The rules of squash are simple enough once you’ve learned the basics but there are
all sorts of finer points to become familiar with. England Squash & Racketball keep
a set on their site -click here to check the latest rules.
Let or Stroke ?
The rule that causes the most arguments is undoubtedly the Stroke & Let rule. In
essence, if there is obstruction, and the obstructed player could have got to the
ball, then ... the key decision to be made is whether the offending player was making
EVERY EFFORT to get out of the way.
The key rule :
9. Freedom to play the ball
After playing a ball, a player must make every effort to get out of the opponents
(i) A player must make every effort to give the opponent a fair view of the ball,
so that it may be sighted adequately for the purpose of playing it.
(ii) A player must make every effort not to interfere with, or crowd, the opponent
in the latter’s attempt to get to, or play, the ball.
Stroke (point to the obstructed
(iii) A player must make every effort to allow the opponent, as far as the latter’s
position permits, freedom to play the ball directly to the front wall, or to either
So that’s it !
It all comes down to making EVERY EFFORT to get out of the way.....