SPORTS

Squash

This explosive sport is considered one of the fastest and healthiest. It requires a racket, a small ball that can reach 200 km/h and a strong desire to run.

Squash is a racket sport played by two players on a four-walled court with a small rubber ball. Players take turns hitting the ball with their rackets on the playing areas of the court walls. The object of the game is to hit the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return.
There are about 20 million people who play squash regularly world-wide in over 185 countries.

In the picture, a female squash player in position to receive.

History of this sport

Squash dates back to the 19th century, it was played in London’s prisons. Around 1830, students at Harrow School noticed that a ball thrown against the wall offered more variety to the game. Later, the game spread to other schools.

In the 20th century, the game rose in popularity with various schools and clubs building squash courts, but with no set dimensions.

In 1904 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the world's first national squash association was founded, today known as US Squash.

Squash rackets have changed in a similar way to tennis rackets. In the 1980s, their manufacture shifted from laminated wood to lighter materials (such as aluminum and graphite) with minor additions of components such as boron and titanium. Natural gut strings were also replaced by synthetic strings. Today rackets weigh around 140g.

Squash was admitted to the Pan American Games from the edition held in Mar del Plata, in 1995.

The Canadian team leads the medal table with 13 golds.

In the picture, a female squash player in position to receive.

How do you play?

It is played on a 9.75 x 6.40 m court, which can be made of glass, in which athletes put all their effort to reach the corners and direct the shots according to their strategy.

In squash it is important to think through the moves during the match, which is the reason why many call it "the chess of racket sports". The competition formats are singles, doubles and team. All of them require high precision and physical condition to keep the ball in play. It is a sport that exercises the whole body and amuses everyone who practices it.

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Information for the community

In Chile, the mobile application Easy Cancha is available. It facilitates the coordination of sports clubs and helps them manage their court schedules and increase their productivity.

The application allows you to book and manage all your reservations with just a few clicks. It has even been cataloged as the “Tinder of sports”, because it can match two people or pairs with the same passion, recommending the best time and place to practise a sport.

Within the offer of Easy Cancha are squash courts. So if you are a lover of the discipline you can match with an opponent and challenge him/her.

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