Overview of Squash in the United States
Why Squash ?
- Over 20 million squash players participate regularly world-wide in over 185 countries.
- Top ranked male and female players are from England, Egypt, France, and Malaysia, giving the sport a truly global presence.
- Squash players and fans represent a highly targeted demographic of men and women, with median incomes of more than $300,000 and an average net worth of $1,500,000.
- Squash players are highly educated, of which 98% are college graduates and 57% having further graduate degrees.
- The United States has the fastest growing squash participation worldwide – the Sports & Fitness Association (SFIA) shows 101% growth overall between 2009 and 2014 to 1.6 million squash players.
- A Forbes study pronounced squash the #1 sport for getting and staying fit – average players burn about 750 calories per hour!
- More than 200 colleges and universities have courts, including all of the top 25 colleges as ranked by Forbes magazine in 2015.
- Every Ivy League school has a varsity squash team.Top ranked juniors continually are recruited and go to Yale, Princeton, Harvard, and other top colleges and universities around the country.
US Squash Pushing the Game Forward with Club Locker
- State of the art online software makes the game more accessible to players, spectators, and tournament directors
- A digital scoring app is used at all accredited tournaments to simply tournament management while also instantly broadcasting results worldwide
- Each match or tournament’s Live Scoreboard allows spectators to track matches in real time
- Monitor player results and see upcoming match times and locations with the Player Tracker
- Reservation System allows for club members to schedule courts with a single click
Junior Squash Rapidly Expanding
- Junior Participation has grown over 400% nationally since 2007 and this number continues to grow!
- Geographically, Junior Squash is also expanding.
- Since 2010, for West Coast tournaments:
- 634% increase in junior tournament participation
- 375% increase in the number of tournaments
- 55% increase in the average number of players per tournament
- In the Southeast, in 2010 there were no accredited junior tournaments.
- Now there are more than 11 accredited tournaments in this area accounting for more than 500 accredited matches played.
- Since 2006, the U.S. Junior Open Squash Championships has increased from 271 to over 1000 players from more than 37 countries, making it the largest individual junior squash tournament in the world.
Racquetball vs. Squash
- Racquetball participation continues to decline – the SFIA shows an overall 17% decrease in participation since 2008
- Racquetball courts continue to be converted all over the world. US Squash helps this initiative by providing up to $1000 per court conversion
Squash for Life – Adult Squash
- Since 2009, individual box league matches have increased by 185% while team league matches have increased by 63%!
- Ladder matches have exploded by over 3300% and local club friendly matches have increased by 233%!
Women’s Squash on the Rise
- Women’s Squash Week continues to bring players together around the world, now in over 36 different cities in both the U.S., Canada, Barbados,
- Women’s participation has doubled since 2008, now playing over 30,000 matches each year!
Middle and High School Squash Programs Keep Growing
- The High School Team Squash Championships started in 2005 with 16 teams. The tournament has grown to be the largest squash event in the world with over 170 teams and more than 1,500 players from all over the country.
- Since 2011, the Middle School Team Squash Championships has grown from 37 teams to over 70 teams from around the country. There are many Accredited Scholastic Squash Program Middle and High
School Leagues around the country with more than 350 teams actively participating
Emerging to club to varsity squash
- Since 2008, there has been a 66% increase in the number of club and varsity college programs, and can expect this number to continue to grow as the increased junior participation continues to drive more club and varsity program development at the collegiate level.
- There are now 77 men’s and 51 women’s programs across the country.