Rules/Refereeing

Hey Ref: October 2017

HEY REF Other than the marker making calls like “out” and “down,” is it permissible for the referee to stop play? It’s allowed, but it’s rare and usually for safety reasons. An intervention would typically happen with interference, where—without a request for let having been made—the referee suddenly interrupts play to award a let or […]

Hey Ref: June 2017

by Barry Faguy HEY REF Is there anything a referee can do about what seems to be dishonest play? Dishonesty has many guises, but we’ll focus on two key areas. The first regards the failure of players to call their own balls down or out. Sometimes they will disingenuously claim that it’s up to the […]

Hey Ref: December 2016

by Barry Faguy HEY REF Don’t you guys have a sense of humor? Oh yeah. A few years ago, Anthony Hill is stopped in mid-play by a ref’s call of “not up.” He argues that the ball was indeed good—but the ref nonetheless says: “Play squash, Mr. Hill.” Hill answers back: “That’s what I was […]

Hey Ref! An Official Q&A

By Barry Faguy Having originally dealt with all the key principles of decision making in treatise form, we carry on the explanations by zeroing in on questions we’re received over the years. HEY REF When interference situations come up, I’ve often heard justifications of the decision using the words “every effort”—but what does that really […]

Hey Ref: An “Official” Q & A

by Barry Faguy HEY REF! Sometimes I get stuck reffing a match with seemingly endless calls. Is there any way to cut down those numbers? That’s a very topical question, and this longer-than-average answer is far too short. Indeed, for the past few years, the professional organizations have been urging Referees to make decisions that […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official” Q&A

By Barry Faguy Having originally dealt with all the key principles of decision making in treatise form, we carry on the explanations by zeroing in on questions we’ve received over the years.  HEY REF! My opponent slipped and fell and lost her racket in the right front as she made a drop shot there. Just as […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q&A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! What does ‘playing through’ mean? You’ve no doubt heard the old saying: “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” Well, with ‘playing through,’ the ‘cake’ is the striker’s right to call a let when encountering interference—and the ‘eat it too’ refers to delaying the call until some time […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q&A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! It really gets on my nerves when I have an opponent who takes too long between rallies, either to serve, or to receive serve—especially if they obviously need to catch their breath. I’ve only been told by players that, unlike for tennis, squash does not specify the allowable time to […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q&A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! Can I stand wherever I want to receive the serve? Sure. There are no rules mandating a particular place for the receiver to receive serve. However, common sense would suggest that you’d be better off standing in roughly the center area of the quarter-court where the ball will be served […]