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Post by cunningham3c on Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:46 pm

Hi everyone,
 
One of the most challenging aspects of roving officiating is managing disputes over line calls. I have been examining this element of officiating in Chicago District sanctioned junior tournament play for a number of years as part of graduate research relating to youth self-regulation. Part of my investigation into conflict arising as a result of questioned line calls (and official’s overrules) has been that of examining tennis line calls against the backdrop of vision science. The aim was to discover evidence that might counter the frequent allegations of cheating when perceived incorrect line calls occur and show how involuntary “visual error” might be a factor.   
 
The attached report reflects three studies that may shed light on what actually occurs when line calls are made during the course of play. By sharing this information in this forum I hope to provide some useful insight regarding visual accuracy and maybe hear from others in the officiating community who may have come across similar studies.
 
With self-governance being the province of USTA sanctioned junior tournament play such information regarding vision might lead to improved player self-regulation during tournaments where roving officials are sparse or non-existent. This is the basis of on-going research I am currently engaged in regarding sanctioned junior tournament tennis and prosocial development.
 
Chuck Cunningham
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