I had an interesting discussion with the captain/coach of our ladies 4.0 team. Generally, he abides by the doubles strategy and positioning recommendations in "The Art of Doubles," so we get along fine. Here's what happened. I was returning from the deuce court, and I followed my crosscourt return to the net, shading to follow the ball. I went as far as I thought reasonable, stopping to split step as the opponent hit the ball. I was perhaps 1-2 feet inside the service line when I stopped. Opponent hit an offensive lob that went over my head, and as I made no attempt to play it, and it landed at the baseline for a winner. My first thought was what my pro would have said had he seen that nonsense, which was a version of: "What's wrong with you, woman? Don't just stand there watching. You know your partner isn't going to reach that ball. Just take two big shuffles back and hit your overhead!" OK, I'm an idiot. So stipulated. Anyway, my captain/coach had a different take on it. He said that, when you are approaching the net, the service line is your Stop Sign. You stop about 1 foot behind the service line so you can reach any lob the opponent might play and you deprive her of that option. That got me thinking (and arguing, 'cause it didn't sound right to me). Where *do* you stop when you are coming to net in doubles? I just kind of play it by ear. I certainly won't come in closer than "second volley position", which is perhaps 2 steps behind the center of the service box. Beyond that guideline, I do what seems to make sense given what I know about my opponent. If it is a Dude, I come closer because he is less likely to lob and more likely to crush the ball at my feet. If it is a Certified Lob Queen, I will stop back of the service line. If the opponent is a pusher or doesn't hit with pace, I feel more comfortable stopping farther back because I figure I can close the net if I need to. If the opponent is off balance or otherwise in trouble, I definitely wouldn't stop behind the service line. But what of this Stop Sign idea? Do people do it that way, and how well does it work in practice?