Pickleball has been
around for decades, but has been gaining momentum and popularity in
the recent years. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements
from badminton, tennis and ping-pong. It is lauded as a sport that
was created for all ages and skill levels. According to USAPA.org,
there are more than 15,000 pickleball courts in the US and at least
one location in each state.
Pickleball can be
played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court. The net
lays close to the ground similar to tennis. Players use a solid
paddle to hit a perforated ball (similar to a wiffle ball) over the
net. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles.
How to Play:
game starts with a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will have
the option to choose whether or not to serve first. The serving team
may also determine who will serve first. Serves are made diagonally,
starting with the right-hand service-square and alternating each
serve. The serve must clear the seven-foot non-volley-zone in front
of the net and land in the diagonal service court.
on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are
allowed. There is a seven-foot no-volley zone 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. Points can only be
scored by the side that serves.
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