Archive for December 24, 2012

The cost of tardiness

The 2013 season has just under way and I’ve already had one default due to late arrival, and couple of casual tardiness that resulted in heated and prolonged dialogs on and off the court. Being puncture is more or less controllable, and one way to ensure it, just leave early. Is this hard to achieve? I guess so.

The biggest casualty due to late has to be our Queens 2010 playoff when one of the Manhattan team’s girls was late. The coordinator default the match (and Kai/Anna who had the winiest record like, 22-1 sat out). The male player wasn’t charmed by this decision and argued, and argued, and argued loudly, telling Deb Rose to only default them a set .. .. until she told him to be quiet other wise she would default the entire team for unsportsmanlike conduct. Reportedly, the Manhattan team was so confident to capture the Metro championship they even made hotel reservation before all the matches were played.

The male player asking the coordinator to default them only a set was so absurd because the rule’s so clearly stated. He seemed like 狗急跳墙 cornered dog to me. Perhaps this showed how desperate he was, trying to salvage the match. Human nature? Probably but by being on time could avoid all of these.

  1. The very first: women’s 3.5, June 15, 2012
  2. Her first match, Dec 13, 2012
  3. Redo the line up, Dec 18, 2012
  4. Late again, Dec 23, 2012
  5. Other problems

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Late again

One of our teammates was running late. The opposing team has a player came late too: the two actually spoke (asking direction) on the way to the club.
Three courts were very competitive. However, we lost 1D to a default despite of leading 9-6 in the tie break, over a line call dispute.

She said:

During the tiebreak, the player from Great Neck hit a ball, which was audibly called wide by our male player.The Great Neck team countered that an “in signal” had been made by our female player, which both players from our team immediately said was not the case. Our female player had to jump out of the way of the ball and explained that she was unable to make any call because while in mid air was unable to see where the ball had landed and had deferred to the player that was watching the spot of the ball.

He said:

Giselle and I were at the net and Giselle hit a volley very wide. The ball takes a funny bounce on the line, the guy calls it out and the girl misses the ball. I was watching her and the line and she immediately gives a flat palm signalling good. The guy becomes very loud arguing that he called it out. Nobody was disputing him but the girl then changes her mind and said he called it out. If she had called it out immediately then I would have moved on to serve again for match point.

The rule: All line calls must be made clearly and immediately. If there is any doubt, the ball is good. (A ball that is 99% out, is still 100% in).Hmmmm … was unable to see where the ball had landed .. hmmmmm …

The coordinator awarded the match to our opponent. Back to more problems

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