Pickleball Rules - A Quick Overview of the Rules & How to Play Pickleball

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States and is now starting to take off in Australia with lots of new pickleball clubs forming every week. The main reason pickleball has taken off and becoming so popular is because there is a very short learning curve involved. The sport combines elements of tennis and ping pong, it is easy to learn and can be played by all ages.

Pickleball Court Dimensions in metres
Pickleball is played on a rectangular 13.4 metre by 6.096 metre court. The court is divided into two sides by a low net. There are two sidelines, two base lines, a centre line on each side, as well as two non-volley lines, which create two non-volley zones that are affectionately called the kitchen. The centre line divides each side into two service courts, the left service court and the right service court.

Pickleball  Rules - How to Play Pickleball
Every point begins with a serve. A Pickleball serve must be hit under hand from behind the baseline, cross court into the opposing team's service court. The serve must clear the net and not land in the kitchen. An important rule in Pickleball is the double bounce rule. The double bounce rule says the ball must bounce once on each side before either team may start volleying the ball in the air. Here is an example of the serve and bounce rule. When team A serves to team B, they must let the ball bounce once before returning the serve. Team A must also let the ball bounce once on their side. After the ball is bounced on both sides, either team may volley the ball into the air or let the ball bounce once before striking it.

The rally will continue until one of the teams either hits the ball in the net, out of bounds, or lets the ball bounce on their side twice. A unique, but important aspect of Pickleball is the non-volley zone or kitchen. Players may not hit the ball while standing in the kitchen, unless the ball has already bounced on their side.

Hopefully, this post will give you the knowledge you need to play your first game of Pickleball. 

Once you start playing pickleball you will then need to start thinking about getting your own pickleball paddle to play. For the best pickleball paddle for beginners advice, call David from Pickleball HQ or check out the range of beginner to intermediate pickleball paddles for sale under $100. 

See you on the court!

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