The squash ball
Once you've found a good squash racket and you've got the right shoes, you are almost ready to begin. Besides a racket for a novice you need the right squash ball. For novice players this is the ball with the blue dot. These squash balls gives players more time to react and therefore more time to execute their hit well. Ideal to perfect your technique step by step. Have you been playing squash for longer, then it's time to change over to the ball with the red dot. A little less time and a little less high bounce. The squash ball with the red dot is followed by the ball with the single yellow dot and for professional players at last the squash ball with the double yellow dot. The Dunlop squash balls are the prime balls to use. The most important federation in the sport of squash, the WSF (World Squash Federation) have chosen the Dunlop balls as the ball for official competitions.
The rules of the game
Squash is played on a court that must meet the demands of the WSF. A match is about 3 games won. The first player who reaches 11 points, wins the game. And then the first player who wins 3 games wins the match. If it's 10-10 there should be a 2-point difference eventually.
You win a point by winning the rally. The server keeps serving if he wins the point. If the recipient wins the rally, he or she will serve. The rally stops if a player can no longer return the ball, or if one of the plays appeals according to the rules, or if the referee interferes.
Squash players return the squash ball well if it's hit back before it has bounced two times. The ball must also be hit above the tin, this means above the plate (board) that is on the underside of the wall. The ball can be hit directly at the wall, or via one of more of the side walls and/or the back wall. When returning the ball it may not hit your own squash clothing, your opponent's clothing, your own squash racket or the opponent's racket. And of course also not the ground.
How do you start the match?
The game begins, after some warming up, with the toss. This decides who gets to serve first. You can choose which side you start to serve on. During the serve you're obliged to have at least one foot in the service box. The foot that must be in the service box cannot touch a line while it is there. Then hit the ball onto the front wall, above the service line, but under the out line. After the front wall was hit, the ball can touch a side wall. Watch out that the squash ball must hit the recipient's box after this. The red lines in the recipient's box may not be touched. The one who's not serving may stand anywhere, as long as he's not obstructing the server. The best place is usually in the middle of the box. The return may be hit directly or after one bounce.