Training to Competition Ratio
• 60% training and 40% competition (tournament participation increases). Although players may select squash as their main sport, it is important for them to maintain participation in one other sport. Introduction to national competition may occur at this stage depending on the developmental age of the player.
• Single periodization that features a semester-by-semester evaluation and progression.
• Focus on developing squash-specific skills.
• Increased emphasis on court movement.
• Continue to acquire and perfect the ball striking fundamentals of Height, Speed, Distance, Direction and Spin.
• Continue to work on error correction.
• Skill award programs.
• Introduce the concept of open and closed strategies based on opponent’s court movement (e.g., open court strategy for slower opponents and closed court strategy for faster opponents).
• Begin to recognize strengths and weaknesses of yourself and your opponent.
• Begin to develop pattern recognition skills.
• Identification and correction of tactical and strategic errors in play.
• This stage presents the maximal growth rate for both females and males.
• Females typically experience increased body fat levels in response to hormonal changes.