How to Play Squash

Learn to hit around with mates. Develop your skills. Represent your school, club or District with pride. Play, compete, succeed. Squash is a game for everyone.


Squash is a racquet sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in an indoor four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball.

The aim of the game is to make the ball impossible to play, or force an error, from the opposition. The ball can only bounce once.

Players must alternate in striking the ball with their racquet and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces, marked by lines, of the four walls of the court.

After each shot you must try to get out of the way of both the ball and the opposition.

11 points are needed to win a game, with the ‘best of five’ declared the winner of the match.

What you need to bring with you

Wear whatever you feel comfortable in and whatever allows for ease of movement in exercises like lunges.

We recommend shoes that will give you adequate foot support for the types of movement you'll be doing. Check out the range from Club Kelburn.

Apart from that, bring a water bottle and towel - Squash can be thirsty, sweaty work! 

Rules of Squash

Squash in New Zealand

Squash in New Zealand is delivered throughout 11 Districts who support 192 affiliated clubs. There are a range of programmesevents and opportunities designed to meet the needs of all ages and stages of players.

To find out where you can play, contact your regional District Association or find your local squash club.

Learn the moves


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