Types of Squash Games


There are many types of squash games, like tennis, there are single or double matches.  But there are many other variations you may not have known about and can expand experience in the game.

Single Matches include:

  • Standard rules first player to 9 or 15 points to wins the game (best of 3 or 5 games)
  • Timed for example 10 or 15 mins each, repeated once or twice. Every point counts and the highest score wins. 
  • Handicapped matches to give a weaker player a chance to win and challenge a stronger player to play harder.
  • Round robin style matches where you might play several players one after each other. 

Doubles or Other Styles

  • "Killer" where 1 player plays against 2 other players
  • Doubles matches with various ways of scoring.

How Does Squash Doubles work?

Squash doubles were invented in Philadelphia in 1907 and typically uses the same courts as single matches. Doubles is an exciting and entertaining variation of Squash. With four players on the court at once, virtually no shot is a winning one and can improve your reactions for a singles game.

Doubles are more of a tactical game, and that can be very appealing to to players. 

How's it scored?

Doubles can be scored in a number of different ways. 

Play best of fives. Up to 30 points. You can make different scoring thresholds for something different. Three lots of 30 points can go for about an hour and a half.  That is one heck of a workout! 

Doubles is very unlike singles games where you can just cross court every time, because depending on the other players position you could be playing straight into your opponents hands. With Doubles you need to play a lot more of straight shots along the wall.

What is a traditional game of squash?

A traditional game is best of five to 15. It's been at 15 since 2000 in Australia. Whoever wins three games wins the match. Every point counts.  

How do the SquashMatrix.com games work?

The Squash Matrix is an Australia web based system developed to improve the method of ranking of players. The system is based on a player versus player approach.

It's a great way to get a guide of a player’s level of skill and ranking against his peers.

How can I relate my new squash matrix number to the old ranking system?

For example, C-grade is 120 to 150 on the matrix. B-grade is 150 to 190. A-grade would be 190 to 250.

How do you score points?

You can gain a maximum of six points in a match. If a 150 player beats a 220 player three-nil, they definitely get six points. So a nice step up the ladder.

It doesn't matter what the score was. 17-15, 15-13. They'll get six points, and I'll boost them. Conversely -  the 220 player will lose six points! 

Whatever the winner gains, the loser will lose. So it can get very competitive and is a great way to track your progress and to motivate for improvement.

If you play someone that's higher than you and you get a game off them, you still get points. You get half a point to a point. Because on a ranking, you're not expected to win, so it's a bonus if you get a game, if not a match. The opposing player will not lose any points.

If you lose to a similar player, it comes down to how many games you lose.


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