How to Play Squash
Squash is a fun game and easy to learn and play.
It is generally played with two people, though doubles with 4 people and other variations exist.
Whoever wins the racket spin (like a coin toss) serves first, and can choose to do so from either the right or left, service boxes to start. Each player must then alternate in striking the ball with their racquet towards the front wall.
The basic principle of squash is to keep hitting the ball against the front wall (via other walls is ok) until your opponent cannot get it back anymore. So a rally continues until one player hits the ball outside the court boundary lines or cannot play the ball before it bounces twice.
If the player serving wins the rally, they then switch to the other serving box for the next serve and continue to do so until losing a rally.
If the player receiving wins the rally, then it is called a handout, and they then become the server and can choose which side service box to start from before alternating after each successful rally.
If there is interference in a rally, a let can be called, and the rally replayed. If there is likely to be contact on the other player when striking the ball, or the other player is in a direct line with the ball and doesn’t make every attempt to get out of the way, then a stroke (point or handout) may be awarded to the obstructed player. A ‘No let’ (no replay) is given if there is minimal interference, the player would not have made a good return, or did not make sufficient effort to get to and play the ball.
Scoring is point a rally to either 11 or 15 points – equalling one game. And played as best of 3 or best of 5 games – equalling a match.
Good sportsmanship is encouraged and expected. No matter the outcome, players shake hands at the end of the match and express thanks or congratulations to their opponent.
Check out the poster to your right > “Squash – Getting Started”,
click on the image to view the pdf file for easy reading.
Want to learn them all? Click here to access the link to the full Official Rules of Squash online.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Game
- Warm up
- Hydrate well – drink plenty of water before, during and after your game.
- Bring a towel and spare shirt – it can get pretty sweaty on court, especially in summer
- Wear cool comfortable, sweat-wicking clothing
- Put a new grip on your old racquet
- Play with Friends and family
- Take some group lessons or get some private coaching
- Improve with training
- Wear two pairs of socks and non-marking rubber grip sneakers
- Cool-down stretches
- Don’t eat immediately before playing, do eat something healthy & high protein witin 30 mins after playing to refuel your body
- Warm up / Cool Down prevent injury
- Start slow and easy, build up intensity over time (weeks not minutes!)
- Stop in in pain or difficulty breathing
- RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevate any injuries incurred (link to website care info)
- Be aware of your opponent on court, refrain from hitting the ball if they are in front of or too close to you and ask for a let – play stops and you simply replay the rally
- Protect your eyes – Wear Safety Glasses (squash ball character icon)
And of course, if you’re new to sport or high intensity physical exercise in general, please remember to pay a visit to your Doctor and take their advice. Ease into it, rather than going all out too quickly and ending up injuring yourself or adversely affecting your health.
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Below are links to some of the great resources we have for Squash.
Squash Australia - Governing Body in Oz
WSF - World Squash Foundation
PSA - Professional Squash Association
Rules of Squash - Singles
Squash Rules - Doubles
Community Squash - Facebook Group for squash players around the world to share what's happening in the world of squash