Rules and History of Squash



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.

Rules and History of Squash

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.

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  • 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.

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