Warmup etiquette: who takes the net first?

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  1. slewisoh

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    I recently observed an awkward warmup for a USTA doubles match. The players began hitting ground strokes - nothing unusual. After about 5 minutes, the visiting team started trading glances with each other, as in "what the heck?" They seemed to be waiting for the home team to take the net first to warm up volleys, but the home ladies were not budging from the baseline. The visitors finally came to the net for volleys, but they seemed a bit annoyed.

    I'm always chomping at the bit to warm up at net, so will approach with my partner after spending minimal time hitting groundstrokes.

    Are there unwritten rules regarding who takes the net first during warmup? Is it supposed to be the home team?
     
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  2. Sumo

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    No.

    It's just when you are ready.
     
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  3. Ripper014

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    There is no rule... practice what you need to. In doubles I usually make my way into the net fairly quickly to do some work on my volleys and overhead. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want... if you need a few extra overheads... ask for them. Once you are finished at the net you can always ask your opponent if they would like to do some work at the net.
     
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  4. JavierLW

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    Im going to start at the net, so the "unwritten" rule is that I will be there before anyone else.....
     
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    I normally wait for the opponent to come to the net first, as that is an ideal time for me to practice my lobs.
     
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  7. genius24

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    dont think there is any etiquette regarding this at all. its just whoever wants to come to net first.
     
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  8. baseline_monster

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    Just get up there when you are ready, personally I prefer staying back longer.
     
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  9. Cindysphinx

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    I have seen some Serious Weirdness during warm-ups. All kinds of quirky behavior.

    In my last match, opponents came to net for volleys. After a while, the dropped back and invited us to come up. The lady across from me remained at the service line. Which meant she couldn't return any of my volleys.

    I remember another match in which a lady seemed irritated with me that I wasn't calling her warm-up serves in or out. Other opponents loudly call my warm-up serves in or out, and some even praise the quality of the serve.

    And there was another match in which the opponent caught every volley and overhead I hit rather than attempting to hit the ball back.
     
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  10. FLA10s

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    Say what? who cares its just warm up?

    I had one guy during a warm up hit what he thought was a winner (it was in)
    and asked about it, i was kinda a jerk about it and was like who cares we are just warming up, i didint even say if it was in or out, weird though.
     
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  11. thejuice

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    LOL!!! I'd be the one to race you to the net first.
     
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  12. Ken Honecker

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    Silly me but I have a hard time visualizing the need to "warm up" at the net. After I hit a dozen ground strokes I've regrooved whatever tennis ability I still possess and am ready to start playing.
     
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  13. tennis tom

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    OK, here's how it goes, you get 5, 7, or 10 minutes, depending on what the tournament referee or the person at the tournament desk tells you. The length of warm-up depends on the need to move the schedule along. You can warm-up as long as you want, if no one stops you, 15 minutes is probably as long as you'd ever want before it cuts into your energy for the match.

    You start the warm-up from the baseline and you DON'T HIT IT HARD. You hit the first few balls to the center hash-mark to your opponent's forehand, since this is most player's stronger side and you want to get the show on the road. You hit down the center for a minute or two and then hit a few a little wider. You observe your opponent's FH and BH to see if one is weaker than the other or if their foot-work is worse to one side.

    One player will hit one short, drawing the other to the net. You hit some volleys to them-- BUT NOT HARD--and observe their technique to see if one side is weaker than the other. The net man points a finger upward indicating he's ready to hit overheads. The player hitting the overheads, hits them back to the player on the baseline--BUT NOT HARD. After a few overheads, the net player retreats to the baseline and his opponent comes to net for his volleys and overheads.

    About this time, the tournament referee signals "two minutes" and you take serves. One player serves three balls to the other--BUT NOT HARD--and the receiver catches the ball (or tries to) and then serves three balls, and the receiver catches them. After about six serves to the FH, you do the same to the BH. The more you can serve to each other and catch the balls, the more serves you have time for. It can be tricky to stop and catch the ball on the BH side for most people, it takes some practice to learn how to do this and not feel foolish.

    You signal you are ready when you don't catch the serve but take a full swing hitting it back over the net. The server can take a few more practice serves, maybe three and then the tournament referee signals "TIME". If you miss your practice serve into the net, don't take another, because that gives you an unfair advantage, but, to take a little unfair advantage you can return it to your opponent using a very gentle over-head swing.

    The more balls you can hit TO each other and not into the corners of the fence, the more practice swings you will have time for.

    Of course, you did your REAL warm-up hours before. The 5-10 minutes before the match is mainly to release some nerves, let the spectators settle down and scope out your opponent to see if they've fixed that weak BH, since you've last met . It usually takes me two hours to get warmed-up--and then I'm worn out.
     
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  14. surfsb

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    In your league there could be separate bylaw etiquette but home or away team going to the net first to practice would seem like a strange rule.

    In general the best etiquette is whoever is ready first (which may give advantage to the other person at the baseline to continue hitting when they may want more ground stroke practice before coming in). Especially when it comes to tournaments where an official is pushing you on warmup time.
     
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  15. FLA10s

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    Yeah same here, ill let the other guy come to the net if he wants but i am pretty much a baseliner so it isint neccesary for me, i only come to the net on short balls or to put away weak replies my volleys are good enough.
     
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  16. Camilio Pascual

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    More importantly, there is a weakness in the coaching for this team. This team's coach shouldn't let them worry about stuff like this. If they don't have a coach, then they should coach themselves better.
     
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  17. 120mphBodyServe

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    You should come to the net when your opponent does so...
    REFLEX VOLLEY DRILL!!!!!
     
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  18. Steady Eddy

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    'The hometeam comes to the net first to practice volleys'? That's a new one for me. Looks like no one else has heard of it either.
     
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  19. genius24

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    never heard of it (home team theory) and doubt this is the case. there is no warm up etiquette in terms of who comes to net first....
     
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  20. JavierLW

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    Even better.....
     
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  21. Ken Honecker

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    Hey I don't need to come to the net in warm ups cause I'll be there all game har har.
     
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  22. JavierLW

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    And Im not going to be hitting any overheads because Im going to be smacking them down on you guys all match long..... :)
     
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