Local Call: Illegal Advice

There are instances in squash when, unbeknownst to even those competing in the match, a rule is broken. Outside coaching of players during a game is not allowed. No advice is permitted, whether it is specific tactical instruction (“hit it deep” “play the drop”) or psychological guidance (“keep your head up” or “be tough”).  Supporters, friends, parents and coaches are permitted to encourage, cheer on and motivate (“come on, let’s go”) players during a game, but they cannot give coaching advice unless it is between games. A player receiving mid-game coaching is risking a conduct penalty, even though they didn’t do anything wrong themselves. Players can limit the appearance of impropriety during play by avoiding eye contact with people off-court.

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