Health and Safety
Squash and racketball are competitive sports and the physical nature presents a risk of injury. One of the roles of the sport’s governing body, England Squash (ES), is to promote safe play and publicise safety guidelines for their sport to help players minimise the risk involved in participation.
All England Squash guidelines to safe squash can be found here.
If you have never played squash or racketball (Squash 57) before, we strongly recommend that you have a number of lessons from a qualified coach before playing competitively. The coach will be able to tailor the lessons to your fitness capabilities and ensure you know the basic rules of the game and have adequate fitness to participate before competing.
Clements Squash Club is firmly committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all of its members. We accept our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all young people and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying. We adhere to ES Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Squash Policy, Procedures and Guidelines.
We also recognise that every player has a responsibility to understand the rules of safe play , which is why we complete regular risk assessments and have set out Guidelines for Safety on court.
Guidelines for safety on court
Squash and racketball are competitive sports and the physical nature presents a risk of injury Clements Squash Club promote safe play and adhere to ESR safety guidelines to help players minimise the risk involved in participation.
CSC strongly recommends that you have a number of lessons from a qualified coach before playing competitively. The coach will be able to tailor the lessons to your fitness capabilities and ensure you know the basic rules of the game and have adequate fitness to participate before competing.
Here are a few simple guidelines to follow before play, training or competing to prevent injury or illness:
- Don’t play if you are currently unwell or injured. If at any time during play you begin to feel unwell, feel any pain or discomfort stop immediately. Particularly if you have a temperature or flu like symptoms.
- Don’t play for at least two hours after a heavy meal; take fluids between games.
- Don’t play after alcohol and avoid smoking.
- Always warm up before playing and warm down afterwards.
- Wear suitable clothing and footwear. Make sure your clothes, shoes are the correct size and equipment is properly maintained and in a safe condition.
Ensure the squash court is clean and free of any potential hazards. Ideally, place any belongings off court or right at the front of the court.
Any issues with the court facilities must be reported to Fusion.
- All Juniors MUST wear protective eyewear to prevent injury. If you wear glasses, they must be unbreakable (lenses as well as frames); contact lenses should be soft.
- ESR recommends the wearing of Eye Protectors whilst playing squash and racketball. Eye protectors should be selected from those specifically designed for squash.
- Familiarise yourself with the Rules of Squash and the Rules of Racketball before playing. The safety of your opponent is in your hands. If you cannot play your shot without the risk of hitting your opponent, stop and ask for a let.
- Squash is a non-contact sport. Try to avoid colliding or bumping into your opponent, stop and ask for a let.
- When showering after a game use warm rather than hot or cold water. Both hot and cold water can lead to a collapse.
Players must remember that they have a responsibility to others to learn the appropriate rules and skills of the game.