SOME OF THE TERMINOLOGIES USED IN THE GAME OF SQUASH


Foot fault
• One foot not in the service box
• Walking out of the service box before hitting the service.
Not up
• The server makes an attempt but fails to hit the ball.
• The ball is not struck correctly.
Out
• The ball is served “out”.
Fault
• The ball does not hit the front wall first.
• The ball is served onto or below the “cutline”.
• The ball does not land in the correct service box.
Down
• The ball hits the board.
• The ball, before being struck, hits a player’s clothes or anything he wears or carries.
Appeal
• A player’s request to the Referee to consider an on or off court situation.
• Appeal is used throughout the rules in two contexts, ie where the player requests the Referee to consider varying a Marker’s decision, and where the player requests the referee to allow a let.
• The correct form of appeal by a player is “appeal please” or “let please”
Attempt
• The Referee shall decide what an attempt to play the ball is.
• An attempt is made when, in the opinion of the Referee, the striker has moved his racket towards the ball from his backswing position with the intention of making a good return.
Box (Service)
• A square area in each quarter court bounded by part of the short line, part of the side wall, and by two other lines and from within which the server serves.
Hit Correctly
• The ball being hit by the racket (held in the hand), not more than once, nor with prolonged contact on the racket
Game
• Part of a match, commencing with a service and concluding when one player has scored or been awarded nine or ten points (in accordance with the rules)
Hand
• The period from the time a player becomes Server until he becomes Receiver

Hand Out
• A term used when change of server occurs. Hand out is also used as a Marker’s call to indicate that a change of hand has occurred
Match
• The complete contest between two players commencing with the warm-up and concluding when both players have left the court at the end of the final rally
Match Ball
• The state of the score when the server requires one point to win the match
Not Up
• The expression used to indicate that a ball has not been struck in accordance with the rules.
• Not up covers all services or returns which are not good and are neither down nor out – with the exception of faults and foot faults.
• Not Up is also used as a Marker’s call
Out
• The expression used to indicate that a ball has struck the out line or a wall above such line or the roof, or has passed over any part of the roof, eg crosses bars.
• Out is also used as a Marker’s call
Point
• A unit of the scoring system. One point is added to a player’s score
Rally
• A series of returns of the ball, comprising one or more such returns

Fault
• The call Fault by the Marker indicates that the service is a fault
Foot Fault
• The call Foot Fault by the Marker indicates that the Service is a foot fault
Set 1
• The Markers call to indicate that the game in progress is to be played to nine points after the score has reached 8-all. Called once only in any game
Set 2
• The Markers call to indicate that the game in progress is to be played to ten points, after the score has reached 8-all. Called once only in any game
Let
• A call made by the Marker, after the Referee has ruled that a rally is to be replayed

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