When someone possesses a large part of these skills, you can immerse yourself in the profession of “squash coach”. And that’s where the catch lies. At the moment, in my opinion, there are too few qualified coaches in the Netherlands. To go back to tennis, you can’t start training or teaching without some form of education. As head coach of SBN I also strive for such a situation. Fortunately, SBN has a nice training program where coaches can develop themselves further and where they can acquire certain knowledge and where they can also continue to build their coaching career. This is essential in this profession. In this way, we also get competent coaches in our squash.
What does a competent coach stand for?
How does the coach ensure maximum results?
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
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, just like perception.