Making calls in recreational play, without a referee

Lets face it.  When there's no referee, such as in rec play, rules are sometimes overlooked, ignored or simply unknown.  In the spirit of "fun play," players sometimes feel that it's not important to adhere to every single rule, to the letter.  The problem is, which rules do you choose to overlook?  And what happens …

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Assigning courts by skill level

If it's winter where you live, you know that it's the time of year when indoor courts and playing times are limited!  It's not uncommon to have all courts filled with twenty or more players waiting for games, all hoping to to get good competition in a 2-3 hour window! Paddle stacking is a common …

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The Non-Volley Zone rules in detail

Often, ideas to write about pop into my head when I see or experience something while playing or watching pickleball.  I usually think, "maybe they just don't know that," or maybe it's something I think would help a problem I see someone having. Pickleball and golf have something in common that many sports do not …

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Does “friendly play” mean bending the rules?

We all know that when we play in a tournament, playing by the rules is required.  But, in recreational or "friendly play" is it necessary to stick to every, single rule? Boy, that's a question that could spark quite a debate, and actually recently did on another pickleball blog.  It also brings up a series …

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Part 2 – Does “friendly play” mean bending the rules?

You might remember, a while back, I wrote a short post entitled "Does 'friendly play' mean bending the rules."  In that post, I asked a few questions to provoke some thought into the idea of whether or not friendly play means always playing by the rules.  I got a little sidetracked with other posts, but …

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