What should you do with the balls on a changeover? I know there is no “rule” to govern this, but the practice varies … and sometimes can be used by your opponent to gain an edge.
Here are what appear to be the options:
1. Leave the balls wherever they end up
2. Take the balls you have handy and leave at the baseline T
3. Bring them with you to the changeover and put on the bench
4. Hand them to your opponent on the changeover.
For me, I usually follow option #2; because I think it is the one in keeping with the spirit of the game and easiest on your opponent.
Those who leave them in the far corners of the court make your opponent walk around to gather them up before starting the next game. And those who bring them on the changeover risk having them left there as you come back on the court.
And #4 (for me) has the same feel as someone talking with you and getting “in your space.”
What do you do on changeovers?