2017 USATT Rules

4. Playing without an umpire

4.1 Non-umpired matches. The umpire, when one is assigned, is responsible for ensuring match without an umpire. The players are equally responsible for fair play in a
match without an umpire. Specifically:

4.2 No “second chances” are allowed. A player will have only one chance to score a point.
The most common situation is where another ball comes into the playing area during a rally.
If a player then strikes the ball (perhaps a high set up) and misses the shot, the result of that
shot must stand; the player cannot then call a let because s/he was disturbed. S/he took
his/her chance and doesn’t get another one.

4.3 It is the obligation of a player to call all balls to his/her side, to help the opponent make
calls when the opponent requests it, and to call against him/herself any ball that s/he clearly
sees out on the opponent’s side of the table such as a doubles serve that touches the wrong
side of the receiver’s table.

4.4 Players in a non-umpired match should attempt to resolve problems by applying the
above rules and good sportsmanship.

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