Below are one wall rules for when there is incidental racquet contact with opponent.
- Unless otherwise stated here, WOR One Wall rules are the standard WOR rules.
- Offensive player has right to one shot only – the straight in shot. Defensive player must allow for the straight-in shot or it will be considered a penalty hinder.
- Generally, safety hinders will be awarded more liberally in one wall. That said, you must be able to swing safely in tight quarters to play One Wall.
- One wall is played in tight quarters so extreme care should be taken for the safety of all players. More compact swings are required, as well as the ability to hold-up as needed for safety. Defender must give way to offensive player’s right to a normal swing and follow thru.
- On any play, referee may determine the contact /obstruction was intentional or egregious and could be called a penalty on either player.
- Contact made on a backswing will be a replay.
- Contact made on a forward swing would be a penalty against the offensive player for taking an unsafe swing.
- If offensive player holds up to avoid contact on a forward swing, it should be called a penalty hinder, and not a warning.
- If contact is made on a follow thru, that would be called a penalty hinder on the defender.
- Referee may determine it was prudent to hold up for safety, although the defender did yield enough room for a swing.
WOR rules for courts drawn with server behind service line
- Server stands behind short line, but in front of hash mark during serve. Hash marks are typically drawn approximately halfway between short line and back line
- Server’s partner must stand in front of hash marks, or behind court while partner is serving. - During serve players treat hash marks as the “safety line” , exactly like indoors
Addition to standard WOR rules – 9/4/14 LINE JUDGES
As needed, line judges will be used. Line judges responsibility is exactly like USAR rules state - with the exception of how line judges will call the side lines. Line judges have the first call on in/out on sidelines. Line judge should yell OUT and stop play as the first call. When line judges are in place, referee should not give opinion of in/out on a sideline unless appeal is requested. Player can appeal to referee. So – referee will agree or disagree with line judge on an appeal of a line call. If ref disagrees, then a replay will occur. If ref agrees or has no call - then the call stands. This is only relevant to LINE calls, when line judge has first call. Everything else is per USAR rules and procedure. If Line judges are in place, referee should not give opinion of in/out on a sideline unless appeal is requested.
- When a “short line judge” is used, he will have the first call on short serves. Short line judge should yell SHORT and stop play on a short serve. If there is an appeal, it would go first to the referee. If referee agrees the call stands. If referee disagrees, sideline judges may be asked if used. A two-two tie would be a replay. A Two-one decision, plus one no-call would result in the decision with the two votes.
- When a “short line judge” is used, he will NOT be the first call for a skip ball. Short line judge should only give his opinion when there has been an appeal regarding a skipped ball. If there is an appeal, it would go first to the referee. In event of an appeal regarding a skipped ball, it would go to both line judges and the short line judge. A two-two tie would be a replay. A two- one decision, plus one no-call would result in the decision with the two votes.
- Short line judge responsibilities are limited to the first call on short serves, and for appeals on skip balls. Short line judge will not be used for any other calls.