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Pushing off the opponent for direction

Published: 10 Apr 2008 - 23:32 by mike

Updated: 11 Apr 2008 - 08:08

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I've noticed when watching a few pro matches that players sometimes push off their opponent (with their hand) in order to propel themselves towards the ball.

I haven't heard any rules about this specifically, but I know I wouldn't like to be used as a starting block. If they are going to have trouble reaching a shot surely it's the players responsibility to do the running. Seems a bit unfair to me.


This is different to pushing past an opponent to get access to the ball.
What are your thoughts?

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From rippa rit - 11 Apr 2008 - 08:08

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From mike - 11 Apr 2008 - 06:56

Thanks; the rules have obviously it covered then.

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From bunchipe - 11 Apr 2008 - 03:08

According to Don at World Squash Rules "Pushing Off" is not allowed.

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From Adz - 11 Apr 2008 - 00:46

Rule 17 covers the following:

If the Referee considers that a player’s behaviour is disruptive, intimidating or offensive to the opponent, an official or a spectator, or could in any way bring the game into disrepute, the Referee shall penalise the player.

(G15) 17.2 Offences with which the Referee shall deal under this rule include audible and visible obscenities, verbal and physical abuse, dissent to Marker or Referee, abuse of racket, ball or court and coaching, other than during the interval between games. Other offences include significant or deliberate physical contact (Rule 12.12.1), excessive racket swing (Rule 12.4), unfair warm-up (Rule 3.2), late back on court (Rule 7.4), dangerous play or action (Rule and time-wasting (Rule 7.6).

Please note the underlined and bold part above which I believe relates to "pushing off" your opponent to play the ball. Also this is covered in the interpretation section of the worldsquash website, which states:

The Referee shall decide the degree of effort that the player should make to demonstrate "making every effort". This does not give the player the right to abuse the opponent physically and the Referee shall penalise significant or deliberate physical contact under Rule 12 or Rule 17.

So clearly some referees will take a very dim view of physical contact, whilst others may judge it to be warranted if the opponent fails to clear the ball. Notice the two sections in Italics which are to deliberately show that it is down to the judgement of the individual referees on how to view and how to deal with this type of contact.


There have been many occasions where I have seen players "give way" when being pushed off, causing their opponents to fall over! It can cause all sorts of havoc in the middle of the ralley, especially when playing a bit of fun doubles!!




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From hamburglar - 11 Apr 2008 - 00:42

If someone does it to me, i call a let. Or let your body go and they have no weight to push against.

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From missing_record26 - 11 Apr 2008 - 00:17

i also have noticed this, but i think it happens only if the player has been slow to clear the way to the ball. i mean he did clear the way, but was somehow a bit late.  if this is not the case, i `d also like to hear about this.

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