Squash & Racquetball/Hinder question


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You see Y (yellow) and B (blue) player on the picture.

Y hits the ball that goes to front wall (1), reflects to left side wall (2), then right side wall (3), then it goes back wall (4) and towards a left side wall (5).

At the time when the ball hits the right side (3), the other player B wants to hit the ball and while moving towards his right (see blue dots) collides with the player Y and stops the game calling a HINDER and asking for a replay.

Player Y argues that player B must have figured out that the ball was still traveling towards back wall (4) and further (5) and player B would've  had a good opportunity to continue the game if he waited for the ball and hit it then (after 4), instead of rushing for the ball on step (3) and avoid collision with player Y.


Hi Boris, I'm the squash expert.  Rob Chabot is the racquetball expert.  I can tell you what would happen in squash (fairness is applied in both sports). Because B is the striker, Y is required to give B direct access to the ball after Y's shot has struck the front wall.  B is not obligated to wait for Y to clear.

See http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Racquetball/How-To-Play/Rules.aspx

The rule in question here is 3.15 "Penalty Hinders".  I didn't see anything about having to wait for your opponent to clear. If that were the case then players could prevent their opponents' direct access to the ball at any time and say that their opponents must wait for them to clear until the ball hit the back wall. I think that would quickly lead to chaos!

Let me know if you find out from Rob.  I'd be interested to know what he says.  Thanks.


Hunt Richardson
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