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Squash is a racquet sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racquet and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court.

The game was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game.

The Basics

squashThe basic principle is to keep hitting the ball against the front wall until your opponent cannot get it back any more. Players must keep one foot in the service box as they serve. The ball must hit the front wall between the service line and the out line, and land in the area behind the short line on the opposite side of the court.

For the remainder of the rally, players must hit the wall above the board and below the out line. The ball is only allowed to hit the floor once before each shot, but it can hit as many walls as the player wants. If a player fails to hit the ball before it bounces twice, hits the ball into the floor before it hits the front wall, or hits it outside the out line, then they lose the rally. A player can also lose a rally if the ball hits them or their clothing before they strike the ball.

The Benefits

Squash is a strenuous sport, in which a player can use a lot more energy than most other sports. Squash helps to:

  • Improve cardiovascular health; a game of squash will see you running, leaping and diving for the ball
  • Increase strength and fitness
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Increase flexibility and strength in the back
  • Promote good coordination, agility and flexibility
  • Build hand–eye coordination.

Try Squash

Squash is a hugely popular sport, in the UK and across the globe. There are thousands of clubs across the country and equipment is relatively cheap. Mini Squash also teaches youngsters how to play the game. All you need are some indoor trainers, a racquet and a ball. The make-up of the balls varies according to whether they are used for amateur or professional competition.

To find our more visit www.englandsquashandracketball.com. To find out if your nearest leisure centre offers squash courts simply click on their facilities page.

Participating Centres

This activity is available in other centres too. To be directed to the centre that offers this activity as well, please select the district council first and then the centre from the below dropdown list. You will automatically be redirected to the centre page on centre selection.

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