Squash is one of the most athletic sports in the world. Beyond the fun of the game, new benefits are being discovered every day.
A 2020 study by Canadian experts found that squash was the healthiest sport in the world. In one hour of squash, a player can burn between 600 and 1000 calories. Squash is affordable, easy to play, accessible. This fast-paced varsity sport offers numerous health benefits including improved balance and range of motion, enhanced muscle strength and endurance, and boosts cardiovascular conditioning. Along with the tactics involved in getting the opponent into trouble, there are also fine touches of strategy, co-ordination and fitness required.
People from over 185 countries around the world play Squash. There are nearly 149 national squash federations and 50,000 squash courts worldwide, according to the World Squash Federation. Canada with its Squash courts is ranked seventh in the number of the ones per country. They are in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
Squash is included in over 20 international multi-sport games and is one of the top 10 sports on the Commonwealth Games program.
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Basic rules and gameplay
Squash is a racket sport in which two players (four in doubles matches) exchange a small hollow rubber ball on a four-walled court. This dynamic game is described as the equivalent of chess, except that it is literally played in turbo mode – the better the players, the more strategic the game. Players must continually challenge themselves mentally and physically.
The objective of the game is for players to take turns hitting the ball against the front wall, over the plate, and under the outfield line. The ball may hit the side or back walls at any time, as long as it hits below the outfield line. A ball sent over the out-of-bounds line or the top line of the plate is judged to be out.
After the ball hits the front wall, it may only bounce once on the ground (and as many times as possible on the side and back walls) before a player must return it. Players may move freely around the court but are not allowed to obstruct the opponent accidentally or intentionally. In general, players return to the centre of the court after hitting the ball.
If a player scores 11 points, he wins the game. However, there are exceptions – the previous score was 10-10, in which case the game continues until one of the players does not score two points. A player may score points whether or not he/she has the serve (one point per rally). After winning a rally, the server scores one point and retains the service; the receiver, after winning a rally and scoring one point, becomes the server.
Points are awarded if, during the game:
- The receiver fails to hit the ball before it has bounced twice,
- The catcher sends the ball out (either on or over the outfield line or on the plate) or misses the front wall,
- There is obstruction, which gives the obstructed player a run.
Two officials are present in a squash match: the referee and the scorekeeper. The referee controls the match and makes a decision when players appeal. An appeal is a request by a player to review the decision made by the scorer (or lack of decision). Officials are also responsible for issuing penalties. The scorekeeper is responsible for assisting the referee in making decisions about serves that do not appear to be valid. At the end of each rally, the scorekeeper states the score, but if an appeal is made, the score is stated after the decision on the appeal.
To play squash, you need a racket, a ball, suitable clothing, a pair of shoes, and a squash court. This sport is excellent for increasing cardiovascular strength, improving hand-eye coordination, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Where to play squash?
If there is one racket sport that is becoming more and more popular, it is certainly squash. Indeed, it is a fun and practical activity even if it requires a good physical condition. In any case, its benefits are numerous and undeniable. It is therefore not surprising that squash courts are quickly taken over. However, to get the most out of this sport, choosing the right course is essential. You may choose one of the squash clubs listed below and enjoy this outstanding game.
- Vancouver Racquets Club
- 4867 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3H4
- Squash BC
- 4867 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3H4
- Evergreen Squash Club of West Vancouver
- 315 Klahanie Court, Mail:, 1802 Glenaire Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1Y1
- The Toronto Racquet Club
- 159 Bleecker St, Toronto, ON M4X 1L9
- Richmond Hill Squash Club
- 377 Ohio Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3A1
- The Goal Of The Squash GameLike all racket sports, squash is played 1-on-1, with players taking turns hitting the ball and the aim of the game being to win the rally (which starts with a serve). Here are some specifics.
- The essential equipment to play squashTo enjoy a squash game, every player needs three essential elements. In the guide below, you will find all the necessary information concerning squash equipment.