FAQ: What happens when a ball cracks during a rally?

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Q: What happens when a ball cracks during a rally?

A. If a pickleball cracks during a rally, play continues as this does not create an automatic fault.

In officiated games, if the referee determines that the cracked ball impacted the outcome of the game, they will call for a replay with a replacement ball.

In rec play, both teams can agree that the ball is soft, degraded, cracked or broken and can agree to replace the ball with no replay. Also, in rec play, if both teams agree that the cracked ball affected the outcome of the prior rally, they all could agree to replace the ball and replay the point. If only one team believes the outcome was impacted by the cracked ball, the ball may be replaced but the outcome of the prior point will stand.