If you see the ball bounce twice on your opponent’s side of the court, whose call is it? There are two different situations, with two different answers. They are here, along with a brief medical update.
Two Incoming Bounces
Your opponent runs in for a short ball and after the first bounce, hits it (in your opinion) just after it bounces a second time. Whose call is it? Your opponent’s – not yours.
But on the other hand, your opponent DOES hit the ball before the second bounce; but they hit it into the court and it comes over the net. Whose call is it? This time, it is YOURS.
This from Rebel Good’s Jan/Feb Court of Appeals…
A player “calls against themself” in a double bounce situation under The Code, #19 (“The opponent is not entitled to make these calls. [But] The principle of giving the opponent the benefit of any doubt applies.”)
But a shot hit straight into the ground on their side of the court is, in essence, a really, really short shot that did not land in the proper court. It is your call because, under The Code #5, a player “calls all shots landing on, or aimed at, the player’s side of the net.”
A Challenging Call
In my opinion, both calls are very difficult to be sure about and can create controversy. But from teaching pro Spike Gonzales, one indicator of the second situation is if the ball comes over the net to your side with TOPSPIN. If that happens, the ball was hit down into your opponent’s court first.
Have YOU faced these situations?
My Medical Update:
Yesterday was my heart catheterization; so here are just the headlines:
- They gave me a form to sign saying that “while they were in there, they were going to install a pacemaker.” I said, NO YOU ARE NOT.
- Afterwards, the Doctor spoke to groggy me and also called DeDe at home (my sons listening in); and he said I “probably previously had a heart attack, causing some damage.”
- He said I have some blockages that “may need a stent”; but that I should go to see a heart surgeon next week to discuss what course of action they will take. His name is Dr. Solomon
- I asked Dr. Santos of my three hours of MRIs; but he did not seem to know anything about the potential aortic aneurysm; but said there is an “aneurysm on the apex”(?) And I will talk to Dr. Solomon about that too.
- I called am now scheduled to talk to Dr. Solomon Tuesday afternoon: and, he will discuss the possible solutions: medication ,bypass and/or stent. (and pacemaker)
There are some more details, which I have shared via email to some folks who have asked to be kept informed. If you would like to read more, just drop me an email.
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