USTA Mixed Playoff Rule Advice

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  1. chay337

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    We just came back from an exciting weekend Mixed 6.0 Sectionals and I would like your USTA knowledge and feedback on this issue.

    On our second set, my partner was serving and we won a pretty big point. Immediately after the point, the opponents had an argument and the woman walked to the side and pauses and takes a drink and stands for a minute. We felt that this caused my partner to lose focus on her next serve and as a result she double faulted. Also diminishing the game momentum we just earned from our play.

    What could we have done or do in the future if this type of situation arises?
     
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  2. IA-SteveB

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    Just my opinion, but if something as small as that derails a game, there are bigger problems. Again, just my opinion and no offense is intended.
     
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  3. dizzlmcwizzl

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    ^^^^

    There are time limits for sure. And if a referee had been there I am sure your opponent would have been warned. Your only recourse is to call an official ... which is easy when you are in sectionals becasue they are around.

    However, the biggest issue is blaming a delay for a DF ... someone needs to cowboy up
     
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  4. chay337

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    I agree with things should not affect us in a game so just let opponents stall on their terms in the future? Don't think so.

    Here's what I was looking for the future per my coordinator.

    Stalling is subject to Point Penalty System.

    Violations shall be penalized as follows:
    First Offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Point
    Second Offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Game
    Third Offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Default
     
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  5. chay337

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    Correct. We should have stopped and called over an official. Instead of playing with questions.
     
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  6. roman40

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    Edit: sorry, didn't notice that you said sectionals, thought it was playoffs. In that case, just request USTA official, although that might mean having to wait a while, which can mess with your momentum even more. If you're winning, I wouldn't worry about it, just ask politely for them to stop stalling and hope for the best.

    This is 6.0 mixed, so you're being a bit harsh. They've got 3.0/3.0 or 3.5/2.5 combo, at that level, pretty much anything can throw your game off.
     
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  7. Maui19

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    If my opponents are dawdling, stalling or taking too long talking, etc. while I am serving, I just stand at the base line and say: "Server is ready." They get the message.

    I find this to be simple, effective and non-confrontational.
     
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  8. Gut4Tennis

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    you mean you stand at the baseline ready to serve, as the service line is the middle line :twisted:
     
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  9. Clintspin

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    Did I miss something? You can't take any sort of break during someone's service game. The lady walked to the side and took a drink in the middle of a game? You play at the servers pace and you don't take drink breaks.
     
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  10. Maui19

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    Yeah great correction. I'm pretty sure no one knew what I meant so thanks for helping out.
     
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  11. tennis_ocd

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    Appears to be a one time event. She could've had a coughing spell, swallowed a flying bug, gotten overly annoyed with partner, etc., etc. It's *6.0 mixed.* One really has to ignore these issues.... enjoy the drama on the other side.
     
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  12. Govnor

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    Of course she shouldn't be doing that, but this is 6.0 Mixed, let's not lose perspective here.

    I probably would have said something like "are we playing on or not?" though.
     
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  13. IA-SteveB

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    Meh. I don't agree, but we're all entitled to an opinion. If a Bengal tiger had come on the court and eaten the gal's partner, I can see that throwing off a game. :)
     
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  14. Nellie

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    In my opinion, this is somewhat of a grey area of the rules because the receiver is supposed to play to the pace of the server, but the server cannot go until the receiver is ready. Players are not supposed to take a "break" between points and certainly cannot sit, but are allowed, for example, to towel off, change racquets, get a quick drink, etc. I think the question is really an issue of sportsmanship.

    I certainly would have jawed at the opponent to hurry up, and have had circumstances where my opponents took a **long** time after a tough point to recover in tournaments. The problem I have is that it takes a while to get an official (more than 60 secs.), and even if an official is there, the opponent can easily say that they are stretching from an injury/cramps.
     
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  15. tennixpl

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    at sectionals its competitive. there are rules for a reason and you have every right to enforce it. your partner should stand there at service line and be ready to serve so you can claim they were not playing to your pace and claim the point. if your server isn't ready they not really slowing you down... servers can take a long time sometimes so it would be come a technical nit picky argument.

    of course small interruptions happen all the time and that should not lead to a double fault. hope you won anyway.
     
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  16. pennc94

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    I immediately knew the root cause of these shenanigans as soon as you said this was 6.0 Mixed. At this level there is very little "game" and too much "gamesmanship".

    Try not to let it affect you. Practice some serves. Make good use of the time.
     
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  17. Rattler

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    Yep, and call out the score.
     
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