Questions about "out" rules
Published: 19 Jan 2010 - 12:06 by Treppy
Updated: 20 Jan 2010 - 08:50
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New to the sport, I'm in an area where nobody's ever even heard of squash let alone knows the rules, so I had some questions which I couldn't find in the rulebook, or at least couldn't understand.
The concept of the "out" line. Does being "out" only happen to balls before they legally hit the front wall, or at any time?
If I return a ball and it hits the front wall legally, then bounces off the front wall and hits a side wall above the out line, then bounces legally on the floor, is it out?
Also, what happens when a ball is smashed off the front wall at a downward angle with such power that it hits the front wall legally, hits the floor legally, then flies out of the court entirely?
And lastly, why do people bother building exhibition courts with "out" lines at all? Seems like the plexiglass walls could simply be built up to the point where the out line would begin. That is, the walls of the court would simply stop at the "out" line and anything that goes over them would be out. There would be no need for a ref to call it--if it goes out of the court, it's out. If it doesn't, it's not.
It's not like it would pose a big threat to spectators like a foul ball in baseball. In my opinion that would also make it easier for spectators to watch the game, since there isn't extra plexiglass above the bounds of the court, blocking spectators' view. It would also make the court look way cleaner, IMHO, because you wouldn't have a "stepped" look to the side walls, the actual plexiglass itself would slope down. It would look great.
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