LessonCourt

Squash-Specific Conditioning

by AJ Lamb, MS, CSCS, PES Supervisor / Senior Exercise Physiologist of Zarett Rehab and Fitness Joe Zarett, Physical Therapist Founder of Zarett Rehab and Fitness As we observe the wide variety of energy requirements seen in sport, we can assume that their corresponding training programs should not be identical. For example, a racket sport […]

The Equation of Squash: Get There to Leave

By Richard Millman The principles of survival in the human race are also the principles of survival for squash. They can be expressed as an equation—a form of algebra. Algebra may not be the most popular topic for reading, but if someone gave you a guaranteed and simple formula for wealth or happiness that couldn’t go […]

Squash Nutrition on the Fly: Strategies to Optimize Nutrition During International Travel

by Nyree Dardarian, Director, Center for Nutrition & Performance, Drexel University During the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, my job was to support the U.S. men’s and women’s squash team nutritionally while they were going for gold. Every aspiring gold medalist has to out-organize their opposition. During competitions overseas, it means preparing and […]

Reasons to Ref

By Hope Prockop Four years ago, my deep dive into refereeing began. I attended a US Squash coaching course where I met some like-minded squash addicts. We shared ideas and best practices on technique, lesson development and match play. The course touched on refereeing, though, and it was just enough to intrigue me. I hadn’t […]

Making Lemonade

By Will Carlin Keith Jarrett was not happy. The legendary American jazz and classical pianist had arrived at the Opera House in Cologne, Germany, late in the afternoon on a dark, wet and cold Friday in January, 1975. He hadn’t slept well in several nights, he was wearing a brace for a bad back, and—after […]

Play On

by Sheldon Anderson, US Squash Pro Tour 2 Official US Squash is unique in that we require our professional officials to participate as referees at our national and junior events. This helps implement changes we make at the professional level amongst the broader membership. Over the past year, for example, we have highlighted the importance […]

Navigating the Mental Game in Squash: Between Game Strategies

Nyree Dardarian, Director, Center for Nutrition & Performance Eric Zillmer, Athletics Director and Professor Drexel University Fitness is the price of admission to competitive squash. But from a nutritional and neuroscience point of view, squash is also very much a cognitive chess match of geometry and wit. Squash is different from other sports: there are […]

Reverse It

The reverse corner is the foundational shot in hardball doubles. More points are ended with the reverse than any other short shot. Since it is a rarity in softball singles, many young players have trouble hitting it consistently. We asked a half dozen doubles legends to tell us how they approached hitting the reverse. Jamie […]

What to Pack for a Squash Tournament

By Pierre Bastien Last summer, I traveled down to Charlottesville to play in the 2018 World Masters, which were being held for the first time in the United States. The University of Virginia hosted 600 players from around the world at the McArthur Squash Center and Boar’s Head Inn. I had a major packing challenge […]