Tournament Tip No. 1 Timeouts
When to call a timeoutA. The other team has gone on a run – 3 or 4 points in a row. Take a timeout to discuss strategy. What can you do differently? The timeout may also break the other team’s momentum.
B. Your team is a bit off. You missed a return and your partner dumped an easy shot into the net. Take a timeout to regain your composure.
C. You and your partner aren’t seeing eye to eye. Happens. You say something (this is usually me in the scenario) and your partner (usually my wife in this same scenario) does not take it as intended (insert smiley face here). Take a timeout. No reason to play on when there is discord on your side.
D. You need a breather. There are two situations where you can call it here:
1. One is you just played a crazy point and are tired. Do not give up the next point just because you cannot catch your breath. Take a timeout to recover and get ready.
2. The other way is at the end of a game (if you still have an unused timeout). Say you are up, or down, 10-1. It is your second match on a hot day and you expect to compete some more that day. Use the timeout to get some water and rest a bit.