‘A tale of two Cities’
Pan American Racquetball Championships
San Jose, Costa Rica (2017) & Temuco, Chile (2018) Live-streamed via IRF Network
Rhonda Rajsich (USA) vs Paola Longoria (MEX) 2017 Bobby Horn (USA) vs Andree Parrilla (MEX) 2018
Both situations were marred by officials’ call (non-call) and interpretation of the rule
- Serving when receiver was not ready (ladies)
- Failure to complete service motion by server (gentlemen)
- In both situations the head official did not make a call due to
lack of understanding of the rule. Any call would allow for appeal process.
- Linespersons were used for both matches.
- Substantial delay occurred affecting the viewing audience.
- Rules commissioner was summoned from the broadcast booth to intervene.
- Current rule book provides for various options with many permutations.
- Available call options based on what transpired:
- No call—play advances
- Technical warning for delay
- Referee Technical (1 point deducted from offender’s score)
- Side out
- Point awarded to server
- Stoppage for ‘safe and fair play’
In retrospect, both calls could have been made differently and more equitably. Yet, neither coaching staff elected to appeal the ultimate decision.
- Always make certain the head official makes a call---right, wrong, or indifferent.
- Make sure the rule book and rules published on the website address these concerns.
- Re-structure the current IRF rule book to read with greater inclusion and clarity.
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