is a racquet game like tennis and badminton, but
is only played indoors. The objective of the game
is bounce a ball across the walls till the opponent
cannot face it.
DO YOU NEED ?
You need to concentrate on 3 areas before playing
squash. Equipment, Players and Location.
Racquet : In squash the equipment you'll
need as a minimum is the racquet. Nowadays racquets
are made out of an composite of graphite and titanium.
They are very light and give you full control of
your strokes and swings. A racquet 2 should have
an overhead size of 490cm or greater in head size.
This will give you a larger sweet spot for manoeuvering
the ball. With such sizes, even if you don't hit
the ball with the center of the racquet you can
still get power in the stroke. This is best for
your child when he or she is beginning to learn
the game. Very light racquets are not advisable
since they will have very little power. You should
select one that is well balanced and durable since
the racquet is liable to bang the wall and floor
in almost every game.
Ball : Squash balls are one of the few
in sports to come in grades. Blue balls are for
beginners and they bounce very easily. Red balls
are the next in level of skill since they bounce
less than the blue ones but still bounce almost
instantly. Yellow balls are great for the regular
players and warms up after a bit of usage. Finally
Double Yellow balls which are slower than the other
balls and need to be warmed up sufficiently before
Protection : All professional players play
with eye protection. Since the game revolves around
a very fast moving bouncing ball which is anything
but soft, protecting the eye becomes unquestionable.
If your child is interested in squash this should
be a requisite.
: Try and get your child a pair of squash shoes.
These have a lot of shock absorption and support
for the feet since the game involves a lot of jumping
and running. Stay away from thin soled shoes or
running shoes since they will not provide the right
The above prices are indicative prices and
may vary according to the quality / brand
Squash can be played with 2 players for singles
and 4 for doubles.
Squash courts are always indoors. They are enclosed
spaces which are 6 meters in width and 9.75 in height.
The courts are demarcated in sections for the serving
area and the floors are generally made out of wood.
Squash courts for doubles games are often bigger
in size though you may not find them easy to come
by. Most courts are designed for singles games.
LET'S PLAY !
players need to prepare for a fast game and chasing
since the squash ball is known to bounce all over
the court. The point system is called a 9 rile and
the first player to reach the score of 9 wins. Though
when the player does reach 8, he has the option
to choose whether he'd like to end the game at 9
The player who serves must serve from a box in the
front which is allocated to the player for serving.
The ball has to bounce off the wall and land in
the back section of the court. The second player
has then to face the ball after the bounce or before
it and then bounce it on any wall. Success of one
player depends on the inability of the other to
face the ball.