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Pickleball Rules to Know - What Is a Distraction?

by Stacie Townsend 1 Comment

Pickleball Rules to Know - What Is a Distraction? | Pickler Pickleball

Have you ever been distracted by another pickleball player on the pickleball court?

Rule 11.J of the 2020 Official Rulebook for USA Pickleball states that a pickleball player may not distract an opponent when the opposing team is about to play the pickleball. If a pickleball player does distract an opponent, then that player would have committed a fault. A distraction is based on the referee's judgment, as a referee in competitive play will determine if the distraction resulted in the loss of a rally by the opposing team.

With that said, team communication does NOT constitute a distraction. That means that, if a pickleball player communicates to his or her partner as the opposing team plays or is about to play the pickleball, then no distraction (and no fault) would have occurred.

Has another pickleball player ever tried to distract you on the pickleball court? Does the other team's communication ever bother you on the pickleball court? Share with us in the comments below!




Stacie Townsend
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December 06, 2020

It seems as if the rules for partner communication should be more clear. The rule mentions “yelling” as a distraction but not what I call “chatter” which has no purpose and can be distracting to the opponent. An example would be players who consistently say, “Nice shot!” or" Nice return!" after their partner has hit the shot and the ball is on its way to their opponents. I find this type of comment to be distracting and that it serves no purpose. I usually nicely ask the opponents to please refrain from doing that and that is often all it takes for them to stop. However, occasionally an opponent will say that she wasn’t yelling and that she is allowed partner communication. At the very least, I feel this comes under sportsmanship or etiquette. What is the feeling of others?

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