How to Play Squash - A Beginners Guide

A beginner's guide on playing squash, the tactics, the technique , the rules and how to play squash safely
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Squash is played between two individuals (singles) or two teams of two (doubles) on a Squash Court. One player serves to start a rally which proceeds until one player hits the ball out or down or fails to hit the ball before it has bounced twice. Squash can be played using a couple of scoring options, traditional (International) scoring and point a rally scoring (PARS). Squash Players having a social game can modify the rules to their own requirements.

quash Safety and Fitness

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If your fitness is poor or you haven t played Squash for some time, don t overdo it. Remember, Squash is a fast game. If you have a rally which requires a lot of short sharp movement, it may take your body a moment or two before it realises that a lot of oxygen is needed for recovery. This can result in a sudden increase in heart rate. This is not a good thing for those who lack fitness.

The speed of the serve all ofwhich will assist the racket preparation to return the ball. each with a racket. if allowed. Keep away from the walls. If the server wins the rally they serve from the alternate service box. starts play by hitting the ball directly onto the front wall between the cut line and the outline to rebound so that. See Squash Court Markings.About the Squash Serve y y y y y The server. watch the server to get an idea of: y y y The type of Serve to expect. It may hit another wall after hitting the front wall. Return of Serve While waiting to return the serve. The receiver may hit the ball on the full. The angle of the serve. with at least one foot in the service box. providing the ball lands within the correct half court. The ball must stay within the court. each team takes turns) to hit the ball onto the front wall within the large area defined by the outline at the top and the line marking the top of the tin at the bottom (the striker may play the ball onto the side or back walls first before it hits the front wall). The ball must be hit on the first bounce or volleyed. Rally between two players y y The 2(or 4 for doubles) Squash players. it bounces for the first time in the opposite half of the court and behind the short line. Keep out of the back corner. If the receiver wins the rally they choose which box to start serving from. . take it in turns (for doubles.

the first player to 14 can select whether the game will be played to 15 (Set 1) or 17 points (Set 3) This method of scoring usually results in shorter playing time for a match. The Score Sheet is divided into two sides. In the event of the scores being 14 all. then the player who reaches 8 first. the Scorer's pencil points to Box "R". PARS is very flexible .players can create their own game play format. When a point has been scored durng play. one side for each player. Each side has an "L" and "R" marked in a box. eg 5:3 Smith serving or 3. in any game. The first player to reach the chosen number of points wins the game. The pencil would point to the appropriate service box. The Server's score is always called first. Usually matches are played to the best of 5 games with each game being played to 15 points. If. The pencil stays in the box until the point is won or lost. the server must serve from the opposite service box. Other options y y Play a time limit game of between 25 to 45 minutes with two or three breaks of 1 minute duration. Scoring International (Traditional) y y y y y y y A point is scored only when the server wins a rally. When the server loses a rally he or she loses the right to serve and the opponent becomes the server. the first player to win three games wins the match. As the Server serves from the Right Box. A match usually consists of the best of five games. Point-a-Rally(PARS) y y y y A point is scored for each rally won. The first player to nine points wins a game. y Note: There are two ways of scoring: . which stands for Left and Right Service Box.y Play continues until the ball goes out or down or is hit after the first bounce. decides whether that game is to be played to nine (Set 1) or ten points (Set 2). that is. the score reaches eight-all.5 Brown if Brown had won the point and was to serve. How to Record the Score The procedure for marking a game: y y y y The Marker calls the Score.

Slow o White or Green Dot . Basic Squash Rules y y y y y Once the ball has been struck. and the first to 9 points wins. PARS (Point a Rally) . Basic Squash Skills y y Hold the grip firmly at all times during the swing. you may need to use a bouncier ball).1. Approach the ball from one side (usually from the side closest to the centre of the court). If your opponent is in the way of you making a return or is in danger of being hit in the process. it is the responsibility of the striker to clear the way for the opponent to make a return. a LET should be played. Right handed Squash players should try to play "forehands" on the right hand side of the court and play "backhands" on the left hand side of the court. winning the rally for them. If there is interference in the opponent reaching the ball. a STROKE is awarded to the opponent. Keep a firm wrist during the swing. 2.Fast .The winner of the rally wins the point. The court temperature also plays a big part in Squash ball selection (In colder temperatures. the players should play the point again (this is called playing a LET). (Reversed for left handers). Traditional Method . Return to the centre of the court quickly each time you make a return whilst watching the ball. Basic Squash Tactics y y y y Hit the ball away from your opponent.Medium o Red Dot . Hit backhand shots on the backhand side of the court and forehands on the forehand side. Hit the ball to the corners and close to the side walls. Squash Balls y y y There are a range of balls available for all standards.Fast o Blue Dot .The Server can only score points. If the player hits the ball back to themselves and hits them or goes very close to them. Both the striker and the opponent should make every effort to clear the ball or to get to it if a LET is to be played. Volley during play whenever possible. The following Squash balls should be available in your area: o Super Slow o Yellow Dot . first to 11 poin ts wins. making them run.

y y There is also an Extra Super Slow Double Yellow Dot ball used by professionals or by accomplished players in hotter countries. . A blue beginners ball may also be available. Modified Equipment y y Because squash is a very fast game and requires quick co-ordinated reflexes the use of modified equipment (a shorter racket and larger ball) can help novices gain confidence. and have more enjoyment. Racket Ball and Mini Squash are games played on a squash court that might suit some players who are having difficulty managing the full size equipment.

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