RUSTY: Hey! Welcome to Pickleball 411.
I’m Rusty and this show from Pickleball Channel is all
about providing helpful information about the sport of pickleball. This week
we focus on line calls. Specifically, how to determine
when the ball is in or out. So, let’s learn and play.
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» RUSTY: This time on Pickleball 411 we’re going to clarify line calls.
Specifically what determines whether a ball is in or out. We’re not going
to get into the details of refereeing, but focus on the rule itself.
There’s been some discussion about this, especially since Pickleball and
tennis are not exactly the same. So, let’s break it down one step at a time.
Court lines are good. Okay, this one is pretty straight
forward and most people already know it. Not counting
the non-volley line on the serve, balls in play that land on
any court line are called “in”. In short, if a ball hits a line, it’s good.
Compression of the ball. Another critical thing to
understand is that a tennis ball and a pickleball compress differently.
A tennis ball compresses when it hits, making the surface area of
the ball that contacts the court larger. A pickleball is harder and does
not compress like a tennis ball. Basically, there’s no give because
of the hardness of the ball. This means the surface area of a
pickleball which contacts the court, or the “point of contact”, is much
smaller. Only about the size of a dime. Point of contact is the rule. The point where the ball meets the court
is what determines if the ball is in or out. In pickleball, all line calls
are only determined by this point of contact. What that means is
that sometimes a ball may look like it’s in because the curved part
of the ball is overlapping the line, but it’s actually out because the
point of contact is made out of bounds. Let’s take a look at this from several angles.
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as you can see, sometimes it can be really hard to tell if the ball is in or out.
So let’s try to remember to be courteous and have good sportsmanship.
For more information, there’s actually a section on code of ethics for line calling
which you can find in the official rule book at the USAPA website. So that’s your Pickleball 411 for today.
Thank you so much to the many players and to the USAPA for helping us to
clarify this rule about when the ball is in or out. We hope that this has been helpful.
And now there’s only one thing left to do and that’s go play!
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