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How to Play

Squash is considered by many to be an easy sport to learn and play - no matter what your level you can achieve a good workout and enjoy yourself. Forbes Magazine even went as far as to label it the healthiest sport in the world in 2010.


Ways to Play

Clubs can provide any level of competition or access to the game that you desire including -

  • Coaching for beginners
  • Club nights
  • Business house leagues
  • Club membership
  • Interclub
  • Tournaments
  • Representative teams

The sport is relatively cheap to play, with only a racket and a ball required to enjoy a vigorous workout.


 

Types of Ball

There are several different types of ball you can choose from. Different types of ball have different coloured dots on them, denoting different levels of bounciness. Beginner players should choose a 'bouncier' ball that will stay warmer, and therefore bounce higher, making it easier to sustain rallies and enjoy the game. More advanced players should select a less bouncy ball for their matches. The table below offers a guide:

Colour

Attributes:

Blue dot
(very fast)

As players begin to gain confidence, and develop hand eye co-ordination, the blue dot will be more suitable and give more time to strike the ball.

Red dot
(fast)

This ball is often used by coaches as it tends to be a "constant temperature" and will not vary in bounce as much as the yellow dot ball.

Yellow dot
(slow)

This is the official competition ball. This ball will cool down very quickly particularly if the playing rallies are short, and the temperature is cold.

Double Yellow dot
(super slow)

This is the official competition ball for higher graded players.  It is slower again than the single yellow dot, and will cool down extremely quickly if rallies are short and/or the temperature is cold.


Learning to Play

Most clubs offer coaching to players of all levels; it is best to get in touch with a professional coach to learn the fundamentals of the game. However in this modern age, there are various e-tutorials available on the internet. Links to some of these are provided below.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=club+kelburn

http://www.squashclub.org/

http://racquet.about.com/od/playsquash/ht/howtogetbetter.htm


Rules of Squash

The Rules of the Singles Games of Squash and The Rules of the Doubles Game of Squash are governed by the World Squash Federation and can be located on the WSF website or for further information contact the Oceania Squash Federation.