SECTION 9 – NON-VOLLEY-ZONE RULES

SECTION 9 – NON-VOLLEY-ZONE RULES

NON-VOLLEY-ZONE RULES

  1. A. All volleys must be initiated outside of the non-volley zone. For a wheelchair player, the front (smaller) wheels may touch the non-volley zone during a volley9.B. It is a fault if the volleying player or anything that has contact with the volleying player while in the act of volleying, touches the non-volley zone. For a wheelchair player, the front (smaller) wheels may touch the non-volley zone

9.B.1.     The act of volleying the ball includes the swing, the follow-through, and the momentum from the action.

9.B.2.    If the paddle touches the non-volley zone during the volley motion, before or after contacting the ball, it is a fault.

 

  1. C. New 2021: During the act of volleying, it is a fault if the volleying player’s momentum causes the player to contact anything that is touching the non-volley zone, including the player’s partner. For a wheelchair player, the front (smaller) wheels may touch the non-volley zone.

It is a fault if the player’s momentum causes the player to contact anything that is touching the non-volley zone, including the player’s partner.

Reason: This addition helps to clarify which player the rule is describing and also puts in writing that this rule applies only to volleys.

9.C.1.     It is a fault even if the ball becomes dead before the player contacts the non-volley zone.

  1. D. If a player has touched the non-volley zone for any reason, that player cannot volley a return until both feet have made contact with the playing surface completely outside the non-volley zone. A maneuver such as standing within the non-volley zone, jumping up to hit a volley, and then landing outside the non-volley zone is a fault. If the rear wheels of a wheelchair have touched the non-volley zone for any reason, the wheelchair player cannot volley a return until both rear wheels have made contact with the playing surface outside the non-volley zone.

    9. E. A player may enter the non-volley zone at any time except when that player is volleying the ball.

    9. F. A player may enter the non-volley zone before or after returning any ball that bounces.

    9. G. A player may stay inside the non-volley zone to return a ball that has bounced. There is no violation if a player does not exit the non-volley zone after hitting a ball that bounces.

    9. H. There is no violation if a player returns the ball while their partner is standing in the non-volley zone.

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