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Watch Your Feet On Those Overheads

Rules Refresh Stacie Townsend 04-04-2022

Do you see the foot fault in the point below?

When players are at the Kitchen line, and one team sends the pickleball high into the air for a lob, the opposing team has a tendency to step forward before stepping back to retrieve the lob. This is even true if the opposing team can hit an overhead off of the lob. However, this tendency to step forward leads to an inadvertent foot fault, as the step forward touches the Non-Volley Zone (and we all know that there are no volleys allowed in the Kitchen).

So, when you find yourself ready to crush an overhead off of a lob, be careful not to step forward before pushing off of the court (rather, push off directly from your parallel stance at the Kitchen line). If you step forward too much, you could commit an inadvertent foot fault if you step on the Non-Volley Zone line.

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