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Rules question

Published: 17 Aug 2016 - 22:00 by simonrh

Updated: 20 Aug 2016 - 13:51

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Two questions on which I seek guidance

Scenario 1:

Player 1 attempted to play a boast from fairly deep in the court, but was impeded by player 2 who was woefully out of position. In effect, by obstructing player 1, player 2 gained an advantage. Let or point?

Scenario 2:

Player 1 played a winning boast. However, on its way to the side wall the ball touched player 2 but not enough to have changed the flight of the ball. Let or point?

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From raystrach - 20 Aug 2016 - 13:51

1.

whether there is a let or stroke (or no let) awarded in any situation depends on a number of things:

  • level of interference
  • did player 1 make every effort to get to the ball (assuming they could get to the ball)
  • did player 2 make every effort to clear the ball
  • did the interference prevent player 1 from hitting a winning shot

eg if player 2 made no effort to clear the ball and was on player 1's backswing when the attempt to play was made, then it would be a stroke

if the players got tangled up away from the ball in the in/out mayhem, chances are that it would be a let.

there are so many variables in this that it is almost impossible to provide definitive advice without acutally seeing the situation

2.

this situation is far more easily solved. if the ball touched the player on the way to the side wall, as long it was deemed to be going up prior to contact, and as long as the contact was accidental, a let would be played.

once the ball hits the player, any subsequent position of the ball is moot. the fact that the flight path of the ball was virtually unaltered or that it would have been a winner has no bearing on the decision.

if the ball was going directly to the front wall, it would have been a stroke to player 1 (again, whether or not it would have been a winner or not is not relevant)

these scenarios ignore code of conduct situations where there might be dangerous play or other complications

hope this helps.

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