By: CJ Johnson | September 5, 2017 |

Pickleball Rules-Avoiding the Kitchen

avoiding the kitchen, a chef in the kitchen with a no sign superimposedEveryone knows that you cannot hit the ball before it bounces if you are in the kitchen. What some may not realize is that you cannot let your momentum from hitting a volley carry you into the kitchen after you hit the ball.

I have seen players try to avoid crossing the kitchen line by falling forward on their hands or even stopping themselves by placing their paddle on the court. That doesn’t cut it. No part of your body and nothing you are carrying or wearing may touch the kitchen.

If you are faltering near the kitchen line, trying to gain your footing but falling forward, a quick thinking partner may be able to pull you back before you cross the line. That’s perfectly legal and that’s what a good partner can do for you.

If your partner can’t rescue you, about the only thing you can try is to cross the sideline before you violate the kitchen line so that when you do falter forward at least you are outside the court and kitchen sidelines. That’s ok and it’s great footwork.

Are you avoiding the kitchen?

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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)