Squash for Dummies

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 09:00
Manager of League Operations

If you’re looking for an activity that boasts high intensities and will help Squash your cardio goals, but not sure where to begin, give this headline a read - we’ll help you get started with lobbing, nicking, and killing your competition (in a fun-first way)!

First: Gear up! In the CSSC Squash leagues, we provide the balls and players are required to bring their own racquet, protective eyewear, and non-marking indoor shoes.

Second: Familiarize yourself with the court lines and boundaries!

  • The out line refers to the barrier marked along the side and front wall under which all shots must be played.
  • The tin refers to the barrier on the lower portion of the front wall that all shots must make contact above to be playable.
  • The service line refers to the barrier in the middle portion of the front wall that all serves must make contact above to be playable.
  • The service box is a square marked on the floor on either side of the half line that determines where the server must stand when serving.
  • The short line refers to the line that crosses the full width of the court floor at the front of the service boxes.

Third: Get in the game!

  • A server may serve from either service box.
  • A serve is good when it is hit directly against the front wall above the service line and below the outline, and when it reaches the floor beyond the short line – in other words, the ball must be playable for your opponent to return it.
  • The player who is not serving must return the ball before it bounces twice.
  • Returns must hit the front wall above the tin and below the out line and can hit the side or back walls before reaching the front wall.
  • The server alternates services boxes when they win a rally and their opponent serves when they lose a rally.

Before you know it you’ll be driving, boasting, and dropping shots like a champ!