Refereeing notes from George Tierney

Hi all,

When I have been attending the Thursday night Grampian league matches, I have been aware that a number of players who have been refereeing a match will approach me and ask about a decision that they have given in a match they have refereed.
This is fine and please continue to do this.


With this in mind, it might be a good time to make all markers/ referees aware of what a player is entitled to when he/she is on the court.


1. Direct access to the ball.
The out going player MUST get out of the incoming players direct route to the ball.
At times, there will be occasions when the out going player has played a shot that he can’t clear. This usually happens at all front of the court.
You also need to be certain that the incoming player is going to the ball and NOT his/her opponent.
A STROKE is the usual decision if direct access is denied.


2. Freedom of swing.
The striker must be allowed freedom to swing his backswing ( not exaggerating it) and his downswing without any contact.
If contact is made, a STROKE would be the usual decision.
If contact is made on the follow through, after the ball has been struck, the referee must decide the extent of the interference and can award a STOKE or a LET or even a NO LET, depending upon the interference.


3. Freedom to hit the front wall.
The striker must be able to hit “most “ of his front wall. If this is not available to him, a STROKE would be the decision.
However, top referees are very reluctant to use the word “Whole Front Wall “ If in doubt they give a Let rather than a No Let, taking safety into account.


I hope this is of some help to you.


I am also prepared to give a short talk (not longer than 1hr.) any evening at ASRC on the new changes to the rules and a Q and A.


George Tierney
European National Grade Referee Assessor .