Practice sessions for all ball games begin with players warming up. What many beginners may not know is that in squash, even the ball has to be warmed up. The infographic explains the correct way to warm up the ball and the extent to which an opponent or practice partner should be involved in the warm-up process.
The infographic goes on to explain the procedure to be followed during drills and practice routines. Fundamentals such as what players should do if they cannot get to the ball after the first bounce or miss-hit a ball are dwelled upon.
Beginners incorrectly pick up a squash ball, which is not in play with their hands, when the correct technique, as explained in the infographic, is to use the racquet. The technique for picking up the ball without damaging it or breaking the racquet is clearly demonstrated with the help of sequential illustrations.
Several safety tips, whether practising with just one player or multiple players, have also been included. Subtle nuances of the game such as the right way to hold a racquet when practicing with multiple players, and the grip former tennis players need to get accustomed to when holding a squash racquet have been touched upon.
Sports persons are quite familiar with the phrase, “Practice makes perfect”. The infographic highlights the difference between, ordinary practice, and perfect practice, implying that “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.”
This infographic was created for public distribution to help enhance the enjoyment of aspiring squash players and their partners during a practice session. Please feel free to share it on social media with a backlink to the Academy’s website where more than 100 original references are listed.
To view the Squash Practice Etiquette Infographic, click HERE.
The East Coast Squash Academy
Founded in 2013 when Aaron Frankcomb retired from the Professional Squash Tour, the East Coast Squash Academy set out to create a business model to expand the presence of squash within local communities surrounding squash centres.
The Academy’s first location was at Willoughby Squash Club where Aaron Frankcomb was hired as the club’s resident squash pro. The Academy produced some stellar results including: Attracting a handful of junior players with aspirations of going on the professional (PSA) tour. Its junior program had the biggest contingent of players on the NSW Squash Junior ranking list, with players on the NSW junior state teams, Australian junior teams and Australian senior players. The Academy has developed several NSW and Australian Junior Champions. At its peak, the junior squash program boasted (pun intended!) over 500 children participating in weekly squads and training sessions. Memberships and participation in squads increased by 100% and 300% respectively and tournament registrations reached at an all-time high.
The Academy has been the home base to two full time senior players that reached careers highs of the top 240 in the world on the Men’s PSA Tour. Its best female professional reached a top world ranking of 106.
The Bondi Waverley Squash Club was the Academy’s second location, with over 30 hours of coaching services per week were provided to increase court utilization and grow profits by leveraging unused off-peak times.
In 2016, The Academy expanded its reach with the following locations: SUSF – Sports & Aquatic Centre, Energize Health and Fitness, Norths Fitness, Sydney CBD Squash Club, Elanora Squash Club and Manly Squash Club.
Contact details: Tel: 0424 474 001
Facebook: East Coast Squash Academy
Aaron Frankcomb was ranked in the top 100 professional squash players for 8 years, and for 4 of those years he was in the top 50, winning 4 PSA titles. He represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was a Junior Champion in all age groups including 2 times in the Under 19 category and holder of scholarships in the Tasmanian and Australian Institute Of Sport. He now coaches professionally and remains Sydney’s top ranked squash player and is still considered as one of the top 5 players in Australia.
Contact details: Tel: 0424 474 001
Facebook: Aaron Frankcomb