Squash - Presentation
Squash is played by two people (singles) or four people (doubles) in a room surrounded by four walls. Here the players have to hit the ball using their rackets on the wall alternately. Squash is also recognized by the International Olympic Committee and currently its supporters are pushing for its involvement in the Olympic Games.
In this sport, players must hit the ball using their racquet alternately on the four surrounding walls. Players can move anywhere on the court without hindering the opponent. In the case of walls, there are valid target areas where the ball must be hit or it would be considered out. This way they have to score points to win the game.
Squash vs Racquetball
Squash should not be confused with racquetball. The following points show how squash is different from racquetball -
The racquet ofracquetball is smaller than squash
Racquetball is bigger than squash.
There is more variety of strokes in squash than in racquetball.
The squash court is smaller than the racquetball court.
In squash the player cannot touch the ceiling but this is not the case with racquetball.
A Brief History of Squash
Squash originated in the UK. In 1830 it was invented at the Harrow School before spreading to other schools. Initially, string rackets were used in this sport and the ball was made of natural rubber. Later rackets similar to tennis rackets were used in sports. Previously snowshoes were made of laminated wood and after 1890 they switched to lightweight materials like aluminum and graphite with small additions of Kevlar, boron and titanium. Boya stringsu previously used have been replaced by synthetic ropes.
The first squash court in North America was established at St. Paul 's School in Concord, New Hampshire in 1884. In April 1907, the Tennis, Racket and Fives Association formed a sub-committee to to define the standard of squash. Thus, by combining these three sports together, squash was developed. In 1923 the Royals Automobile Club held a meeting to further change the rules and regulations of squash and after five years the Squash Rackets Association was formed in Britain to set the rules and regulations of squash.
In 2009, there were 49,908 squash courts worldwide with 188 countries having at least one court. England have the most courts, with up to 8,500. As of 2009, there are players from eighteen countries in the top 50 of the men's squash rankings, with England and Egypt in the top 50. head with eleven players each. In the case of the women's squash ranking, players from sixteen countries are thereyears in the top 50 with England again in the lead with eleven players.
According to estimates, in 2009 there were 20 million female squash players all over the world. Countries with more than 1000 squash courts are: England, Germany, Egypt, United States of America, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, France, the Netherlands and Spain. Of all these countries, the United States has the fastest growing squash participation rate. Squash is extremely popular mainly in the UK.