Can You Bounce The Ball On A Pickleball Serve? Here’s What You Need To Know

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Can You Bounce the Ball on a Pickleball Serve?

Pickleball is an increasingly popular sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It is played on a court with paddles and a plastic ball with holes in it. So, can you bounce the ball on a pickleball serve like you can in tennis?

The Basics of Pickleball

Pickleball has been around since 1965 when Joel Pritchard invented it as game for his family to play. The game involves two or four players who hit the ball back and forth over the net using wooden paddles. It’s faster than traditional tennis because of its lower net height and lighter ball weight. In order for serves to be legal, they must clear the 7-foot no-volley zone near each side of the net before bouncing twice inside your opponent’s court lines or out-of-bounds area – once off their paddle handle and then again off their body or clothing before being returned by them in one stroke without touching any other part of their body or clothing first.

Can You Bounce The Ball On A Pickleball Serve?

The answer is yes! As long as you start from behind your baseline (the line along which you are standing at either end of the court), bounces are allowed after contact between paddle and ball have been made – hence why it’s sometimes called “bounce serve” too! However there may only be two bounces before returning over the net; anything more would result in an illegal serve – so keep counting those bounces! Also bear in mind that if your second bounce falls short within seven feet from where you started serving then this will also count as an illegal serve!


In conclusion, bouncing pickleballs during serve is perfectly legal providing all rules are followed correctly such as making sure not to exceed two bounces total including when receiving return shots from your opponents after having served them correctly across both sides’ courts respectively; otherwise resulting in an automatic loss point awarded against yourself! Allowing this extra element into gameplay adds another dynamic layer to what already makes pickleball so much fun – so get practicing those bouncy serves now!