How does the coach ensure maximum results?
– Drawing up a training plan
– Being there in time to prepare everything
– Discuss the training plan so that players have a clear picture of the activities
– Give demonstrations
– Monitor each player’s performance and repeat exercises to determine progress
– Giving good advice
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September 2013 we started our elite program at SBN and there we see the value of the coaches very clearly. The private coaches work together with the technical staff to bring the players to a higher level. This by means of knowledge, commitment and good communication. This already results in very good results.
I hope that many centres in the Netherlands will consider hiring a coach to give the club more quality. I also hope that many fanatic squash fans will consider joining the coaching profession. This can happen at any level, because also in squash coaches are needed at any level. The coaches who lay the foundation are often the most important in the development of the players.
Last time we dissected the drives a bit more in detail. This time we will go a bit further on the boast. The boast is an important blow in squash and also the most squash specific, because in other racket sports (except racketball) you don’t see a boast.
Especially as a beginner it gives you more possibilities to get the ball out of the corners. The boast is both a “defensive” and an “offensive” strike. In women’s squash, the boast has a very important function. Here’s a more specific approach to the boast
Attacking or defensive shot, where you use the side wall to hit the front wall.
– Attacking boast changes the direction of attack and brings opponent to the front of the court.
– Defensive Boast gives you recovery time and also allows you to play ball out of an extremely difficult situation, especially when your own position is such that you have to take the ball behind you.
– If your opponent plays half a (bad) length and you can come in front of your opponent, you play the boast (two walls) so that your opponent comes under pressure at the front of the court.
– When you no longer have any other options
Observation/perception: looking at opponent’s body position and racket sheet for ball contact will help the player to better anticipate the hit being played and thereby estimate speed, height and width of ball
Decision: attacking or defending / right target
Action: Move from “T” to battle zone and start racket preparation. Provide some space between elbow and body. Last step in balance turn a little more to the back corner (more than drive). Release racket with open racket blade in smooth movement with your body stable at the moment of impact. Drop off on your front foot to get back to “T” zone. Stay relaxed!
Note: The higher you get into squash level, the less often you will use the boast. This is due to the fact that when you play too much, you give your opponent too many chances to end the rally with an attacking shot. (e.g. drops)
Part 6 of our “styles of play” series is about the most complete squash player. After the “attacker” of last time, it is now the turn of the “complete player”. The prototype in this style is without a doubt James Willstrop. In order to achieve this style, a natural talent is needed from the start. Especially the skill to learn a lot of different techniques quickly and to perfection. “Hand – eye control must be sublime, as must perception.
Here are the characteristics of the “complete player”
– Most difficult player to play against
– Is fit and also has enough speed to start his game.
– Has “awesome” length game
– Attaches very well when offered an opening
– Is very constant in all his shots and that at any time
– Very accurate
– Doesn’t actually have any real weaknesses in his game.
– Every player sometimes has a hard time in certain situations, including the complete player.
– Try to get them in these situations
– Play from your own strengths
– Keep looking and anticipating
– Attack with confidence
– Keep shots deep and well along the wall
– Vary the speed
– Try to find a weaker point…
D.What definitely “don’t” do
– Waiting too long for your opponent to use his strengths even more
– Don’t be tempted to go too fast for winner either
– Show no frustration
– Going along at his pace