During this challenging time, US Squash is committed to supporting players across the country by sharing relevant information from the Federal and State governments. Please continue to refer to and follow their guidance.
US Squash will continue to provide you with more information and resources throughout this crisis as they become available. In the meantime, if there is anything you feel that US Squash can provide that would be helpful to you, please let us know here.
August 5, 2020
- Adjust mask wearing requirement to recommend that players on court wear masks.
- Protocol added for player returning to court after infection.
Playing Squash Safely
COVID-19 PHASE 1 RE-OPENING FOR PLAYERS
US Squash recognizes that COVID-19 has been affecting different parts of the country in different ways and with different timing. The reopening process therefore is likely to be gradual and on a state by state or even county by county basis. Individual clubs may be opened on different timelines based on the progression of the situation in each club’s community. This document outlines what players can expect on resumption of play at their club. However, they should make sure to read and adhere to individual club guidelines where they exist.
For all people, the advice remains that anyone who feels unwell should stay at home. All vulnerable individuals are advised to continue to shelter in place. Vulnerable individuals are defined as elderly individuals or anyone with underlying health conditions, including but not limited to, high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma or other autoimmune disorders, and those whose immune system is compromised by chemotherapy or immunotherapy. Furthermore, those persons who live with a vulnerable individual should be equally cautious to prevent introducing an illness into the home inadvertently.
While every precaution may be taken by clubs to ensure the health and safety of their players, it should also be clear that any person entering the squash court area does so at their own risk.
The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, US Squash makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about the return to squash play at your club.
BEFORE YOU PLAY
- Be sure that your county, state and/or region allows squash play.
- The US Squash Medical Advisory Committee highly recommends competitive players ease their way back into play prior to competition. Given the layoff from competing, players will be more susceptible to under-training, over-use and other injuries.
- Do not play if you:
- Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC.
- Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Are vulnerable or at risk.
- Expect to book a court by email or online.
- Your preferred facility should communicate with you their planned protocols.
- Expect to have your temperature read using a Non-contact infrared thermometer.
- Expect that your club may consider restricting entry to conform to social distancing requirements.
- Clubs may require you to sign a waiver each time you enter the facility.
PREPARING TO PLAY
- Respect the limitation of the type of squash activities that may be permitted.
- Allow time for staff to sanitize courts after previous use before entering the court.
- Place your bag in the designated area and keep items in the bag.
- Exercise caution with squash balls. While there is no direct evidence that COVID-19 can survive on a squash ball, it may survive on some surfaces for up to three days.
- Bring your own squash balls. Remove with a racquet any squash balls that may have been left on court.
- Avoid touching your face and eyes during the session. If glasses need to be cleaned, then bring a clean towel.
- Protect against infections and wash your hands frequently on entry and exit from the court.
- Expect to wear a facemask off the court.
- Respect the club policies regarding masks or shields on court.
- Bring your own towel and water bottle.
- Avoid touching court doors, walls, etc. if you can. If you do, make sure to disinfect the area you touched immediately.
- Expect to only be allowed to solo practice or play with people from you own household.
- Practice with a ball machine may be allowed. Ball machine use and guidelines must be followed as instructed by Club Management.
- Bring your own ball and leave with it.
- Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment. Wash your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Remain apart from other players when taking a break.
- Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
- Do not linger outside the court before or after a match or practice session.
- Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
- Do not use the locker room or changing area. Shower at home.
- No extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.
- All players should leave the facility immediately after play.
- On arrival at home immediately put your athletic clothes into the wash and take a shower.
- Do not expect demo rackets or used squash balls to be available.
- Do expect to be allowed in the pro shop area.
For a printed copy of these guidelines please click here
Solo practice is an important part of the game of squash allowing players time to concentrate refining their technique and perfecting their control. The list below represents some options that players can use to challenge themselves when on court without a partner.
- Warm Up Options – for pdf click here
- Mobility Exercises – for pdf click here
- Solo Practice Session – for pdf click here
- Ghosting Segments – for pdf click here
- Solo Skills Challenges – for pdf click here
And don’t forget you can analyse a match you may have played using this match analysis sheet. Review a video and mark where you win or lose points and that may lead you to an area of your game you may need to develop in order to improve.
- Match Analysis – for pdf click here