Squash

Squash has a long tradition at Martlesham since the club was founded in the late 1970’s. It has achieved a high reputation in East Anglia and at one time had 3 county champions in its ranks.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Squash Members, please note the following changes for Phase 2 of the England Squash regulations, which take effect from 1st September. This allows players to form “squash bubbles” and play full-court squash, although there are some modifications, as follows:

SQUASH BUBBLES

  • A bubble consists of a maximum of six players.

  • Players can only be part of one Martlesham Leisure bubble at any time.

  • This does not mean you can take part in both a coaching bubble, racket ball and or squash bubble at the same time.

  • Bubbles will need to nominate a bubble captain to send all names to Mark Baggott via email mark.baggott@martleshamleisure.co.uk before any matches take place.

  • Any changes will also need to be sent via email.

When booking courts both players names will need to be attached the to the booking to allow staff to monitor the bubbles, please note that if the following admin is not completed you will not be permitted to play full squash. If you break your bubble or fail to book correctly you may have your booking rights revoked.

The new coaching bubbles will be confirmed and will be communicated in the next few days. Players within the bubble can play full-court matches but with the following modifications and hygiene measures:

  • Only two players on court at one time.

  • Play best of three games.

  • Play first to 11 points, sudden-death at 10-all.

  • Use ‘Sides’ as a way to maintain social distancing throughout the warm-up.

  • During each game, when the first player reaches five points, both players should wipe away excessive sweat, sanitise their hands and the ball. Repeat between games.

  • The same player to serve / touch the ball during each half of a game, and at the halfway point, switch servers.

  • Protective eye-wear or visors are strongly recommended by England Squash at all times.

  • Players must not wipe their hands on the court walls.

  • Players are not allowed to shout or raise their voice.

Modified Version of SQUASH – ‘Sides’

An adapted version of the game for two players from different households. This cross-court version of squash is designed to comply with social distancing measures, with each player remaining in their own half of the court at all times. During the game, only one player should touch the ball and the court door, and players must not touch court walls. All equipment and touch points should be cleaned and players must wash their hands, before and after play – NOTE: please follow standard practice for court care – i.e. walls should not be cleaned with disinfectant to avoid damage to the plaster.

RULES

  • Only two players permitted

  • The aim is to hit a winner or force an error from your opponent as in regular squash

  • Only one player serves during the match, the opponent cannot handle the ball

  • Both players must keep to their side of the court throughout each rally, using the full length of the court whilst maintaining safe social distancing throughout

  • If a player crosses into the opponent’s side of the court, they immediately forfeit the rally

  • If there is a danger of players breaching a safe social distance, they must call a let and replay the rally

  • Once a rally is complete, players switch sides of the court (maintaining a safe social distance) and the server restarts play

Squash Coaching

We are delighted to announce that Josh Turmel (Level 3 Coach) has joined Martlesham Leisure as Head Professional Squash and Racketball Coach. The Suffolk County player is an experienced Level 3 Squash and Racketball coach, ex-PSA World Tour player and 5 times Suffolk U19 Champion.

Josh can provide Squash and Racketball coaching for players of all ages and levels as individuals, pairs or groups. He is available from Monday to Saturday. (daytime and evenings) so please contact him on:

07799 525459

joshturmel2@gmail.com

Junior squash coaching

Weekly squad sessions have been timetabled by Josh Turmel (Level 3 Qualified Coach) for different abilities to enable maximum participation and progression as follows:

Squad Levels

Minis: Age 3-7 years (Beginners/new players).

Development: Previous Squash or racket experience.

Intermediate: Experienced and can hit consistently.

Monday and Thursday 

4.30 – 5.30pm Development

5.30 – 6.30pm Intermediate

Saturday

10.00 – 10.45am Minis

10.45 – 11.45am Development

11.45 – 12.45pm Intermediate

Fees

Coaching fees

40 mins £20 or 60 mins £30

Junior Coaching fees

£3.50 Minis (£5.00 Non-member)

£5.00 Development and Intermediate (£7.00 Non-member)

League Squash

For players looking for something more competitive than social squash we offer both Mixed and Ladies Only squash leagues at the Club. The Mixed Leagues have 5 players per box providing 4 matches in a 5 week period. Players can view the leagues and enter results online alongside the court booking system. You will need to register for this service and update your privacy permissions to use this facility.

The Ladies Only league operates in a similar manner but is not available online.For more information regarding the Squash League structure and registering online please speak to Josh or a member of staff at Club Reception.

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