Squash is a racquet sport that requires great skill and stamina, with a soft ball that favors finesse over power. It is played all over the world by elite players in circuit tournaments and by recreational players looking for a fun workout. This Web guide gives you an overview of the sport’s rules and history, shows you where to find coverage of professional squash and helps you become a player (or a better player) yourself.
The name “squash” derives from its soft ball that squashes when it hits the wall, unlike the harder ball used in its parent game, Racquets. Learn how squash differs from other racquet sports and how it evolved into the game it is today in this section.
- Players must give their opponents a chance to return the ball without interfering. If the referee determines there is interference, he may call a let—resulting in a replay of the point—or award a point to the interfered player. Squash Player provides a look at when interference should be called.
For an overview of squash …
uses two animated characters—Squashimodo and Racketboy—to show how squash is played. It includes a diagram of the court, the basic rules of play and instruction on how to serve and keep score.
For squash rules …
The World Squash Federation
has rules for singles, softball doubles and hardball doubles available in PDF form. It also has an abbreviated rulebook for those just looking for the basics, as well as an “idiot’s guide” to new rules. For help interpreting the rules, there is an FAQ section
with answers from Don Ball of the WSF Rules team.
For the history of squash …
hosts an article written by James Zug, author of “Squash: A History of the Game
.” He covers the origins of squash, beginning with its evolution from tennis and ending with a look at squash’s future.
Squash is played competitively around the world, both in international competitions and on ... read more »
Here we spotlight the best places on the Web for coverage of competitive squash and opinions on the ... read more »
Success at squash requires finesse, proper technique and shrewd tactical play. This section ... read more »
Squash players need a racquet they feel comfortable with, as well as balls, nonscuffing shoes and ... read more »
Most Recent Guides