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27/05/2017
PSA News


PSA to Trial Reduced Warm-Up Times at World Series Finals

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have announced that a reduction in the amount of time that players have to warm-up the ball up on court at the start of matches will be trialled at the upcoming PSA Dubai World Series Finals, while there will be an increase in the time given to players between games.

Taking place in Dubai Opera between June 6-10, the World Series Finals will see the warm-up period reduced from five minutes to three minutes after which point players will be given 90 seconds in which to prepare for the start of play.

Meanwhile, the time allowed between games has been increased from two minutes to two minutes and 30 seconds at which point play must begin immediately. A countdown clock will be visible for both players and spectators in addition to announcements from the referee to inform players as to how much time they have left.

Players not in a position to either serve or return a serve after the interval is up will receive a time violation, with the potential of penalty points being awarded against them for further time violations.

"Squash is a vibrant and dynamic sport and we feel that altering the time taken during the warm-up period and game intervals will improve the flow of the matches for spectators and TV audiences," said PSA Chief Operating Officer Lee Beachill.

"We believe that this trial period will be an important step into further increasing the sportís visual appeal and look forward to witnessing the effects of the trial during what promises to be a world-class week of squash in Dubai."

 


 

 

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