Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I adamantly believe that sports should be prepared to adapt with changing times and embrace the occasional newfangled idea in order to keep the game fresh. I'll have more to say about this later, particularly on how it relates to the slow ossification of some sports that need not wither away on the vine.

But that's later. For now I simply offer up two new rules, both of which are brilliant and both of which would add a certain je ne c'est quoi to the game:

1. In the event that a player swings and completely misses the ball, a sin that we have all committed at least a few times in our careers, then the opponent is immediately granted two points.

2. If a player, while preparing to serve, drops the ball or bounces it and the ball gets away from him, perhaps by hitting his foot, then a "balk" is declared, and the opponent is granted a point and gets to serve.

Most sports have a few rules that are occasionally toted out to liven things up, and these two rules would add another dimension to the game. Plus it would be fun to occasionally yell, "Balk!" on the squash court.

Adopt these rules now! Thank you!

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