Is Distracting Clothing Illegal in Pickleball?
I was playing 4.0 doubles in a local tournament a few weeks ago and came up against a couple of guys who were both outfitted in greenish-yellow outfits, almost exactly the color of the Franklin X40 pickleball that we were playing with. Not just t-shirts either; their shorts were also the exact same shade. Foreseeably, whenever their apparel became a backdrop for the ball during the point, my partner and I lost sight of the ball. This cost us precious seconds of anticipation during a great many of our points and created a lot of confusion during play. We appealed to a referee, but our opponents said they had nothing else to change into, so she allowed them to continue playing. Is wearing such distracting clothing legal?!
What is 'Stacking' in Doubles?
I don’t understand stacking in doubles at all. When can you do it? How does it work? Can you set up to play a point standing anywhere?! Why do players stack? Please explain, I’m so confused! Thank you!
-Mary Frederick, Boston, MS
Can a hat cause a let?
During doubles rec play, we were playing a long, important point. I approached the net just as one of my opponents mis-hit the ball, making it fly high. I prepared to slap it down with an overhead. At the time, both opponents were about midcourt, in the midst of coming to the net. During my run forward, the wind knocked my cap off my head and it fell, hitting the ground as I hit the overhead. My opponent attempted to return my overhead but knocked it into the net, then immediately called a let on my cap because he said it distracted him. I feel like this wasn’t fair because I had an easy winner at the time. What’s the call?
-David Yuma, Ft. Worth, TX