Pickleball Non-Volley Zone & Kitchen Rules -USAPA RULEBOOK 2018
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NON VOLLEY ZONE RULES - USAPA RULEBOOK 2018
SECTION 9 – NON-VOLLEY-ZONE RULES
9.A. All volleys must be initiated outside of the non-volley zone.
9.B. A fault will be declared if, in the act of volleying the ball, a player or anything contacting the player touches the non-volley zone.
9.B.1. The act of volleying the ball includes the swing, the follow-through, and the momentum
from the action.
9.B.2. If the paddle touches the non-volley zone during the volley motion, before or after
contacting the ball, it is a fault.
9.C. It is a fault if the player’s momentum causes the player to contact anything that is touching the non-volley zone, including the player’s partner.
9.C.1. It is a fault even if the ball is declared dead before the player contacts the non-volley zone.
9.D. If a player has touched the non-volley zone for any reason, that player cannot volley a return until both feet have made contact with the playing surface completely
outside the non-volley zone. A maneuver such as standing within the non-volley zone, jumping up to hit a volley, and then landing outside the non-volley zone is prohibited.
9.E. A player may enter the non-volley zone at any time except when that player is volleying
9.F. A player may enter the non-volley zone before or after returning any ball that bounces.
9.G. A player may stay inside the non-volley zone to return a ball that has bounced. There is no violation if a player does not exit the non-volley zone after hitting a ball that bounces.
9.H. There is no violation if a player returns the ball while his or her partner is standing in the non-volley zone.
9.I. For non-officiated play, non-volley-zone faults may be called by any player on either team. Benefit of the doubt goes to the player who makes the call