All pickleball players at Kona Pickleball Hui are reminded that our goal is to provide an environment where all players can play the game to the best of their ability and, most importantly, have FUN while doing so. Play with ALOHA!!
Therefore, we ask all participants at Kona Pickleball Hui to abide by the following guidelines:
Facilities and equipment
Everyone's help to keep the courts and surrounding area as clean as possible is greatly appreciated.
Everyone's help during set-up and tear-down of the courts is expected and greatly appreciated.
Treat the nets and all shared-use equipment with reasonable care to avoid unnecessary damage.
Sportsmanship and behavior on and around the courts
Exhibit good sportsmanship at all times when playing or observing games and encourage others to do the same.
Control your temper on the court at all times. Conduct yourself in a respectful manner and show others the same courtesies you would like to have shown to you.
Do not criticize your partner or other players, nor fault them for their mistakes.
Do not celebrate points excessively. Always apply a sense of reasonableness to the matter, keeping the “fun” in the game.
Be considerate of others in your on- and off-court communication. Avoid shouting or verbal outbursts which are distracting to your opponent and to players on other courts.
Avoid the use of profanity on or near the courts.
Avoid walking behind, beside, or entering a court while a rally is in progress.
Conventions of play
All players are expected to know and follow the rules of the game.
It is the server's responsibility to clearly announce the score before serving each point.
If a ball comes across your court, call “ball on court”, stop play, and re-play the point. Return stray balls to other courts, but not while a point is being played.
Do not intentionally hit the ball at someone in a manner that could cause injury.
It is everyone’s responsibility to make new players feel welcome and to help them learn the game.
Avoid overly aggressive play towards beginner or lower skill level players; consider tailoring your play to the levels of your opponents.
Players are expected to make all of the line calls on their side of the court.
When a decision is made by the team on the receiving side, their decision is to be accepted.
If a team cannot decide or cannot agree on a line call then the benefit always goes to the opponent (i.e. the ball must be declared “in”).
In cases where there is doubt on a call, an opponent’s opinion can be requested, and if the opponent says the ball was “in” or the opponent could not see it, the ball must be declared “in”.
Line calls should be promptly signaled by hand or voice.
If, while the ball is in the air, a player yells “out,” “no,” “bounce it,” or any other word to communicate to his or her partner that the ball may be out, it should be considered player communication. If the ball lands in, play will continue. If the out call is made after the ball has hit the playing surface, it is considered a line call and play should stop.