PSA To Trial Changes In Women’s Tin Height
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have today announced
that they will conduct a four month trial, beginning in
September 2015, into the suitability of reducing the height of
the tin in competitive women’s matches from 19” to 17” - the
current standard in the men’s professional game.
The trial will take place across the professional game with some
of the sport’s most prestigious events to feature an all-glass
show-court, such as the Women’s World Championship, taking part
in the trial with September’s 2015 China Open becoming the first
event ever to see the world’s top female players compete with
the lower tin.
The PSA joined forces with the Women’s Squash Association
earlier this year to create a unified governing body for the
first time in the history of professional squash and this latest
initiative is part of a series of changes aimed at increasing
equality between the tours and bringing both the men’s and
women’s tours into line.
“The tin height is currently one of the main fundamental
differences between the men’s and women’s games, with the men
having competed with a 17” tin as standard for several years,”
said PSA Chief Operations Officer Lee Beachill.
‘We feel that aligning the tin height is an important step to
take in order to achieve our goals of increasing parity and
offering both men and women the same playing opportunities.
“This change will encourage more attacking play and add a new
dimension to the women’s game and we look forward to watching
with interest the impact the change will have during the next
Former Women’s World Champion Laura Massaro has backed the move,
saying that she thinks the change will lead to a positive change
in the women’s game and is looking forward to competing under
the new rules come September.
“I think it’s important that the sport tries to move in
different directions at times and this change is a good move and
one I’m looking forward to,” said Massaro.
“I believe it will make the women’s game more attacking and will
have a positive impact with more winners winning points and
rallies as opposed to errors and that will also help with the
television coverage as the shots will look better.
“It’s also important that there’s no difference between the
women’s and the men’s tin in order to make the game easier to
understand for the public and to remove the complication of
changing tin heights during joint competitions.”