Commission Roles & Structure

ROLES

ANTI-DOPING COMMISSION

  • Define and implement the WSF’s doping control strategy
  • Produce the annual WSF Test Distribution Plan and regularly update with intelligence based data
  • Select and manage the WSF Registered Testing Pools, educating athletes on the use of ADAMS
  • Monitor Athletes’ whereabouts in ADAMS
  • Organise a comprehensive in- and out-of-competition testing program
  • Monitor the “Play True Tip Line” and investigate accordingly
  • Investigate Atypical Findings and if processed as an Adverse Analytical Finding proceed to Results Management
  • Manage the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program (Haematological and Steroidal)
  • Provide administrative support to the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) Commission
  • Educate athletes with regard to values, inadvertent usage and the use of the different existing online platforms e.g. ALPHA
  • Ensure website information is updated regularly to provide athletes information on anti-doping, education, TUE applications etc.
  • Monitor compliance of the WSF Anti-Doping Rules by signatories (National Federations of the WSF, PSA)
  • Maintain WADA Compliance
  • Provide statistical reports to WADA and an overview of activities to the WSF Executive Board, while maintaining privacy, confidentiality and independence of the Anti-Doping Commission

ATHLETES COMMISSION

The Athletes Commission was set up to maintain IOC compliance and generally to:

  • Improve communication between the athletes and the WSF
  • Provide input from the Athletes Commission for the annual review of WSF Referees
  • Encourage dialogue between athletes, clubs and Member Nations

CHAMPIONSHIPS COMMISSION

  • Maintain, improve and enforce WSF Championship Regulations
  • Ensure that there is a host nation for each WSF World Championship and that a full range of WSF Championships are offered
  • Plan Tenders for each World Championship
  • Oversee the efficient planning, marketing and running of all World Championships
  • Specify standards for, and provide quality control on, all World Championships
  • Advise the Board on competitive structures for all events, including Major Games
  • Advise the Board on player eligibility
  • Raise maximum possible income from Rights Fees for World Championships, compatible with efficient staging and distribution of events around the five WSF Regions. To coordinate the World Calendar
  • Control seeding for all World Championships, in conjunction with Junior and Masters Commissions, through the Seeding Panels
  • Advise the Board and Major Games Commission as required on competitive structures and formats of play for competition generally
  • Nurture the development of potential Technical Delegates for all World Championships, and to mentor to raise their standards 

COACHING COMMISSION

  • Disseminate relevant resources, notably via the WSF website
  • Conduct a WSF Coaching conference annually
  • Implement worldwide coaching level standardisation and qualification recognition and transportability via the WSF Coach Education Programme

COMMERCIAL COMMISSION

  • Audit the assets of WSF and create a hierarchy of them
  • Develop a commercial strategy for partnerships and sponsors
  • Initiate promotional and contact plans
  • Arrange marketing materials and the detail needed for them
  • Ensure that WSF can deliver commercial benefits as offered
  • Develop international TV coverage from World Championships via broadcast partners

COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

The Communications Commission is charged with guiding contemporary global communications for the World Squash Federation, in support of the WSF Executive Board and office, and based on strategic priorities and available resources. The Commission will interact with the CEO, Media Director, Webmaster and other WSF Commissions.

The Terms of Reference for the Commission for 2019-2020 are to:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of a WSF Communications Strategy
  • Review WSF branding and visual identity
  • Support the Squash Paris 2024 Olympic Games Bid Communications Strategy, in conjunction with the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and an external campaign partner
  • Initiate PR work plans for WSF World Championships and for squash competitions at major multi-sport events (e.g. Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, The World Games)
  • Enable stronger links and consistent messaging between the WSF, its Regions and National Squash Federations
  • Provide ongoing leadership and practical support for WSF’s external and internal communications as needed, including reputation management, media relations and social media management
  • Guide regular monitoring and evaluation of WSF communications
  • Support the Squash Paris 2024 Olympic Games Bid Communications Strategy, in conjunction with the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and an external campaign partner

COURTS & EQUIPMENT COMMISSION

  • Set specifications and standards for all technical products used in the sport of Squash, including courts, rackets, balls and eye protectors
  • Set specifications for squash courts
  • Monitor all products on the market worldwide and recommend appropriate action on those not meeting WSF standards
  • Evaluate applications for company and product Accreditation, carry out site inspections and report on suitability for approval
  • Monitor all technical aspects of Squash and recommend change as appropriate
  • Provide a linkage between WSF Accredited Companies and specifiers and builders of Squash courts
  • Assist in the maximisation of income from WSF approval of all Squash products
  • Liaise with PSA in relation to playing standards

DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

  • Disseminate relevant resources, notably via the WSF website
  • Identification of ‘Squash Developing Nations’ with assistance from Regional Federations
  • Assist Member Nations with squash development matters as requested
  • Encourage Regional Federations to appoint part-time WSF Regional development coaches
  • Development of a standard promotional package that can be used to introduce squash in schools
  • Consider programmes for sending WSF appointed coaches to developing countries
  • Conduct the WSF Ambassador programme in squash developing nations
  • Commence a survey to determine the development status and needs of Member Nations
  • Define guidelines and a framework for entry level active programmes for young squash beginners
  • Conduct WSF Development conferences

DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION

  • Continue to monitor, advise on any disciplinary incidents at WSF events and recommend actions
  • Update the WSF Code of Conduct as necessary
  • Encourage Regional Federations to fully adopt the WSF Code of Conduct
  • Continue the introduction of Mutual Recognition of Penalties via and Integrated Disciplinary Panel in conjunction with PSA and Regional Federations
  • Provide an appeals procedure for disputes between WSF members and other parties
  • Maintain development of offence benchmark penalties

ETHICS COMMISSION

  • Deal with ethics matters and complaints brought to it when activated
  • Advise on policies that will minimise the possibility of Ethics issues
  • Promote good governance as necessary

GOVERNANCE & AUDIT COMMISSION

  • Determine financial strategies to facilitate the long-term sustainability of the WSF
  • Review and recommend annual budgets and four year forecasts to the Board
  • Evaluate finance proposals and business cases (if any) prepared by Management and recommend them (or otherwise) to the Board for adoption
  • Monitor and address any concerns relating to financial performance against budgets, cash flow projections, debtors, foreign exchange requirements, exposure and management accounting
  • Review any significant accounting and reporting issues, including professional and regulatory announcements
  • Review the annual financial statements and liaise with the external Auditor before submission to the Board for approval
  • Review, for potential conflicts of interest situations, and pre-approve all related party transactions on an on-going basis
  • Recommend the appointment, terms of engagement, audit plan and the audit evaluation and/or dismissal of the external Auditor to the Board
  • Oversee the quality of the audit conducted and review external audit reports
  • Monitor the establishment and maintenance of corporate governance, risk and internal control frameworks
  • Monitor compliance with appropriate laws, regulations and relevant corporate governance frameworks
  • Oversee the WSF’s Risk Management Policy and Framework, including regular monitoring via a risk register
  • Review and recommend insurance coverage for the WSF

JUNIOR COMMISSION

  • Advise on matters relating to Junior squash generally
  • Recommend specific Rules & Regulations for Junior Squash
  • Coordinate a World Junior Circuit and Rankings as agreed
  • Assist the seeding process for Junior events

MAJOR GAMES COMMISSION

  • Continuance or inclusion of Squash in all Major Games worldwide
  • Review formats and other facets as necessary to help ensure continued participation
  • Recommend plans for lobbying for the inclusion of Squash in Major Games

MASTERS COMMISSION

  • Advise on matters relating to Masters squash generally
  • Recommend specific Rules & Regulations for Masters Squash
  • Coordinate a World Masters Circuit and Rankings as agreed
  • Assist the seeding process for Masters events

MEDICAL COMMISSION

  • Advise on and respond to medical or scientific questions from WSF Commissions or the Board
  • Provide independent advice on health issues to WSF Member Nations and their players
  • Monitor the physical effects of Squash on players of all standards and recommend action plans to ensure that it remains a safe sport
  • Oversee the implementation of the World Squash Anti-Doping Code

OLYMPIC GAMES COMMISSION

  • Advise (and manage as agreed) Olympic bid Campaigns
  • Promote the inclusion of squash representatives on international sport committees and National Olympic Committees

PARA-SQUASH COMMISSION

  • Advise on Para-Squash matters
  • Promote Para-Squash as widely as possible

RULES COMMISSION

  • Monitor, recommend changes to, and draft the Rules of Squash
  • Promote awareness of the Rules to member nations
  • Develop and publish Rules information as appropriate

SQUASH 57 COMMISSION

  • Advise on the Rules
  • Answer general enquiries
  • Develop promotional and information materials for nations

THERAPEUTIC USE EXEMPTION COMMISSION

  • Review Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) applications
  • Determine whether TUE applications are appropriate
  • Obtain further information – if required – from the athletes physician
  • Decide whether to accept or reject a TUE application
  • Determine how often a medical assessment is required by the athlete’s physician, if necessary
  • Specify to the athlete the dose and frequency of the medication(s) permitted by the TUE

OPERATIONAL OUTLINE OF WSF COMMISSIONS

  • Each Commission Chairman (normally a specialist in the field) reports to the Board via the Board appointed liaison on the Commission (WSF President or Vice President) and the WSF office.
  • Commission members are proposed by the Chairman, Regional Federations and/or the WSF Office for review by the Board.
  • Chairs will submit Board reports twice a year.

SELECTION OF CHAIR & MEMBERS

  • Chairs are recommended to the Board for selection, normally by the WSF Office.
  • Term of Commission Membership:
    • Commission membership would not ordinarily exceed five persons, and with a minimum of three Regions represented.
    • There will be a review of Commission membership every two years so that a degree of regeneration can be incorporated to maintain freshness.

COMMISSION CHAIR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage their Commission activity.
  • Provide a half yearly report for review by the Board
  • Attend the WSF Conference and, if required to do so, present their activities from the past year.
  • Provide data for the Executive Committee Report.
  • Provide an outline of the following year’s anticipated activities.
  • Provide a draft budget for the following year’s anticipated activities. 

COMMISSION MEETINGS

  • Routine business is carried out by email.
  • E-meetings should be held at least once a year, with face-to-face meetings being held whenever costs allow.
  • The WSF funds the travel and accommodation for the Chair of each Commission, but members are self-funded or possibly supported by Regions.

FUNCTION & ACTIVITIES

  • The Chair of each Commission is responsible for identifying areas of action for the Commission and recommending strategy and plans to the Board.

 

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