What would you do in your pickleball game with a missed serve?
Here is a great question that I thought I’d have my super duper, great doubles partner Alex Hamner help me out and share her thoughts. As you know by now, when we play together we are attached at the hip (move well together). The similarities continue off the court, go figure….. What would you do – missed serve.
Question from Candyce of South Carolina:
“I was the first server on my side. We missed the point and erroneously gave the serve to the other side before my partner served. They served and got the point. Then I remembered that we hadn’t taken our second serve. The other side said “too bad” and continued serving. What should we have done when I realized that we hadn’t served the second time?”
Alex Hamner replies:
Hi Candyce, interesting scenario!
I’ve got to admit, my first reaction was along the line of “what jerks!” Then I started to think more about it and could come up with a situation when I might have done the same thing as your opponent, such as ~ I’m in a game where I’m losing badly for the 4th or 5th game in a row to the same team and I could really use a break. So I think I would take the opportunity to keep that free point. Of course, if I won the game we’d all know it was not a true win, and certainly some good trash talking would ensue. And if I lost there would certainly be some trash talking about cheating and still losing. From my standpoint, neither is a true winning finish.
Therefore, I think that leaves us with my first reaction! I hope your issue arose during a fun rec game with friends and resolved without your having to leave the court to get in line behind 20+ other paddles. But I’m afraid that, while in my opinion you did the right thing in bringing up the error, there was no way to force the opponents to give you your serve back. So your choices seem to be for you to finish the game with the mistake uncorrected, or simply walk off the court (default) and attempt to not play with those “jerks” again.
Bottom line – put this incident behind you and keep having your pickleball FUN!