The sport of pickleball takes the "Scout's honor" approach to line calling in most settings, including most recreational play and most tournament play, as players are responsible for making line calls on the pickleball court. The exception to this may only be where there are line judges for all sides of the pickleball court - although the players on the pickleball court would still call the centerline on the serve. To help foster the sport of pickleball's honor approach to line calling, Rule 6.D of the 2020 Official Rulebook for USA Pickleball establishes a code of ethics for line calling on the pickleball court. This "Code of Ethics for Line Calling" provides:
Although there is a written "Code of Ethics for Line Calling", it seems refreshing that the sport of pickleball fosters a culture of good sportsmanship by embracing an honor system for line calling.
Do you adhere to the "Code of Ethics for Line Calling" on the pickleball courts? How would you improve the line calling system in pickleball (if at all)?
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Since returning to professional pickleball this year, after taking a long COVID hiatus, Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters have been traveling the country for pickleball tournaments. But, one thing that that they have not done in a really long time is take a family vacation... until now. Learn about Team Waters' trip to Costa Rica from Leigh herself, which included as much, or more, pickleball than at home in Florida, monkey spectators, family bonding, surfing, and a lot of new friends made on the Costa Rican pickleball courts, which reminded them how much fun the great sport of pickleball really is.