Court Etiquette & The Rules

From Kathy Thomas, USAPA Co-District Ambassador:

No player should question an opponent’s line calls unless asked. (Rule 6.D.5). If your opponent asks you to make a call, they must accept your call. (Rule 6.D.5).  Likewise, a player should not question the legality of an opponent’s serve or service-line foot faults.  A player’s partner should.  During recreational play, non-volley zone faults may be called by any player on either team. (Rule 9.G)  However, simple courtesy suggests you should only call them on your opponent if they are clear and flagrant.  Remember, in recreational play we should try to win, but more, we all want to become better players.  Working together we can do both while accomplishing our number one goal: having fun.

In memory of our friend from Paso, Curtis Mortenson, who used to tell us: You can play pickleball to get better or to win. Doing the former will result in the latter.

1 Reply to "Court Etiquette & The Rules"

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    Kevin Ross
    October 14, 2017 (6:55 pm)
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    “a player should not question the legality of an opponent’s serve or service-line foot faults. A player’s partner should.”
    Grammatically, this means “A player’s partner (but not a player) should question the legality of an opponent’s serve or service-line foot faults.” Which is funny and I think not what was meant. So, what did Kathy Thomas (to whom the extended quote is attributed) mean, i.e. a player’s partner should _do_what_? My guess is what was meant was “a player SHOULD question the legality of a partner’s serve or service-line foot faults.” Or that it was mis-quote (truncated sentence somehow).


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