POST REVISED (AGAIN) February 18, 2019 – rule change
I was recently asked this question. “If a ball hits one of the net posts, and then bounces in, is it legal?” The answer is, NO.
The IFP Rules book states the following:
- Rule 11.K. The Net Posts: The net posts (including connected wheels, arms, or other support construction) are positioned out of bounds. If a ball or player contacts the net post, it is a fault and a dead ball is declared.
- 11.K.1 A ball contacting the net, net cable, or rope between the net posts remains in play.
Understand that the ball may not travel between the top and bottom net wires.
I know for some, that brings up a further question. “What if the ball hits the horizontal support bar of a temporary net, or the center foot?”
Note: the IFP/USAPA Rules book was revised again and put into effect FEBRUARY 15, 2019. The rule regarding a ball hitting the horizontal support bar of a temporary net, or the center foot was changed once again. For the new rule book click here. The specific rule for this situation follows:
- 11.L.5 When net systems have a horizontal bar that includes a center base:
- 11.L.5.a. If the ball hits the horizontal bar or the center base before going over the net, it is a fault. If the ball goes over the net
- 11.L.5.b If the ball goes over the net and hits the center base or any part of the horizontal bar, or the ball gets caught between the net and the horizontal bar before touching the court, it is a let and will be replayed. See rule 11.L.5.c for an exception.
- 11.L.5.c On the serve, if the ball hits the horizontal bar or the center base after going over the net, it is a fault.
You may also have heard about shots that are hit “around the post.” (See rule 11.L.3.) Perhaps your opponent hit a shot that caused you to run far outside of the court to either side. Your return shot does not have to cross over the net. As long as it lands in your opponents court, it can travel around or to the side of the post, and can even be below the height of the net! Those shots are very exciting to watch, and even more exciting when you’re the one who just hit it!
Check out this video from Pickleball Channel which is a great shot of an around the post shot!
As always, when in doubt of a rule, refer to the IFP rules book!
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