How To Play Pickleball: A Simple Guide For Beginners

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What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a fun, unique sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its fast-paced nature and easy learning curve. This game can be played both indoors and outdoors on either a hard court or grass surface. The goal of the game is for each player to hit the ball back over the net with their paddle in order to score points.

How do You Play Pickleball?

Playing pickleball is relatively simple; all you need are four players (two per team) and a pickleball court with a net separating them. Each player takes up their position on opposite sides of the net, holding paddles in their hands while standing within an area marked by lines at either end of the court. One team serves first by hitting the ball across the net into their opponent’s service box using an underhanded motion – this must clear both sidelines as well as go over the net without touching it in order for it to be legally served.

The opposing team returns the serve by attempting to hit it back before it bounces twice on their side or touches any part of the out-of-bounds area outside of the marked lines at either end of the play area. If successful, they earn one point. If not, they lose possession until another player from their team gets hold of the ball and starts serving again from the beginning position against the opposing team’s side. Additionally, there are rules about how many times the same person can consecutively serve before passing the duty onto a teammate. These rules vary depending on the level of play, but generally, no more than three consecutive services should occur during any given rally between two sides.

Scoring Rules & Regulations

The scoring system in pickleball is similar to that of traditional sports such as tennis. Each time a team successfully hits the ball over the legal boundaries without being intercepted by their opponents, they receive one point towards their goal of winning the match, typically played until 21 points (or 15/11 depending on tournament rules). At 11 points for each team, they will switch sides to ensure a fair game against wind and other environmental factors. Additionally, once one side reaches a score of 20, there must only be a two-point difference, otherwise the game continues until a winner is declared based on the highest number of points achieved after a specified number of rounds played consecutively without interruption or breaks such as timeouts.


In conclusion, playing pickleball requires skillful coordination between teammates as well as the ability to quickly strategize in response to changing conditions depending upon the type of surface where the match is taking place. As long as you follow the basic rules and regulations outlined above and understand the dynamics involved when competing against opponents, you are sure to have a great time participating in this competitive yet enjoyable sport that is enjoyed by recreational enthusiasts worldwide today!