In squash, can a ball hit the sidewall after striking with the front wall in serve?


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Squash racquet and ball

Players in a glass-backed squash court

International squash singles court, as specified by the World Squash Federation

Squash is a racquet sport that was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball used in its parent game Racquets (or rackets; see below)). The game is played by two players (or four players for doubles) with "standard" rackets in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Squash is characterized as a "high-impact" exercise that can place strain on the joints, notably the knees.

Squash is recognized by CIO and remains in contention for incorporation in a future Olympic program.


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Introduction & History of Squash Squash also known as Squash Racquets may have originated in ancient Greece. Version of squash was played in the prisons of England during the late 18th century. Popular in English schools of the nobility during the nineteenth century. Ease of Learning Squash A booklet titled Basic Squash for Beginners published by the Canadian Squash Racquets Association states that "squash is easy to learn". Squash hand ball & tennis are probably most difficult hand racquet sports to play. More difficult to introduce than racquetball and is not as popular as racquetball. Factors Contributing to Squash Difficulty Racquet length Distance between and and racquet face. Racquet face size Ball size Court dimension restrictions Squash Racquet Racquets (about 8 ounces) are in a variety of shapes, and grips and tensions. Cost is from 20 to 30 dollars and up. Racquets come in different weights, balances and materials. Metal head...
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More than 150 years ago a new sport became popular among boys at British public schools like Harrow and Eton. This sport, called squash, gradually spread to other parts of the world and is now played by more than 20 million people in over 150 countries. Players of the game believe it's a great way to keep fit, and every year more and more people take up the sport. Tournaments have been held since the early 1900s and events like the British Open and the World Open create a lot of interest among followers of the game. Fans of squash hope to see their game being played at the Olympic Games within the next ten or fifteen years.

History of Squash

In Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, more and more people were living in cities where it was hard to find open spaces for sports and games. But people love games, so they worked out ways to use whatever small spaces they could find, and ways to use the brick and stone walls that enclosed these spaces. They found walls in...

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The basic rules of squash are fairly simple. First the winner of the toss gets to choose which side they want to serve from and alternates sides until they lose a point. The toss is typically done by spinning the racquet, with one player guessing whether the racquet will land up or down based on the direction of the logo at the end of the grip. The ball can hit any number of walls ( i.e sidewall, backwall ) but must eventually hit the front wall before bouncing on the floor. A rally ( the exchange of shots ) ends when one of the following occurs:

Interference resulting in a stroke, i.e. point to the obstructed player.

The serve is done by having at least one foot in the service box, then hitting the ball to the front wall, above the service line and having it bounce in the opposite quarter-court. The receiver can stand anywhere as long as they do not interfere with the server. Only one serve is allowed. There is no second serve as in tennis.

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By Stephen Hufford

A Simple Squash Glossary

Here are the most common terms and phrases you need to know in order to clearly communicate with other squash players:

american scoring - also called point-a-rally scoring, in which both the server and the receiver can score a point during a rally.
boast - a shot hit to the near sidewall before it hits the front wall.
carry - a ball that is not hit cleanly on the racquet; it touches the strings throughout the stroke.
counterdrop - a drop shot hit off of a preceding drop shot. Also called a re-drop.
crosscourt - a ball that goes to the opposite side of the court after striking the front wall.
doublehit - a ball that contacts the strings more than once during a stroke. Somewhat similar to a carry.
drive - a typical groundstroke, usually hit for good length.
drop - a shot hit short, usually not too high above the tin.
game - usually won by the first player to earn 9 points. Sometimes games...

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