Growing Squash: Squash Academy Added to JCC

Published Monday, October 2, 2017

Squash is one of the fastest growing sports in the junior and college arenas. Not only is it challenging athletically, but it benefits future academic placement.

Squash is a ball sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. Players must alternate in striking the ball with their racket and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court.

According to Forbes Magazine, squash is considered the “number one fitness activity based on strength, agility, cardiovascular fitness, and convenience.” It is also the 12th fastest growing sport in the USA over the last three years (even higher than Lacrosse). From 2010 - 2016, US Squash Junior accredited tournaments grew from 110 to 185, a 68% growth. Overall junior participation grew from 7,910 to 16,744, a 110% growth.

To add to its appeal, Squash is also a great college differentiator for incoming applicants. More than 200 colleges and universities have courts including every Ivy League University.

This has trickled down to children’s sports and is a growing part of the Lehigh Valley community. The JCC has fulfilled the need for a children’s squash program by creating the Squash Academy: a twelve week course that focuses on teaching the ins and outs of squash to children ages 11 and up. No matter what level of experience, children will improve their form, strengthen their technique, and play in comepetitive games.

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