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