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Pickleball Ricochets off the Net Post and Goes In

This post has been updated in 2024 according to the USA Pickleball Official Rulebook (2024).

Here’s the Scenario. You Make the Call.

You hit a groundstroke and the ball ricochets off the net post and goes in and is not returned. What’s the call?

It doesn’t happen frequently on the pickleball courts — but when it does, it usually sparks confusion. You attempt an around-the-post shot — or perhaps it’s just an errant shot — and the ball ricochets off the net post and goes in!  You celebrate. Your opponents, on the other hand, shake their heads in total disbelief at your apparent “good fortune.” Before conceding the rally, however, they ask to see the applicable rule in the Pickleball Official Tournament Rulebook.

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Luckily for your opponents — but unfortunately for you — you have the rulebook handy, and as you peruse through the pages, you come to Rule # 11.K and # 11.K.2 of the 2024 USA Pickleball Official Rulebook.

USA Pickleball Official Rulebook (2024)

Rule #11.K:

The Net Posts. The net posts (including connected wheels, arms, net cable, or rope on top of the net post, or other support construction) are positioned out of bounds.

11.K.1: It is a fault if a player contacts the net post while the ball is live.
11.K.2: A ball contacting the net post results in a dead ball and the team that hit the ball loses the rally.

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