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Blackheath Junior Squash Syllabus - Intermediates Levels 4 - 6

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 4

15 Press Ups

Level 4 is the first of the Intermediate Levels. Here we are looking for good technique to develop. There are four key shots that must be deomonstrated :-

1. Drop shots need to be played properly, not just tapping the ball, but actively pushing it into place.

2. The players needs to be capable of playing boast shots from further back on the wall.

3. Players need to show they are starting to develop good technique for hitting the ball once it bounces off the back wall.

4. Players should be starting to use a Volley Drop in their games as an attacking shot.


20 Sit Ups


20 Squat Dips


45 Second Plank


Exhibit and demonstrate good grip


Start shots with racket up


Demonstrate good swing action


Keeps feet well inside markets placed 50 cm from wall when playing rally


Noticeably returns to "T" after every shot


Self feed and play 10 Drives back to self at Short Line


Play Boast Shots from deeper behind the Short Line


Run in to play drop shot, lunge, racket horizontal, push the ball, push back to "T"


Hit Lob v Front Wall, hits wall high, travels high, drops in back corner


Return serve straight down wall, after bounce


Throw ball to back wall, play straight drive. Feet in right place.


Play Volley Drop into front corner FH & BH


Name & Demonstrate 5 different shots to play from ball hit into "Dead Zone"


Player plays no more than 30% of shots into "Dead Zone"


Deliberately moves ball away from opponent


Catch ball onto racket FH & BH


Good knowledge of what a "let" is and when to ask for one


Referee a match using either American or English Scoring




Level 5

20 Press Ups

At Level 5, players should be starting to mature into confident players, adding to the range of shots available to them in any situation. New shots for this level :

1. Cross Court Drives as an attacking or defensive shot.

2. Cross Court Drops from the front of the court.

3. Drive serves

4. Volley Drives



10 Triceps Dips


30 Sit Ups


20 Squat Dips


60 Second Plank


Player can target Drive Shots towards mid court nick


Play drives to large sized targets from anywhere on court


Play Cross Court Drive to opposite back corner from ball fed to Service Box


Play boasts at varying depths - all to land on front wall low below the Cut Line and land in opposite front corner


Play Cross Court Drop to ball fed to each drop corner - all low, pushed, not hit and controlled


Run in from "T", play Lobs to both back corners


Play drive serve, aimed at wall, move to "T" straight away


Return serve straight down wall, either after bounce or on volley


Stand on "T", throw ball into corner, run to SIDE of ball, turn, play drive down the wall


Take ball high & volley straight down wall


Shows good side to side movement- check step, foot across, doesn't move foot too close to wall, leaves large gap for racket to work in. Feet NOT facing front wall in square on position


Name & Demonstrate 6 shots to play after a boast shot - drop, x ct drop, lob, x ct lob, drive, x ct drive


Plays no more than 20% of shots into the "Dead Zone" & more than 20% into corners


Player can devise a game strategy for playing an overweight player


Player can devise a game strategy for playing a player with a bad "pan handle" grip


Flick ball off wall towards other player - safely, accurately and under control


Demonstrates a working knowledge of the turning rule & its importance




Level 6

25 Press Ups



10 Triceps Dips


35 Sit Ups


20 Squat Dips


60 Second Plank


Able to at least touch toes


Self feed from back of court and hits long drives alternately above & below the Cut Line


Play drives to smaller targets form anywhere on court


Player from back of court plays high, long boast, bouncing the ball back to "T"


Play drop into each corner from mid and back court


Play lob on rear wall from ball thrown v rear wall


Can volley return straight down wall, ball mostly landing behind the Short Line


Can hold continuous rally on own, continuously overhitting Straight Drives and retrieving out from rear corner


Can play a volley boast to ball fed high on side wall


Play a rally but Coach can only play Drive, Boast & Drop, telegraphing shots. Player has to work out most likely shots and move BEFORE coach hits the ball


Bounce ball 50cm up in air, move racket in circular motion vertically around ball and then catch the ball on racket


Catch ball onto racket FH & BH


Familiar with how to play a left hander


Suggest strategies to speed up or slow down a game


Coach throws ball behind player - player moves to SIDE of ball before turning and playing a straight drive


Player can devise a game strategy for playing a player who runs well


Player can devise a game strategy for playing an ex-tennis player with good volley drops


Players plays shots not designed to kill the ball but to move the opponent around, building the rally


Players can recite the four Let / Stroke questions and interpret them in real life situations


Can ably referee a match using American or English Scoring, assertively calling shots that are "in" or "out"


Player stands at back and overhits long straight drive so bounces off rear wall. Continues playing overhit drives back to self on FH & BH


Player plays alternately lob and drive serves to main target area