Surrey Pickleball Club

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Pickleball Basics

Overview

Pickleball is played on a badminton-size court: 20’ x 44' with a centre net that is 36" high at the ends and 34" high in the centre. It is played with a paddle (resembling and over-sized table tennis paddle) and a ball that resembles a wiffle ball (a hard plastic ball with holes).

The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves.  Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone ("kitchen") on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickleball can be played with singles or doubles.

The Serve

Serves are to be made diagonally, starting with the right-hand service-square and alternating each serve. The serve must clear the seven-foot non-volley-zone ("kitchen") in front of the net and land in the diagonal service court.

Serves should always be done underhand with the paddle below the waist, and the server must keep both feet behind the back line when serving. The ball should be hit into the air without being bounced. The serving side will continue to serve until the there is a fault on the service, at which point the service will be given to the opposing side. (However, if the ball touches the net but still lands within the appropriate service court, the serve may be taken over.)

Volleys

To volley means to hit a ball in the air without first letting it bounce. In Pickleball, this can only be done when the player’s feet are behind the non-volley zone line (seven feet behind the net).

Double-Bounce Rule

Each team must play their first shot off of the bounce. That is, the receiving team must let the serve bounce and the serving team must let the return of the serve bounce before playing it. Once these two bounces have occurred, the ball can either be volleyed or played off the bounce.

Fault

A fault is committed when the ball:

  • Is hit out of bounds
  • Does not clear the net
  • Is volleyed from the non-volley zone
  • Is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side
See pickleball rules in practice in this YouTube video: Play Pickleball

Find the official handbook of pickleball rules here.

Paddle and Other Specifications

SPC complies with US Amateur Pickleball Association (USAPA) guidelines and expects all players to follow the official rules and specifications for pickleball play.

See the official rules and specifications here.

Surrey Pickleball Club Email: SurreyPickleballClub@gmail.com
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