Category: Coaching

In conversation with BP – Juniors’ post-match analysis

12th June 2020

Following the Digital Premiere of A Bronx Tale, check out this free video where BP shares his process for analysing a match with the juniors right after a competition.

The questions BP asks to get the juniors to analyse their own games eventually make them more independent and aware of what they need to do.

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The making of A Bronx Tale

1st June 2020
bronx

A Bronx Tale is a film we didn’t plan to make. Like all good things, it just ended up happening: the timings lined up, an opportunity presented itself and a great story about people and squash emerged. All we had to do was tell it.

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Origins Part 2 – The Barringtons give their views on court sprints

27th March 2020
court sprints

Check out this clip from the Origins series that sees Joey and Jonah discuss the merits of court sprints and how you can effectively balance solo practice and physical exercise.

This 30-minute interview has been very well received and offers some light relief during these particularly difficult times.

We hope you enjoy…

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Coaching juniors in competition with Bryan Patterson – Communication

24th January 2020
communication

Coaching children at events can be a challenging process at times. Both coaches and players experience a full range of emotions depending on performance and results.

Bryan Patterson is one of the most experienced coaches within the sport today.

Check out this video where Bryan Patterson offers up some fantastic advice for coaches and parents about speaking to players after a match.

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Put it into practice: Group coaching with Bryan Patterson

4th November 2019

Our spotlight video this week on SquashSkills sees a bit of a change of gear, as we welcome Bryan Patterson to the site for the latest episode in our ‘In Conversation’ series – this time round with a focus on the topic of coaching groups. We’ve put this feature together primarily for all of our members out there working in the field with young players, and hope that you find the dialogue as insightful and interesting as we did!

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Flow like the French!

29th June 2018
camille serme

We’re delighted to welcome Camille Serme to SquashSkills this week, as she takes us through her approach to the game technically, tactically, physically, and mentally – all of the 4 crucial components of the competitive squash player.

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My SquashSkills experience – David Taylor

14th November 2017

I write to you from Leme Tênis Clube in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was founded in 1914 and for many years was prominent in Rio de Janeiro for the level of its squash, as well as tennis.

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My SquashSkills experience – Manuel Martin

20th October 2017
squashskills experience

My 8-year-old son is a beginner that loves squash. We started playing regularly a year ago. I played many years ago but I have no coaching experience whatsoever. We watched a lot of videos on YouTube but for the most part the content and production quality varies a lot and it is very time-consuming to find help in specific areas of the game (i.e. specific shots, drills or speed/conditioning).

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Working with junior athletes – Managing expectations

16th October 2017
junior athlete

We’ve looked at some of the aspects relating to the development of junior players here on SquashSkills previously with our blogs on the growth of young players and more general early-stage development, and it’s a topic that we frequently receive questions on from the many coaches and parents amongst our members.

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How you can get the best out of your team

5th July 2017
team

There is a certain level of complexity involved with team dynamics in any sport as there are many factors such as personalities, cultures, ages and abilities amongst the set of players. In squash, the team aspect is rather unique. Usually, your team consists of 5,7 or 9 players and you set your lineup after try-outs, challenge matches or rankings.

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Attacking Short From The Front Of The Court

10th October 2016
attacking short

I’ve always found going short off an easy ball, even with plenty of time, a challenging aspect of my game. Attacking from the middle of the court is much easier for me as I flatten the racquet head and hit through the ball a little harder, leaving my opponent less able to get onto the ball and counter-attack due to their positioning and shot type. From the back of the court, I could only ever attack by hitting the ball deep again – my highest quality option being a forehand boast.

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Danny Massaro – An interview with David Pearson – Part 1

18th September 2016
The winning parent

David Pearson has been a coach for 35 years. He is a father of four, 2 daughters, 2 sons. David was the longest-serving Head National Coach across all sports in the United Kingdom from 1995 until 2010.

David has coached 4 World Champion Squash players; 2 women, 2 men– coincidence!? Widely acknowledged as one of the best Squash Coaches in the world, ‘DP’ as he is fondly known, continues to coach all players across the playing standard spectrum and from all corners of the globe.

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Backhand squash technique – The Diamond

14th March 2016
backhand squash technique

I’m a bit of a technique geek. I get excited by seeing a really good swing in action and sometimes get caught up with what the swing looks like as opposed to where the ball ends up.

This is wrong, because if someone is hitting a target time after time despite not having the most aesthetically pleasing swing then they must doing something right.

However, I am a firm believer that if you create and aesthetically pleasing swing where all the bio-mechanics are working as they should, then you will hit the ball more accurately, more consistently and with more power.

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How I use SquashSkills to improve my players

17th September 2015
estonia squash

Hi, my name is Priit and I’m a squash coach in MetroSquash, Estonia. 

Estonia is a tiny country of only 1.3 million inhabitants next to Finland, Russia and Latvia.  Squash in Estonia began in 1993 when the first squash club was opened in the capital, Tallinn. Throughout the years the squash in Estonia has been slowly but steadily growing, you can now play in the capital and several other cities. Just a few months ago CourtWall built 4 new professional courts in Tere Tennis Center.

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Getting the best out of juniors

9th July 2014
juniors

Juniors crave instant gratification for success.

In reality, we know it’s not always that easy. Unfortunately, for all athletes who work hard to achieve their goals, there are obstacles that must be overcome.

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My experience – Working with David Pearson

16th May 2014
david pearson

Seeing David Pearson on the site over the past weeks has brought back so many wonderful memories of our time together.

His attention to detail and level of understanding of the mechanics of the swing and movement are so all encompassing, he can spot the minutest detail that will ultimately allow you to progress as a player.

I want to share my first meeting with David and some of the things I learnt from him in the first year of working with him.

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Utilising coaching theory to develop performance

29th August 2013
coaching theory

There is a lot of very interesting literature surrounding the field of learning theory, with a lot of it of great relevance to sports coaches.

Indeed, coaching itself is increasingly being treated as more of a science, with its own specific topics of research and study. This is of great benefit to anybody working in the coaching field, and the materials available today can really enhance the quality of teaching and instruction that a well-informed coach is able to offer.

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