Referee Notes & Guidance

Notes to help referee's and players alike..

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  • Top Tips to understand how to interpret the rules
  • Insider info re how Ref's think - let? stroke? no-let?
  • top top tip - you will play better & get more decisions in your favour if you play "knowing" the rules

The ‘Let’ Rule – Rule 8


ü Players must play safely – stop play rather than injure someone or yourself – squash is non-contact – never barge (dangerous play)

ü Players must play fairly – the result of a let appeal should be fair to both players – and represent the probable outcome of the ‘stopped’ rally at that point

ü You must appeal for a ‘decision (whether you want a stroke or a let) – the appeal is a clear "please" or “let please”

ü Top Tip: make sure it looks like you would have been able to get to & play the ball by moving towards the ball with racket held ready – if you stand still 10 feet away then you will not get a let – see note 2 ‘every effort’

Referee’s line of thinking when making a decision….

1. Did interference occur? – was it more than minimal? (ie just "any" contact does not count - must have interfered.....)

No = no let

Yes – continue thought process….

2. Could the obstructed player have reached the ball and made a good return – and was that player making every effort to do so?

No = no let

Yes – continue thought process….

3. Did the obstructed player move past the point of interference and play on – or create the interference in moving to the ball?

Yes = no let

No – continue thought process….

4. Did the outgoing opponent make every effort to avoid the interference?

No = stroke to obstructed incoming player

Yes – continue thought process….

5. Did the interference prevent the incoming players reasonable swing?

Yes = stroke to obstructed incoming player

No – continue thought process….

6. Could the obstructed player have made a winning return (without turning or second attempt) ?

Yes = stroke to obstructed player

No – yes let


  • The referee goes thru the above thought process in a split second, he/she also sees it from a different vantage point to you – be magnanimous & gracious if the outcome is not quite what you wanted
  • ‘Contact’ is not a guaranteed let – it may have been ‘minimal’ – note 1, or you may have ‘played on’ - note 3

  • Use the above to work out how you behave – eg you must make ‘every effort to reach the ball’ – note 2

  • As above – if ref thinks you would not have got to the ball to play a shot – it may be “no let” – note 2

  • Be aware of the opposite, if you play on past the point of interference but (say because ball is close to wall) you decide not to play it – no let – note 3


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Last Updated (Saturday, 15 October 2016 16:05)