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Distractions - Winning Return

Published: 14 Jul 2004 - 18:58 by rippa rit

Updated: 12 Dec 2004 - 16:35

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A stroke can be awarded if distraction interrupts a winning return.

The Referee should always be sure that the distraction is really obvious and not just a cough, etc.

Player waving arm in the air e.g The Striker is trying to indicate the opponent's return may be out as the Striker hits the ball.
  • The Opponent appeals for a let for distraction. The Referee does not allow a let because the Opponent is not hitting the ball and therefore could not be distracted in an attempt to play the ball
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Accidental e.g The player falls over.
The player may choose to play on and accept the distraction.
If the player stops and appeals for a let:
  • The Referee allows a let provided a good return was possible.
  • If the Referee decides that the player could have made a winning return, he should award a stroke to the player.

Deliberate e.g Shouting and stamping of feet.
  • The Referee should apply the provisions of the Conduct on Court Rule.
  • Logically, the Referee would award at least a Conduct Stroke if a winning return was prevented.

Off Court e.g Clapping, siren, flash photography, person moving past glass back wall.
  • The Referee may allow a let if either player is distracted.
  • If the Referee decides that a player could have made a winning return, the Referee should award a stroke to the player.

My tip: Play on and appeal for a let at the end of the rally.
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