Sparks Fly in Thanet Passport’s Mini Squash Tournament

The event was held at Thanet Squash Club with 66 pupils from 6 schools competing in some excellent Squash based games.

In the morning, year 3/4 competition, Miss Sparkes and Miss Allen coached a brilliant Garlinge team to an impressive victory, breaking Mr Tift’s longstanding hold on the shield.

In the afternoon the year 5/6 pupils took to the court. After a long battle and some excellent effort from all the children, Upton came out on top with Mr Tift restoring some parity.

Thanet Squash Club would like to thank Mr Tift and Thanet Passport for organising the event. They were very impressed with the conduct and sportsmanship of all participants. Well done to all those who took part.

Thank you to Thanet Squash Club for sending us your first press release, we are delighted to share your good news!

Congratulations to each and every competitor, squash is a challenging game but is terrific fun. We hope you feel very proud of yourselves, your team and your schools.

Well done to Garlinge Primary for showing Mr Tift that there are other fierce competitors on the court! It is lovely to see the friendly-rivalry mixed with excellent sportsmanship.

For anyone interested in squash, here is a little information, courtesy of ‘Rules of Sport’ we’re sure you’ll agree that it sounds complicated and it may be better to give it a go with those who understand the game, like Thanet Squash Club!

The object of the game is hit the ball off the back wall until you manage to make your opponent fail in returning the ball. Every time you do so you will receive a point. Points make up sets, which in turn determine the winner of the match.

  • Games can be played by either two (singles) or four (doubles) players at one time.
  • You must hit the ball with your racket within the boundaries on the back wall.
  • The ball can hit the side wall at any time as long as at some point it hits the back wall.
  • A ‘let’ is called when a player accidently gets in their opponents way and is unable to get out the way.
  • A ‘foul’ is called if the player purposely tries to get in the way of their opponent.
  • If a game gets to 10-10 then a player must win by two clear points to win that game.
  • You cannot hit the ball twice and you cannot carry the ball.
  • When serving one foot must be within the service box; the same goes for your opponent.
  • Upon returning a serve you may hit the ball on the volley or after it bounces.
  • The speed of balls are determined by number and colours of small spots on the ball:
    • Double Yellow = Extra Super slow for competitions
    • Yellow = Super slow
    • Green or White = Slow
    • Red = Medium
    • Blue = Fast

Scoring a point can come one of 4 ways:

  1. The ball bounces twice before your opponent hits the ball,
  2. The ball hits the back board (or net),
  3. The ball goes outside the outline 
  4. A player causes interference purposely to prevent their opponents from getting the ball.

There are two methods of scoring Squash. The first is called ‘PAR’ where you play first to 11 points and you can score a point from either yours or your opponents serve. The second is a more traditional style where you play first to 9 points but can only score points off your own serve.

The 11 point PAR scoring system is now the official scoring system in professional ranks and the majority of amateur games.

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