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10-16-2013, 09:22 PM #1
Umpires call fault on server
Is this call by umpire (go to minute 17:25) according to the rules?
Service judge can call fault on server, but can umpire call fault on server too?
10-16-2013, 10:17 PM #2
Service judge only judges height of service delivery. Umpire can call anything else, in this case the server was standing on the centre line... although this is being really nitpicking considering it was at 19 all.
10-17-2013, 04:53 AM #3
Service judge can call for Service height of delivery and racket (head) not pointing in a downwards direction. Doing the later invariably means the former fault is also occurring.
Always find it amusing when players get called on either one they have to go over and check with the service judge despite one of two very clear hand signals are given showing which fault was called.
10-17-2013, 05:56 AM #4
Both the service judge and the umpire can call this kind of fault (foot touching the line).
10-17-2013, 10:49 AM #5
it would be hard for the service judge to judge the "foot on the line" call if the service judge is on the same side as the server serving (left or right), so it would make sense that the umpire have to step in and call the fault.
10-17-2013, 08:12 PM #6
It is logically not right for umpire to be allowed to call the fault on server's foot just because the service judge is unable to see the line because being block by the feet/shoe of the server, because it will not be apply to the receiver. Can the service judge call fault on receiver if the same thing happens?
10-17-2013, 08:38 PM #7
It's just that the service judge is seated at the correct height to judge the server and so that is solely his job: whether the racket head has exceeded the allowed height or angle. He has no authority to call any other faults on the server nor receiver.
But what's unusual in this case is that the umpire was paying attention to the server whereas he's supposed to pay attention to the receiver at service to make sure the receiver doesn't move before service delivery.
Last edited by visor; 10-17-2013 at 08:45 PM.
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10-17-2013, 09:07 PM #8
10-17-2013, 09:21 PM #9
The umpire calls every let and fault that he sees during the game according to the rules above, including and not limited to:
delays of service,
service errors as discussed (like receiver moving before service delivery, server/receiver stepping on lines at service, etc)
shuttle being hit twice,
shuttle touching the body/clothing,
hitting shuttle before crossing over net,
touching the net,
blocking your opponents stroke or follow thru,
encroachment under the net,
He can even overrule any line calls if he sees fit.
The only thing he can't judge due to his high chair position is left to the service judge, whether the racket head was within the correct height and angle. And that's all the service judge does, nothing else. No other faults. Zilch. As a matter of fact, he doesn't even need to speak... he just raises his arm either high or at an upward angle.
Last edited by visor; 10-17-2013 at 09:24 PM.
10-17-2013, 09:45 PM #10
Yes, umpires can call service faults.
during the service, if a service judge is appointed, especially watch the
receiver. The Umpire may also call service fault, if necessary;
The umpire does focus mostly on the receiver, but also keep an eye on the server as well.
Like said above, the service judge's job is just to be nothing but deciding whether or not a serve is legal. But they will also assist umpires in times of need (discreetly)