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Recommendations for ways to play that maintain social distancing

Two women playing

As social distancing cannot be guaranteed, the normal game of squash should not be played by players from different households (except those from a support bubble). Included in our guidance is a clear set of recommendations for ways to play which provide options for getting players safely back on court whilst maintaining social distancing. This content is subject to change as the situation evolves.

View Ways to play guidance (PDF)

How to play 'Sides'

Sides is an adapted version of the game for two players from different households and is designed to comply with social distancing measures. Here's how to play Sides:

Download 'sides' video


Socially distanced practices for more advanced players

Here are some recommended practices that more advanced players from two different households can play, designed to comply with social distancing measures.

  1. Cross court volleys
    Both players volley the ball cross court to each other from behind the service box. Switch sides. To make it easier, move closer to the front wall. To make it harder, move further away from the front wall.
    Make it cooperative: Aim for as many volleys in a row as possible. Switch sides and see if you can beat your previous total.
  2. Straight to self then cross court volley
    Stood behind the service box, both players play two shots, volley straight to self then cross court to your opponent. Switch sides.
  3. Straight lob vs straight volley drop
    Front player plays straight lobs and back player plays straight volley drops. Alternate and switch sides.
  4. Boast vs straight drive
    Front player plays straight drives. Back player boasts. Alternate.
    Make it competitive: Front player can play straight or cross court, back player must always boast. First to reach 7 points wins.
  5. Drive or cross court drive vs boast or drop
    Front player can play a straight or cross court drive. Back player can play a straight drop or boast. Alternate.
  6. Straight drop then straight drive vs straight to self then boast
    Front player plays two shots, a straight drop followed by a straight drive. Back player plays two shots, a straight drive followed by a boast. Alternate.
  7. Straight drop then cross court deep vs straight to self then boast
    Front player plays two shots, a straight drop followed by any shot cross court deep. Back player plays two shots, a straight drive followed by a boast. Alternate and switch sides.
  8. Front vs back on one side
    Front player can play any straight shot deep. Back player can play a straight shot short. Alternate and switch sides.
  9. Front vs back on both sides
    Front player can play straight or cross court. Back player must always play straight shot short. Alternate.
    Make it competitive: Front player can play straight or cross court deep, the back player must always play straight short. First to reach 7 points wins.

Here's a demonstration of some of our socially distanced practices:

Download socially distanced practices video

Download the poster

Download and print off our A4 poster for your club/venue: