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The Rules of Squash

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 rules. 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 way.

That is:

(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.

YES
YES
No let
No let
No let
No let
Let Ball
Let
NO
Stroke
(point to the obstructed player)
Stroke
(point to the obstructed
NO
NO
YES

(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 side wall.

So that’s it !

It all comes down to making EVERY EFFORT to get out of the way.....