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Begin by Asking Why

by Richard Millman I started coaching in 1977 at the Hunter Squash Club in Norwich, the capital city of the county of Norfolk in England. I had attended Gresham’s School, a boarding school in Norfolk, and, while I had gained entry through an academic scholarship, truth be told, I had somewhat lost my way on […]

Hey Ref: October 2018

by Barry Faguy HEY REF I referee a fair amount and I’ve noticed over the last couple of years that there seems to be a lot more no lets given for access interference situations, way more than in the past and sometimes it seems painfully unfair. Is there some kind of new directive out there […]

Power of Positivity: The Advantages of Positive Self-Talk

By Bailey Bondy, toughminds.net “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t—you’re right.” —Henry Ford Positive thinking is one of the many important tools to have in your toolbox, and one that can always be sharpened. There are many ways in which one can become more positive, but one of the most effective […]

Back to the Basics Efficient and Effective Warm-Up Strategies

By AJ Lamb, MS, CSCS, PES Supervisor / Senior Exercise Physiologist of Zarett Rehab and Fitness, Joseph Zarett, Physical Therapist, Founder of Zarett Rehab & Fitness Every elite-level athlete understands the importance of preparing the body for the anticipated demands of sport. A planned warm-up is a key component to improving performance and keeping your […]

Drills for Doubles: Get the Most Out of Your Game

By Aidan Harrison Most of the focus of teaching professionals is on the juniors but if you can build a vibrant adult doubles program at your club and make it fun, it builds an extra layer of community within the squash section. Doubles players are lifers. It’s a social game where members can get a […]

Navigation

By Richard Millman From our very earliest days, we learn how to navigate our way around the world. As we grow up we are almost unconscious of this extraordinary ability as we make our way around obstacles, through doorways, over hurdles and past our fellow humans who are also navigating their way. All of this […]

Curb Your Appetite

By Candace Chemtob Hunger is complicated. A Harvard endocrinologist explained it: “The fundamental role of hunger is to drive us to seek and consume food.” In the days when food was scarce, hunger was important to survival. But today, tempting foods are abundant and hunger can erode our willpower to eat healthily despite the best […]

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 […]