Rules/Refereeing

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, […]

Hey Ref: January 2018

by Barry Faguy HEY REF I often hear some referees’ explanations that strike me as kind of weird. Is there some advice to help me get it right when it’s my turn to give explanations?  As you’ve realized, many explanations are unfortunately either flat-out wrong, incomplete, irrelevant or nonsensical. Proper explanations should help improve communication, […]

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 […]