Squash is a racquet sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Players must alternate in striking the ball with their racquet and hitting the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court with the aim of hitting the ball so that their opponent cannot return it before it bounces twice. The red line around the top of the court defines the limit outside which they may not touch. The sport used to be an immensely popular in Singapore. However of late, the sport has seen a large decline in numbers.
Fun fact - The game of squash came about after a few boys in the United Kingdom, who were waiting for their turn to play racquets, knocked a ball around in a confined area adjoining the racquets court.
Fun fact - A squash ball moving at 150 kilometers per hour has the same impact of a .22 bullet
The current official scoring system for all levels of professional and amateur squash is called point-a-rally scoring. (PARS) The winner of a rally will always receive a point regardless of whether they were the server or returner. Each game is played to 11, but in contrast to English scoring, players must win by two clear points to be declared the winner. That is, if the score reaches 10-10, play continues until one players wins by two point. Competition matches are usually played to "best-of-five" (i.e. the first player to win three games)
Try out Squash today!
Here are a few tips to get you started.
WHAT TO WEAR (SUITABLE CLOTHING)
- Breathable T-shirt, dri-fit shirt tank top or singlet
- Pair of sports shorts (females can wear skirts)
- Cushion socks are recommended
Pair of soft-soled, non-marking shoes only
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Squash racquet
ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED
- Squash bag
- Squash Shoes
- Eye protection