Who's responsibility is it to call "double bounce"?

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  1. PeppermintMocha

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    As titled.

    I know what I am suppose to do when it comes to line calls but I'm confused when it comes to the situation where the ball might've bounced twice.

    If it happened to my opponent and I SAW it, should I call it? What if I'm the one hitting the ball back and I'm truly NOT SURE if it's a double bounce, and especially the other guy is not sure either??

    Who's call is it?
     
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  2. CrocodileRock

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    The player who's hitting the ball is responsible to make that call, as well as all other calls when the ball is on his side of the court, such as lines, ball touching his clothing, etc. If you're hitting the ball, and not sure if it bounced twice, give the opponent the benefit of the doubt, and let him have the point.
     
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  3. HitItHarder

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    The player hitting the shot is responsible for calling the double bounce. An opponent on the other side of the net doesn't get to make that call.

    Think of it the same way line calls are made. Your opponent may think they have a perfect view, but it isn't their call.
     
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  4. PeppermintMocha

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    Thanks all (although the replies are kind of contradicting...),

    What if the other guy's not sure either.. for example both of us were standing wondering if that was a double bounce? (I'll edit my OP to include this)
     
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  6. Spokewench

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    If no one knows and thinks it might have bounced twice, I would either give the point to my opponent if I was the person hitting to keep the game moving; or replay the point.
     
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    Where is the contradiction? If the guy who hit the potentially double bounced ball is unsure, he should let the opponent have the point. If the guy on the other side of the net from the potentially double bounce ball, IS UNSURE, he should keep his trap shut, since he is unsure. If he is sure it was a double bounce, he should ask his opponent if it was a double bounce, if opponent says no, then the opponent keeps the point, if the opponent says yes, or is unsure, then the opponent should give up the point.

    If you stop the point in progress to question whether it was double bounce, and the opponent says it wasn't, you lose the point.


     
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  8. HitItHarder

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    I hope it wasn't contradicting, I meant the same thing as CrocodileRock.

    If Player A hits the ball across the net to Player B and Player B is going to hit a return -- then Player B is the only one that can make a call as to whether the ball bounces twice before he hits it. It is up to Player B to concede the point if there is a double bounce before his return.

    I also think you give your opponent the benefit of the doubt if you aren't sure and call the double bounce on yourself.
     
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  9. PeppermintMocha

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    Okay I think I got it now. You're all basically saying... if I play a guy who I believe hits a double bounce, he can potentially deny it and keeps the point even if I tell him that I clearly sees it? So everytime I see the guy hits a double bounce (especially a very close one) I should still continue the play until he fess up? (this happened to me before.. that's why I post this question. That the other guy hits a double bounce, I continued play and he just keep playing as if nothing happened; only if I stop the play and ask if it's a double bounce THEN he'll fess up... which made me kind of pissed)

    Kind of like line calls, even if I clearly sees the ball bounce inside the lines, if he chose to call it out, I can't do nothing about it but ask him if he's sure? But of course those call happened AFTER a point has ended... unlike DB...
     
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  11. Cindysphinx

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    If your opponent is not sure whether it was a double-bounce, he can ask you. If he asks, you should say what you saw if you saw anything. If he asks, he must accept your opinion whether he likes it or not.

    I would say that if after all of that no one knows whether there was a double-bounce, then the opponent should give you the point. To me, it's like a ball bouncing on his side near the line and he is in bad position. If he can't call it out with 100% certainty because he didn't see it, the ball is good. JMHO.
     
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    It is pretty simple. You make all the calls on your side of the net and your opponent makes all the calls on their side of the net. Any double bounce calls or non-calls on your side of the net are your responsibility to make. Your opponent can question your call or non-call but you make the final decision.
     
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  13. Ripper014

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    I keep it simple... if I cannot call a ball out... it is IN... if I cannot say the ball bounced twice it didn't. I get accused of playing out balls alot... there are a lot of times I know the ball is probably out... but the ball obsures my view (between the ball and the line) so I always play it as in. If my opponent wants to call it out I am always willing to accept the call and play from that point forward (ie. second serve etc...). I will not however replay the point... either the ball is in or out.

    The only time I will replay a point or offer the opponent a first serve is if play is interrupted... (ie. a balls get into play on our court).
     
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