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Hey Ref: July 2018

by Barry Faguy HEY REF Once in a while when it’s my turn to referee, I wind up with bad behavior from the players and I get flustered and unsure of what to do. Poor behavior...

Another Break in the Ball

When a ball breaks, if either player identifies the issue after a rally then a let is granted, and the point is replayed. A player may stop mid-rally if they think the ball is...

Hey Ref: June 2017

by Barry Faguy HEY REF Is there anything a referee can do about what seems to be dishonest play? Dishonesty has many guises, but we’ll focus on two key areas. The first regards the failure of...

Foot Fault? You’re Calling a Foot Fault?

It’s one of the very first things you learn when you begin playing squash. After figuring out about all the confusing lines on the court, you are told to start a point by serving...

Hey Ref: April 2019

by Barry Faguy HEY REF Last call! Well folks, nine years later, it’s the end of my writing the officiating column. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a Canadian doing it, but it’s fitting that someone...

Hey Ref: January 2019

An “Official” Q&A by Barry Faguy HEY REF Is it true that the PSA decided to eliminate the usual practice of giving only a let (instead of an obvious stroke) when the striker refrains from hitting...

Local Call: Sharing the Ball

This past January, the rules of squash singles were adjusted to limit the warm-up to a maximum of four minutes, replacing the previous rule of five minutes. Players must change sides after two minutes...

Play On

by Sheldon Anderson, US Squash Pro Tour 2 Official US Squash is unique in that we require our professional officials to participate as referees at our national and junior events. This helps implement changes we...

Official Q&A: Tammer Alnaggary

U.S. Pro Tour Tier 2 referee Tammer Alnaggary spoke with Squash Magazine about becoming a squash referee and his work in the U.S. with junior, college and professional tournaments. Squash Magazine: How did you get...

Local Call: May I Play Through?

Within the close confines of a squash court, physical contact between the players is inevitable. A good percentage of the time, it is incidental and has a negligible effect on play. A player should request a...