FAQ frequently asked squash questions …

Jan 2013: At the moment this is just a test page, we’ll probably be expanding it in the future …

History

What is the longest match ?

The longest squash match ever recorded was in 1984 when Jahangir Khan beat Gamal Awad 3-1 in 2 hours 46 minutes (166m).

Since the scoring system was changes to PAR11 (in 2004 for the men’s professional game) the longest match is Shawn Delierre v Adrian Waller in the final of the National Capital Open, Jan 2013, at 157 minutes.

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Rules

What does “hand out” mean ?

“Hand out” simply means that the server has lost the point, and the player who won the point now becomes the server.

So, if the server wins the first point of the match the call is simply “one-nil”

If the receiver wins the next point, the call is “hand out, one-all”

What if the ball bounces off the top of the back wall on a Glassback court ?

It’s out !

What is the squash scoring system

The World Squash Federation (WSF) official scoring system is “PAR 11″

That is, “point every rally”, and the first to 11 wins the game. If the score reaches 10-all you need to be two points clear, eg 12-10, 13-11 etc

Matches are usually best of 5 games, but are occasionally best of 3

 

The WSF also recognises other scoring systems, notable the previous “standard” system, sometimes referred tto as “HiHo” (hand in, hand out)

In this system only the server can score points. First to 9 wins the game. At 8-all the player who got to 8 first chooses “set one” (first to 9 wins) or “set two” (first to 10 wins).

What’s the difference between “down” and “not up”

DOWN means that the player has played a valid shot, but it has hit the tin.

NOT UP means that the player has failed to play a valid shot – normally it refers to a double bounce, but might also mean a double hit, or the ball hit his body or clothing first.

While we’re on the subject of calls …

Scoring

What happens at 10-all ?

At 10-all you need to be two points clear to win the game, for example 12-10, 13-11, 14-12 etc.

What is the squash scoring system

The World Squash Federation (WSF) official scoring system is “PAR 11″

That is, “point every rally”, and the first to 11 wins the game. If the score reaches 10-all you need to be two points clear, eg 12-10, 13-11 etc

Matches are usually best of 5 games, but are occasionally best of 3

 

The WSF also recognises other scoring systems, notable the previous “standard” system, sometimes referred tto as “HiHo” (hand in, hand out)

In this system only the server can score points. First to 9 wins the game. At 8-all the player who got to 8 first chooses “set one” (first to 9 wins) or “set two” (first to 10 wins).

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2 comments

  1. What happens if I hit the ball fairly hard and it comes back and hits the top edge of the back glass wall and then dropped back into the court, do you carry on playing or is the ball out?

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