Squash SA Guidelines for administrators and committees

As with all sports world wide, squash has an administrative umbrella body – Squash South Africa – which is responsible for all aspects of the sport throughout South Africa. Every event administered throughout the country falls under the auspices of Squash South Africa and thus every province,
every club, each association, needs to abide by the prevailing policies and rules of Squash South Africa.Squash South Africa together with 138 other countries is affiliated to the World Squash Federation and abides by the WSF Rules of Squash for both singles and doubles.

In South Africa
Squash South Africa falls under the jurisdiction of Sport and Recreation South Africa and SASCOC. Although not an Olympic sport, it is recognized by SASCOC which is also in charge of Team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games and the All Africa Games. Squash South Africa sometimes receives funding from Sport and Recreation for development, administration courses and for participation in the World senior teams championships.
Squash at tertiary institutions falls under USSA Squash, which in turn falls under FISU, the world wide umbrella for student sports, while squash at schools level falls under SA Schools Squash, which at present comes under the Squash South Africa banner as there is no Schools Sport umbrella body at present.

The National Executive is elected annually at the National AGM held in May. It consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and five members. Three of the members must be women. Presently the Acting National Director/ Development Manager and the Administrative Assistant are the two full time members of staff. The National Director and staff are responsible to the National Executive, which in turn is responsible to the National Council, which consists of representatives of the 28 regions/provinces. SA Schools Squash, USSA Squash, Masters, SAPS, SANDF, SA Deaf Squash and Correctional Service are associate members. SASPA is presently resurrecting itself.

Coaching, Marking and Refereeing and High performance are the sub-committees in operation at present:
Coaching – Mike Bester, Craig van der Wath, Angie Clifton-Parks, Richard Castle and Liz Mackenzie.
Marking and Refereeing – Sven van Rie, Mike Collins, Jean Grainger, Craig van der Wath, Angie Clifton-Parks, Richard Castle.
High Performance Committee: Mike Bester, Liz Mackenzie, Richard Castle, Tanya Bell.

The regions/provinces are:

Albany, Boland, Border, Dolphin Coast, Eastern Free State, Eastern Province, Eastern Province Country Districts, Easterns, Free State, Gauteng, Griqualand West, Karoo, Kwazulu Natal, Limpopo, Lower South Coast, Midlands, Mpumulanga Lowveld, Mpumulanga Highveld, Mpumulanga West, Northern Free State, Northerns, Northern Natal, North West, South Western Districts, Transkei, Vaal Triangle, Western Province, Zululand.

It is recommended that all provincial committees:

Marking/Refereeing Co-ordinator:
Please remember that development and transformation stretch from green to gold across the fields
of grass root development to elite players, coaching, refereeing, and administration.
In 1997 it was agreed that the following criteria should be adhered to if a province/region was to
participate in either the Jarvis/Kaplan Cup or the South African County Districts/Festival.

For the senior players in the major provinces : Border, Easterns, Eastern Province, Free State, Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Midlands, Northerns, Western Province: Jarvis/Kaplan Cup For the senior players in minor provinces: Albany, Boland, Eastern Province Country Districts, Eastern Free State, Griqualand West, Dolphin Coast, Lower South Coast, Zululand, Northern Natal, North West, Mpumulanga Highveld, Mpumulanga Lowveld, Mpumulanga West, Northern Free State, Limpopo, South Western Districts, Vaal Triangle : SACD/Festival from which combined men’s and women’s teams are selected for the Jarvis/Kaplan Cups.

For both of the above events :
Province or must transfer to his/her chosen province. Each province/region may have its own residential qualification and selection criteria.
In recent years some provinces have invited foreign players to represent them. No province may have more than 1 foreigner in either their men’s or women’s squad. A foreigner is a person who is not a South Africa citizen and who cannot represent South Africa. At the various inter-provincial championships ie. Jarvis/Kaplan:

SA Schools: USSA in 1 season. Please note a player may play league in as many provinces as they choose eg Northerns/Gauteng/Easterns as it is geographically possible but they have to choose which province they will represent at the interprovincials. A transfer form, signed by both the chairpersons of the region/province releasing the player and the province to which he or she is transferring, must be forwarded to Squash South Africa.
Committed to the province which he/she last represented.

Open and Closed Championships
A number of province host Open championships annually. The province submits an application for accreditation to Squash South Africa giving the relevant dates and the prize-money as this affects the ranking points. An Open championship is open to any player from any region, province or country.

Closed Championships
The S A National Championships held annually are closed championships i.e. only South African Citizens may enter i.e players who are eligible to play for South Africa. All Junior championships are Open except for the S A Hitec Closed and the S A Schools interprovincial championships. This means that players who leave school or have completed Grade 12 are eligible for any Provincial Open Under 19 championship. Closed championships run by the various areas/regions for their learners, senior players and masters are closed to players who reside in that area/region and are eligible for selection for that area’s/region’s teams. Should a player by the 1st March have transferred from area A to area B, although not residing in area B, they are eligible to play in B’s National Championships. This happens world wide and in most individual sports and is not just particular to South Africa and squash.

Even if a player represented area A ¾ years previously and has never submitted a transfer for he/she is not eligible for any other province’s closed championship.

For the Masters: Masters inter-provincial in September
Masters also have to complete transfer forms.

USSA Inter-provincial Championships in July.
Only bone fide students are eligible to play.

Under 11 Festival, under 13, under 14, under 16, under 19 inter-provincial championships in June/July.
SA Country Schools Championships at the end of April in the under 14, under 16 and under 19 from which combined teams in each age group are selected for the main age group events Satellite events in August aimed at development players. Learners do not have to complete transfer forms. Should there be a situation where a learner lives in one province but goes to school in another he/she must choose at the beginning of the season for which province they will play.

For the accreditation of coaches all courses, which are self-funding, shall be arranged through the Squash South Africa Offices otherwise they are NOT recognised. The relevant application forms for the courses shall be completed. The courses shall be conducted by Squash South Africa accredited Level 2 coaches who are also preferably in possession of a Facilitators Certificate.

The following are the accredited coaches:
Gauteng: Cliff Wills, Craig van der Wath, Angie Clifton Parks, Gary Plumstead, Mike Bester
Western Province: Doug Foulkes, Delia de Wet, Richard Castle
Eastern Province: Angela Difford, Alan Stapleton
Kwazulu Natal: Sally White, Rod Soutter

There are various levels of coaching:
Sports Leader Attendance Certificate only
Squash Organiser Certificate
Passing Criteria: attendance at course
completion of workbooks
Level 1 – under 14 Passing Criteria: attendance at full course
Level 1 – provincial pass Level 2 Marking and Refereeing Course
completion of Workbook