Squash: does hitting the sidewall reset the bounce?


According to the rules on World Squash site

A return is good if the ball:

6.2.1 is struck correctly before it has bounced twice on the floor; and

6.2.2 without hitting either player, or their clothing or racket, hits the front wall, either directly or after hitting any other wall(s), above the tin and below the out-line, without having first bounced on the floor; and

6.2.3 rebounds from the front wall without touching the tin; and

6.2.4 is not out.

So, regardless if it hits the side or back wall, the ball can only bounce at most once to keep the rally going. The rules only mention the requirement of hitting the front wall above the tin. the ball can strike any other wall at anytime provided the ball only has at most bounced...

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Drive it back tighter into the back corner for you to dig out

You can clearly see that by playing tight and to good length, you remove all the above shots from your opponent's choices. This is why the pro games are full of these never-ending rallies up and down the side-wall.

The drop shot is played just above the tin with very little pace. When playing your drop shot you want to aim so that the first bounce is below the nick (i.e floor first) so that your ball will bounce into the side-wall and cling next to it. Your choice of either drop shot depends on where the ball is when you are about to play your shot.

If you are close to the sidewall then its best to play a drop that hits the floor first, bounces and kisses the side-wall then clings to it on its way down.

If you are in the middle of the court then you can aim for the nick and higher for a quick roll-out.

If you are in the back of the court then play a dying drop that wants to hit the nick on the...

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Yes, until the ball bounces twice on the floor, it is still in play - with the obvious exceptions like when the ball hits a player or goes out of the court.

I believe the scenario you're specifically referring to is when your opponent hits a hard, high shot off the front wall that then hits the back wall, bounces once on the ground and makes it all the way back to the front wall again before the second bounce. In this case, yes, you can still hit the ball as it rebounds off the front wall but before it hits the ground.

According to the 2013 USAR rulebook Rule 3.13 paragraph (e):

(e) Return Attempts. The ball remains in play until it touches the floor a second time; regardless of how many walls it makes contact with – including the front...

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Background Information

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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.


The game of...

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As a squash ball is deformed upon impact with a surface, energy is expended. Initially, much of this energy is lost as dissipated heat. As the ball is repeatedly hit by a racket and bounced against the walls and floor of the squash court, the air inside the ball becomes warmer, the rubber of the ball itself becomes firmer and more heat is stored rather than lost. Squash Player explains that eventually this state of affairs will reach equilibrium, usually at around 45 degrees Celsius, and the heat stored by the ball will equal that which is lost during each impact. The time it takes to reach this equilibrium depends on the original resilience of the ball (squash balls are manufactured with varying levels of basic firmness to complement the experience level of the player), the temperature of the court and the ability of the players to keep the ball in play.

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It is nice to see our ball moving, but it quickly disappears from the screen, limiting the fun we can have with it! To overcome that we will implement some very simple collision detection (which will be explained later in more detail) to make the ball bounce off the four edges of the Canvas.

Simple collision detection

To detect the collision we will check whether the ball is touching (colliding with) the wall, and if so, we will change the direction of its movement accordingly.

To make the calculations easier let's define a variable called ballRadius that will hold the radius of the drawn circle and be used for calculations. Add this to your code, somewhere below the existing variable declarations:

var ballRadius = 10;

Now update the line that draws the ball inside the drawBall() function to this:

ctx.arc(x, y, ballRadius, 0, Math.PI*2);

Bouncing off the top and bottom

There are four walls to bounce the ball off — let's focus on the top...

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Expert: Hunt - 6/14/2008


A kill shot that is hit within six inches of the floor, travels at great speed and rebounds back along the floor. But sometimes it bounces upward, at an angle of 10-15 degrees (or more) from the floor. I suggested that when it bounces upward, it is the result of hitting the bottom of the wall where it meets the floor, hitting both surfaces at the same time. In other words, the floor adds to the angle of bounce. I can envision no other way for the ball to have an upwards bounce, even if it spins off the front wall. Since it is dropping as it approaches the front wall – due to the downward force of gravity- the bounce away from the wall would be downward. The question then, is how could the ball bounce upwards as it leaves the front wall and be a good (valid) return?

It has been a ‘few’ years since my physics courses, but those vector diagrams are haunting me on this one!

Thanks for you help.


Hello. I am the...

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Racquetball and squash have many similarities at first glance, such as both games are played with rackets on enclosed courts. However, the sports are actually quite different in the way they are played. Because the ball bounces higher and can hit any surface, racquetball's pace is faster. Racket and ball size are two of the other biggest differences.

Squash was invented in 1830 by the students at Harrow School in England as a variation on a game called "rackets." They discovered that when you toss a punctured ball against the wall -- or "squashed" it -- it bounced back in a variety of different ways to make a more challenging game. Racquetball had a similar beginning, just much later. In 1949, Joe Sobek of Connecticut was a bit bored of his indoor sports options, so he combined his love of tennis and handball into racquetball. He created a prototype for a racket, and the game took off like crazy in the 1970s and 80s.

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How to retrieve a ball from the backwall

SquashTips Video #4

The ability to retrieve the ball from the backwall is the milestone in the great path to mastery in squash.

In order to be able to retrieve the ball from the backwall you must have already learned:

The Proper Grip How to Open the shot How to make a great swing.

Technical explanation

These are the two new skills you will need to add to the 3 mentioned before in odrder to retrieve a shot from the backwall:

Stay as far away from the corner and the ball as you can. Hit the ball after it has bounced from the backwall

1)Stay in the center and keep your distance

Extending the arm and hitting the ball as far as you can is a great way to move less, this habit must be implemented when working on your shot. The less you move the better.

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