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What is a squash game and how to play it?


What you need to start squash

Forbes Magazine loves doing all kinds of research. About ten years ago, according to the results of one of these studies, the healthiest sport was identified. They unanimously recognized the game of squash.

An energetic and exciting game of rackets in a special soft ball provides a complete warm-up of the cardiovascular and respiratory system.

The constant movement of the players on the court strengthens the endurance of the legs, and the inclinations, lunges and blows of the racket - the upper body and arms. In just half an hour of the game, so many calories are burned that you won’t burn for two or three hours of jogging.

You can play squash in pairs or compete in pairs. Experts believe that squash is a hybrid between badminton, from which he borrowed the shape and size of rackets, and ... billiards. After all, billiard players play balls from the sides, and squash from the walls!

International Squash Rules

Modern squash rules were approved by the International Federation in 2001, a complete set of rules is mandatory for all types of official squash competitions.

What do you need to play squash?

The player needs a squash racket, a soft ball and walls! Therefore, squash is most often played indoors. Of course, if there is a desire to combine the game and the pleasure of fresh air and sunlight, then the walls can be erected in an open area.

In the Rules, the roof is not called a mandatory element of the equipment of the court.

By the way, for a start, to master the technique and basic techniques of the game, one wall is enough. The main thing is that there are no windows on it, because the ball flies at a "cannon" speed. Despite its softness, such a projectile is capable of causing quite severe damage.

How the squash court should be arranged

• The length of the squash court is 9, 75 meters.

• Width -6.4 meters.

• The playing space above is limited by the outlines, and below the “tin”, that is, a special panel on the wall.

• The lines on the front wall and the feed squares on the floor are important only for feeds.

Players alternately hit a racket on a ball that weighs 24 grams with a diameter of 40 millimeters.

The ball should touch the wall anywhere above the acoustic panel and below the out line.

The methods of hitting the ball are not regulated: the ball can be hit after one bounce from the surface or until it touches it, hit the front wall or any other.

How the squash match starts

The serving player is determined by lot, the feed is made from any serving square, at the player’s choice. Having won a point, the server changes the square to the opposite.

If the player could not hit the ball due to interference, then the point draw is replayed. Since two players share the same court, interference often occurs. In this case, you just need to ask Let.

The No let situation means a player’s oversight or lack of effort, rather than obstacles in the game.

A player who deliberately missed a shot may rely on Let for fear of hitting an opponent with a racket.

Game Score

Match organizers can choose a match from three or five games. The one who wins three games wins. The maximum number of points scored in the game is 11.

However, if the score is 10-10, then the game will continue until the difference in the score reaches two points.

If one player does not have a single point before the victory, a game ball is declared, regardless of whoever lacks this point, the server or receiver.

How to play squash with pleasure

Squash is extremely popular in 130 countries, more than 15 million people play it. The game, which was loved by prisoners in English prisons, has become an elite sport.

As with any game sport, three important elements can be distinguished in squash.

• Physical fitness of the player.

• Honed skill and technique of the game.

• Sophisticated technique and strategy

With equal physical preparation of rivals, the one who strategically correctly built the game wins.

In general, a professional can only be won in two ways: by making a nick, that is, by hitting the ball with a ball between the side wall and the floor, which makes the rebound trajectory unpredictable, or by thoughtfully building a combination of strokes so that the opponent does not have time to reach the ball and take the last hit.

The main types of errors leading to the loss of a point

1. The player allowed the ball to touch the floor twice after bouncing off the wall.

2. The ball touched the floor after being hit by a racket before reaching the wall.

3. The ball hit above the strike line or hit the acoustic panel.

4. The ball hit any player or just touched his clothes.

5. The player hit the same ball twice in a row.

The Let situation does not lead to a loss of a point; this is a legitimate way to replay a point. If the ball burst during the game, then the point is also replayed.

Warm up or “warm up” the ball

A feature of squash is the mandatory joint warm-up of players before the match.

Players take turns kicking the ball for five minutes. During the warm-up process, the players “warm up”, and most importantly, the squash ball, which becomes more rigid and playable.

If necessary, the referee may allow the ball to continue to warm up after a break between games.

How to control the compliance with the rules on the court

The World Squash Federation recommends that both the Judge and the Marker be present at the same time, who should be behind the back wall, but as close to it as possible.

• The marker counts points, monitors compliance with the sequence of selection of the supply square, announces the end of the rally, names errors and states Let situations. The marker is authorized to announce the decision of the judge on certain controversial issues.

• The decision of the Judge is final, it is not debated or disputed. Players have the right to appeal to the referee, to express their disagreement with Marker's decision. The referee has the right to award a victory to a player in case of an opponent's failure to appear within 10 minutes, to suspend the match or even to terminate it due to inappropriate conditions on the court, improper behavior of the spectators.

How to protect yourself from injuries while playing squash

• In squash, opposing players share one court space for two or four, so gentlemanly behavior on the court is vital. Racquet or ball strikes can only be avoided subject to the rules of mutual courtesy and accuracy.

• Squash sneakers supporting the ankle, equipped with a non-slip sole will protect against dislocation and sprains.

• Doctors will tell you how to avoid injuries to your back, elbows, knees and hands.

• A soft ball during the game “heats up” and becomes hard, therefore special glasses are often used to protect the eyes. In junior competitions, points are considered a mandatory element of equipment.

A dynamic and active squash game brings players a lot of positive emotions, emotional discharge and perfectly maintains excellent physical shape.

A bit of history

The first mention of squash dates back to the beginning of the 19th century, but historians believe that the game appeared much earlier. They say that squash was invented by English prisoners - so they tried to pass the time in prison.

From England, squash moved to the United States, and then to other countries of the world. At the end of the last century, clubs for fans of this game began to appear, after which it began to gain more and more popularity.

Now they know about squash in almost all countries of the world. Research by medical professionals has proven that the game has a beneficial effect on the human body. Since squash requires dynamism, accuracy and attention, the player remains in good physical shape, and healthy excitement has the best effect on mood and well-being.

What is a squash game?

What is squash?

They play indoors - squash court. Typically, two people are involved. But this is the kind of game where you can play with yourself, a partner is optional.

Equipment: tennis rackets and ball, no mesh needed. In another way, this game is also called tennis by the wall.

The purpose of the squash game: to direct the ball with the help of a racket to a designated place on the wall

The player must again have time to take the ball and direct it to another specific place - the ball should not hit the opponent. If the player has the ball, he is awarded a point.

The main thing here is speed and attentiveness. It is also important to calculate the trajectory of the projectile: without this skill, the player will not have time to intercept the ball.

To win, you need to score 11 points, after which the game ends.

Squash Rules

First, note that the squash court must be equipped. Ideally, it is glass cube with a wall drawn into zones. There are four zones:

  • sound board
  • bottom line
  • feed line
  • out.

The floor is also divided into squares, a ball is served from them. You need to get the ball into the zone between the sound line and the out line.

Squash court

The game begins with a toss: choose who starts the game. The draw passes interestingly: the racket is laid on a flat surface and rotated - the one whom the equipment points to begins to play (similar to the game in the "bottle").

While squash is not very popular in Russia, but if you want to learn how to play, then there is nothing complicated. Enough to stock up with rackets and a rubber ball. To learn how to ruin a site, simply learn from the videos.

This a gambling and dynamic kind of sports game Suitable for both children and adults. Squash is called the safest, despite the fact that the whole process goes on the move. The risk of injury during the competition is minimal.

How to learn?

If you held a tennis racket in your hands before, then it will be simple. The main thing is to learn how to hit the ball with the ball.

First of all, you need to equip the area with dimensions of 9.75 m by 6.4 m. The balls are sold in sports stores and are slightly different from tennis in softness.

How to learn to play squash?

Clothing is also important - it should be comfortable and easy. Since you have to move, pay special attention to shoes.

We pass directly to the game. The player stands in a position in which one leg is necessarily located in the feed zone. If you go over the line, they won’t count the point. The ball should fall into place above the supply line, but not below the out line. The opponent at this time must repel him on the fly or after one rebound from the wall.

It should be noted that since squash is not particularly popular in Russia, its fans often supplement the game with their own rules and principles. If you want to learn how to play professionally, join squash clubs or contact your instructor. Lessons even take place online: this is a great training option if the nearest squash club is far away.