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PICKLEBALL INSTRUCTION PICKLEBALL 411 Who Can Call Kitchen Foot Faults? By Rusty Howes Calling a foot fault may seem pretty basic, but actually quite a few questions have been raised with a little controversy. With help from the USAPA Rules Chair, we wanted to help clarify the issue. This information is only needed when you’re playing without a referee, but it will get you into better shape for when you do play in a tournament or in league play where referees are present. THE KITCHEN CLARIFIED Many people think the non-volley zone, or the kitchen as it’s commonly called, includes the 3-D space, or the air space, above the court. Actually, the non-volley zone is only the 2-D, flat surface on the court itself, which includes the lines all the way to their very edges. Kitchen faults are only related to making physical contact with the surface itself. Just to be clear, we’re only going to go over who calls foot faults and why it’s helpful. We’re not going to get into the details of the non-volley zone rules itself. So, let’s break it down one step at a time. Pickleball 411 is a highly successful show on Pickleball Channel that is dedicated to providing helpful information about the sport of pickleball. With article versions of our most popular videos, you can read and refer back to the instruction and even watch the video as a companion to your training. 22 TO SUBSCRIBE CALL 888.308.3720 OR GO TO THEPICKLEBALLMAG.COM WATCH THE VIDEO