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Squash

Squash is a ball and racquet sport played in a small, four-walled court.

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History
Squash was invented in England as another variation of a racquet sport.

Where
Squash is played on a four-walled court that is 9.75 metres by 6.4 metres. The court surface is divided into three 'boxes' by lines drawn onto the court. There are also four walls, the front of which has three parallel lines on it. It’s not necessary to have a court if you’re open to thinking creatively. A school hall or playground works just fine.

How to play
To begin the game the server must strike the ball on the front wall above the service line and below the outline and then land in the opposite back quarter court. After the ball hits the front wall, it is allowed to bounce once on the floor, and numerous times against the side or back walls, before it must be returned. Players may move around the court but are not allowed to block the other player's movement. Games are played to 11 and players must win by two clear points. For more information visit Squash Canada.

Suggested equipment
- Squash balls approx. 40 mm in diameter
- Squash racquet

Adaptations
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.

Sensory

For individuals with a visual impairment use a larger, brighter ball. Possibly use an auditory ball. Adjust the size of the racket if needed, provide tactile court boundaries such as a rope on the floor covered with tape and alter the rules to provide success.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

Consider changing the rules and equipment to best suit the participants. Use a lighter, larger ball. Increase the size of racket. Practice without an opponent. Adjust the size of the court and increase the number of bounces allowed.

Mobility Limitation

Squash can be played seated or standing. Variations can be made to the activity such as playing in a larger gym increasing the number of players on the court and have a volunteer to retrieve out of bounds balls.

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Benefits of Squash

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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