Anticipating the multitude of trajectories that a squash ball can take is immensely challenging. Locked in combat on an enclosed glass court, the players strike the ball either directly onto the front wall or use the side or rear walls to create subtle winning shots, impossible for the opponent to return. A finely tuned spatial sense is imperative just to avoid collisions with the other opponent on the court. To win demands power, precision, instant tactical analysis – and the stamina to bring it all together. Top-level squash is like playing chess with a racquet.

Squash featured in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for all details.

Squash will participate at The World Games 2017!

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Squash in a nutshell ...

Squash is played by two players on an enclosed court with a floor area of 9.75 by 6.4 meters. The players strike the ball alternately on to the front wall, which is 4.75 meters high and has an "out of bounds" board measuring 480 mm across the bottom. Players can hit the ball directly to the front wall or use the sidewalls and rear wall to create subtle winning shots. Play starts with a service and continues until one player cannot return the ball correctly before it has bounced twice on the floor. The scoring in squash is generally five games to nine points each, with a player only winning a point when serving. If the non-serving player wins a rally, he or she becomes the server and can score points.

Slow means fast ...

The reason why squash is so different and exciting is that the ball is very slow. This characteristic means that as the ball bounces slowly off the floor, the players have to run faster and hit the ball harder in order to return it to the front wall. Squash requires fitness and intelligence. It is a sport where two novices can have long and energetic rallies to build fitness in a fun way, while expert players demonstrate that to really succeed in the sport you need the speed of a sprinter and the endurance of a marathon runner combined with exceptional agility and supreme coordination.

Squash around the world ...

Squash is now played in 150 countries worldwide. Over 15 million players compete regularly on over 50'000 dedicated courts. Squash is played in The World Games, Asian Games, All Africa Games, Pan-American Games and Commonwealth Games. Applications to have squash included in the Olympic Games have been submitted to the International Olympic Committee. It was last voted upon by the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, where it narrowly failed to make it onto the program of the London 2012 Olympics. Squash has annual World Championships for men, women and juniors in both individual and team formats.

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