History of Squash

History of Squash

Squash is based on five different sports types, and its roots trace back to the 12th century in France, where it was played as a form of entertainment. After that, it continued to develop and became immensely popular in England. Squash is played by two players, each using a racket and a soft rubber bullet on a court surrounded by four walls. The court surface contains a front line separating the front and back of the court, and a half court line separating the left and right hand sides of the back portion of the court, which creates three boxes: one on the front half, one on the back left quarter and one on the back right quarter. The back two boxes include smaller service boxes. Floor-markings on the squash court are relevant only during serves. Three parallel lines are marked on the front wall. The outline runs along the top of the front wall, descending along the side walls to the back wall. Shots struck above or on the outline, on any wall, are considered out. The shots struck beneath or on the bottom line of the front wall are also considered out. After the ball hits the front wall, it is allowed to bounce one time on the floor. The middle line of the front wall is the service line and is only relevant during serves.

Squash balls are between 39.5 and 40.5 mm in diameter, and have a mass of 23 to 25 grams. Contemporary racket length is 686 mm and 215 mm width.



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