Voted by Forbes Magazine as the world’s healthiest sport across a broad range of criteria, squash is a fun, fast and exciting sport that is easy to learn and can be played all year-round – no matter your age, skill level or gender.
It is one of the most widely played sports in the world - played in more than 185 countries by 20 million people on nearly 50,000 courts.
Squash is a safe non-contact sport that does not need expensive equipment and is one of the easiest sports to participate in. You can practise alone, play singles with a partner, or even doubles (4 on a court). You only need a racquet and ball to enjoy a vigorous workout.
It is a gender-neutral sport and gives equal opportunities for males and females to participate, enjoy and compete. You can play it as a social activity or join a team and play in competitions at your local club. Bring your friends and family along to your local squash centre and enjoy a game together.
Finding a Court
The easiest way to find a Squash Centre that suits you is to jump online and search. Another alternative is to ask someone else because there is a good chance they’ll know where to go.
Ready to Go?
Gather up a couple of mates, ring a squash centre and book a court. Wear sports clothing and sports shoes, preferably white soled. Bring some water, and a lot of energy If you don’t have equipment, just ask at the courts – there is generally equipment to use or hire.
Let’s Get Started!
Don’t forget to warm up – both yourself and the ball (squash balls bounce better when warm). Try a few stretches, then hit the ball to the front wall for 5 minutes or so to help warm up your arm and the ball.
Two players take turns to hit the ball onto the front wall.
A point is awarded each time a players wins a rally.
How to Serve
During the Rally
When is a ball out?
Different types of balls have different coloured dots on them – denoting different levels of bounciness and hang time. Beginner players like to choose a ‘bouncier’ ball as it stays warmer, bounces higher and makes it easier to sustain rallies. More advanced players select a less bouncy ball. Ask the Squash Centre staff what type of ball you should be using.
When choosing a racquet to purchase pick one up and have a swing. Find one that feels comfortable to hold that isn’t too heavy. The Squash Centre staff will be able to assist you in choosing the right one. If you are strapped for cash most squash centres have hire racquets available so you don’t need to go out and buy one straight away.
RULES OF SQUASH
The Rules of Squash (both for Singles and Doubles) are governed by the World Squash Federation. If you would like to find out more about the rules go to the World Squash Federation website www.worldsquash.org
under their Rules & Regulations section. There is a ‘Getting Started’ poster that is very good for beginner squashies or you can check out the full official rules of squash.