FAQ: If I see a foot fault from the pickleball sidelines, should I let the players know?

Pickleball players inquiring minds want to know...

Calling foot faults and balls from the sidelines - graphic indicating secret

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Q: If I see a foot fault from the pickleball sidelines, should I let the players know?

A. No, when we're watching games, etiquette and USAP Guidelines require us to remain silent and avoid interjecting.

Spectators should refrain from calling foot faults and making line calls. And, if there's a referee officiating a match, you may receive an admonishment from the ref even if asked by players.

Similar to how the opposing team would handle the receiving team's baseline call, the opponents would say, "it's your call" if there wasn't a referee. Spectators are encouraged to say the same thing...

"It's not my call to make" -- spectators

After the match, you could let players know that faults were occurring so they are more mindful in the future. However, some players would not appreciate this so do this at your own risk!

Finally etiquette dictates that players immediately call their own non-volley zone line foot faults (or their partner's foot faults).

Official Pickleball Rules

Each year USA Pickleball reviews and updates the official pickleball rules. The currently rules can be downloaded to your mobile device for quick reference. If you reside and play elsewhere, do check your country's pickleball association.