The History Of Squash Revealed
A Prelude To SquashPeople have enjoyed playing games that involved hitting balls for many generations. In fact, there is significant evidence of French societies playing such games during the twelfth century. In the beginning of the fifteenth century, the Dutch created what was to become the modern racquet. Over the course of the next few centuries, several games were invented to use small balls, racquets and courts.
In the 1860's, several young boys in England began playing a game similar to squash (though squash had not been formally invented at the time) at the Harrow Boarding School in London. It became incredibly popular with the other students. In 1865, the Harrow School designed "racket courts" and squash was officially born.
The Spread Of SquashThough squash was played almost exclusively at London's Harrow Boarding School for a few years after the introduction of the "racket courts," the game was soon adopted by other schools throughout England. And while it remained predominantly a British sport, stories of the game traveled to America. In 1884, New Hampshire's St. Paul's School opened the first known North American squash court.
During the next several years, the game migrated to other areas throughout England and North America. However, standards didn't exist. As a result, many courts were sized differently. For example, early courts in England were as large as forty-two feet long and twenty-four feet wide while smaller courts measured thirty-two feet by eighteen and one-half feet. Though a sub-committee (called the Rackets & Fives Association) was formed in England in 1907, court size was still considered a matter of local preference. More than a decade would pass before any standardized rules would be established, promoted, or enforced.