Squash tourney set for Jan. 26-27

Saturday January 19, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro RacquetSports will be hosting its fourth US Squash sanctioned squash tournament Jan. 26-27 at their club located at 204 Cedar St., next to the ski jump.

Entrants from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut will compete in five different skill level brackets. Play will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and end around 5 p.m. On Sunday, play will start at 9 a.m. and end at about 2 p.m.

Squash is a racquet sport played by two players in a four-walled court, using a small, hollow rubber ball. A key strategy in squash is known as "dominating the T," which is the intersection of the red lines near the center of the court. Skilled players will return a shot, and then move back toward the "T" before playing the next shot. From this position, the player can quickly access any part of the court to retrieve the opponent’s next shot with a minimum of movement. The more experienced a player becomes, the longer the rallies are, and the game becomes more strategic, and more challenging both mentally and physically.

Several of Brattleboro RacquetSports’ youth clinic members will test out their squash skills during the event. Lynden Bunker, Liam Perra, Jeff Kahler and Ben Janis will play at the 3.0 or 3.5 skill level.

The top-rated players (skill level 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0) will play on Saturday. The 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 will play on Sunday.

The public is invited to watch this exciting game that is played by over 20 million people in 175 countries around the world. Squash is expected to be added to the Olympic Games in 2020.

For further information, contact Moss Kahler at 802-257-9331, 802-258-1017 or at mosski47@gmail.com.


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