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Blackheath Junior Squash Syllabus - Beginners Levels 1 - 3

Each week, we will concentrate on a different aspect of the game, enabling players to move up through the Levels as their proficiency increases. The sessions for the next term are shown below...

Level 1

5 Press ups

Players who are brand new to squash start at Level 0 ie ungraded and to gain their Level 1, they need to show they have understood the three basic shots of squash :

1. a straight drive,

2. boast off the side wall and

3. a drop to each corner




5 Sit Ups


5 Squat Dips


Play a Drive from ball fed off side wall


Play a Drive from ball fed off front wall


Play a Boast from ball fed off side wall


Play a Drop from ball fed off front wall


Roll ball around racket 5x on FH and BH sides


Knows the rules of rallies


Can point to parts of the court that are "in" and "out"


Co-operative rally in V shape to each other




Level 2

7 Press Ups

At Level 2, shots should be more recognisable, on trget and tighter. Players should also be able to demonstrate a lob shot that looks different to a Drive Shot.


7 Sit Ups


7 Squat Dips


Play drives back to service box from ball fed off front wall


Play boast to ball fed off side wall, should look like a boast, and move to opposite corner


Play drop shots which bounce off front wall then side wall


Play lob serve landing in service area


Understand and exhibit good Grip


Start shots with racket up


Demonstrate good swing action


Stands in right place to receive serve - does not avoid BH


Player moves to T after every serve


Pick ball up off floor by rolling onto racket


Throw ball in air, bounce on strings then catch ball in hand


Bounce ball on racket 5 x FH & BH


Understands rules around serving, including feet and lines


Player runs to each corner, through T each time, plays ghost shot in each corner


Play Volley back to self off wall


Plays 5 FH drops back to self, 5 BH drops, 5 FH volleys, 5 BH volleys, 6 drops across corner




Level 3

10 Press Ups

Level 3 is the last Level in the Beginner Group, so to get through this, we are looking for players to start demonstrating a good swing, ie not “pushing” the racket with no force. Movement around court needs to developing and the player needs to have developed enough control over the ball to be able to hit drives back to themselves on both FH & BH with a reasonable degree of accuracy.


10 Sit Ups


10 Squat Dips


30 Second Plank


Understand and exhibit good Grip when prompted


Start shots with racket up most of the time


Demonstrate good swing action most of the time


Keeps feet well inside markers placed 50 cm from wall when playing rally most of the time


Play 5 straight drives landing behind the Short Line from ball fed off front wall


Play Drive to large target, moving to and from "T"


Play boasts that hit front wall BELOW the Cut Line


Play drop shots which bounce off front wall then side wall, and don't bounce too far back


Play Lob to ball fed off front wall


Play lob serves - naturally moving to "T" after each serve


Capable of returning serve on FH & BH


Name and demonstrate 3 shots to play for a ball hit into the "dead" zone


Pick up ball off floor with double tap


Referee a match using American (Point a Rally) Scoring


Hit ball SIDE to SIDE wall with correct swing movement on FH & BH


Plays volleys back to self, moving forward & back, controlling ball