Squash sport is played in an indoor court game, the purpose of squash is to make a small rubber ball bounce two times on the floor before the challenger can hit it back. So, yes squash is played by multi-players. Even Though you can play doubles, as a three, or even with dozens of people on the court at the same time in three-quarter games.
In this particular game, you have to be exceptionally quick to get to the rubber ball but you also have to be extremely patient to keep getting that ball back again and again, especially when it can travel as fast as 270kmh.
Apart from being physically fit, you also must be as smart as a chess player, evaluating up your shot options, the positioning of your challenger, and much more, and that all in a second.
There are some basic rules for bouncing the ball, like the ball can hit the front wall immediately or it can hit the sidewall or the back wall prior to hitting the front wall, but it always has to hit the front wall before the floor. In that way, you can hit the ball across the walls in all kinds of patterns to trick your foe.
Let us find out the complete guide of the squash rules below
The focus of this game is to hit the ball off the back wall until you manage to make your opponent fail in returning the ball. Every time you do that you will receive a point. Points make up sets, which in turn conclude the winner of the match.
Some general squash Rules;
- You can only hit the ball once before your opponent hits it. The contact must also be singular you cannot ‘hold’ the ball.
- The ball can only jump once on the floor.
- You must make every effort to clear your shot and make sure your opponent has space to hit their shot.
Players & Equipment
- ‘PAR’ – where you play first to 11 points and you can score a point from either yours or your opponent’s serve.
- The second is a more traditional style where you play first to 9 points but can only score a point off your serve.
The 11-point PAR scoring system is now the official scoring system in professional ranks and most nonprofessional games.
Winning the Game
Rules for playing Squash game
- Games can be played by either two (singles) or four (doubles) players at the same time.
- You must hit the ball with your racket inside the boundaries on the back wall.
- The ball can hit the sidewall at any time only if, at some point, it hits the back wall.
- A ‘let’ is called when a player by accident gets in their opponents’ way and is unable to get out the way.
- A ‘No Let’ is given when the player who asks for a ‘Let Ball’ is considered to have not been able to get the ball back before it bounced twice. This can happen if the balls were too far away from them or it would be impossible to return, e.g., it hit the nick or was too tight to the sidewall.
- The referee/marker or the players must then decide whether it is a ‘Let Ball’, a ‘Stroke Ball’ or a ‘No Let’
- A ‘foul’ is declared if the player intentionally tries to get in the way of their opponent.
- If a game gets to 10-10 then a player must win by two clear points to win that game.
- You cannot hit the ball twice and you cannot hold the ball.
- When serving one foot must be within the service box, the same goes for your challenger.
- Upon returning a serve you may hit the ball on the volley or after it bounces.
- The speed of the ball is determined by the number and color of small spots on the ball:
- Double Yellow = Extra Super slow for competitions
- Yellow = Super slow
- Green or White = Slow
- Red = Medium
- Blue = Fast