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The Safety Zone Revisitied 2012
What is the ruling in regards to the area behind the back solid line in the serving box and the dotted line approx. 3 feet behind that.... It is my understanding that this area is called the "safe" zone.
I’ve given you the exact written rule(s) concerning the “Safety Zone”, the Short Line and the Receiving Line below. Then to make life easier I give you my Star Trek analogy to hopefully make it all as clear as possible.
The first thing that many players don’t realize about the safety zone is that it can be violated by the server or more frequently his partner while leaving the doubles service box. When this happens, it’s not a fault. It’s a complete loss of the point instantly.
The subtle difference between the server (or serving team) violating the Safety Zone and the receiving team violating the Safety Zone is the serving team can enter the area after the ball passes the Short Line (which is the back line of the service box) while the receiving team can’t enter the Safety Zone until the ball either bounces in the Safety Zone or passes through the dotted Receiving Line in the air.
3.10 (i) Safety Zone Violation.
An immediate loss of serve shall result if, after the serve has been struck, the server or doubles partner step into the safety zone before the served ball passes the short line.
3.11 (a) Receiving Position.
Here’s how Mr. Spock would describe it...
The other time the force field drops is when the ball passes through the field coming off the front wall in the air on a serve. Once again you cannot anticipate the ball coming through plane...it must actually pass through the plane of the dotted line for the force field to come down.
If a player tries to contact the ball and the force field is up....it's a point.
Live Long and Prosper!
Questions or comment…Pat@Racquetworld.com