By: CJ Johnson | June 13, 2018 |

Rules Review: Too Excited in Pickleball?

When is Exuberance Illegal?

In doubles play, it is important to communicate with your partner. You might call shots, yell warnings about balls that are likely out, call your partner to switch positions, or warn your partner when you see a ball with spin coming his way.

All of that is generally okay. But, yelling when an opponent is about to strike the ball might be considered a distraction. If a referee calls a distraction, you lose the rally.

On our courts recently, a player was about to hit an overhead shot. An opposing player, trying to help his partner be in a better position, yelled at his partner to move back. The person hitting the overhead shot called interference. What would you say?

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CJ Johnson

Hey there — I’m a professional three-sport athlete and coach who has spent my entire adult life earning a living from playing and coaching sports. Since I started coaching more than three decades ago, one thing has remained the same: My commitment to see students not as they are but as what they can become and to move heaven and earth to help them realize their untapped potential. You should know that when it comes to helping pickleball players over 50 live their best lives on and off the courts, I'm an expert. Good pickleball is not just technique; it's the mind and body working holistically. That's why I'm also a personal trainer and weight management specialist. When I’m chillin', you'll find me watching Star Trek with my husband John and our two fur babies, Shirley and Ralph. (Yes, Happy Days)