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by Niki Kovács on January 19, 2019
With New Year resolutions being in danger of being broken it is a good idea to look up some fun opportunities to boost your motivation level. Did you maybe promise yourself to do more sports in 2018? With this in mind you might want to organize more sports related team building activities with your colleagues. Playing squash is definitely a good idea: it is fun, moves your whole body and is a good option to bond with others. It requires only a little bit of effort, since the only thing you need to do is grab your comfy shoes and clothes and go to a gym with a squash facility.
The seventh episode in the series of our teambuilding tips articles – Team Building Recipes – is squash. The article gives you recommendations regarding this game and lists the skills it can improve. Besides, you can get familiar with some KPIs, based on which you can monitor the success of this team building exercise in your organization.
Type of activity: outside facility
Required time to play: 30-60 mins.
Requires investment? No
Best for: moving your whole body while having fun
Squash has gained a lot of momentum in the recent years. Many people like it as it’s easy-to-play, yet really intense: shooting a little ball towards a wall, then wait for your opponent to hit it again for you to return it similarly. Besides, you can kill two birds with one stone with a squash game: you’ll have a tough workout, but still you’ll enjoy playing it and will get in a flow experience quite fast.
Squash is played between two players on a squash court each using a standard racket, and a squash ball.
Matches are the best of 3 or 5 games, it’s up to the organiser/players. Each squash game is a point rally scoring to 11. If the score in a game is tied at 10-10, a player must win by 2 clear points.
When a player fails to serve or to return the ball, in accordance with the rules, the opponent wins the point. When the Receiver wins a point, s/he becomes the Server and add one to his/her score.
After a good service has been delivered, the players return the ball alternately until one or the other fails to make a good return, or the ball otherwise ceases to be in play, in accordance with the rules.
Note: If any part of the ball touches the outline, the ball is deemed out, or if the ball hits the tin or the floor on its second bounce the ball is deemed down. Similarly, if the ball bounces on or before the short line from a service, the serve is deemed a fault.
A return is good if the ball, before it has bounced twice on the floor, is returned by the striker on to the front wall above the tin, without touching the floor or any part of the striker’s body or clothing.
A let is an undecided stroke, and the service or rally in respect of which a Let is allowed, shall not count and the Server shall serve again from the same box.
A player wins a point if:
After playing a ball a player needs to make every effort to get out of the opponent’s way, which means that s/he should mak every effort:
It’s advised to know what skills of your teammates need improvement to find a proper team building exercise. Besides, it is always good to know in advance what skills are affected by certain team building activities.
This event might affect these skills positively:
In this section we show which KPIs we recommend you to use. With these KPIs you’ll be able to measure the success of your specific team building exercises. The KPIs have a 10-scale system – the best is to ask your employees to evaluate the company based on these metrics before and after a team building. Thus, you can collect and convert qualitative data into quantitative.
Let’s see which KPIs can yoga improve the most – and how much (in our opinion); the bolded ones are the most relevant KPIs:
Playing squash combines the useful with the pleasant, since you can have a nice workout while having fun and socializing. This is definitely the game to play when you had a long day at work, want to move your body and get all the stress out of your system.
Have you ever tried this game or are you planning to? What do you think about it as a team building activity? Share your ideas and thoughts in the comment section below.
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Niki is an enthusiastic coffee admirer and ballroom dance lover with the desire to travel and explore the world. She's dreaming of owning her own cafe, speaking perfect French and making the best ever pancakes one day.