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Squash - Rules

Female plays shot at front wall
The server stands in either of the two service boxes and hits the ball off the front wall

Squash is played by two players on an enclosed court with a floor area of 9.75m by 6.4m.

Players strike the ball alternately on to the front wall, which is 4.75m high and has an out-of-bounds board measuring 480mm across the bottom.

A match is the best of five games, with points scored only by the server (traditional scoring system). When the server wins a rally, he or she scores a point; when the receiver wins a rally, he or she becomes the server.

To start a match, the server stands in either of the two service boxes and hits the ball off the front wall. The ball must hit the front wall between the service line and the out of court line; it must then rebound and land in the back opposite quarter of the court.

Once the ball is 'in play', the rally continues, providing the ball hits the front wall above the 'tin' and below the out of court line. If the receiver wins a rally, he or she takes over service and the opportunity to score.

A match is usually the best of five games and the player who reaches nine points first with a margin of two points wins the game.

If both players are at eight points, the receiver can choose to set the game to eight or nine points; a two-point winning margin is not necessary.

 
 

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