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Q. Who decides if a ball is IN or OUT?

A. There’s new information about calling the score and line calls. Here’s the simplified version of the Pickleball IN/OUT Calls.

Players are responsible for making line calls on their side of the court. Either player can make the call, but they both must agree.

If the ball touches any part of the line, it is IN. Except the kitchen line. It cannot touch the kitchen line.

If the ball touches outside of the line, it is OUT. You should see a space between the line and the ball. If you don’t see a space, then it’s too close to call and the ball should be called IN.

The OUT call must be made promptly – as soon as it is seen as OUT.

If there is a question or doubt of any kind, then the call goes to the benefit of the other team.

For the full set of rules, refer to Section 6 of the USAPA & IFP Official 2020 Rulebook.

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