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Making correct calls is important in three scenarios!

Avoiding disputes and misunderstandings with correct non-verbal signals can alleviate a lot of misunderstanding and nip problems in the bud with quick and timely non verbal signals for opponents on the other side of the court.  These non verbal signals are not only reassuring for your opponent letting them know you appreciate their efforts with timely and fair calls but help you from having to make and audible call if you are fatigued, out of ear shot or don’t want to potential insult your opponent with an overenthusiastic “OUT” call.

Quick bullet points for the benefits of non-verbal line calls in recreational, league or tournament matches.

1.  Develop trust from your opponent showing your appreciate their effort with timely non verbal calls.

2.  If you have an extended rally and are tired, non verbal calls are an efficient alternative to verbal calls.

3.  Shouting enthusiastically, no matter how innocent may irritate your opponent.  Non verbal calls alleviate and potential heat of the moment misunderstanding.

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