At Debenham Squash club we dedicate a lot of our time to coaching juniors (5-16yrs). For many children, squash provides an attractive alternative to more main-stream team games, as not only is it a 1-on-1 encounter, it is also a non-contact sport, so there is less chance of incurring injuries.
It also provides an opportunity to excel as an individual rather than just being "another team member".
Junior squash is split into groups depending on age and ability. The groups are as follows:
- Mini-Squash ~ Starters, 5/6 years
- Mini-Squash ~ Developers, 7-10 years
- Juniors ~ 11-16 years
For all levels it is important that the child plays with a racket and ball commensurate with his/her playing ability and that a progression to the next level is undertaken as soon as possible. In our sessions we have a range of rackets and balls that can be matched to each child.
Mini-Squash ~ Starters
The initial emphasis with this group is on co-ordination, movement and ball skills. The drills and exercises are geared to the children having fun, at the same time as they are learning these new skills. They use rackets from day one and gradually undertake a range of drills to develop their competence levels.
They may transfer to the Developers group at any time, but depending on ability, rather than age.