The Right Call

It was a tight match. We won the first set, they won the second set. We were down a couple of points in a close third set tiebreaker. My partner had a “gimme” put away volley. The ball jumped off his strings. He hit a bit of a swinging volley. It came off really fast and was really close to the line. None of the three other players (including me) saw it. I told them it was too quick and a bad angle for me to see, and I couldn’t make a definitive call.

Technically it was our opponents call, and technically if they didn’t see it, they’re supposed to call it “in”. My honest partner saw it the whole way and told them, “Yeah, it was out.” Our opponents thanked him for his honesty and asked if he was sure. He was sure, he admitted he missed it, and we moved on to the next point.

What if we all were as honest with our mistakes, weren’t embarrassed by them, accepted them, and took the responsibility that came with them?

We still ended up winning the match 13-11 in a tiebreaker. Either way I was glad he made the right call.

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5 thoughts on “The Right Call

  1. I appreciate the difference between what is technically right here and what is actually right. That distinction, followed by this “What if we all were as honest with our mistakes, weren’t embarrassed by them, accepted them, and took the responsibility that came with them?” really highlights your values in this short, tightly written slice.

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  2. Love the way you weave in an important question to the action of this small moment. A mentor once said, “Mistakes are our greatest teacher.” I think your post reminds us that acknowledging them, learning from them, and moving on is perhaps the best way to go when it comes to making mistakes. Thanks for this! Btw, I love playing 2 v. 2 volleyball– so much fun!

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