Starting as a Junior
Junior squash programming is set up in a way that allows children to pursue their own path based on their abilities and level of interest. There are options for recreational and social squash, competitive and tournament squash, team and league squash. Additionally, there are opportunities for life after junior squash to be recruited to play in college and to pursue squash professionally. There is no one pathway that all players take. However, the best way to get started is to get on court and begin playing.
A lesson with the squash professional at your local club can be a great introduction to the sport. The club pro will be able offer technical advice and also a plan for development, so make sure to leverage their help. Many players also start out with “solo” sessions on court to better learn the sport, experience the movement and swing, and to gain confidence hitting the ball consecutively while running around.
After this introductory period where players are increasing their squash literacy while experiencing the fun of playing, many will move on to playing with a hitting partner. Once players are comfortable playing with an opponent or hitting partner, the options for squash programming opens significantly.
After getting started, players can choose what type of programming best meets their needs. There are many ways to participate in squash and no one pathway that is best or preferred. Therefore, players should choose whichever works best for their individual situation. Additionally, it’s worth noting that many players choose to participate in many of these different pathways simultaneously.