HAVE A LEAGUE QUESTION?
USTA Pacific Northwest | August 1, 2019
There have been many concerns about warm-up etiquette and what to do or not do during warm-ups. Below is copy and pasted from The Code which should give everyone a good foundation for the basic expectations of the warm-up:
3. Warm-up is not practice. A player should provide the opponent a warm-up of five to ten minutes. If a player declines to warm up the opponent, the player forfeits the right to a warm-up, and the opponent may warm up with another person. Some players confuse warm-up and practice. Each player should try to hit shots directly to the opponent. (If partners want to warm each other up while their opponents are warming up, they may do so.)
4. Warm-up serves are taken before first serve of match. A player should take all warm-up serves before the first serve of a match. ADVERTISEMENT A player who returns serves should return them at a moderate pace in a manner that does not disrupt the server
I'm not sure much more needs to be said but here are a few reminders:
- Remember all league matches have a set warm-up time. Some are 5 minutes, 7 minutes, or 10 minutes. These are strict and must be adhered to in order to keep all matches on schedule. If you need more time to get your muscles warmed up, please take more time beforehand to run, stretch, workout, etc.
- As you can see, a player does not HAVE to warm-up, but if your opponent declines, you may select another person to warm up with. Another person means anyone else, not just someone who is in the match.
- Also note that it is ok to warm-up with your partner instead of your opponent. If you choose to do this, please politely tell you opponent you want to warm-up with your partner. And if you are the opponent, please do not take it personally. Those are the rules and it's ok!
- The warm-up is NOT the time to show off how hard you can hit the ball. You should hit moderately paced balls back to your opponent and do your best to not hot them hard. Obviously there are many levels of play and sometimes it's hard to hit the ball where you want it. If errors happen in warm-up, that's ok. That's why it's called a warm-up!
- Remember to get your serves in during the allotted time too. Whether you are serving or returning, again, remember the goal is to warm-up and not hit an ace.
Hopefully knowing this will help eliminate some of the concerns that have been brought to my attention. Good luck in your matches!
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