Squash is a racket sport where two players rally against a wall and attempt to serve a ball fast enough so their opponent cannot return the ball. Squash was popularized in early 19th Century Britain, and has continued to be played throughout Europe and the United States. In each game, or rally, one player serves a rubber ball against a wall, and attempts to serve the ball fast enough to where it bounces twice before the opposing player can return it. Credited as a high intensity sport, squash players can burn up to 1000 calories per hour of play.

How do you score squash?

You can score in four ways: the ball bounces twice before the opponent hits the ball, the ball hits the backboard, the ball goes out of bounds, or a player intentionally tries to stop their opponents from getting the ball.

How long is a squash match?

A squash match can last from 20-minutes to 90-minutes depending on the level of the players and the setting of the game. Squash is a quick pace sport and can be started and finished quickly if both players are familiar with the rules.


What is the difference between squash and racquetball?

Squash rackets and balls are smaller than racquetball. Another difference is that there is an “out of bounds” area on the squash court and there isn’t once in racquetball. In both sports, come rules are similar, yet the scoring limit is different: squash is scored up to 9 points and racquetball matches are scored to 15.

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Squash Racket
Group of scaled illustrations of various sporting rackets compared to the Squash Racket

A Squash Racket, also referred to as Squash, is used to play the sport of Squash based on striking a ball towards the walls of the interior court. Squash rackets are typically made of boron, Kevlar, graphite, or titanium. Squash rackets are similar to a tennis racket in appearance, but vary in size and weight.

Lighter Squash Rackets are preferred for quick shots, while heavier Squash Rackets are easier to control. There are two types of frame shapes: heart and water drop. The profile and strings of the Squash Racket have an impact on the stiffness and power of a shot. Squash Rackets are available in a variety of colors.

Squash Rackets have an overall maximum length of 27” (68.6 cm), maximum width of 8.46” (21.5 cm), and common depth of 1.125” (28.6 mm). The length of the handle between is 7”-7.25” (177.8-184.2 mm) with a typical grip circumference of 3.875” (98.4 mm). The weight of a Squash Racket is between 3.9-5.1 oz (110-145 g). The total surface area of a Squash Racket cannot exceed 77.5 in2 (500 cm2).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Squash Racket measured with overall width, length, and depth
A Squash Racket, also referred to as Squash, is used to play the sport of Squash based on striking a ball towards the walls of the interior court. Squash rackets are typically made of boron, Kevlar, graphite, or titanium. Squash rackets are similar to a tennis racket in appearance, but vary in size.

Squash Rackets have an overall maximum length of 27” (68.6 cm), maximum width of 8.46” (21.5 cm), and common depth of 1.125” (28.6 mm). The length of the handle between is 7”-7.25” (177.8-184.2 mm) with a typical grip circumference of 3.875” (98.4 mm). The weight of a Squash Racket is between 3.9-5.1 oz (110-145 g). The total surface area of a Squash Racket cannot exceed 77.5 in2 (500 cm2).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Squash Racket measured with overall width, length, and depth
Squash Racket
Height:
Width:
8.46” | 21.5 cm (Max)
Length:
27” | 68.6 cm (Max)
Depth:
1.125” | 28.6 mm
Weight:
3.9-5.1 oz | 110-145 g
Area:

Handle Length: 7”-7.25” | 177.8-184.2 mm
Surface Area:
77.5 in2 | 500 cm2 (Max)
Beam Width:
.63”-.83” | 16-21 mm
Grip Circumference:
3.875” | 98.4 mm
Materials: Graphite, aluminum, hybrid, laminated lumber (traditional)

Drawings include:
Squash Racket front, side, bottom

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Squash Ball
Size comparison diagram of the Squash Ball compared to other similar sports balls

A Squash Ball is used to play to play Squash and is shot with a Squash Racket. Squash Balls are made of two pieces of rubber that are glued to form a hollow sphere and are then polished to a matte finish. Different Squash Balls are used based on temperature, atmospheric conditions, standards of the match, and experience of the players.

There are 4 types of Squash Balls that are designated by a small colored dot. A blue dot is used for an intro Squash Ball, a red dot for a progress Squash Ball, a yellow dot for a competition Squash Ball, and a double yellow dot for a pro Squash Ball.

Squash Balls have a diameter of 1.56”-1.59” (39.5-40.5 mm) and circumference of 4.89”-5” (124.1-127.2 mm). The mass of a Squash Ball is between .8-.9 oz (23-25 g).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Squash Ball measured with diameter and circumference
A Squash Ball is used to play to play Squash and is shot with a Squash Racket. Squash Balls are made of two pieces of rubber that are glued to form a hollow sphere and are then polished to a matte finish. Different Squash Balls are used based on temperature, atmosphere, experience, and standards.

Squash Balls have a diameter of 1.56”-1.59” (39.5-40.5 mm) and circumference of 4.89”-5” (124.1-127.2 mm). The mass of a Squash Ball is between .8-.9 oz (23-25 g).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a Squash Ball measured with diameter and circumference
Squash Ball
Height:
1.56”-1.59” | 39.5-40.5 mm (Diameter)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
.8-.9 oz | 23-25 g
Area:

Circumference: 4.89”-5” | 124.1-127.2 mm

Materials: Raw butyl rubber mixed with synthetics

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Squash Ball Elevations (various)

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