A tip from the "Pro"

Take Care of Your Paddle

Taking good care of your paddle will extend its life. Here are some tips:

·         Do not slap the net, your leg or any other surface with the paddle.

·         Try not to take "divots" by scraping the ground. This action will eventually cause breakage at the "neck" of your paddle. Just look at your edge guard at the top of the paddle. It will tell you if you take too many "divots."

·         Do not slap the edge of paddle on the ground.

These are sure ways of breaking the paddle at the neck. And it doesn't happen instantaneously. It usually happens after you have hit an overhead or a hard smash at the net. Why? Because the culmination of all the misuse results in weakening the neck of the paddle.

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From your friends @ USAPA and IFP

Rule Revision:  April 20, 2015

3.O. Non-Volley Zone. The section of court adjacent to the net in which you cannot volley the ball. It includes all lines surrounding the zone. The NVZ is only two dimensional and does not rise above the court surface.

6.D.1. Players will call the lines on their side of the court (excluding the non-volley line on a serve — i.e., short serve, if being called by a referee).

6.D.5. No player should question an opponent’s call unless asked (except that player may appeal a call to the referee in an officiated match). A player should ask the opponent’s opinion if the opponent was in a better position to see the call. An opponent’s opinion, if requested, shall be accepted. The opinion of a player looking down the line is more likely to be accurate than one looking across the line.

9.A. The non-volley zone is the area of the court (not the space above it) bounded by the two sidelines, the non-volley line, and the net. The non-volley line and the sidelines are included in the non-volley zone.

9.G. For non-officiated play, non-volley zone faults may be called by any player on either team.