Squash is a fast-paced racquet sport played by two players (singles) or four players (doubles) on a four-walled court. The objective of the game is to score points by hitting a small rubber ball against the front wall in a way where your opponent cannot return the ball before it bounces twice.

Here’s a basic overview of the rules of squash:

  1. Scoring: Squash is typically played using a point-a-rally scoring system, where a point is awarded to the player who wins each rally, regardless of who served. A match is usually played as best-of-five games, with each game played to 11 points (varies depending on the level of play or tournament).
  2. Serve: The server must stand within the service box and hit the ball directly onto the front wall above the service line. The ball must then land in the opposite quarter of the court, beyond the short line, and below the outline. If the serve is good, it is considered in play, and the receiving player must return the ball.
  3. Rally: Once the ball is in play, the players take turns hitting the ball against the front wall. The ball must be hit above the tin (bottom boundary) and below the outline (top boundary). The ball can hit the side walls or back wall, but it must reach the front wall on the fly without bouncing twice on the floor.
  4. Continuous play: Squash is a continuous game, meaning that players should avoid hindering their opponents’ access to the ball and try to keep the game flowing smoothly. The ball remains in play as long as it does not hit the floor twice or go out of bounds.
  5. Let: A let is called when there is interference during play that hinders a player’s ability to make a good shot. In such cases, the rally is stopped, and the point is replayed. Lets can occur due to factors like accidental contact, excessive interference, or safety concerns.
  6. Stroke: A stroke is awarded to a player if their opponent’s shot is deemed to have prevented the other player from having a fair opportunity to hit the ball. If a stroke is given, the player is awarded a point, and they retain the serve.
  7. Out of bounds: If the ball hits the floor twice before being returned, goes out of bounds (above the outline or below the tin), or hits a player directly, a point is awarded to the opposing player, and they gain the serve.
These are the basic rules of squash that govern the gameplay. It’s important to note that there may be variations in rules and scoring systems in different leagues or tournaments, so it’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with any specific rules being used in a particular event