Rules question – what if the ball hits the net post? RULE REVISED 2/15/19

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, …

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Updated 2019 USAPA/IFP Rulebook

USAPA and the International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) have published a new update to the Official Tournament Rulebook.  It is available for free online at this URL address: https://www.usapa.org/ifp-official-rules/   Look for the book cover "2019 Official Tournament Rulebook."  These rules will go into effect February 15, 2019.The new rule book makes no major changes in …

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Practice makes perfect……..or does it?

After a previous post, I had a text from a friend who liked what I had to say about practicing skills, but said I should consider that practice doesn't always make perfect.  He went on to say, "perfect practice makes perfect!" Good point!   One made by Vince Lombardi once upon a time. Repeating a skill …

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Is your opponent really better than you?

How often have you played a game and just gotten trounced by your opponent?  After the game was over, did you give any thought to how or why your opponent beat you so badly/easily?  Are they really that much better than you?   Maybe they really are, or maybe you hit poor shots and set them …

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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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From the mouth of Dave Weinbach

Not long ago, I was watching yet another video of a high level pickleball game.  I do that a lot, hoping that via some form of osmosis, I'll pick up on something that will make me become a better player.   Seriously, there is a lot to be learned from watching pickleball matches on YouTube videos …

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What’s the call?

I've really tried to be up on the rules of pickleball.  I've read the rule book, several times actually, and have a pretty good grasp of them. Sometimes though, there are situations that really require some extra thinking!  Here’s a scenario that had me stumped! Player A unexpectedly hits a soft service return, dropping the …

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