You Make the Call!
Here’s the Scenario:
You attempt the serve, but swing and miss. Try again? What’s the call?
In both tennis and ping-pong if you swing at the serve and completely miss the ball, it’s a point for the receiving player or team. In ping-pong, even the act of tossing the ball and letting it harmlessly fall to the table without swinging at it results in a point for the receiving player or team. But what about in pickleball? Does a swing-and-a-miss constitute a fault when playing pickleball? A replay? What about letting the pickleball bounce to the court without attempting the swing?
It’s a scenario that will occur with some regularity for beginning pickleball players. According to the “International Federation of Pickleball Official Tournament Rulebook,” a swing-and-a-miss on the serve will result in a fault. However, if the server does not attempt the swing, it is not a fault. Now keep in mind this is according to the 2019 “Official Tournament Rulebook.” My guess is in rec play, you may just want to give this beginning server another chance. 🙂 Afterall, we were all beginners at one time! 😉
2019 International Federation of Pickleball — Official Tournament Rulebook
Service Faults. During the service, it is a fault if:
4.M.3. The server misses the ball when trying to hit it. If the ball lands on the ground without the server swinging at the ball, it is not a fault.
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