The subject of whether or not to wear eye protection when playing squash and racketball has been debated extensively over the years.
As many of you may have seen in the press recently, it is very much back under the spotlight again following an incident during a professional game at the National Championships.
If you haven’t seen the press coverage on this please see the links below – it makes very interesting reading.
Given the recent press coverage we thought it would be useful to reiterate the clubs position on eye protection:
Juniors – all juniors must wear eye protection at all times while playing squash. This is in line with England Squash regulations (see https://support.englandsquash.com/article/28-is-eye-protection-compulsory-for-all-junior-squash). Juniors who play regularly should come equipped with their own suitable eye protection, which should be compliant with the relevant standards (see https://www.englandsquash.com/get-involved/play/equipment). Suitable goggles are available to buy at reception. In addition to this, the club does have a small number of goggles available to borrow, but these are intended for use by new starters trying out the sport and occasional use by regular players if goggles have been misplaced.
Adults – while eye protection is not mandatory for adults in most cases, the club strongly recommends that players consider wearing goggles, although accept that ultimately this is a personal choice. There are exceptions to this, such as when playing doubles where eye protection is mandatory, in line with guidance from England Squash.
Should you have any questions on this please discuss with head squash coach, Gary Hinton.
Link to report on original incident =>>>>> https://squashmad.com/breaking-news/daryl-selbys-freak-eye-injury-sparks-new-debate-on-goggles/
Link to report on Daryl Selby's response =>>>>> https://www.psaworldtour.com/news/view/7272/selby-pledges-to-wear-eye-protection-following-british-nationals-scare