Rules/Refereeing

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 […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q&A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! After I’d won a long rally, my opponent asked the Referee: “Were all balls good?” The ref hesitated for a moment and said that he wasn’t sure about one return early on that was near the tin—and ordered a let be played. It occurred to me that this kind of ‘shotgun’ approach to appeals could […]

Local Call: Prescription to Safety

Are you a squash player who wears prescription glasses while playing squash? Are prescription glasses your substitute for wearing protective eyewear? Please be aware that you should still be wearing ASTM-F803 approved eyewear over the top of your prescription glasses. All players and coaches must wear protective eyewear during all activities that take place on […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q & A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! I was getting out of trouble in the front left corner with a high lob right over myself. My opponent called ‘Let’ as the ball was fourteen or fifteen feet high—so naturally, I stopped clearing—yet the ref awarded a stroke. That doesn’t seem right? The concept of ‘timing’ has a […]

Local Call: Stay on Court!

Have you ever stepped off court to argue a call with the officials? Or decided that what you thought was your lucky racquet is no longer your lucky racquet—so you open the door to go grab a new one? For those of you who are guilty of this, please remember that a player can only leave the court with the permission of the referee. Should […]