How to Play Pickleball & Love Pickleball

Pickleball Rules to Know - Cracked Pickleball on the Court!

by Stacie Townsend

Pickleball Rules to Know - Cracked Pickleball on the Court! | Pickler Pickleball

Have you ever noticed that the pickleball is cracked or broken during a rally? If this has happened to you, Rule 11.E of the 2020 Official Rulebook for USA Pickleball provides that the players on the pickleball court should continue play until the end of the rally. After the rally has ended, and before the next serve, any player on the pickleball court may appeal the rally to the referee (or the opposing player(s)) to determine if the pickleball is in fact broken or cracked. Upon appeal:

  • If the pickleball is broken or cracked and there is a referee, then the referee will determine whether the broken or cracked pickleball affected the outcome of the rally. If so, then the rally will be replayed with a new pickleball. If not, then the rally will stand, and the referee will give the players a new pickleball.
  • If the pickleball is broken or cracked and there is no referee, then the players on both sides of the pickleball net must agree to replay the rally; if there is a disagreement, then the rally will stand.
  • If the pickleball is not broken or cracked, then the rally will stand and the players will continue play.

One key takeaway based on this Rule 11.E is that, if you suspect a broken or cracked pickleball, focus on your play and finish the rally to the best of your ability. Then, consider whether to appeal to the referee or opposing pickleball player(s).

Do you follow Rule 11.E when you suspect a broken or cracked pickleball during play? Share with us in the comments below!




Stacie Townsend
Stacie Townsend

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Pickleball Blog

Pickleball Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Pickleball | Pickler
Pickleball Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Pickleball

by Stacie Townsend

Read More

Pickleball Strategy: 9 Singles Pickleball Tips to Win Big | Pickler Pickleball
Pickleball Strategy: 9 Singles Pickleball Tips to Win Big

by Stacie Townsend

Singles pickleball is a very different game than doubles pickleball. In singles pickleball, you are alone on your side of the pickleball court—it is only you versus your opponent. In particular, the strategy in singles pickleball is what makes singles pickleball so different than doubles pickleball. Learn the pickleball singles strategy to improve your game now!

Read More

Pickleball Kitchen Rules – Learn Important Non-Volley Zone Rules | Pickler Pickleball
Pickleball Kitchen Rules – Learn Important Non-Volley Zone Rules

by Stacie Townsend

A unique pickleball rule is the Non-Volley Zone, also known as the Kitchen, which is the 14-foot area in the middle of the court and extends 7 feet on either side of the pickleball net. You may not volley the pickleball while making contact with the Non-Volley Zone or the Non-Volley Zone Line. Learn all the pickleball Non-Volley Zone or Kitchen rules now with this pickleball blog!

Read More