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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 racket 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 racket 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.

Select the Equipment

Depending on where you are on your squash journey, choosing the right equipment will be important for success. Below is a guide to help you select the appropriate squash ball and racket.


Squash balls are unique in that they need hitting for a few minutes until they 'warm up'. It is important to choose the right ball for your skill level so that the ball stays warm and lively.


Pro (double yellow dot) The Pro squash ball has the lowest bounce. It is most suitable for advanced players.
Competition (single yellow dot) The Competition squash ball is the same size as the Pro but has a 10% longer hang time. It is most suitable for intermediate players.
Progress The Progress squash ball is 6% larger and has a 20% longer hang time than the Pro. It is most suitable for developing players.
Intro The Intro squash ball is 12% larger and has a 40% longer hang time than the Pro. It is most suitable for beginner players.


Squash rackets are considered to be an extension of your arm so it is also important to find one that fits. There are many aspects to consider: throat shape, frame profile, balance, weight, string type, grip, brand and price.

Age Height Length 
4 - 6 years 105 - 118 cm 21 inches
7 - 8 years 118 - 135 cm 23 inches
9 - 10 years 135 - 150 cm 25 inches
10 - 12 years 135 - 150 cm 26 inches
12 + years 150 + cm 27 + inches

Learn the Moves

Squash is a technical game and players starting out are encouraged to seek instruction from a qualified coach. Taking individual or small group lessons in a starter programme at a local club is also a great way to learn the basics before hitting the courts.


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