You Make the Call!
Here’s the Scenario:
During the serve, the server’s feet are positioned outside of the imaginary extension of the sideline. The opponents miss the return. What’s the call?
I see pickleball service foot faults seemingly all the time when observing rec play. Okay. Perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit. Nevertheless, I see service foot faults with a fair degree of regularity — particularly with beginning pickleball players. Perhaps they weren’t properly taught and don’t know the rules. Perhaps they just aren’t paying attention to the position of their feet on the serve.
Nevertheless, as rule #4.L.1 and #4.L.2 from the 2019 International Federation of Pickleball Official Tournament Rulebook, clearly state, during the serve, when the ball is struck, the server’s feet shall neither touch the area outside of the imaginary extension of the sideline nor touch the area outside the imaginary extension of the centerline. If either happens — or if the server’s feet touched the court or baseline on contact — the server has committed a fault and would not be entitled to the point. Instead, the serve would revert to the server’s partner, or — if the service fault was committed by the second server — a sideout would be called and the serve would go to the opposing team. Shown below is the official ruling. Happy serving!
2019 International Federation of Pickleball — Official Tournament Rulebook
Service Foot Fault. During the serve, when the ball is struck, the server’s feet shall:
4.L.1. Not touch the area outside the imaginary extension of the sideline.
4.L.2. Not touch the area outside the imaginary extension of the centerline.
4.L.3. Not touch the court, including the baseline.
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