Rules and History of Squash

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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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Squash Organizations and Competitions

Squash is played competitively around the world, both in international competitions and on professional circuits. In this section you can find links to national governing bodies of squash, as well to the men’s and women’s professional squash circuits.

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  • The Web sites of squash’s governing bodies are good places to become involved in squash, whether it’s as a player, coach, referee or volunteer.

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Squash News, Analysis and Statistics

Here we spotlight the best places on the Web for coverage of competitive squash and opinions on the state of the game, including respected Web sites, blogs and magazines.

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  • News and statistics for a particular competition are best found on its official Web site; look for these sites in the “Squash Organizations and Competitions” section.

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Learn and Improve at Squash

Success at squash requires finesse, proper technique and shrewd tactical play. This section highlights sites that can help beginners as well as intermediate and advanced players improve their play.

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  • If you’re looking for a place to play, visit the Web site of your country’s national governing body. See the directory of National Associations from the World Squash Federation.

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Buying Squash Equipment

Squash players need a racquet they feel comfortable with, as well as balls, nonscuffing shoes and eyewear. Find the best online stores for squash equipment in this section.

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  • The Web sites below are merchants that sell multiple brands of equipment. You can also purchase equipment directly through manufacturer sites like Wilson, Head, Prince, and Dunlop.

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