent major PSA World Tour events, the Professional Squash Association is rolling out itsVideo Review system at all future televised events, from the PSA World Series ROWE British Grand Prix in Manchester later this month.
The system allows match officials to review decisions (eg, ‘Let’, ‘Stroke’ or ‘No Let’) questioned by the players, via TV action replays viewed by a fourth official, the Video Referee.
Players are allowed one appeal per game, which remains live following a successful appeal. In the event of a game moving into a tie-break, each player has his single TV appeal opportunity renewed.
The replay of the incident is played on a large screen – with the decision then flashed up on the screen for all to see.
“Following the successful trials at the Canary Wharf Classic in London and last month’s Australian Open, we are delighted to be introducing Video technology at all our future PSA televised events,” explained PSA COO Lee Beachill.
“Video technology is used in most of today’s high profile sports and we don’t feel squash should be any different. We are now filming and producing squash to a level where this technology is available to our officials and, after consultation with referees and players, it has been decided that it should now be used wherever possible.
“The Australian Open was a resounding success, with fantastic crowd participation and far less player/official dialogue,” added Beachill. “We are confident that this will continue to improve the spectator experience at our major events.”
The ROWE British Grand Prix – Manchester 2011, the fourth of the nine PSA World Series championships in 2011, will take place at the National Squash Centre in Manchester from 19-25 September.