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Local Call: Mental Turning

Anytime the ball passes behind and around a player from backhand to forehand or vice versa—whether or not that player’s body physically spins around to follow the ball—it is considered a turning situation. When a player does not turn towards the backwall but the ball still passes behind him or her, it is colloquially referred […]

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 […]

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, […]

Local Call: See Something, Say Something?

“Did you see that?” “Did you hear that?” Although at many tournaments, crowd reactions—ooohs and aahhs, cheers and shouts of encouragement—are commonplace and players are expected to play through extra noise, this is not always the case when it is the opponent who creates the distraction. The most common instances are in the middle of […]

Local Call: Give Me a Break

The summer months are upon us, but diehard squash fans won’t be too far away from a squash court. As temperatures rise outside, courts can get warmer. This can make for long, grueling rallies and sometimes a player might look for a breather. It’s worth noting that a player is not allowed to step off […]

Local Call: Order in the Court

With team league season upon us, it’s a great time to remind captains and players that there is no more important rule than keeping the integrity of your lineup intact. Essentially this means you cannot record a default at the top or middle of the lineup. If your No. 1 player can’t make it to […]

Local Call: “Don’t be a Knob”

  “Can’t we just play a let?” As the squash ball travels at high speeds around the court, the consistency of the bounce depends on any number of things. The temperature of the ball, moisture on the wall, the angle the ball is hit and the type of spin placed on the ball are a […]

Local Call: Any Ball Will Do

‘Does this match count?’ As squash becomes more accessible to more players across the world we are beginning to see a variety in playing standards and a variety in playing environments. Players should note that whether you are using a double dot ball, an altitude ball or a blue dot (beginner’s ball) then your match […]

Don’t Blame the Ball

There is often some confusion around when, if at all, a ball can be replaced in the middle of a match. It’s not uncommon in league matches or tournament play for a ball to be used multiple matches in a row. As you all know, by this time the ball that was once black, bouncy and with plenty of grip […]