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NEW BALLS PLEASE… Paul Selby backs the Double Dot but demands extra quality

NEW BALLS PLEASE… Paul Selby backs the Double Dot but demands extra quality

PAUL SELBY, leading coach and head of a British squash dynasty, joins the big SquashMad debate on the use of single-dot balls for youngsters and recreational players. In response to Richard Millman’s article in support of The One Dot Revolution, the first comment I would like to make is that, like Malcolm Willlstrop, I am [...]

November 20, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game 36

Women deserve equal prize money but sponsors demand results

Women deserve equal prize money but sponsors demand results

By PHILLIP MARLOWE This piece is not about whether there should be equal prize money for women, but more an argument against the reasons given for its justification. Let me start by saying I support equal prize money, but probably not for the reasons I have seen published on some websites. The recent debate within the [...]

November 20, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game 2

Join the One Dot Revolution

Join the One Dot Revolution

Recreational squash players, just like beginners, often struggle to cope with a double-dot ball. Why do clubs, and especially teaching pros, fail to offer an alternative to help people enjoy their game more? RICHARD MILLMAN offers a simple solution in his latest column The One Dot Revolution is coming! By RICHARD MILLMAN For quite some [...]

November 14, 2013 Richard Millman Comment, Growing the game, News 53

ALAN’S BLOG: Let’s sort out lets, and get behind Nick’s SPOTY campaign

ALAN’S BLOG: Let’s sort out lets, and get behind Nick’s SPOTY campaign

Why it’s finally time to address our refereeing system and end all debates By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad REPORTER  Leaving aside for one moment the reported discussions between Alex Gough and a PSL referee, it was revealing to learn that the PSA boss had been given a hard time by Sky TV and the new [...]

November 13, 2013 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment 20

Is it time for a changing of the guard at WSA?

Is it time for a changing of the guard at WSA?

Under no illusion. Malaysia’s seven-time world champ Nicol David (pictured above) and her peers deserve more from WSA to ensure the women’s game continues to thrive, especially if they want to see the sport in the Olympics one day. By KNG ZHENG GUAN (The Star, Malaysia) IT WAS more of a disappointment, rather than shock, [...]

November 5, 2013 Lee Horton Comment 1

Laura Massaro: Spat over money fired me up

Laura Massaro: Spat over money fired me up

Laura Massaro Column – Courtesy of Lancashire Evening Post If becoming the US Open champion wasn’t motivation enough to produce my best squash in Philadelphia on Saturday, then the events of the previous few days certainly ensured I gave it everything on the court against world No.1 Nicol David in the final. The US Open [...]

October 23, 2013 Lee Horton Comment 0

Why Ramy Ashour’s Story is Yours Too

Why Ramy Ashour’s Story is Yours Too

By SIDDARTH SUCHDE THERE are two names that someone even remotely interested in squash can’t help but hear: Jansher Khan and Ramy Ashour. While the duo of Jahangir and Jansher Khan make for one amazingly exhilarating story of achieving perfection in sports, Ramy Ashour’s tryst with squash is about that and more. Not quite the perfect [...]

October 22, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game 1

How Ben became victim of the wannabe Alastair Campbells

How Ben became victim of the wannabe Alastair Campbells

By LEE HORTON What’s worse, someone who holds an unpopular view or someone who is denied that view by spin merchants who believe they know better? Maybe today we should be asking that question of PSA player Ben Coleman, who sparked a little Twitter skirmish this week when he dared suggest women players don’t deserve [...]

October 19, 2013 Lee Horton Comment 1

MILLMAN: Zaman’s courage deserves the world’s support

MILLMAN: Zaman’s courage deserves the world’s support

COMMENT: By RICHARD MILLMAN HAVING had a couple of days to consider the fall out of the sad news that one of the greatest players of all time, Qamar Zaman, has found it necessary to cancel junior events in Pakistan due to the insidious presence of age fixing, I feel more able to comment. First and [...]

October 19, 2013 Richard Millman Comment 1

ALAN’S BLOG: Chicago disaster a warning to Philly one million dollar dreams

ALAN’S BLOG: Chicago disaster a warning to Philly one million dollar dreams

By ALAN THATCHER This time contracts have been signed. This time the ink is on the deal. This time I believe it might happen. I’m talking about the promise by Drexel University to make the US Open the first million-dollar squash tournament, with equal prize money for men and women. This promise has been made [...]

October 17, 2013 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment 2

MILLMAN: Damning verdict on health of world squash

MILLMAN: Damning verdict on health of world squash

We are not a mainstream sport throughout the world In Australia there is hardly a coach earning a full-time living Administrators are sadly impotent Governing bodies make decisions detrimental to the sport England’s “merger” of Squash and Racketball is utterly crazy Relationship between squash and racquetball is disastrous THESE are just a handful of the [...]

October 13, 2013 Richard Millman Comment 4

BLOG: How squash gold can change the world

BLOG: How squash gold can change the world

BLOG: How squash gold can change the world By ALAN THATCHER Should squash make its debut in the 2020 Olympic Games, my fervent wish is that the spread of medals can help to overcome prejudice and social issues in large parts of the world. Just imagine if the 2020 women’s Olympic squash semi-finals featured four [...]

April 8, 2013 Alan Thatcher Alan's Archive, Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News, World Squash Day 3

BLOG: Give me comedy doubles, not a squash lobotomy

BLOG: Give me comedy doubles, not a squash lobotomy

First published on June 5, 2012 By ALAN THATCHER I love playing doubles. And that’s not just because I’m growing old and slow and need somebody else (like a younger team-mate) to cover three-quarters of the court for me. I’ll make that abundantly clear, before somebody else dives in to make the point! To me, [...]

January 24, 2013 Alan Thatcher Alan's Archive, Alan's Blog, Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, News 7

BLOG: Does London have a squash legacy?

BLOG: Does London have a squash legacy?

The success of the 2012 Olympic Games showcased London as a fabulous host city for major sporting events. From a squash perspective, that’s something we have known for many years, with the Canary Wharf Classic playing to sell-out crowds, following the traditions established by the British Open when it was staged at Wembley in the [...]

August 21, 2012 Alan Thatcher Alan's Archive, Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, Comment 9