Rules/Refereeing

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 […]

Local Call: Sharing the Ball

This past January, the rules of squash singles were adjusted to limit the warm-up to a maximum of four minutes, replacing the previous rule of five minutes. Players must change sides after two minutes unless they have already done so. Importantly, the rule also emphasizes that the players must share the ball. Penalties can be […]

Hey Ref: April 2019

by Barry Faguy HEY REF Last call! Well folks, nine years later, it’s the end of my writing the officiating column. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a Canadian doing it, but it’s fitting that someone issued from the US Squash Officiating Program should now be taking the helm. It’s been a treat for me […]

Hey Ref: January 2019

An “Official” Q&A by Barry Faguy HEY REF Is it true that the PSA decided to eliminate the usual practice of giving only a let (instead of an obvious stroke) when the striker refrains from hitting the non-striker with the ball—specifically in those cases where the ball has first hit the back wall? Yes, it’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hey Ref: July 2018

by Barry Faguy HEY REF Once in a while when it’s my turn to referee, I wind up with bad behavior from the players and I get flustered and unsure of what to do. Poor behavior is part of many sports. Squash is no exception, particularly because the players are typically in close proximity, vying […]

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, […]