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Of course there is a big difference between the various clubs, because not all clubs have a coach permanently employed, which is actually the ideal situation, because then there will be a real coach culture within the club. In addition to a number of tasks, the coach must also have certain skills.

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Skills:
– Leader
– Teacher
– Organiser
– Friend
– Humorist (good mood)
– Motivator
– Basic knowledge of the game
– Discipline
– Appearance
– Friendly
– Examples are
– Guide

When someone possesses a large part of these skills, you can immerse yourself in the profession of “squash coach”. And that’s where the catch lies. At the moment, in my opinion, there are too few qualified coaches in the Netherlands. To go back to tennis, you can’t start training or teaching without some form of education. As head coach of SBN I also strive for such a situation. Fortunately, SBN has a nice training program where coaches can develop themselves further and where they can acquire certain knowledge and where they can also continue to build their coaching career. This is essential in this profession. In this way, we also get competent coaches in our squash.

What does a competent coach stand for?
– Provides good feeling during training and games
– Strives to improve every player
– Is concerned about dealing with players
– Is competent to deal with groups of people involved in the sport, e.g.: parents, referees, board, …
– Is aware of the different styles to coach and that players can react differently

How does the coach ensure maximum results?
– Drawing up a training plan
– Being there in time to prepare everything
– Discuss the training plan so that players have a clear picture of the activities
– Give demonstrations
– Monitor each player’s performance and repeat exercises to determine progress
– Giving good advice

September 2013 we started our elite program at SBN and there we see the value of the coaches very clearly. The private coaches work together with the technical staff to bring the players to a higher level. This by means of knowledge, commitment and good communication. This already results in very good results.

I hope that many centres in the Netherlands will consider hiring a coach to give the club more quality. I also hope that many fanatic squash fans will consider joining the coaching profession. This can happen at any level, because also in squash coaches are needed at any level. The coaches who lay the foundation are often the most important in the development of the players.

Last time we dissected the drives a bit more in detail. This time we will go a bit further on the boast. The boast is an important blow in squash and also the most squash specific, because in other racket sports (except racketball) you don’t see a boast.

Especially as a beginner it gives you more possibilities to get the ball out of the corners. The boast is both a “defensive” and an “offensive” strike. In women’s squash, the boast has a very important function. Here’s a more specific approach to the boast

What?
Attacking or defensive shot, where you use the side wall to hit the front wall.

Why?
– Attacking boast changes the direction of attack and brings opponent to the front of the court.
– Defensive Boast gives you recovery time and also allows you to play ball out of an extremely difficult situation, especially when your own position is such that you have to take the ball behind you.

When?
– If your opponent plays half a (bad) length and you can come in front of your opponent, you play the boast (two walls) so that your opponent comes under pressure at the front of the court.
– When you no longer have any other options

How?
Observation/perception: looking at opponent’s body position and racket sheet for ball contact will help the player to better anticipate the hit being played and thereby estimate speed, height and width of ball
Decision: attacking or defending / right target
Action: Move from “T” to battle zone and start racket preparation. Provide some space between elbow and body. Last step in balance turn a little more to the back corner (more than drive). Release racket with open racket blade in smooth movement with your body stable at the moment of impact. Drop off on your front foot to get back to “T” zone. Stay relaxed!

Note: The higher you get into squash level, the less often you will use the boast. This is due to the fact that if you boast a little too much, you will have to use the

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