By Aidan Healy
Many people either know Squash as a food item or something that people play at country clubs. Believe it or not, squash (the game), has found its way into Briarcliff High School.
Squash is a racquet sport played by two or four players (singles or doubles) in a four-walled court with a small hollow rubber ball. The game is not played like tennis where opponents stand on opposite sides of the court but more like racquetball as you would see at some gyms such as Club Fit. The players alternate shots, hitting the ball off of the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court. In order to see who serves rst, the players spin a racquet to decide who will serve first. The serve can either be from the left or right service box and must go above the service line and below the outline. Then, after the serve the opponents hit the ball off the front wall alternating after every shot. They must hit it below the outline and it must not hit the ground right after hitting the racket. All the walls are playable however, the ball must hit the front wall.
The team, organized by Sophomore Caleb Schumacher, consists of BHS students including fellow sophomore Nick Sama who provided some background information about the team.
“The team practices every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, using the awesome facility at Hackley,” said Sama. “The squash team was organized by Caleb Schumacher and it is not a school sport. You must pay for the team equipment and other gear such as sweatshirts.”
“Squash is a great way to get exercise and have fun playing with your friends,” he added.
The games are Mondays and the team plays in different facilities such as Chelsea Piers against teams from other towns. Also, the team gets their own jerseys and thus far the team has been a great experience for the players be part of.