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NEW Squash & Racketball Bubble

We are pleased to announce that full court Squash and Racketball is back! Please note there is very specific guidance that we all must agree to in order for play to be allowed.

You must create a bubble of a maximum of six players and only play within this bubble is permitted. It is not possible to be part of multiple bubbles either within STSC or another facility.

In order for you to play full court it is essential that every member emails suttonsquash@gmail.com stating the full names of the six members within their bubble. You will also need to confirm within the email that you will abide by the England Squash guidelines in the link below.

https://www.englandsquash.com/back-to-squash/guidance-for-players

Once we have received the emails from every participant we can create the bubble on mycourts under the league tab. Social distance Squash and drills can still be played with any member of the club. Please continue to adhere to the hygiene protocols that we implemented and continue to sanitise hands and court handles on entering and leaving the courts.

Please also make sure your membership is up to date and active. We are currently looking at ways to show our gratitude for those that kept their membership running throughout this difficult time.

An outline from the England Squash website:

What is a ‘squash bubble’?

Bubbles consist of a maximum of six players and players within a ‘squash bubble’ are permitted to play full-court matches with the following modifications:

  • Only two players on court at one time.
  • Play the best of three games.
  • Play first to 11 points, sudden-death at 10-all.
  • Use ‘Sides’ to maintain social distancing throughout the warm-up.
  • During each game, when the first player reaches six points, both players should wipe away excessive sweat, and sanitise their hands and the ball. Repeat between games.
  • The same player to serve / touch the ball during each half of a game, and at the halfway point, switch servers.
  • Protective eyewear or visors are strongly recommended at all times.
  • Don’t wipe your hands on the wall.
  • Players are not allowed to shout or raise their voice.
  • Please maintain social distancing when not on court, and continue to follow your club’s/venue’s hygiene and cleaning policies


Here’s to a taste of normality

Adam Blewer
Squash & Racketball Chairman

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

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