The official rules of pickleball

The rules of pickleball are comprehensive and provide answers to the many issues that arise in a game that is played worldwide on many different types of courses by players of all abilities.

Non-volley-zone rules in pickleball game

The non-volley zone is kind of like a “no man’s land.” The zone extends seven feet from the net on either side of it, and goes out to the sidelines. Players can’t volley a ball while standing in this zone. Doing so will be considered a fault.

Players will often try a drop shot volley, which is a shot that lands as close as possible to the net, preventing the opposing team from making a volley attempt. A successful serve is one that clears the net but also clears the non-volley zone line.

6.1. All volleys must be initiated outside of the non-volley zone.

6.2. 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.

6.2.1. The act of volleying the ball includes the swing, the follow-through, and the momentum from the action.

6.2.2. If the paddle touches the non-volley zone during the volley motion, before or after contacting the ball, it is a fault.

6.3. 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.

6.3.1. It is a fault even if the ball is declared dead before the player contacts the non-volley zone.

6.4. 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.

6.5. A player may enter the non-volley zone at any time except when that player is volleying the ball.

6.6. A player may enter the non-volley zone before or after returning any ball that bounces.

6.7. 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.

6.8. There is no violation if a player returns the ball while his or her partner is standing in the non-volley zone.

6.9. 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.

6. Non-volley-zone