What demographic plays squash the most?

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Squash is a racket sport played in an enclosed room, known as a court, by either two or four people. It is a recreational game that’s played all over the world, though it is widely believed to have originated in private prep schools in England in the 1800s. It is similar to tennis and an older sport known simply as “rackets,” but has its own unique sets of rules and equipment. The game is typically played with a hollow rubber ball and players take turns hitting it off of any of the “playable” walls in the room. There are usually a number of painted or otherwise understood boundaries, and also a “tin” beneath the main front wall that balls can fall into. A ball that falls into the tin is usually out of play, much like a ball that hits the net in tennis. There are some variations between countries and organizations, both in terms of scoring and in terms of things like court specifications and measurements. The game is highly competitive in many places, but is still largely emerging...

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Squash is a ball sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racket and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court.

The game was formerly called squash rackets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball used in its sister game rackets).

The governing body of Squash, the World Squash Federation is recognised by the International Olympic Committee, but the sport is not part of the Olympic Games, despite a number of applications. Supporters continue to lobby for its incorporation in a future Olympic program.

History[edit]

The use of stringed rackets is shared with tennis, which dates from the late sixteenth century, though is more directly descended from the game of rackets from England. In "rackets", instead of hitting over a net as in sports such as...

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Amateur Squash Player Demographics

(Source: Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association/ Sports Marketing Surveys )

885,000 squash participants in the United States

71% of all participants are male

54% of all participants are 25-44 years old

Total U.S. participation in squash grew 44.6% from 2007 - 2009.

(Source: U.S. Squash and Squash Magazine)

Participation in junior tournaments is growing 30% annually

“C” Level, Owners, Partners or Presidents: 19%

Average household income: $287,000

Average net worth: $1,407,000

Have college degrees: 98%

Have graduate degrees: 57%

Pro Squash Tour

Joseph M. McManus I (617) 418-3600 I [email protected] I ...

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Playing squash all-year-round – Survey Results

Two weeks ago, I posted a blog post about playing squash all-year-round wherein I posed the question as to why, like myself, players didn’t continue to play squash throughout the squash ‘off-season’. I found some research that had been done, but this didn’t answer my basic question.

So – I decided to run a survey myself to see what I might find out. I posted an invitation on reddit.com (r/squash) for players to participate in the survey and after a little time I also opened up the survey to all users of my SquashLeagues website. I managed to get just under 70 responses (around 2% ) from those registered on the /r/squash community (thanks guys!) and around another 160 responses (just over 5%) from the SquashLeagues.org registered users.

Any of you who have been involved in running surveys will know how difficult it is to get a high participation rate, so I’m relatively pleased with the response rates I achieved....

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US Squash, the sport’s governing body in this country, has tracked a 20 percent spike in membership among players under 18 over the last two years. “It’s generally known out there that parents are pushing their kids more” because of academic ambitions, Mr. Scher said. “You just hear about it more. They’re taking more lessons, they’re spending more money.” (Private lessons run about $80 an hour, plus court time.)

But why squash?

Parents, Mr. Sher said, like the idea “that not everybody can play it, not everyone can afford it — it’s almost like it’s a more upscale product.”

IN an e-mail message, Gail Ramsay, the women’s squash coach at Princeton, confirmed that there are many opportunities for good high-school players. “Not only do the eight Ivy League schools — Columbia will turn...

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Title: Auckland Secondary Schools Sports Survey' Report July 2009

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Auckland Secondary Schools Sports Survey. Report
July 2009
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Objectives

To conduct a Survey of secondary school students
to help determine strategies for engaging youth eg. developing some new initiatives based on the
students feedback to make sure Squash Auckland
gets it right and that clubs can do their best to
attract new young people
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Areas Covered

Personal details Participation in sports activities. For sports
players, the number of hours involved per week Reasons for playing versus not playing sport Attitudes to playing squash Level of exposure to squash Reasons non-players do not play squash Perceptions of squash by non-players Squash player profile Did their parents get them into squash? Are they a Club member? Do they intend to continue playing when they
leave school? Squash players ideas to make squash more
attractive...
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A unique new initiative to take the sport of Squash to the masses in the USA is being supported by one of the world’s leading court manufacturers ASB.

“Squash is an extremely healthy, fun, sport that is growing in popularity, yet remains one of the most inaccessible sports in the United States,” said Alex Wakefield Wessner, co-founder of Public Squash, a non-profit foundation. “We are determined to change that by building public outdoor courts in NYC Parks, to meet a growing demand at lower costs and promote healthier communities.”

“Public Squash was founded to accomplish a single goal; make squash more accessible and visible to the public. We came up with a simple idea to build outdoor courts on underutilized park grounds. Squash can be played on multiple surfaces. Focusing on playability, durability and safety, the courts will offer a professional outdoor experience.”

“Fast forward to today, we are now working with New York City Department of Parks and...

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Kristee
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I like boiling yellow squash in salted water with a little bit of basil. When it comes to squash, I like to go light on seasoning so that I can taste the vegetable.

My husband, however, refused to eat my squash. He has something against any vegetable that is squishy. He also refuses to eat boiled okra.

I would like to trick him into eating it, but I don't know of any way to make squash “unsquishy.” Can anyone help me out with this?

Oceana
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Butternut squash soup is pretty good. I had it at a restaurant once, and I liked the slightly sweet flavor. It had an interesting color, too.

Still, summer squash has got to be my favorite. My mother likes to fry it with a bit of cornmeal and bacon. It's such a rich flavor, even though I know it makes the squash an unhealthy dish!

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A beginner's guide on playing squash, the tactics, the technique , the rules and how to play squash safely

Squash is played between two individuals (singles) or two teams of two (doubles) on a Squash Court. One player serves to start a rally which proceeds until one player hits the ball out or down or fails to hit the ball before it has bounced twice. Squash can be played using a couple of scoring options, traditional (International) scoring and point a rally scoring (PARS). Squash Players having a social game can modify the rules to their own requirements.

Squash Doubles Rules can be found at this link.

More detail on how to play Squash can be found at Strokes and Movementand Squash Tactics.

Discuss This Topic

About the Squash Serve

The server, with at least one foot in the service box, starts play by hitting the ball directly onto the front wall between the cut line and the outline to rebound so that, if allowed, it bounces for the first...
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England is the top nation when it comes to playing squash, but the number of participants is falling. Hopes are high that a new strategy will halt the decline

In a perfect sports business scenario, grass-roots participation and support attract corporate backing, which funds investment to grow the game and brands associated with it. However, virtuous circles don’t always last. Take squash, for example. The Men’s World Team Championship in Cairo was recently cancelled due to security concerns, but the sport faces a constant battle to build on its popularity.

Developed at Harrow School in the 1830s from the older sport of racquets, squash is played in 175 countries by an estimated 20 million people and has been called “the world’s healthiest sport” by Forbes magazine. England retains close links with the sport, possessing 8,500 squash courts – substantially more than any other nation – as well as the current men’s and women’s team squash champions, along with Nick...

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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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Squash is a racquet sport that requires great skill and stamina, with a soft ball that favors finesse over power. It is played all over the world by elite players in circuit tournaments and by recreational players looking for a fun workout. This Web guide gives you an overview of the sport’s rules and history, shows you where to find coverage of professional squash and helps you become a player (or a better player) yourself.

The name “squash” derives from its soft ball that squashes when it hits the wall, ... read more »

Squash is played competitively around the world, both in international competitions and on ... read more »

Here we spotlight the best places on the Web for coverage of competitive squash and opinions on the state of the game, including respected Web sites, blogs and magazines.

News and statistics for a particular competition are best found on its official Web site; look for these sites in the “Squash Organizations and Competitions” section....
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Squash is becoming an increasingly popular sport in many places around the world today. In most places where it is played on a highly competitive level the squash game is thriving. What was once known as a sport that only the wealthy could afford to play, squash is now more accessible to people of all income levels.

With the growth of the sport and the accessibility to new squash players, three of the biggest countries where the squash game is thriving are:

The United States Egypt England

While the game is popular in many other countries as well, these are the three biggest players and produce some of the most popular and consistent champions in competition.

Squash in the United States

As the game of squash becomes increasingly more popular in the United States, they have added a number of new tournaments, including the biggest new tournament, The US Open Squash Doubles Tournament. The United States is also home to the US Squash Open, which is one of...

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SQUASH – WHAT’S THE SCORE?

Trends in the leisure market and how they are affecting squash

Squash may never again hit the heights it achieved in the eighties. Since 1983/84, when there were over three million squash players in the UK (7% of the adult population), participation has fallen to one and a quarter million – a mere 2.7% (Source 1998 TGI from British Market Research Bureau International). Those players who have remained loyal to the game aren’t getting any younger, while there are now more leisure activities than ever competing for the attention of children. On the whole, consumers prefer to pay a single fee to join a multi-purpose leisure club and use a gym, swimming pool and squash and tennis courts than join separate clubs.

The result affects us all, particularly the squash clubs. Traditional clubs are closing or being subsumed by fitness and leisure chains while many of those that remain are struggling for survival. Ted...

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Deirdre is a Professional Club Coach, an enthusiastic squash player and an active member of the Irish squash community. A love of the game has led her to living her dream as a squash coach.

Over the last few years Deirdre has become a specialist in junior and ladies squash coaching, working within squash clubs (Old Belvedere, Mount Pleasant) and addressing the needs of local primary and secondary school students.

Deirdre is pro-active in supporting organ donation. Further to a lifesaving transplant operation she has gone on to represent Ireland in the World Transplant Games and is currently the World No. 1 transplanted squash player, a title she has held since 2007. Read about her astonishing 6th consecutive World Transplant Games squash title here. She is also a world record holder in swimming.

Her mission statement: to create a fun, enthusiastic, professional coaching environment where individuals can learn to play squash.

One of her key interests is...

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Depending on who you ask, you will receive a very different answer to the question, “How many people play squash?”

Finding accurate information regarding squash participation is no easy task. However, it is possible to get a general idea based on information provided by some of the larger nations. We’ll allow you to draw your own conclusions about the numbers above and below.

Using World Squash Federation’s numbers, 20,000,000 players world-wide and 50,000 courts would require an average of 400 players per court across the globe.

England

England is regarded as a, if not the, leading squash nation. They have approximately 8,500 courts and 500,000 players[i]. With 500,000 players and 8,500 courts, they have approximately 59 players per court.

Assuming World Squash’s figures, England has roughly 17% of the world’s courts...

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When I told a friend of mine that I was writing a squash blog one of his first suggestions was that I should write a post on how to buy a squash racket. Not surprisingly, this followed a series of questions including, “What is a blog?”, “Who’s going to read it?” and, my personal favourite, “What for?”

At the time, I was pretty clear in my response to the first question, less clear about the second one, but perfectly clear about the third. I had to write about something that would motivate me to explore it from different angles and maybe discover new things about it that I didn’t already know. And, having been involved with it for most of my adult life, I felt that squash would do quite nicely. Which it has.

Nevertheless, the squash racket suggestion stuck in my mind, and stayed there until I’d qualified, both as a squash coach and as a personal development coach. By that time, I’d already come across dozens of articles and videos on ‘How to buy a squash racket’, all...

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