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STACKING 101 DIAGRAM 1 A DIAGRAM 2 B B DIAGRAM 3 A DIAGRAM 4 A B B C A C D D C D C D cross over to the deuce side after he returns the ball. Player A will slide into the ad side. Stacking on return can be trickier. It is important to note the score and if it is odd or even. If it is even, the person on the team who started the game must return the serve from the deuce side. If the score is odd, the person on the team who started the game must return from the ad side. Stacking on Return When stacking on return, both players will again start on the same side with the returning player at the baseline and the non‑returning player next to the kitchen line. The returning player will cross over to the opposite side while the non‑returning slides into the volley position near the kitchen. In order to keep a player on a certain side, the returning team will have to stack when both players are receiving. Diagrams 3 and 4 show stacking using both returning players. In these examples, the returning team is trying to keep Player A on the ad side and Player B on the deuce side. Diagram 3: Stacking on return. Players A and B are the receiving team and are in a stacked position. Player D is the server and is serving to Player A. In this example, Player A will cross over to the ad side after he returns the ball. Player B will slide into the deuce side. This allows Player A to remain on the ad side while returning. Diagram 4: Stacking on return. Player C is the server on the ad side and is serving to Player B. In this example, Player B will THINGS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT: • Always check to make sure your team is on the correct side and has the correct server/returner. Nothing is worse than losing a point or serve for mixing this up! • Stacking on return requires a lot more running to get the returning player crossed over. Therefore, if someone is not as agile, it may not make sense to have him stack when returning. • If one player is less agile, you can do a ¾ stack. This means stacking on serve and only half the time on return. When the less agile player is returning, you will stay in traditional positioning so that he/she will not have to run across the court.  • Christine McGrath resides in Los Angeles, CA. She was the highest female prize money winner for pickleball in 2015. Christine is a 4x Tournament of Champions medalist and 6x Nationals VII medalist. She also enjoys the outdoors, dirt biking, snowboarding, and spending time with family. JUNE 2016 | MAGAZINE 19