Rob Owen is a fascinating character. A man who has made a successful living as a professional gambler. He’s a chess player, a philanthropist, and a squash coach, a very good one at that.
Friday 2nd July 2021 marked a milestone for SquashSkills as we officially entered our 10th year. In 2012 SquashSkills launched, breaking new ground for the sport of squash, albeit on a budget website and with some particularly cringe-worthy videos.
SquashSkills has teamed up with stats company Cross Court Analytics to provide a data-driven angle to the Coaches Corner game reviews. Next up, Cross Court take a look at the stats behind Game 1 of Ollie Harris vs Ollie Hudson.
SquashSkills has teamed up with stats company Cross Court Analytics to provide a data-driven angle to the Coaches Corner game reviews. In this piece, Cross Court take a look at the stats behind Game 1 of Mike Potter vs Jack Turney and pick out some observations which caught their eye.
February has seen a brand new series on SquashSkills of our ‘Coaches Corner’ feature, where an amateur club match is dissected and analysed by a pair of our resident SquashSkills experts.
We all know and are aware of the importance of the mental side of the game and we hear commentators or players talk about this all the time in regard to sustained success and performing consistently time and again. A lot of the success can be attributed to statements such as; “I just felt completely in the zone”, or, “That was mentally hard but I stuck to my processes“, or, “I’ve done so much work mentally over the last few seasons”.
I’m Oliver Coulcher-Porter, I play in the u15 and live in England. After the lockdown, I was wary that I needed to have a solid programme in place to get back to my original standard before the lockdown.
That is when I found the Return To Court programme. Having also completed the fitness version of this I had high expectations. Now I have finished I realise it blew my expectations out of the water.
Hi, I’m Jules Multamaki, a 58-year-old master’s athlete, and part-time coach, from Edmonton Alberta Canada and I just finished Jesse’s 6-week Return-To-Court (RTC) program.
A number of countries worldwide are allowing players to return to court and within this there are some limitations and one in particular is what is being called social distance squash.
Following the Digital Premiere of A Bronx Tale, check out this free video where BP shares his process for analysing a match with the juniors right after a competition.
The questions BP asks to get the juniors to analyse their own games eventually make them more independent and aware of what they need to do.
A Bronx Tale is a film we didn’t plan to make. Like all good things, it just ended up happening: the timings lined up, an opportunity presented itself and a great story about people and squash emerged. All we had to do was tell it.
Check out this clip from the Origins series that sees Joey and Jonah discuss the merits of court sprints and how you can effectively balance solo practice and physical exercise.
This 30-minute interview has been very well received and offers some light relief during these particularly difficult times.
We hope you enjoy…
Coaching children at events can be a challenging process at times. Both coaches and players experience a full range of emotions depending on performance and results.
Bryan Patterson is one of the most experienced coaches within the sport today.
Check out this video where Bryan Patterson offers up some fantastic advice for coaches and parents about speaking to players after a match.
Our spotlight video this week on SquashSkills sees a bit of a change of gear, as we welcome Bryan Patterson to the site for the latest episode in our ‘In Conversation’ series – this time round with a focus on the topic of coaching groups. We’ve put this feature together primarily for all of our members out there working in the field with young players, and hope that you find the dialogue as insightful and interesting as we did!
We’re delighted to welcome Camille Serme to SquashSkills, as she takes us through her approach to the game technically, tactically, physically, and mentally – all of the 4 crucial components of the competitive squash player.
I write to you from Leme Tênis Clube in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was founded in 1914 and for many years was prominent in Rio de Janeiro for the level of its squash, as well as tennis.
My 8-year-old son is a beginner that loves squash. We started playing regularly a year ago. I played many years ago but I have no coaching experience whatsoever. We watched a lot of videos on YouTube but for the most part the content and production quality varies a lot and it is very time-consuming to find help in specific areas of the game (i.e. specific shots, drills or speed/conditioning).
We’ve looked at some of the aspects relating to the development of junior players here on SquashSkills previously with our blogs on the growth of young players and more general early-stage development, and it’s a topic that we frequently receive questions on from the many coaches and parents amongst our members.
There is a certain level of complexity involved with team dynamics in any sport as there are many factors such as personalities, cultures, ages and abilities amongst the set of players. In squash, the team aspect is rather unique. Usually, your team consists of 5,7 or 9 players and you set your lineup after try-outs, challenge matches or rankings.