Tips from the Pros
Let, no let or Stroke? What's your decsion?
In this situation Mark (in the back court)is ready to play the ball, the ball is ready to be played and Jonas (in the jacket) is in the "danger zone," blocking his shot to the front wall. In this situation "stroke" is the correct decision and the point goes to Mark.
Where is the danger zone?
Imagine a line from the ball that goes to the front right and front left corners of the court; imagine those lines connecting with a line along the front wall from both front corners to form a triangle. This triangle is always in existence, changing in shape as the ball flies aroung the court. This triangle is the danger zone--it's a simple way to visualize the open space you must give your opponent to hit the ball anywhere on the front wall when it's their turn to strike the ball. If your opponent is in the danger zone and you are ready to hit the ball and the ball is ready to be played, call "Let." Your opponent should offer the stroke to you, or if they are unsure should defer to your decision since you had a better view of the situation. As always, if there is any doubt, play a let (replay the point).
Look to volley
Taking the ball early like this can apply pressure to your opponent by limiting the amount of time they have to recover. It also cuts down the amount you have to move and can allow you to maintain control of the T.
The summer is a great time to set goals and to train hard in preparation for the season ramping up again. It’s the perfect time when there aren’t as many competitive events to really focus on the things you need to change and take your game to the next level.
Be aware of your foot positioning and balance.
You want to be ready for anything. Which way are you leaning? Are you in a position to cover the whole court? You don’t want to commit and give your opponent an opening.
A good volleyer is always frustrating to play against. What should I do?
Play tight and straight. Hit wide on the crosscourt. If you have the ability, hit low and hard and accurate. If not, hit high and soft. Remember that you won’t be able to stop the volleys outright, but reducing their frequency will still change the tempo and rhythm of the game.
Contact Head Squash Director, Mark Heather
or contact the Athletics Department at 312.696.2265.