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How to Play Pickleball - Basics, Etiquette and The Rules

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It is played on a badminton-sized court with a low net and a perforated plastic ball. Here are the basic rules of the game:

  1. The game is played with two or four players, with the objective of hitting the ball over the net and into the opponent's court without them being able to return it.

  2. The ball must be served diagonally, with the server standing behind the baseline and hitting the ball into the opponent's service court.

  3. After the serve, players can hit the ball back and forth over the net until one team is unable to return it. Points are awarded to the team that wins the rally.

  4. The ball must be hit with a paddle, and it is not allowed to hit the ball twice in a row.

  5. The ball must land within the opponent's court for a point to be scored.

  6. The first team to reach 11 points wins, with a margin of at least two points.

  7. Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors, on a variety of surfaces such as hardwood, concrete, or sport court.

  8. Pickleball is a fun, active sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.

  9. Always be aware of safety, players should wear appropriate shoes and eye protection, always follow the rules and regulations of the facility where you are playing and be respectful of the other players.

Pickleball Etiquette

Court etiquette refers to the unwritten rules of behavior that are expected of players on a pickleball court. Here are some basic court etiquette guidelines for pickleball:

  1. Be punctual: Show up on time for your match and be ready to play when it is your turn.

  2. Be respectful: Show good sportsmanship and respect for your opponents and other players on the court.

  3. Be honest: Call the ball out if it doesn't land in bounds, and own up to any mistakes you make.

  4. Be aware of your surroundings: Keep an eye on the other courts and players and be ready to move out of the way if necessary.

  5. Be polite: Say "Thank you" and "Good game" at the end of a match, regardless of the outcome.

  6. Be safe: Play at a safe and appropriate level of intensity and always be aware of your own safety and the safety of others.

  7. Be considerate of the court: Keep the court clean, properly maintain your equipment and avoid making unnecessary noise.

  8. Be aware of the rules: Be familiar with the rules of the game and the facility where you are playing, and follow them at all times.

  9. Be flexible: Be willing to adjust the rules to accommodate different skill levels, and be open to playing doubles or singles, with or without a net, depending on the situation.

  10. Be patient: Have patience with yourself and others, especially when playing with new players or those of different skill levels.

The Pickleball Rules

Pickleball is a relatively simple sport to understand, but it does have some specific rules that players should be familiar with before playing. Here are some of the main rules of pickleball:

  1. The court: Pickleball is played on a court that is similar in size to a doubles badminton court, which is 20x44 feet for doubles and 20x34 feet for singles. The net is 36 inches high at the sidelines and 34 inches high in the center.

  2. The serve: The serve must be made underhand and diagonally, with the server standing behind the baseline. The ball must be hit with the paddle below the server's waist.

  3. Scoring: Points are awarded to the team that wins the rally. The first team to reach 11 points wins, with a margin of at least two points.

  4. The ball: The ball must be hit with a paddle and it is not allowed to hit the ball twice in a row.

  5. The ball must land within the opponent's court for a point to be scored.

  6. The no-volley zone: A "no-volley zone" is the area 7 feet from the net on either side, in which players are not allowed to hit the ball before it bounces.

  7. The doubles alley: In doubles, the ball is not allowed to be hit into the area on the side of the court known as the "doubles alley."

  8. The foot fault: If a server's foot goes over the baseline during the serve, it is called a "foot fault" and the opponent gets a point.

  9. The let: if the ball hit the net and fall on the other side, it is called a "let" and the point is replayed.

  10. The time-out: Each team is allowed one time-out of 30 seconds per game.

  11. The Substitution: In doubles, players are allowed to switch positions between service and receiving positions, but only between points and not during a rally.

As with any sport, it's always a good idea to check the rules specific to the facility where you will be playing. If you have any doubts or questions, don't hesitate to ask the staff or an experienced player.



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