Rules/Refereeing

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 […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q&A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! I’m now pretty confused hearing different refs calling all kinds of things like “Down”, “Carry”, “Not up”, “Scoop”, “Double, etc—for all kinds of different things, and sometimes for the same things. What’s up with all that? Unfortunately we hear all kinds of things blurted out. Let’s clarify some squash lingo, […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q&A

HEY REF! I’ve noticed that in so many cases, there is no audible appeal when a player is asking for a let. I thought the rules required us to actually say “Let”. If not, do referees have to just guess? This question will help us explain the more precise use of terminology adopted with the […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q&A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! I broke my racquet and after changing it, I wanted to hit the ball a few times to get a feel for it—but my opponent  refused and insisted we play on immediately— claiming that the rules state that “play must be continuous”. Is that true and does it apply to […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q & A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! I was reading the new 2014 rules and was having a tough time figuring out the difference between ‘excessive’ and ‘exaggerated’ swings. Help!? Welcome to the club. Most rules deal with the assumption that a player’s swing is reasonable—meaning that it does “not extend more than is necessary” for the […]

Local Call: Top Back Wall Out

With the continued introduction of glass back courts has come some confusion about the ‘out line’ across the top of the glass. In a step to clarify this ruling it can be confirmed that the ball is called out if it hits the top edge of the back wall. Players should imagine that the top […]