Referees are an integral part of our sport. In recognition of this, Squash New Zealand offers a progression pathway aimed at encouraging referees to get involved in squash, and enabling them to improve their skills and continue to challenge themselves through refereeing as a pursuit.
There are currently three qualification levels recognised by Squash New Zealand - Club, District and National Referee. The Club Referee Qualification has been newly reintroduced, and involves a simple theory test. You can take this test from the comfort of your own home, and submit it for marking to the National Referee Director.
You can qualify as a District Referee by sitting (and passing) theory and practical components of the District Referee test. Once qualified for at least 12 months, a District Referee can begin the theory and practical components of becoming a National Referee. A National Referee can then work towards international levels of qualification. Check out the Referee Framework page for more information on the progression pathway.
So You Think You Can Ref? - a series of video clips produced by Squash TV provide some examples of tricky refereeing situations at the top level. Probably too challenging for the beginner player, these could be useful for rules nights or for the budding referee wanting to challenge him/herself. Check them out via the link below: