SQUASH RULES | Racket sports are a huge hit these days. Be it Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis or Squash, there are a lot of people who are ready to take up the sport either for fun or seriously. There are various sports venues budding in the country. This shows how people are responding to the idea of sports these days. Squash being one of the racket sports is the highest calorie-burning sport. It has been recognized as one of the best sports towards intense fitness. The challenges when it comes to squash are numerous as it is an incredibly quick game. Footwork and hand-eye coordination should be mastered to get better at squash. But before getting into the depth and nuances of the game, you should be aware of the basic rules involved in Squash.
1) The ball is allowed to hit the floor only once but it can touch how many ever side-walls possible
Make sure when you are sending your returns, the ball has to first hit the Front wall. After hitting the front wall, the ball can hit the side walls any number of times. But, the striker has to pick the return before the ball lands on the floor twice, else the point is given to the non-striker.
2) Do not let the ball touch your body
The ball shouldn’t come in contact with your body. If it is your turn to pick up the shot and the ball hits your body, then the point is given to the opponent. In any case, where the ball-play is obstructed by the players, the Marker has every right to decide on who gets the points.
3) The player who scores 11 points first wins the game
Every game is played till 11 points. Whoever scores 11 first, takes the game. In case both the players are tied at 10 points, then the game is played till a difference of 2 points is achieved. The match is either best of 3 or 5.
4) There is no break between rallies
Unlike Tennis, where there is a delay between points played, in Squash, all the rallies are continuous until the game is won. After winning a game, a break of 90 seconds is permitted.
5) At any point during the game, if your shot might cause an injury to the opponent or yourself, you can drop it
At this juncture, a let is called out. You need to inform the Marker immediately in case such incidents happen.
It is better to know the rules of the game clearly before starting to take it up professionally. Understanding the game will be easier this way. If you are looking for squash venues near you, download the PLAYO app on your phone and book your courts.