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What is a Foot Fault ?

When serving, you must have one foot on the floor, within the service box (inside, not touching the line) when you strike the ball.

If this rule is not adhered to the referee is supposed to say "Fault". The player will then ask what was wrong, and the referee will say "Foot Fault", so we suggest you just say "Foot Fault" in the first place to avoid unnecessary delays and confusion.

Foot faults only apply to recreational players - professional players are allowed to have their foot outside the box or in the air.

What is the correct call if a service goes above the top lines ?

Well, the latest rules say that you should call "fault", but everyone we know thinks you should call "out" just like any other time the ball goes out.

What's the difference between Down and Not up

"Down" is when the ball is correctly struck, but hits the floor or the tin. "Not up" is when the ball is incorrectly struck, eg a double bounce, a double hit or carry.

Out of Court - what's the correct call ?

When the ball goes out of court - on or above the top lines, or on a glassback court on the top of the back wall, the correct call is "out"

My opponent hits a loose two wall drop shot - does he have to move out of the way, and how ?

Full Question:

My opponent was in front of the "T". He was the outgoing player. I was behind him on the "T". He hit a loose two wall drop shot. The ball hit the right wall first then the front wall. How should the outgoing player move or not move to give me a direct path to the ball? Some people have said it's okay to stay on the "T". From what I've read the outgoing player must exit the "T". My thought is that the outgoing players only action would be to move forward and to the left. This would give me access to the ball and allow him to circle around.


There is no "right to the T", once you've played the ball you have to allow your opponent direct access to the ball. He can move anywhere he wants, but he has to move, otherwise it will be a stroke to you.  Of course, it's best not to play shots to the middle that force you to move out, giving your opponent positional advantage.

Cheers, Steve
(ps this page isn't supposed to be live yet, so well done on finding it, and I'm answering 'unnoficially' !

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