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Fault Or Whiff?

Rules Refresh Stacie Townsend 05-02-2022

Imagine that you take a big swing at high-sitting pickleball when you are standing at the Kitchen line. You completely miss the pickleball and then drop your paddle into the Kitchen. Your partner is able to get the pickleball back over the net. What is the call? Did you commit a Kitchen fault when you dropped your paddle into the Kitchen?

This situation happened on the courts and caused a bit of a debate amongst players, which we are here to settle.

If you determined that you did not commit a fault when you dropped your paddle into the Kitchen, then you would be correct. Why? Because you did not make contact with the Kitchen during the act of a volley because, well, there was no volley. There was no strike of the pickleball out of the air, as you swung and missed. So, no volley and no Kitchen violation. ‍

For a deeper breakdown on all of the rules of pickleball, check out Pickler’s Ultimate Guide to the Rules of Pickleball.

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