One Referee system to be trialled at CW
The PSA has confirmed that a new one-referee system,
which will still incorporate a video referee, will be trialled
at the 2016 Canary Wharf Classic in place of the three-referee
system currently in use.
The current system relies on a central referee working in tandem
with two side referees, with decisions on Lets, No Lets and
Strokes, being made by all three where the majority decision
Following a detailed feedback process over the course of the
past few months which has taken in surveyed responses from both
players and promoters, the decision has been made to trial the
new system, consisting of one main Referee who will be able
to ask for support from a Video Referee if he is unsure of a
decision, to assist in eliminating errors at the very top level.
This new approach has been developed with the primary aim of
allowing referees to have more dedicated support and control of
matches while also providing a cost effective way for promoters
to appoint referees for their tournaments.
will retain their ability to review decisions via the video
referee but, in a new move, the central referee himself will be
able to call on the 'eye-in-the-sky' if they feel unable to
accurately make a call during crucial moments of a match.
"We are grateful for the in-depth feedback we have received
from players and promoters and look forward to trialling a new
one-referee system that looks set to increase the influence and
control of the central referee," said PSA Refereeing
Director Lee Drew.
"This trial event will give us the perfect opportunity to
witness the impact of the one-ref system at the highest level as
we look to improve the decision-making and consistency of
refereeing across all PSA World Tour tournaments.
"We are implementing this system with the dual goal of giving
players greater protection from the eradication of errors and
improving the sport as a spectacle overall."