By: CJ Johnson | August 24, 2017 |

Pickleball Rules-Is an Erne Legal

Pickleball rules A standing ruleDo you know that you are allowed to stand anywhere on or off the court at any time during play?

The only exception is when you are serving. You must stand behind the baseline and between an imaginary extension of the center line and the side line. You are not allowed to move so far right or left that you would cross those line extensions.

An Erne shot is a shot made outside of the kitchen/NVZ (non-volley zone) and off to the side of the court in the out of bounds area. This allows for an “easier reach” to hit a ball earlier and closer towards the net and thus downwards to the opposing team. Since the NVZ is 2-dimensional and doesn’t extend imaginary/continuously to the outsides of the court, this makes this shot possible.

Enjoy this compilation of “Erne Shots” for the 2017 US Open

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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)