Doubles - Hinders and
Court Position continued
Follow Up Questions:
I do not disagree with what you said except for the fact that the guy
backing into me is backing into me on purpose. If I do not move and my
partner does hit a pinch, the server will go for it while this guy will
still run into me. Does that change anything? Intent? He means to
block me from getting to the next shot by restricting my movement. He
will move in front of me no matter what.
Pat's Follow Up Answer:
As for the exact rules on this situation....he can move and take up any
spot you don't occupy....and that could mean 1 inch away from you....but
he must give you an unimpeded path to the ball once it becomes your
shot...that means if he's 1 inch from you backing you into a corner...on
purpose....the second it becomes your shot and he is not completely out
of your way I would call an Avoidable hinder and you would get the
point....as long as you could have gotten to the ball to retrieve the
The other thing is...don't back up...step forward...if you get to a spot
first and he backs up into you...you had the spot...if he continually
does this...even if the ball is away from you guys, I would call this an
avoidable hinder or unsportsmanlike behavior.
Try doing the exact same thing to him when your partner is serving and
see what he says.
All these rules aren't going to help you if you don't have a ref....and
I know you're most likely all friends...but get this e-mail out and talk
about it and make sure everyone agrees on the exact rules...that way
you'll also have to agree when they are being broken.
You can forward any rules
questions to me at