rule 8 – SPOILER – the most difficult of all the rules of squash… In this article, I would like to bring to you, dear readers, two simple algorithm – how to quickly and accurately solve the situation when the player asked us LET. It should be remembered, what is it simplified version, no in 70-90 % cases, they will help you make the right decision. In the future to further improve their level of refereeing you need to carefully read the rules and a lot of practice. Remember: The most important principle of judging – is to ensure the fair solution for both players, regardless of all the algorithms.

Algorithm 1


And now briefly about the points
Paragraph 1 – The judge must decide whether there was any interference. And he can consult it with the players, they just could not see all of their actions.
Paragraph 2 – The judge must decide whether the interference at the rally affected, was negligible or – without affecting the drawing. Thus it is necessary to take into account the players level – the higher the, the less reason to stop the game for any reason petty interference for players.
Paragraph 3 – The judge must decide whether the player could reach the ball and play correctly. Can we imagine, Would the player had to get to the ball out of nowhere (without opponent) court?. And second, if it had – would be able to play ball? – a classic example – the ball went to the nickname and even standing next to the Ball, a player would not have to make it possible.
Paragraph 4 – The situation is quite clear – if the player still will push the ball and try to hit, or have time to approach the ball but did not take the kick (such as the ball to him it seems too difficult – and so forth adhered to the wall and will require more convenient than playing LET) the player must not get LET
Paragraph 5 – The rules of 2010 and subsequent year, there is a new rule requiring both an active player when trying to play the ball. Now, as earlier, leaving the player must make every effort to allow the enemy to come and play ball, but the kicker (this innovation) should actively seek ways to the ball (to try to get around) and not to block the enemy such as running into him.
Paragraph 6 – Here the situation is clear – kicker stopped play because the opponent did not try to avoid interference
Paragraph 7 – Even if the player is leaving my best – Well, not able to avoid interference – and correct swing byuschego player was blocked – this Stroke. Focus on the word “locked” – a slight touch of the enemy racket during swing, that does not stop(It does not make it impossible) attempt – the minimum interference.
Paragraph 8 – Stroke – even if the swing was not blocked but the kicker, which stopped the game, It had the opportunity to play the winning kick.
Paragraph 9 – Standard situation – the ball flying to the front wall could fall into enemy – LINE (wider to hit the ball into the opponent will be described in a separate article)
Paragraph 10 – If both players have made every effort to continue, Well handicap did not allow the player to correctly control the ball and play – then LET.

Algorithm 2

The algorithm proposed by WSF (World Squash Federation) – in fact it is similar to the previous – with little change in the order making


This article was written using public judicial materials sites and sites of European national federations

article author, Judge of the Polish Squash Federation: Robert Wrobel (

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