Hardball Doubles Squash was invented in Philadelphia, PA in 1907 and was standardized in the early 1920’s. Doubles squash is played on a larger court than singles squash, to make room for the extra players. Doubles is played with two teams consisting of two players. Each team assigns a right-wall player and a left-wall player, who typically “cover” their designated side of the court. That being said, it is not required to remain on a specific side, and players may help their partner by retrieving the ball from their side. The same rules and scoring method applies to doubles squash as singles, although in some instances, doubles may be played best 2 out of 3 games.
Today, there are four major doubles organizations overseeing more than 15,000 players in North America: Squash Canada, US Squash, the Squash Doubles Association (SDA) and Women’s Doubles Squash Association (WDSA). These four groups manage all aspects of doubles play, from beginner to elite professional, and work together to grow and promote the game.
Hardball doubles has been a fixture of Canadian Squash since the early 1930s. Five Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec) house all 36 courts in the country. The Canadian Doubles National Championships were first played in 1934 (except for 1938), have been played every year since then. Provincial Championships are held in four of the five provinces and over 1,100 players participate in Doubles Squash leagues across the country. It is estimated that there are over 4,000 hardball doubles players in Canada. Squash
Canada hosts a variety of Canadian Championships for doubles squash players as follows – Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles (Open, B, C and 40+ to 80+). Categories offered may vary based on participation numbers.
The Squash Doubles Association (SDA) is the international governing body for men’s professional squash doubles, with more than 150 members representing 18 countries. The SDA Pro Tour has grown to over 20 events, with an aggregate purse of over $500,000.
The Women’s Squash Doubles Association (WDSA), formed in 2007, recently hosted the 2020 MFS Boston Pro Am, with their largest prize pool ever at $50,000. WSDA has also established relationships with numerous charities including Mile High 360, Breast Cancer Charities of America, Metro Squash, City Squash, Squash Haven, and Southampton Squash Inc.
With more than 175 Hardball Doubles courts in North America, the sport is well positioned for future growth. Doubles Squash Courts (Hardball and Softball) in Canada – Click Here