<b>A Simple Squash Glossary</b><br/><br/>Here are the most common terms and phrases you need to know in order to clearly communicate with other squash players:<br/><br/><b>american scoring</b> - also called point-a-rally scoring, in which both the server and the receiver can score a point during a rally.<br/><b>boast</b> - a shot hit to the near sidewall before it hits the front wall.<br/><b>carry</b> - a ball that is not hit cleanly on the racquet; it touches the strings throughout the stroke.<br/><b>counterdrop</b> - a drop shot hit off of a preceding drop shot. Also called a re-drop.<br/><b>crosscourt</b> - a ball that goes to the opposite side of the court after striking the front wall.<br/><b>doublehit</b> - a ball that contacts the strings more than once during a stroke. Somewhat similar to a carry.<br/><b>drive</b> - a typical groundstroke, usually hit for good length.<br/><b>drop</b> - a shot hit short, usually not too high above the tin.<br/><b>game</b> - usually won by the first player to earn 9 points. Sometimes games are to 11 or 15 points, depending on the scoring system.<br/><b>get</b> - a difficult retrieval of an opponent&#39;s shot. Often heard in the complimentary phrase &#39;nice get&#39;.<br/><b>hot ball</b> - when the squash ball has physically warmed up from being struck. It is bouncier in this state.<br/><b>international scoring</b> - only the server can score points in this system. Games are usually to 9 points.<br/><b>kill</b> - a hard-hit shot that ends a point definitively.<br/><b>length</b> - refers to hitting the ball into the back portion of the court so as to move the opponent back. That is good length.<br/><b>let</b> - a determination to replay a point in its entirety.<br/><b>lob</b> - a ball hit so that it travels high in the air after hitting the front wall.<br/><b>nick</b> - a ball that hits the crack between the floor and a wall once it bounces off the front wall. This is usually a winner.<br/><b>no let</b> - a determination that no obstruction or interference has occurred, and that a point should not be replayed.<br/><b>rail</b> - a ball hit for good length along a side wall.<br/><b>re-drop</b> - a drop shot hit off of a preceding drop shot. Also called a counterdrop.<br/><b>return</b> - this is the shot that comes after the serve. Also called a serve return.<br/><b>reverse</b> - a ball hit into the opposite side wall before it reaches the front wall.<br/><b>serve</b> - this shot begins every squash point.<br/><b>service box</b> - a square area marked on the court floor. It defines where the server must stand while serving.<br/><b>short line</b> - a line crossing the full width of the court floor. It marks the front of the service boxes.<br/><b>stroke</b> - a determination that interference has occurred and warrants awarding the rally to the interfered player.<br/><b>the T</b> - an area on the floor of the court where the short line intersects with the halfcourt line. It&#39;s often a good location from which a player can reach the opponent&#39;s next shot.<br/><b>the tin</b> - a barrier across the lower part of the front wall. All shots must contact the front wall above this barrier to be good.<br/><b>volley</b> - a ball struck in the air, before it bounces on the floor.