How to play Squash
You're going to be burning hundreds of calories in this fun, fast-moving game played with a small, hollow rubber ball. As you and your opponent can create angles by using the side and back walls you're going to be testing your geometry as well as your fitness.
The server, who must have at least one foot in the service box, starts a point by hitting the ball against the front wall - above the service line and below the ‘out line’, which is the line running around the top of the court. The server is aiming to land the ball beyond the short line on the other side of the court, and the ball can hit the side and back walls, just so long as it's below the ‘out line’.
The serve doesn't always bounce - as the returner, you have the option of volleying the ball. You can also volley all subsequent shots in the rally, or let it bounce once, but never twice as then the point is over. The rally continues with each player taking it in turns to hit the ball against the front wall, making sure it's above the area at the base known as 'The Tin', and below the ‘out line’ on the front, side and back walls.
Let, Stroke and No Let
A squash court is a relatively small space for two people - once you've played your shot, you must quickly move out of the way of the ball and your opponent. And they must do the same for you. If you feel that your opponent is in the way when you’re trying to take a swing at the ball, you can carry on playing if you think you can still win the point, or you can call out 'let'.
It might take you a little while to learn the difference between a 'let' and a 'stroke'. But for now you need to know that the point will be replayed if your opponent was doing their best to dodge you and the ball; that’s a ‘let’. But if your opponent's interference is more serious, a 'stroke' is awarded, giving you the point. A third possibility is 'no let', where it's decided that your opponent wasn't interfering with your shot and that play could have continued. And when you're playing doubles it can be even more challenging to make sure you're not in the way.