Push for World Squash Officiating
The World Squash Officiating (WSO) platform www.worldsquashofficiating.com developed through a partnership between the WSF and the PSA, launched a month ago and it has already started to gather momentum.
There are now over 500 individuals from 74 countries registered on the platform - worldsquashofficiating.com - who have begun their WSO officiating journey. WSO starts with a basic rules test and works through to the highest level of elite refereeing, and it is encouraging to see that over 75 of those registered have already moved beyond the basic level and have attained the theory aspects of the more advanced levels.
For WSO to continue its development and for it to become recognised as The Home of Squash Officiating, WSO need help in promoting the platform and encouraging referees to sign up and benefit from the most up to date refereeing information, courses and development material.
Promotional material, as the WSO logo, a new poster that can be used and forwarded out to your databases as well as an image that can be used as an ad on websites, are availble. Chris Nutley, WSO Manager comments: -" We would encourage all MNF’s to add prominent links to WSO on their websites and include WSO information on any newsletters or other communications with members."
Nutely continues; - "We are very conscious that each MNF will have differing approaches to referee development and will require different levels and areas of support. Hence, we are keen to discuss WSO with individual nations and start to develop bespoke plans that can support yourselves and help us in the overarching aim of creating a worldwide standard in refereeing and a clear referee pathway". Conversations with individual MNF’s have begun and WSO are already working with some to develop the best way to support.
WSO urge MNF’s to contact Chris Nutley on firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved and discuss the way forward. As an incentive, the WSO is offering all Federations a rebate fee of 20% for each referee that signs up and takes a course.
There will be a series of WSO webinars in June and July where WSO will be presented and explainition how the platform works and how it can support referee development within each country.
Whilst the WSO is now live, it is continually being developed and improved with new content and features to ensure that the refereeing community is fully supported. And it is important to note that it is WSF and PSA’s intention to only appoint WSO qualified referees for major events going forward, so its strongly recommended that all your current officials register on the platform.