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Easing up on Expectations

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach Setting expectations places unnecessary demands on an athlete’s performance. Going into a match thinking, “I should win” or “I’ll probably lose” or “I’m not going to play well” can be damaging to an individual’s mindset. First, you don’t actually know how you’re going to do in a […]

Double Down

by Amanda Sobhy Most of you know me as a professional singles player. However, what you may not know is that I love to play doubles. No, I’m not talking about doubles on a singles court. I am talking about good old-fashioned North American hardball doubles. I first learned the game when I was growing […]

Foot Fault? You’re Calling a Foot Fault?

It’s one of the very first things you learn when you begin playing squash. After figuring out about all the confusing lines on the court, you are told to start a point by serving with a foot inside one of the red squares (or red semi-circle in hardball doubles and singles). Although foot-faulting is perhaps […]

Stay Connected: Balance & Focus

By Richard Millman If we are to be successful squash players, the way we carry ourselves as human beings sometimes needs to be countermanded and positively untrained. A certain assumption that most people habitually employ actually opposes the successful conduct of a game of squash. Let me explain by way of a little experiment. Put […]

Doubles: Let the Ball Go

By Suzie Pierrepont I hated squash doubles when I first tried it. I hated the way the ball came off my racquet with no control and the way the ball bounced at the back of the court. I hated how my backhand volley drop would land five feet above the tin or hit the floor, […]

How Gender Roles Impact Performance

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach Engaging in powerful conversations about gender and athletic performance can be difficult. Gender is an emotionally-charged issue and many people don’t bring it up out of fear of being judged, criticized or misunderstood. As a result, assumptions are made or the topic is avoided all together. This […]

Fasting Diets

By Candace Chemtob Dieting is a national obsession. Each year more than forty-five million Americans embark on a weight-loss diet. Athletes are not immune to the pressures to attain an “ideal” weight. After all, performance benefits are associated with increased lean body mass and lower levels of body fat. Weight loss, however, can have unintended […]

Ask Chet: April 2018

Squash fans, Chet Blitzer here, once again answering all your sportsmanship questions. I’ve been flooded with questions and the two I’ve chosen this time are about personal responsibility. Dear Chet, My coach told me I should call balls out or down on myself, but do I need to do this in tournaments when there is […]

Squash Doubles Practice With Two or Three Players

By Graham Bassett, Victor Elmaleh US Squash Director of Doubles and Professional Squash While nothing beats a full game of four-person doubles, some of the best and most fun practice can be achieved with fewer players. Two Players Perhaps you and your partner are just too good and everybody is scared of you. No problem. […]