By: CJ Johnson | December 21, 2017 |

Rule Review: Foot Faults

We are very aware of the kitchen line and watch for feet crossing it while volleying. We should be paying the same attention to foot faults during serving. You don’t want to lose your serve because of carelessness at the baseline.

During the serve, at the time the ball is struck, the server’s feet may not touch the baseline or anywhere inside the court.

Did you know it is also a foot fault if your feet touch the area outside the imaginary extension of the sideline or the centerline?

Unlike the strict rules for the kitchen, it is OK if the momentum of your serve carries you forward across the baseline AFTER your paddle strikes the ball.

Next time you play take a look at your feet. No sense in standing so close to the service line that you might accidentally foot fault.

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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)