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Cassie’s Corner: Growing the game in Oz

Cassie’s Corner: Growing the game in Oz

Hats off to Todd Bowden for making Moorabbin such a busy squash base It is always frustrating when you read about squash clubs closing or seeing courts permanently used as aerobics studios for example. So it is nice for me to share a positive story from Australia. Since I moved here I have coached and [...]

April 9, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Growing the game, News 1

Time to clean up game as PSA bid to block out lets

Time to clean up game as PSA bid to block out lets

PSA to come down hard on ugly stoppages SQUASH MAD COMMENT The new PSA Referees’ Director, Lee Drew, is determined to stamp his mark on the game by attempting to banish any repeat of the ugly squash that marred the first round of the Canary Wharf Classic. The all-Egyptian opening-night match between No.7 seed Omar [...]

March 26, 2014 Guest Contributor Canary Wharf Classic, Comment, Growing the game, News 5

David Pearson Exclusive: Referees need to show they’re in charge but not act like headmasters

David Pearson Exclusive: Referees need to show they’re in charge but not act like headmasters

Officials need to be in much better positions, make themselves heard, and don’t allow any backchat By DAVID PEARSON- Squash Mad Guest Columnist   There will always be an issue in squash with lets and strokes. That’s a matter of opinion, and not what I think we should focus on when talking about referees. The [...]

March 21, 2014 Mike Dale Comment, Growing the game, News, Refs and Rules 7

Fergit the log fires, James, y’all come down south and try our chicken wings and beer

Fergit the log fires, James, y’all come down south and try our chicken wings and beer

American Dream: Dress code and fancy etiquette divides our sport By JOHN BRANSTON – Squash Mad Guest Columnist Racquet-wielding journalist John Branston is one of a small but determined company of squash devotees in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a big fan of James Willstrop, and is keen to have a chat with him in Richmond [...]

March 6, 2014 Guest Contributor Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game 1

Cassie’s Corner: Building stars of the future

Cassie’s Corner: Building stars of the future

Two junior programs, at opposite ends of the world, share the same goals As previously reported by Squash Mad, Australia have decided not to send a team to the World Junior Championships in Namibia in August. As previous winners their presence will be missed. As explained in the article, a new program is being developed [...]

February 17, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Coaching and Development, Comment, Growing the game 0

Equal prize money at British Nationals

Equal prize money at British Nationals

England squash split prize pot down middle at National Championship By LEE HORTON – Squash Mad Chief Reporter England Squash & Racketball will split a £22,800 prize pot equally between men and women at next week’s National Squash Championship. The national governing body want to drive women’s squash forwards and Jim Lord, Operation’s Director at ESR [...]

February 6, 2014 Lee Horton ESR, Growing the game, Squash Around The World 0

We’re happy to make a racket to help the game grow

We’re happy to make a racket to help the game grow

Let your voice be heard: You can make a difference to our sport By the Squash Mad Team What do all these have in common: the Australian Open tennis, the Tournament of Champions squash, spoilt brats on court, the appointment of a PSA Referees’ Director, the England Squash funding situation, and the departure of their [...]

January 30, 2014 Lee Horton Comment, Growing the game, News 0

How technology will shape the future of squash

How technology will shape the future of squash

The Future of Technology in Squash By PHILLIP MARLOWE – Squash Mad Columnist In this tongue-in-cheek article, Coach Phillip Marlowe looks into his crystal ball and tries to guess how technology will change squash over the next few years or decades. We can’t escape the feeling that technology is stalking our every move. Our daily [...]

January 26, 2014 Guest Contributor Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game, News 0

English racketball is a whole new ball game in the States

English racketball is a whole new ball game in the States

On the ball: Americans are trying out the English version of racketball … and loving it! Americans are loving the repackaged version of English racketball By JOHN BRANSTON – Squash Mad Guest Columnist I’m a sucker for equipment innovations and hybrid racquet sports, probably because I have played so many of them and excelled at [...]

January 24, 2014 Guest Contributor Comment, Growing the game, Racketball 1

Dress smarter and we might find squash’s Anna Kournikova

Dress smarter and we might find squash’s Anna Kournikova

Dress to impress: Why players must follow the example set by tennis and capitalise on the latest trend   By ALEX WAN – Squash Mad guest columnist Is it visually unappealing to watch someone badly dressed playing squash? Maybe not. But will it enhance the experience if it was otherwise? Definitely. I brought up the [...]

January 15, 2014 Alex Wan Comment, Fun Stuff, Growing the game 11

COMMENT: Pushy parents spoiling squash? A Squash Mum speaks out

COMMENT: Pushy parents spoiling squash? A Squash Mum speaks out

Parents need coaching, not just the kids RECENT articles have highlighted the levels of poor conduct on court during some major junior tournaments, and incidents involving parents shouting at their own children, unfairly influencing the decisions of junior referees, and seeking preferential treatment from hard-pressed event organisers.  Here, a SQUASH MUM, who wishes to remain [...]

December 22, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game 7

COMMENT: How America killed the Olympic dream

COMMENT: How America killed the Olympic dream

How American excess killed the Olympic dream By BOB KINGSLEY SQUASH is feeling sorry for itself after the IOC again rejected the sport’s application for a place on the 2020 Olympic Games programme. The sympathetic responses bear a familiar look. “Crossing our fingers for 2020”…“So very close for 2016”…“Pretty close in 2012…”“Such an effort in [...]

December 10, 2013 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Growing the game, News 10

MILLMAN: Squash’s perfect storm could herald major changes

MILLMAN: Squash’s perfect storm could herald major changes

By RICHARD MILLMAN, Squash Mad Columnist PERFECT STORM FOR SQUASH HERALDS BIG CHANGES “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” – Deepak Chopra Every so often a perfect storm manifests itself. When it does, those in its path must first scramble for survival and then, if they are lucky enough to survive, they must put back [...]

November 30, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game, Squash Around The World 18

WILLSTROP: Bashing our heroes is totally warped

WILLSTROP: Bashing our heroes is totally warped

By JAMES WILLSTROP (courtesy of Yorkshire Evening Post) The fiercest critics have a tendency to come out of the woodwork with great swagger after a poor result. As any readers may have heard me say before, it rankles that successful athletes who are excellent examples for us to enjoy are criticised with unreserved savageness when [...]

November 26, 2013 Lee Horton Comment, Growing the game, Squash Around The World 0

NEW BALLS PLEASE… Paul Selby backs the Double Dot but demands extra quality

NEW BALLS PLEASE… Paul Selby backs the Double Dot but demands extra quality

PAUL SELBY, leading coach and head of a British squash dynasty, joins the big SquashMad debate on the use of single-dot balls for youngsters and recreational players. In response to Richard Millman’s article in support of The One Dot Revolution, the first comment I would like to make is that, like Malcolm Willlstrop, I am [...]

November 20, 2013 Alan Thatcher Comment, Growing the game 36