Pickleball is a fun and exciting sport that's gaining popularity across the country. But if you're new to the game, you may be wondering where to start. In this post, we'll go over the basics of the game, and 10 rules to get you started.
Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It's played on a court that's about one-third the size of a tennis court, with a net that's slightly lower. The objective of the game is to hit a lightweight ball over the net and into your opponent's court, without them being able to return it.
Here are ten basic rules to get you started with pickleball.
- Pickleball is played with a small, perforated plastic ball and a paddle.
- The court is similar in size to a doubles badminton court and is divided into halves by a net.
- The game is played to 11 points.
- The winner must win by 2 points.
- A point is scored if the opponent fails to return the ball, hits it out of bounds, or makes a fault.
- The serve is done diagonally across the court, and must be underhand and hit with an upward motion.
- The server must stand behind the baseline when serving.
- The receiver must let the ball bounce before returning the serve.
- The returning hit must also bounce on the serving team's side before they can continue play.
- A player cannot hit a volley from inside the "kitchen" - 7 feet on either side of the net. Any shot hit into this area must bounce on the court before being returned