How to improve


Mike Way is currently the men's and women's varsity squash-team-coach at Harvard University! 

He also coached Jonathon Power, the only North American to ever be ranked as the #1 squash-player in the world.
Mike has some simple things to say regarding your junior squash-player improving their game.
Here's what Mike has to say...once the kids are back on-court practicing, watching and playing squash-matches...

Take a fresh look at their practices and/or friendly games. When they play against stronger players, measure their success by the length of the match and not just by the score. If Mary/Steve beats them 3/0 every time in 20 minutes, then have them focus on canceling their mid-court attacking zone by hitting the ball higher and wider. If they can reduce the percentage of shots which are hit from the mid-court attacking zone, then the rallies will get longer and the match will extend. They'll be able to increase the opponent's mileage while they win more points. 

When they play against weaker players, have them practice attacking shots which they would not usually use. For example, if they always beat Mary/Steve with their favorite cross-court drive from the front, have them play a drop, a straight drive or an angle instead. When they play against players of their own standard, have them put their full game-plan to the test. Have them establish a good length, play their attacking shots only when they're really 'on', mixing-up their attacking shots to keep him/her guessing. Don't have them thinking of winning all the time, but focus on mileage. These evenly-matched games are important...and they often create the most mental pressure. The fact that they have a game-plan will occupy their mind...and will ease their nerves.

Finally...have your junior squash-player be a good watcher! Learning to watch squash-matches intelligently and with a critical eye – especially on-court tactics – will help your junior squash-player understand the game.
 
So the next time they're watching a match, (live, on Youtube, etc.) have them study the way in which shots are played from the different zones of the court... working out how the losing player might change his/her tactics to turn the game around. The more this is done, the better they will become at analyzing their own game...and the quicker they'll improve

So there you have it...from one of the most accomplished squash-coaches in the world...Mike Way!