Learn to Play & Love Pickleball

Pickleball Rules to Know - Pickleball Equipment Malfunction

by Stacie Townsend

Pickleball Rules to Know - Pickleball Equipment Malfunction | Pickler Pickleball

Have you ever seen a pickleball player break a paddle mid-point? Or, lose a hat or a shoe? What is the official rule on a pickleball equipment malfunction - keep playing or rally over?

Rule 11.G of the 2020 Official Rulebook for USA Pickleball provides that a rally continues even if a pickleball player breaks a paddle or loses an item, like a hat or shoe, on the pickleball court, UNLESS the action results in a fault.

There are a variety of ways that a broken paddle or lost item could result in a fault. Some common ways a fault could arise include:

  • A fault could occur if the broken paddle or other lost item lands in the Non-Volley Zone or Kitchen and the pickleball did not bounce - in other words, in connection with a volley. As a result, a Non-Volley Zone or Kitchen fault would result similar to a foot fault.
  • A fault could also occur if the broken paddle or other lost item touches the pickleball net (or any other part of the net system, like a net post) or lands on the opponents' side of the pickleball court.
  • The broken paddle or other lost item could even distract the opponents as they are about to strike the pickleball, which would also result in a fault.

So, if you have a pickleball equipment malfunction during a point, stay focused and keep playing, unless a fault has occurred.




Stacie Townsend
Stacie Townsend

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Pickleball Blog

John
John "The People's Champ" Davison Revs It Up On and Off the Pickleball Court

by Stacie Townsend

What I always find interesting about pickleball players is learning who they are and what they do off the court. I can't tell you how many times I have been surprised at how multi-faceted and how multi-talented the person across from me at the pickleball net really is. Now, let me tell you about the multi-talented John "The People's Champ" Davison...

Read More

Time-Out or No Time-Out? | Pickler Pickleball
Time-Out or No Time-Out?

by Stacie Townsend

Did you know that there is an entire section of the 2020 Official Rulebook for USA Pickleball that is devoted exclusively to time-outs? Get the scoop on the standard time-out in pickleball, as well as offer some advice of when and how to use a time-out on the pickleball courts!

Read More

Pickleball Is the Ultimate Family Activity | Pickler Pickleball
Pickleball Is the Ultimate Family Activity

by Stacie Townsend

As the saying goes, families that play together, stay together! Especially, when they play pickleball together! Learn why pickleball is the ultimate family activity!

Read More