squash & racketball at sutton tennis & squash club

We are pleased to announce the first phase in the return of Squash & Racketball.

Following Government, Sports England and England Squash guidelines, the implementation of new systems and procedures have been necessary in order for us to open.

Whilst we can’t get back to normal just yet, there is a sign of recovery. The guidance provided must be strictly followed by all to ensure the health and safety of fellow members and staff.

Booking System

  • The booking system has been adapted to allow for minimal overlap of people and the recommended air circulation period between bookings
  • All court bookings are to be made online prior to attending the club. The court touchscreen will be out of use until further notice

Access To Courts

  • Please arrive no more than five mins prior to your booking in squash attire as the changing and shower facilities will be closed
  • You must leave as soon as your session has ended
  • The only access to the courts is via the external back door, you will need your swipe card
  • Please use the provided hand sanitiser before you enter
  • The viewing gallery is closed, your belongings should be taken on court with you
  • The water dispenser will also be out of use so please bring refreshments with you.

Health & Safety

  • We ask that you wipe the door handles of the courts with the provided anti-bacterial wipes as you enter and leave the court and also use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Please do not touch the court walls or share equipment of any kind
  • As a friendly reminder we have CCTV throughout the club to confirm abidance of the rules. We are doing everything we can to prevent any further closures to the facilities
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Rules of Play

  • Members are allowed solo practice
  • Members of the same household may play a competitive match unrestricted
  • The modified game 'Sides' between two households is permitted with social distancing requirements being upheld at all times. See below a description and video of 'Sides'.
  • Maximum of two people on court at any one time
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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. 

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 to download so you have an on court reference